On This Day

Events in Music on May 17

Music History

1713 Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi's first opera "Ottone in villa" opens at Teatro delle Grazie in Vicenza, Republic of Venice (now Italy)

  • 1890 Pietro Mascagni's opera "Rustic Chivalry" premieres in Rome at the Teatro Costanzi

Music History

1904 Maurice Ravel's song cycle "Shéhérazade" premieres with Jeanne Hatto as soprano, at the Salle Nouveau Théâtre, Paris, France

  • 1947 "Street Scene" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 148 performances
  • 1969 "My Wife, My Dog, My Cat" by Maskman & The Agents hits #92

Music History

1970 Anonymous buyer purchases one of the pairs of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" for $15,000 at MGM Studio auction, and donates them to the Smithsonian Institution

  • 1971 Stephen Schwartz' musical "Godspell" premieres off-Broadway
  • 1973 "Nash at Nine" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 21 performances

#1 in the Charts

1973 Stevie Wonder releases the music single "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life", goes to #1 and wins him a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

Music History

1974 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 15th String quartet

  • 1975 "Funky Gibbon" by The Goodies hits #79

Music History

1975 Mick Jagger punches a restaurant window, gets 20 stitches

Music History

1980 Paul & Linda McCartney appear on "Saturday Night Live"

  • 1981 "Inacent Black" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 14 performances
  • 1986 "Chicken Song" by Spitting Image hits #1 on the UK pop chart
  • 1987 "Stardust" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 102 performances
  • 1993 "Chattahoochee" single released by Alan Jackson (CMA Award Single of the Year, Billboard Song of the Year 1993)

Music Awards

2005 40th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson & Keith Urban win

Music History

2005 Singer Kylie Minogue is diagnosed with breast cancer at 36

Album Release

2015 "Blurryface," 4th studio album by Twenty One Pilots is released (1st album ever to have every track gold-certified)

Music Awards

2015 24th Billboard Music Awards: Taylor Swift wins top artist & 7 other awards