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

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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

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1980 Musical comedy film "Blues Brothers" with Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi 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 "Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 241 performances
  • 1997 31st Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson & LeAnn Rimes

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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