On This Day

Events in Music on March 12

  • 1832 The ballet La Sylphide first premieres at the Opéra de Paris.

Music Premiere

1857 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Simon Boccanegra" premieres in Venice

Music Premiere

1897 Vincent d'Indy's opera "Fervaal" premieres in Brussels

Music History

1934 Paul Hindemith's "Mathis der Maler" premieres in Berlin

  • 1947 "Chocolate Soldier" opens at Century Theater NYC for 69 performances

Music Premiere

1954 1st performance of Arnold Schoenberg's opera "Moses und Aaron", in a concert setting in Hamburg, Germany

  • 1958 3rd Eurovision Song Contest: Andre Claveau for France wins singing "Dors, mon amour" in Hilversum

Music History

1963 Beatles perform as a trio, at Granada Cinema, in Bedford, England, as John Lennon is ill with a cold

  • 1965 "Wooly Bully" single released by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
  • 1966 Love's 1st album released "Love"

Grammy Awards

1969 11th Grammy Awards: "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" by Glen Campbell wins best record

Album Release

1980 Columbia Records releases "Glass Houses", singer-songwriter Billy Joel's seventh studio album; it features his 1st No.1 single - "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me"

Music Premiere

1981 Stephen Sondheim's musical revue "Marry Me a Little," premieres in NYC

  • 1987 "Les Miserables" opens at Broadway/Imperial NYC for 4000+ performances

Soul Train Music Awards

1991 5th Soul Train Music Awards: Johnny Gill, Mariah Carey win

Music Concert

1992 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Natalie Cole, and Don Henley

  • 1998 "The Sound of Music" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC

Hall of Fame

2007 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five; R.E.M.; The Ronettes; Patti Smith; and Van Halen

  • 2019 K-pop and Big Bang singer Seungri is arrested for procuring prostitutes, retires to fight the charges in South Korea