On This Day

Events in Music on May 13

Music Premiere

1767 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's first opera "Apollo et Hyacinthus", written when he was 11 years old, premieres in Salzburg

  • 1848 First performance of Finland's national anthem "Maamme", composed by Fredrik Pacius, Swedish words by Johan Ludvig Runeberg
  • 1941 Willy Lewis' US jazz band performs in Switzerland
  • 1954 "Pajama Game" opens at St James Theater NYC for 1063 performances

Music History

1966 The Rolling Stones release "Paint it Black" in the UK

  • 1970 Beatles movie "Let it Be" premieres
  • 1973 "Cyrano" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • 1975 "Rodgers & Hart" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 108 performances
  • 1978 "Angel" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1978 Musical "Runaways" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 199 performances, with Elizabeth Swados
  • 1984 "Oliver!" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • 1990 "Change in the Heir" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 16 performances

Music History

1991 "Michael Jackson: Magic & Madness" goes on sale

  • 1995 40th Eurovision Song Contest: Secret Garden for Norway wins singing "Nocturne" in Dublin
  • 2000 45th Eurovision Song Contest: Olsen Brothers for Denmark wins singing "Fly on the Wings of Love" in Stockholm

Music Concert

2010 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Mary J. Blige, Debbie Harry, Lady Gaga, Shirley Bassey, Nile Rodgers and Chic

Album Release

2016 Chance the Rapper releases his third mixtape "Coloring Book" on Apple Music - first album to chart on Billboard Top 100 based only on streams (Grammy for Best Rap Album)

  • 2017 62nd Eurovision Song Contest: Portugal's Salvador Sobral wins singing "Amar Pelos Dois"