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

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

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1959 "Kookie, Kookie Lend Me Your Comb" by Byrnes & Connie Stevens hits #4
  • 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 Theater NYC for 14 performances

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1968 Richard Harris releases "MacArthur Park"

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris

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

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1974 "Tubular Bells" by Mike Oldfield hits #7

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

Singer Donald Fagen
Singer
Donald Fagen

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole

Music releaseMusic 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

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber
Composer
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate T. S. Eliot
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate
T. S. Eliot
  • 1983 Alan Jay Lerner and Charles Strouse's musical "Dance a Little Closer" opens & closes at Minskoff Theater, NYC, after 1 performance

Music release#1 in the Charts

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

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
Country Singer Vince Gill
Country Singer
Vince Gill
  • 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 Theater NYC after 61 performances
  • 2002 Last performance of the musical Cats in London's West End