Events in Music on March 20

  • 1885 Yiddish theater opens in NY with Goldfaden operetta
  • 1888 The premiere of the very first Romani language operetta staged in Moscow, Russia.
  • 1948 1st live televised symphony performances: Eugene Ormandy leads Philadelphia Orchestra on CBS, followed 90 minutes later by Arturo Toscanini leading the NBC Orchestra on NBC
  • 1954 "King & I" closes at St James Theater NYC after 1246 performances
  • 1965 10th Eurovision Song Contest: France Gall of Luxembourg wins singing "Poupee de cire, poupee de son" written by Serge Gainsbourg in Naples

Music Single

1967 The Supremes release single "The Happening"

  • 1982 Joan Jett & Blackhearts' "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" goes #1 for 7 weeks

Music History

1990 Singer Gloria Estefan fractures her spine when a truck hits her tour bus near Scranton, Pennsylvania

Music History

1991 Court awards Peggy Lee $3 million in suit against Disney regarding home video royalties

Music History

1991 Michael Jackson signs $65M deal with Sony Records to produce 6 albums

  • 1994 "Cyrano - The Musical" closes at Neil Simon NYC after 137 performances
  • 1994 "Flowering Peach" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • 1994 "No Man's Land" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 61 performances

Music Single

1995 Beatles release single, a cover of Shirelles song, "Baby It's You" (written by Burt Bacharach & Mack David), with late John Lennon as lead singer; 1st Fab Four single in nearly 10 years

  • 1996 "Love Thy Neighbor" opens at Booth Theater NYC

Theater Premiere

1997 Cheryl L. West and Shelden Epp's musical "Play On!", an adaptation of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" set in 1940s Harlem, featuring music of Duke Ellington, opens at Brooks Atkinson Theatre, NYC; runs for 61 performances