On This Day

Events in Music on May 25

Music Premiere

1878 W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan's comic opera "H.M.S. Pinafore" premieres in London, their first international success

  • 1887 Gas lamp at Paris Opera catches fire; 200 die

Music Premiere

1934 Béla Bartók's "Cantata Profana - The Nine Enchanted Stags" premieres in London, England, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Wireless Chorus conducted by Aylmer Buesst

  • 1957 "Shinbone Alley" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • 1962 Isley Brothers release "Twist & Shout"
  • 1963 "Hot Spot" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 43 performances
  • 1965 Dave Davies of The Kinks knocked unconscious in an on stage scuffle with drummer Mick Avory at Cardiff’s Capital Theatre

Music History

1967 John Lennon takes delivery of his psychedelically painted Rolls Royce

  • 1968 Rolling Stones release song "Jumping Jack Flash"
  • 1968 Unicorn by The Irish Rovers hits #7

Music Single

1973 George Harrison releases single "Give Me Love" in UK

  • 1977 "Beatles Live! At Star-Club in Hamburg Germany" released

Film Release

1977 Original "Star Wars" movie (Episode IV – A New Hope), directed by George Lucas and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, first released

  • 1980 "Musical Chairs" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 15 performances

Music History

1983 "Return of the Jedi" (Star Wars Episode VI), produced by George Lucas first released

Music Recording

1989 Weird Al Yankovic records parody song "She Drives Like Crazy"

  • 1991 "People Are Still Having Sex" by LaTour hits #35

Cannes Film Festival

2000 53rd Cannes Film Festival: "Dancer in the Dark" directed by Lars von Trier and starring Björk (Best Actress) wins the Palme d'Or

  • 2002 47th Eurovision Song Contest: Marie N for Latvia wins singing "I Wanna" in Tallinn