On This Day

Events in Music on June 8

Music Premiere

1787 "Tarare" an opera by Antonio Salieri premieres at the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin in Paris

Music Recording

1942 Bing Crosby records "Silent Night"

Musical Finale

1946 Raymond Scott and Bernard Hanighen's musical "Lute Song", starring Mary Martin, Yul Brenner, and Nancy Davis, and directed by John Houseman, closes at Plymouth Theater, NYC, after 142 performances

  • 1948 Revival of Jerome Kerns' musical "Sally" closes at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 36 performances
  • 1963 "Mr President" closes at St James Theater NYC after 265 performances
  • 1964 "The Little Old Lady (from Pasadena)", recorded by 1960s American pop singers, Jan and Dean, is released
  • 1968 Gary Puckett and Union Gap release "Lady Will Power"
  • 1968 Rolling Stones release "Jumpin' Jack Flash"

Music History

1969 Brian Jones is asked to leave The Rolling Stones

  • 1969 Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor replaces Brian Jones
  • 1974 Keyboardist Rick Wakeman quits rock group "Yes" (for the first time)
  • 1979 Wings release "Back to the Egg" album
  • 1980 "It's So Nice to Be Civilized" closes at Martin Beck NYC after 8 performances
  • 1981 15th Music City News Country Awards: Mandrell Sisters win

Film Premiere

1984 "Ghostbusters", American supernatural comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson premieres

  • 1986 "Big Deal" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 70 performances
  • 1991 "Our Country's Good" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 48 performances

Music City News Awards

1992 26th Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson & Garth Brooks win

Album Release

1993 Drag queen RuPaul releases his debut album "Supermodel of the World"

  • 1995 "Buttons on Broadway" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 40 performances
  • 1997 "Young Man From Atlanta" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 85 performances

Music Concert

2007 Jazz legend Oscar Peterson forced to cancel his appearance at Carnegie Hall all-star performance (held in his honour), owing to illness

Music History

2014 Audra McDonald wins a Tony for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar And Grill"