On This Day

Events in Music on March 23

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio "Messiah" premieres in London

  • 1881 Gas lamp sets fire to opera house in Nice, France; 70 die
  • 1896 Umberto Giordano's opera "Andrea Chénier" premieres in Milan
  • 1923 Frank Silver & Irving Conn release "Yes, We Have No Bananas"
  • 1933 Kroll Opera in Berlin opens
  • 1950 "Great to Be Alive" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 52 performances
  • 1963 8th Eurovision Song Contest: Grethe and Jorgen Ingmann for Denmark win singing "Dansevise" in London

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1964 "In His Own Write", a book of short stories, poems and drawings by John Lennon is published

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1970 "Hello Darlin'" single released by Conway Twitty (Billboard Song of the Year, 1970)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 Yoko Ono is granted permanent residence in USA

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

Music concertMusic Concert

1977 Elvis Presley begins his final concert tour

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1979 Wings release "Goodnight Tonight"
  • 1985 Julian Lennon's 1st concert (San Antonio Texas)
  • 1995 "How To Succeed in Business..." opens at R Rodgers NYC for 548 performances
  • 1997 "Mandy Patinkin in Concert" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC

Music releaseMusic Single

1999 "Livin' la Vida Loca" sung by Ricky Martin released - goes on to sell over 8 million copies

Singer/Actor Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin

Music releaseAlbum Release

2004 Usher releases his 4th studio album “Confessions” (2004 Billboard Album of the Year, Grammy Award Best Contemporary R&B Album 2005)

Singer Usher