On This Day

Events in Music on May 16

  • 1868 Bedřich Smetana's opera "Dalibor" premieres at the New Town Theatre in Prague
  • 1879 Antonín Dvořák's "Slavonic Dances" premieres
  • 1941 1st US radio performance of Robert Russell Bennett''s "Symphony in D for the Dodgers"

Music Premiere

1946 Irving Berlin, Dorothy and Herbert Fields' musical "Annie Get Your Gun" starring Ethel Merman and featuring "There's No Business Like Show Business" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC

Music History

1947 Billie Holiday is arrested in her New York apartment for possession of narcotics

  • 1952 "New Faces of 1952" opens at Royale Theater, NYC; runs for 365 performances
  • 1963 "Beast in Me" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 1965 "Roar of the Greasepaint" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 232 performances
  • 1966 The Beach Boys release their groundbreaking album "Pet Sounds", containing hit singles "Sloop John B" and "Wouldn't It Be Nice", and "God Only Knows"

Music History

1969 Barbra Streisand appears at a Friars Club Tribute

  • 1969 The Who's Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey charged with assault

Music History

1970 "Grover Henson Feels Forgotten" by Bill Cosby hits #70

Music Premiere

1971 Benjamin Britten's opera "Owen Wingrave" premieres in Aldwych, London

Theater Premiere

1972 Melvin Van Peebles' musical "Don't Play Us Cheap" opens at Barrymore Theater, NYC; runs for 164 performances

  • 1975 Wings release "Listen to What the Man Said" in UK
  • 1980 Brian May of rock group Queen collapses on stage with hepatitis

Album Release

1980 Paul McCartney releases "McCartney II" album

#1 in the Charts

1981 "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes hits #1 for next 9 weeks

  • 1982 "Barnum" closes at St James Theater NYC after 854 performances
  • 1982 "Is There Life After High School?" closes at Barrymore after 12 performances

Music Single

1984 "When Doves Cry" single released by Prince Rogers Nelson (Billboard Song of the Year, 1984)

  • 1987 "Mystery of Edwin Drood" closes at Imperial NYC after 608 performances

Music History

1987 Weird Al Yankovic performs live at 72nd National Orange Show

  • 1992 "Smells Like Nirvana" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #35
  • 1993 "3 Men on a Horse" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 40 performances
  • 1993 "Wilder, Wilder, Wilder" closes at Circle in Square, NYC after 30 performances
  • 1994 Norwegian black metal musician Varg Vikernes is sentenced to 21 years in prison for the murder of musician Euronymous and for the arson of three churches

Film Release

2002 "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman, opens in cinemas

  • 2009 54th Eurovision Song Contest: Alexander Rybak for Norway wins singing "Fairytale" in Moscow

Music History

2018 Painting "Past Times" by Kerry James Marshall is bought by Sean Combs for $21.1 million, most paid for a living African American artist

Film Premiere

2019 "Rocketman" film based on life of singer Elton John starring Taron Egerton premieres at the Cannes Film Festival