On This Day

Events in Music on May 20

  • 1896 The six ton chandelier of the Palais Garnier opera house in Paris falls on the crowd resulting in the death of one and the injury of many others
  • 1961 Henzes opera "Elegy for Young Lovers," premieres in Schwetzingen
  • 1967 BBC bans the Beatles' "A Day in the Life" because of drug references
  • 1970 Beatles' "Let it Be" movie premieres in UK
  • 1972 "Different Times" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 24 performances
  • 1972 "Hard Job Being God" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • 1973 "2 Gentlemen of Verona" closes at St James Theater NYC after 613 performances
  • 1979 "I Love My Wife" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 864 performances

Music History

1979 Elton John is the 1st western pop star to tour USSR

  • 1980 Drummer Peter Criss quits rock band Kiss
  • 1983 "Every Breath You Take" single released by The Police (Billboard Song of the Year, 1983)
  • 1984 "On Your Toes" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 505 performances
  • 1990 "Truly Blessed" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 33 performances
  • 1992 American rapper Tung Twista raps 597 syllables in under 60 seconds
  • 2006 51st Eurovision Song Contest: Lordi for Finland wins singing "Hard Rock Hallelujah" in Athens

Music Awards

2012 20th Billboard Music Awards: Adele, 21 win

Music Awards

2018 K-pop boy band BTS are the first Koreans to perform at the Billboard Music Awards