On This Day

Events in Music on May 24

  • 1873 Leo Delibes' opera "Le Roi l'a Dit" ("The King Has Spoken") premieres at the Opéra-Comique in Paris

Notable Fireworks

1873 Alexandra Palace opens on Queen Victoria's 54th birthday with a grand celebration including concerts, recitals and fireworks

Music History

1933 Dmitri Shostakovich's Preludes premieres in Moscow

Music Premiere

1948 Benjamin Britten's "Beggar's Opera" premieres at Arts Theatre, Cambridge, England

  • 1956 1st Eurovision Song Contest: Lys Assia for Switzerland wins singing "Refrain" in Lugano
  • 1958 "New Girl in Town" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 432 performances

Contract of Interest

1962 The Beatles record "Sweet Georgia Brown" & "Swanee" in Hamburg, Germany to close out their contract with Bert Kaempfert; Tony Sheridan later dubs vocal over tracks

Meeting of Interest

1963 Barbra Streisand performs "Happy Days Are Here Again" at White House Press Correspondents Dinner, and meets US President John F. Kennedy

The Beatles on Ed Sullivan

1964 The Beatles' 4th appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show", features an interview and pre-recorded performance of "You Can't Do That"

Music Premiere

1966 Jerry Herman's musical "Mame", starring Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur, opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 1508 performances, wins 3 Tony Awards

Music History

1968 Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithfull arrested for drug possession in England

  • 1969 Beatles' "Get Back" single goes #1 and stays #1 for 5 weeks
  • 1969 "Sugar, Sugar" single released by cartoon band The Archies (Billboard Song of the Year, 1969)
  • 1970 Peter Green quits Fleetwood Mac to join a religious cult

Television Finale

1974 "The Dean Martin Show" last airs on NBC-TV

Album Release

1974 RCA releases "Diamond Dogs", David Bowie's 8th studio album, recorded in London and the Netherlands, with cover design by artist Guy Peellaert, it peaks in the U.S. charts at No. 5, and goes to No. 1 in the U.K. and Canada

  • 1980 "Rock Lobster" by B-52s hits #56
  • 1984 Revival of musical "The Wiz" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 13 performances

Music Recording

1989 Weird Al Yankovic records three tracks for his UHF soundtrack

  • 1994 Poison singer Bret Michaels is involved in a car crash
  • 2003 48th Eurovision Song Contest: Sertab Erener for Turkey wins singing "Everyway That I Can" in Riga

Music Concert

2003 Paul McCartney performs in his first-ever concert in Russia, in Moscow's Red Square, to a crowd of over 100,000 people

  • 2008 53rd Eurovision Song Contest: Dima Bilan for Russia wins singing "Believe" in Belgrade
  • 2022 American rock band Aerosmith cancels planned Las Vegas concerts in June and July as singer Steven Tyler returns to drug rehab