On This Day

Events in Music on May 19

  • 1886 Camille Saint-Saëns' 3rd Symphony in C premieres at St. James Hall, London, with the composer conducting

Music Premiere

1911 Maurice Ravel's opera "L'Heure Espagnole" premieres at the Opéra-Comique, Paris, France

  • 1958 "South Pacific" soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks
  • 1962 "Bravo, Giovanni" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 76 performances
  • 1962 "John Birch Society" by Chad Mitchell Trio hits #99

Music History

1962 Marilyn Monroe sings "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" to JFK before 15,000 attendees, accompanied by jazz pianist Hank Jones, at Madison Square Garden, NYC

  • 1973 "Daisy A Day" by Jud Strunk hits #14
  • 1973 "Smith" opens at Eden Theater, NYC: runs for 17 performances

Album Release

1976 Columbia Records releases "Turnstiles", singer-songwriter Billy Joel's fourth studio album

  • 1979 "In The Navy" by Village People hits #3
  • 1980 "Blackstone" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 104 performances

Music History

1983 Weird Al Yankovic gives live performance at Wax Museum in Washington, D.C.

Sports History

1984 109th Preakness: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr., aboard Gate Dancer wins his second Pimlico classic

Television Finale

1990 "Elvis" TV Drama about early life of Elvis Presley last airs on ABC

  • 1991 "Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story" closes at Shubert, NYC, after 225 performances

Album Release

1992 "Some Gave All" debut album by Billy Ray Cyrus is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1993)

  • 1998 Rapper DMX releases his debut studio album"It's Dark and Hell Is Hot", debuts at No. 1 Billboard 2000 Chart

Film Release

1999 "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace", directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Liam Neeson, is released in cinemas

  • 2006 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, James Taylor, Billy Joel, Sheryl Crow, and Lenny Kravitz
  • 2007 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (89,826): Chelsea beats Manchester United, 1 – 0 (a.e.t.); Didier Drogba scores 116' winner for Blues' 4th title

Television Premiere

2009 TV musical show "Glee" starring Jane Lynch, Michael Morrison, Lea Michele and an ensemble cast premieres on Fox

Music Awards

2013 21st Billboard Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Red win

  • 2019 64th Eurovision Song Contest won by Duncan Laurence of the Netherlands