Events in Music on June 30

Television Finale

1951 "Victor Borge Show" last airs on NBC-TV

  • 1956 HArry WArren and JAmes Hilton's musical "Shangri-La", based on Hilton's novel "Lost Horizon, and featuring Jack Cassidy and Alice Ghostley, closes at Winter Garden Theater, NYC, after 21 performances

Musical Finale

1956 Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "Pipe Dream", based on John Steinbeck's novel "Sweet Thursday", closes at Shubert Theater, NYC, after 245 performances, and a Tony Award for costume design

  • 1958 "No Chemise, Please" by Gerry Grenahan peaks at #24
  • 1966 The Beatles land in Tokyo, Japan for what becomes their final concert tour there - they perform 5 shows at the Budokan Hall over 3 days, and collaborate on a painting while there

Historic Publication

1977 Marvel Comics publish "Kiss book" tributing rock group Kiss

  • 1979 "Good Times" single released by Chic (Billboard Song of the Year 1979)
  • 1979 "Got To Go Disco" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 8 performances

TV Show Appearance

1979 British punk rocker johnny rotten and British actress Joan Collins appear together on BBC TV's "Juke Box Jury"

  • 1982 "Lena Horne: Lady, Music" closes at Nederlander, NYC, after 333 performances
  • 1985 Revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "The King & I" closes at Broadway Theater, NYC, after 191 performances

Film Premiere

1989 "Great Balls of Fire!" a quasi-biographical drama film starring Dennis Quaid as rockabilly pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis premieres; Lewis hates the film and the book from which it sourced, but praises Quaid's performance

  • 1989 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre Muzyczyny in Gdynia, Poland
  • 1992 "End of the Road" single released by Boyz II Men (Grammy Award Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best R&B Song 1993, Billboard Song of the Year 1992)
  • 1993 "Les Miserables" opens at Point Theatre, Dublin
  • 1996 "Buried Child" closes at Brook Atkinson Theater NYC after 77 performances
  • 1996 "Moon Over Buffalo" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • 1996 "State Fair" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 118 performances
  • 2004 British rock guitarist Dave Davies (The Kinks) suffers a debilitating stroke, at 57; he recovers in 2006 to resume his music career
  • 2006 Cirque du Soleil's musical-acrobatic extravaganza "The Beatles - LOVE" opens in a specially built theatre at The Mirage, Las Vegas, Nevada

Film Premiere

2008 "Mamma Mia!, The Movie!" premieres at Leicester Square, London

  • 2014 Australian entertainer Rolf Harris is convicted of indecent assault in London, England

Music History

2015 Misty Copeland becomes the 1st African American principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre