On This Day

Events in Music on May 1

Music Premiere

1786 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera "Marriage of Figaro" premieres in Vienna with Mozart himself directing

  • 1931 Singer Kate Smith begins her long-running association with CBS radio, various programs continue until 1945
  • 1950 Pulitzer prize awarded to Rodgers & Hammerstein for musical "South Pacific"
  • 1966 Last British concert by Beatles (Empire Pool in Wembley)
  • 1968 "Ben Franklin in Paris" closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC after 215 performances

Album Release

1969 Reprise Records releases "Clouds", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 2nd studio album

  • 1971 Rolling Stones release "Brown Sugar"
  • 1972 "Different Times" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 24 performances

Music History

1979 Elton John performs for 1st time in Israel, kicking off a mini-tour of 5 shows in six nights

  • 1980 "Day in Hollywood, A Night..." opens at John Golden NYC for 588 performances
  • 1980 15th Academy of Country Music Awards: Larry Gatlin and Crystal Gayle win
  • 1983 "My One & Only" opens at St James Theater NYC for 767 performances

Music History

1984 Mick Fleetwood (of Fleetwood Mac) files for bankruptcy

  • 1988 "Romance/Romance" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 297 performances
  • 1990 "Prelude to a Kiss" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC
  • 1991 Cy Coleman, Betty Comden and Adolph Green' s musical "Will Rogers Follies" premieres at The Palace Theater, NYC; runs for 981 performances
  • 1991 "Will Rogers Follies" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 983 performances
  • 1994 "My Fair Lady" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 165 performances
  • 1994 Jim Cartwright's play "The Rise & Fall of Little Voice" opens at Neil Simon Theater, NYC; runs for 9 performances
  • 1995 "On the Waterfront" opens at Atkinson Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 1995 "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)" single released by John Michael Montgomery (Billboard Song of the Year 1995)
  • 1996 "Ideal Husband" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 308 performances

Music History

2010 Canadian singer Bryan Adams is given the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for his 30 years of contributions to the arts

Agreement of Interest

2017 Billy Corgan agrees to purchase the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)