On This Day

Events in Music on June 16

  • 1902 "The Wizard of Oz" musical first opens in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1958 "Flip Top Box" by Dicky Doo & The Don'ts hits #46
  • 1961 Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defects to West at Le Bourget Airport in Paris

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 Rowan & Martin host "The Dean Martin Show" Summer Series, on NBC-TV

Actor, Comedian and Singer Dean Martin
Actor, Comedian and Singer
Dean Martin
  • 1967 50,000 attend first day of the Monterey International Pop Festival - beginning of the Summer of Love
  • 1977 "Beatlemania" opens on Broadway

Film release premierFilm Release

1978 Film "Grease" opens, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, based on the 1971 musical

Actor John Travolta
Actor
John Travolta
Singer and Actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and Actress
Olivia Newton-John
  • 1979 "Logical Song" by Supertramp peaks at #6

Film release premierFilm Premier

1980 Musical comedy film "The Blues Brothers", starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, and directed by John Landis, premieres in Chicago

Actor and Comedian Dan Aykroyd
Actor and Comedian
Dan Aykroyd
  • 1989 "Ghostbusters II" directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murry and Dan Aykroyd premieres
  • 1990 "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer peaks at #8
  • 1991 Revival of musical "Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Gershwin Theater, NYC, after 241 performances

Music awardsMusic City News Awards

1997 31st Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson & LeAnn Rimes win

Country Singer LeAnn Rimes
Country Singer
LeAnn Rimes
  • 2012 Collapse of a stage at a Radiohead concert kills one person (Toronto, Ontario)

Music releaseAlbum Release

2018 Beyoncé and Jay-Z release their joint album "Everything is Love"

Singer Beyoncé Knowles
Singer
Beyoncé Knowles
Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
Jay-Z