On This Day

Events in Music on May 23

  • 1921 Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake's musical "Shuffle Along" premieres on Broadway at Daly's 63rd Street Theatre, New York City [1]
  • 1922 Comedic play "Abie's Irish Rose" premieres at Fulton Theatre, NYC; runs for 2,327 performances (longest run at the time)

Appointment of Interest

1939 Dmitri Shostakovich appointed professor at conservatory of Leningrad

  • 1959 "Party with Comden & Green" closes at John Golden NYC after 44 performances
  • 1960 "Finian's Rainbow" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 1960 "Got A Girl" by The Four Preps hits #24
  • 1968 Beatles open 2nd Apple Boutique at 161 New Kings Road, London
  • 1969 The Who release rock opera "Tommy"
  • 1970 Grateful Dead's 1st performance outside US, as part of 'The Hollywood Rock Music Festival', in Newcastle under Lyme, England
  • 1971 American rock group Iron Butterfly ("In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida") disbands

Music History

1977 US Supreme Court refuses to hear appeals of Watergate wrong doers H. R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman & John Mitchell

  • 1979 American rock singer-songwriter Tom Petty files for chapter 11 bankruptcy

Cannes Film Festival

1980 33rd Cannes Film Festival: "All That Jazz" directed by Bob Fosse and "Kagemusha" directed by Akira Kurosawa jointly awarded the Palme d'Or

  • 1997 "King David" closes at New Amsterdam Theater NYC

Album Release

2000 Eminem releases 3rd studio album "The Marshall Mathers LP", is fastest ever selling studio album (Grammy - Best Rap Album, 2001)

Music Awards

2006 41st Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans and Keith Urban win

Music Premiere

2014 "Pauline" a chamber opera by Margaret Atwood and Tobin Stokes premieres at the York Theatre in Vancouver

  • 2015 60th Eurovision Song Contest: Mans Zelmerlow for Sweden wins singing "Heroes" in Vienna