Events in Music on January 8

Music Premiere

1705 George Frideric Handel's 1st opera "Almira" premieres in Hamburg, Germany

  • 1734 Premiere of George Frideric Handel's opera "Ariodante" at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
  • 1833 Boston Academy of Music, 1st US music school, established
  • 1923 Romanian conductor George Enesco makes his American debut leading the Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York City
  • 1949 "Make Mine Manhattan" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 429 performances
  • 1949 "My Romance" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 95 performances
  • 1949 "Small Wonder" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 134 performances

#1 in the Charts

1956 Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" and "Hound Dog" single goes #1 and stays #1 for a record 11 weeks (for a single)

Music Premiere

1963 Dmitri Shostakovich' opera "Katharina Ismailova" premieres in Riga

  • 1966 The Beatles' "Rubber Soul" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 6 weeks
  • 1966 The Beatles' "We Can Work It Out" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks
  • 1966 The Who and The Kinks perform on the last "Shindig" TV show on ABC
  • 1972 Dmitri Shostakovich' 15th Symphony premieres in Moscow
  • 1973 "Tricks" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 1974 E Wilson Jr's musical "Let My People Come" premieres in NYC

Music History

1981 Joseph Papp's revival of Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta "The Pirates of Penzance", starring Linda Ronstadt, Rex Smith, and Kevin Kline, opens at the Uris Theater, NYC; runs for 772 performances and wins a Tony Award

  • 1989 "42nd Street" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 3,486 performances
  • 1989 "Starlight Express" closes at Gershwin Theater in NYC after 761 performances
  • 1993 Elvis Presley Commemorative Postage Stamp goes on sale

Musical Finale

1995 Revival of Frank Loesser's musical "Guys & Dolls", starring Nathan Lane, closes at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 1143 performances, winning 4 Tony and 7 Drama Desk Awards

Music Awards

2001 28th American Music Awards: Faith Hill & Kid Rock win

Album Release

2016 ISO/Columbia Records/Sony Music release David Bowie's 26th and final studio album "Blackstar" on his 69th birthday; enters charts in US and UK at #1

Music History

2020 Singer Justin Bieber reveals he has Lyme disease, an infectious disease spread by ticks