On This Day

Events in Music on May 15

  • 1858 Royal Italian Opera opens in Covent Garden, London

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Music awardsGrammy Awards

1963 5th Grammy Awards: I Left My Heart In San Francisco, Robert Goulet wins

Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1967 Paul McCartney meets his future wife Linda Eastman

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Film release premierFilm Premier

1968 "Wonderwall" with George Harrison premieres at Cannes Film Festival

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 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 for 6 performances
  • 1976 Fonz Song by Heyettes hits #91
  • 1976 Kentucky Moonrunner by Cledus Maggard hits #85
  • 1981 George Harrison releases "All Those Years Ago" in UK
  • 1988 "Carrie" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1988 "Gospel at Colonus" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 61 performances
  • 1989 "Chu Chem" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 44 performances
  • 1990 "Cemetery Club" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • 1993 38th Eurovision Song Contest: Niamh Kavanagh for Ireland wins singing "In Your Eyes" in Millstreet

Music releaseMusic Single

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

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly
Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
  • 2004 49th Eurovision Song Contest: Ruslana for Ukraine wins singing "Wild Dances" in Istanbul

Film release premierFilm Premier

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 awardsMusic Awards

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

Singer Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood
Country Singer Brad Paisley
Country Singer
Brad Paisley
  • 2010 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (88,335): Chelsea beats Portsmouth,1-0; Didier Drogba scores 59' winner; Blues' 6th title