On This Day

Events in Music on May 11

  • 1812 Waltz introduced into English ballrooms. Some observers consider it disgusting and immoral.
  • 1881 Bedřich Smetana's opera "Libuše" premieres iat the Natonal Theater, in Prague

Music History

1956 Elvis Presley's 1st entry on UK charts with "Heartbreak Hotel"

  • 1959 "Kookie, Kookie Lend Me Your Comb" by Byrnes & Connie Stevens hits #4

Music Premiere

1959 Mary Rodgers & Marshall Barer's musical "Once Upon A Mattress", starring Carol Burnett and directed by George Abbott, opens at Phoenix Theatre, NYC; runs for 244 performances

  • 1963 "Puff (The Magic Dragon)" by Peter, Paul & Mary hits #2
  • 1965 "Flora, the Red Menace" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 87 performances
  • 1967 "Sing, Israel Sing" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theatre NYC for 14 performances

Music Single

1968 Irish actor Richard Harris releases single "MacArthur Park"; it becomes a million-seller topping the charts in Canada and Australia, and peaking at #2 in US and #4 in UK

  • 1970 "The Long and Winding Road" becomes Beatles' last American single release

Music History

1972 John Lennon says his phone is tapped by FBI on "The Dick Cavett Show"

  • 1974 "Tubular Bells" by Mike Oldfield hits #7

Music History

1974 Steely Dan releases "Rikki Don't Lose That Number"

Album Release

1975 Natalie Cole releases her debut album "Inseparable" (wins 2 Grammys)

Music Premiere

1981 Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Cats" (based on poetry by T. S. Eliot) directed by Trevor Nunn first premieres in the West End, London

  • 1983 Alan Jay Lerner and Charles Strouse's musical "Dance a Little Closer" opens & closes at Minskoff Theater, NYC, after 1 performance

#1 in the Charts

1985 Madonna's "Crazy For You" single goes #1

Music Awards

1993 28th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, and Mary Chapin Carpenter win

  • 1994 Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey's musical "Grease" opens at Eugene O' Neill Theater, NYC; runs for 1,503 performances
  • 1997 "Play On!" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theatre NYC after 61 performances
  • 2002 Last performance of the musical Cats in London's West End