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 releaseMusic Premiere

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

Composer Jules Massenet
Jules Massenet
  • 1897 Irish Music Festival 1st held in Dublin
  • 1897 Paul Dukas' symphonic scherzo "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice" (used in Disney's Fantasia film) premieres, based 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 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1964 David Frost interviews Paul McCartney on BBC

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 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 Pop rock band Looking Glass release their single "Brandy"
  • 1974 "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 awardsMusic Awards

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

Singer Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood
Country Singer Brad Paisley
Country Singer
Brad Paisley
  • 2013 58th Eurovision Song Contest: Emmelie de Forest for Denmark wins singing "Only Teardrops" in Malmo

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

K-Pop Star Jimin
K-Pop Star