On This Day

Events in Music on June 21

  • 1868 Wagner's opera "Meistersinger von Nuernberg" premieres in Munich
  • 1951 "17" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 180 performances

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

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1969 Dmitri Shostakovich's 14th Symphony premieres in Moscow

  • 1969 Zager & Evans release "In the Year 2525"
  • 1971 50,000 attend Celebration of Life, rock concert, McCrea Louisiana

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1975 Elton John, The Eagles and The Beach Boys play Wembley Stadium

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John

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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1978 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical "Evita" premieres in London starring Elaine Page

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber
Composer
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyricist Tim Rice
Lyricist
Tim Rice

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1981 Donald Fagen and Walter Becker disband their rock group Steely Dan

Musician and Record Producer Walter Becker
Musician and Record Producer
Walter Becker
Singer Donald Fagen
Singer
Donald Fagen

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1982 Paul McCartney releases "Take it Away"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 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

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1990 Little Richard gets a star on Hollywood's walk of fame

Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer Little Richard
Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer
Little Richard
  • 1993 "Camelot" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • 1997 "Defending the Caveman" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 671 performances
  • 1998 "Don't Be Cruel" 2nd studio album by Bobby Brown is released (Grammy Award Best Male R&B Vocal Performance 1990)

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

Musician Billy Corgan
Musician
Billy Corgan

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

Rocker Kurt Cobain
Rocker
Kurt Cobain