Events in Music on May 15

  • 1858 Royal Italian Opera opens in Covent Garden, London

Music Premiere

1891 Jules Massenet's opera "Grisélidis" premieres in Paris

  • 1914 Henri Rabaud's opera "Marouf, savetier de Caire" premieres in Paris
  • 1941 Nazi occupiers in Netherlands forbid Jewish music

Music History

1960 Dmitri Shostakovich's 7th String quartet premieres in Leningrad

  • 1961 "Bonanza" by Al Caiola Orchestra hits #19

Grammy Awards

1963 5th Grammy Awards: "I Left My Heart In San Francisco"; Robert Goulet win

Meeting of Interest

1967 Paul McCartney meets his future wife, American photographer Linda Eastman

Film Premiere

1968 "Wonderwall" with music by George Harrison, premieres at Cannes Film Festival

  • 1968 Paul McCartney & John Lennon appear on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson", to promote Apple Records, Joe Garagiola is substitute host
  • 1971 "70, Girls, 70" closes at Broadhurst Theater, NYC, after 35 performances
  • 1972 "Hard Job Being God" opens at Edison Theater, NYC; runs for 6 performances
  • 1976 "Fonz Song" by Heyettes hits #91
  • 1976 Kentucky Moonrunner by Cledus Maggard hits #85
  • 1981 George Harrison releases single "All Those Years Ago" in UK: the song was a tribute to John Lennon, and featured Ringo Starr on drums, and Paul and Linda McCartney on backing vocals
  • 1988 "Gospel at Colonus" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 61 performances

Musical Finale

1988 Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford's musical "Carrie", based on Stephen King's novel, closes at Virginia Theater, NYC, after 5 performances

  • 1989 "Chu Chem" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 44 performances
  • 1990 "Cemetery Club" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theatre NYC for 56 performances
  • 1993 38th Eurovision Song Contest: Niamh Kavanagh for Ireland wins singing "In Your Eyes" in Millstreet

Music Single

2001 "Fiesta" single released by R. Kelly featuring Jay-Z and Boo & Gotti (Billboard Song of the Year 2001)

  • 2004 49th Eurovision Song Contest: Ruslana for Ukraine wins singing "Wild Dances" in Istanbul

Film Premiere

2005 "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith", directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman, premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

Music Awards

2007 42nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley win

  • 2022 British rock band "The Who" returns to Cincinnati, Ohio for the first time since tragic December 1979 stampede that killed 11 concert goers [1]