Events in Music on June 21

  • 1868 Wagner's opera "Meistersinger von Nuernberg" premieres in Munich

Goodbye Scratchy 78s, Hello Vinyl

1948 Columbia Records unveil the 33-1/3 rpm LP phonograph record invented by Peter Carl Goldmark, allowing up to 20 minutes per side (available in 10 and 12 inch diameters), at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, NYC; over the next decade the popularity and profitability of the LP pushed the 78 rpm out of production [1]

  • 1951 "17" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 180 performances

Music History

1955 Johnny Cash debuts Top 10 country song "Cry! Cry! Cry!"

Music Premiere

1969 Dmitri Shostakovich's 14th Symphony premieres in Moscow

  • 1969 Zager & Evans release "In the Year 2525"

Music Concert

1971 50,000 attend Celebration of Life, rock concert in McCrea, Louisiana; performers included Chuck Berry; Stephen Stills; WAR; John Sebastian; and Delaney and Bonnie

Music History

1975 British rock guitarist Ritchie Blackmore quits Deep Purple, forms Rainbow

Music History

1975 Elton John, The Eagles and The Beach Boys play to 72,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, London

Music Premiere

1978 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical "Evita", starring Elaine Page, premieres at the Prince Edward Theatre, London

Glastonbury Festival

1979 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Tim Blake and Peter Gabriel headline; other performs include: Steve Hillage, The Alex Harvey Band, and Sky

Music Single

1982 Paul McCartney releases single "Take It Away"

Glastonbury Festival

1985 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Echo & the Bunnyman, Joe Cocker, and The Boomtown Rats headline; other performers include: The Style Council, Ian Dury and The Blockheads, Nick Lowe, Third World, Gregory Isaacs, Hugh Masekela, Clannad, Midnight Oil, Aswad, and The Pogues

  • 1986 "Living on Video" by Trans-X peaks at #61
  • 1986 "Vienna Calling" by Falco peaks at #18
  • 1988 American rock band The Rascals begin their 1st tour in 20 years

Music History

1990 Little Richard [Penniman] gets a star on Hollywood's Walk Of Fame

Music Premiere

1993 Revival of Lerner and Loewe' musical "Camelot", with Robert Goulet as King Arthur, opens at Gershwin Theater, NYC; runs for 56 performances

  • 1997 "Defending the Caveman" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 671 performances
  • 1998 "Don't Be Cruel" second studio album by Bobby Brown is released (Grammy Award Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, 1990)

Album Release

2005 Billy Corgan releases "TheFutureEmbrace", his first solo album

Glastonbury Festival

2017 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Radiohead, Foo Fighters, and Ed Sheeran headline; other performers include Kris Kristofferson, Barry Gibb, Katy Perry, The National, and Orchestra Baobob

Music History

2020 Kurt Cobain's guitar during Nirvana's MTV Unplugged show sells for a record $6 million