Events in Music on July 17

Music Premiere

1717 George Frideric Handel's "Water Music" premieres repeatedly on a barge cruising the River Thames in London

Film Release

1956 MGM releases film "High Society", a musical re-working of "The Philadelphia Story" set in Newport, Rhode Island; starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra, with songs by Cole Porter

Music Premiere

1958 Peter Shaffer's musical "Five Finger Exercise" premieres in London

  • 1966 Charles Strouse and Lee Adams' musical "It's a Bird... It's A Plane...It's Superman" closes at Alvin Theatre, NYC. after 129 performances
  • 1967 Jimi Hendrix quits as opening act of the Monkees' tour, after playing 7 of a planned 29 shows
  • 1968 The Beatles' animated film "Yellow Submarine" premieres in London

Music History

1974 John Lennon is (again) ordered to leave US in 60 days, due to a 1968 marijuana charge in the UK (he doesn't)

  • 1974 The Moody Blues open 1st quadrophonic recording studio in UK
  • 1981 "This is Burlesque" closes at Princess Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • 1987 "Les Miserables" opens at Imperial Theatre, Tokyo

Music Single

1989 Paul McCartney releases single "This One", from his album "Flowers In The Dirt"

Music History

2001 Craig David releases “Born to Do It” in the United States

Music History

2013 U2 singer Bono is made a Commandeur of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres