On This Day

Events in Music on May 12

  • 1832 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "L'elisir d'amore" premieres in Milan
  • 1894 Ludwig Englander's musical "Passing Show" premieres in NYC

Music Premiere

1926 Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st Symphony premieres in Leningrad

#1 in the Charts

1934 "Cocktails For Two" by Duke Ellington hits #1

  • 1936 Ralph Vaughan Williams' opera "Poisoned Kiss" premieres in London

Music History

1938 Arthur Honegger and Paul Claudel's oratorio "Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher" (Joan of Arc at the Stake) premieres in Basel, Switzerland

Music Premiere

1950 Darius Milhaud's opera "Bolivar" premieres in Paris

  • 1958 "Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu" by Dicky Doo & The Don'ts hits #40

Music History

1959 "Nervous Set" opens at Henry Miller's Theater NYC for 23 performances

TV Show Appearance

1960 Elvis Presley appears on a Frank Sinatra television special; Elvis sings Sinatra's 1957 Cy Coleman hit "Witchcraft", and Frank performs Presley's 1956 classic "Love Me Tender"

Music History

1963 Bob Dylan walks out of "The Ed Sullivan Show" over a dispute about his song choice

Music History

1965 The Rolling Stones record their smash hit single "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"

Music Concert

1967 1st quadraphonic concert by Pink Floyd at the Games for May concert in London

Album Release

1967 "Are You Experienced" album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience first released - one of the most influential debut albums ever

Music Single

1972 Paul McCartney & Wings release single "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

  • 1973 Dueling Tubas by Martin Mull hits #92
  • 1981 "Lena Horne: Lady, Music" opens at Nederlander, NYC: runs for 333 performances
  • 1984 White Horse by Laid Back hits #26
  • 1988 "Carrie" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 5 performances

Music History

1990 Nora Dunn and Sinead O'Connor boycott "Saturday Night Live" to protest Andrew Dice Clay's hosting which was perceived as sexist; the show uses a time delay for the third time in its history

  • 1996 "Inherit the Wind" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • 1996 "Night of the Iguana" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 68 performances

Music Single

1997 "It's Your Love" single released by Time McGraw and Faith Hill

Music Concert

2000 Ringo Starr's sixth All-Starr Band debuts in concert; members include: Todd Rundgren, Jack Bruce, Gary Brooker, Simon Kirke, and Timmy Cappello

  • 2001 46th Eurovision Song Contest: Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL for Estonia wins singing "Everybody" in Copenhagen
  • 2001 Ringo Starr's seventh All-Starr Band debuts in concert; members include: Roger Hodgson, Ian Hunter, Howard Jones, Greg Lake, Sheila E., and Mark Rivera
  • 2007 52nd Eurovision Song Contest: Marija Serifovic wins singing "Molitva" in Helsinki

Album Release

2017 Former One Direction singer Harry Styles releases his self-titled debut solo album

  • 2018 63rd Eurovision song contest won by Netta from Israel in Lisbon, Portugal