On This Day

Events in Music on May 18

  • 1887 Emmanuel Chabrier's opera "Le roi malgré lui" (King, in spite of himself) premieres at the Opéra-Comique in Paris; after 3 performances the theatre burns down

Music Premiere

1889 Jules Massenet's opera "Esclarmonde" premieres in Paris

  • 1897 Irish Music Festival 1st held in Dublin

Music History

1897 Paul Dukas' symphonic scherzo "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice" (used in Disney's Fantasia film) premieres, based on poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • 1948 "Ballet Ballads" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 62 performances
  • 1950 "Liar" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 1959 "Castin' My Spell" by The Johnny Otis Show hits #52
  • 1959 "Judy" by David Seville hits #86
  • 1959 "Russian Band Stand" by Spencer & Spencer hits #91
  • 1961 "Donnybrook!" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 68 performances
  • 1963 "Beast in Me" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 1963 "If You Wanna Be Happy" by Jimmy Soul hits #1

Music History

1964 David Frost interviews Paul McCartney on BBC

  • 1969 "Canterbury Tales" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 122 performances
  • 1970 Beatles' last released LP, "Let It Be", released in US
  • 1972 American basketball player John Sebastian makes 63 consecutive free throws while blindfolded
  • 1972 American pop rock band Looking Glass release their single "Brandy"
  • 1974 Novelty song "The Streak" by Ray Stevens hits #1
  • 1985 "One Night In Bangkok" by Murray Head hits #3
  • 1986 "Singin' in the Rain" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 367 performances
  • 1996 41st Eurovision Song Contest: Eimear Quinn for Ireland wins singing "The Voice" in Oslo
  • 1997 "King David" opens at New Amsterdam Theater NYC
  • 1999 "Millennium" 3rd studio album by the Backstreet Boys is released - one of the best-selling albums of all time, over 30 million copies sold

Music Awards

2008 43rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, and Carrie Underwood win

  • 2013 58th Eurovision Song Contest: Emmelie de Forest for Denmark wins singing "Only Teardrops" in Malmo

Album Release

2018 K-pop boy band BTS release their album "Love Yourself: Tear", sells 135,000 first week