On This Day

Events in Music on May 29

  • 1753 Joseph Haydn's first opera "Krumme Teufel" (The Limping Devil) premieres in Vienna

Music Premiere

1901 Ignacy Jan Paderewski's opera "Manru" has its world premiere in Dresden, Germany

Music History

1913 Igor Stravinsky's avant-garde ballet score "Le Sacre du Printemps" (The Rite of Spring) for the Ballets Russes premieres at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, provoking a riot

Music History

1942 Bing Crosby records Irving Berlin's song "White Christmas", world's best-selling single (estimated 100 million copies sold)

Film Premiere

1942 "Yankee Doodle Dandy", based on life of George M. Cohan, directed by Michael Curtiz, starring James Cagney and Joan Lesley, premieres in NYC (Academy Awards Best Actor 1943)

Music History

1950 The Carter family debut on the Grand Ole Opry with Chet Atkins

Music History

1956 Arnold Schoenberg's "Modern Psalm" premieres

#1 in the Charts

1960 Everly Brothers single "Cathy's Clown" hits #1

TV Show Appearance

1962 Barbra Streisand appears on "The Garry Moore Show"

  • 1962 4th Grammy Awards: Moon River, Peter Nero win
  • 1971 "Court Room" by Clarence Carter hits #61

Music History

1976 Car tune "One Piece At A Time" by Johnny Cash hits #29

  • 1980 John MacLachlan Gray's musical "Billy Bishop Goes to War" opens at Morosco Theater, NYC; runs for 12 performances, then moves to Off-Broadway
  • 1982 "I Know What Boys Like" by The Waitresses hits #62

Music History

1987 Michael Jackson attempts to buy Elephant Man's remains

  • 1991 Musical adaptation of "Les Miserables" opens at Aotea Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand

Musical Finale

1994 Revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical "Joseph & the Amazing Dreamcoat" closes at Minskoff Theater, NYC, after 223 performances

  • 1994 Revival of William Inge's stage drama "Picnic" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • 1999 44th Eurovision Song Contest: Charlotte Nilsson for Sweden wins singing "Take Me to Your Heaven" in Jerusalem

Music Concert

2006 Singer David Bowie joins guitarist David Gilmour as special guest during encore at Royal Albert Hall, London concert; they perform "Arnold Layne" and "Comfortably Numb" in what becomes Bowie's final UK appearance

  • 2010 55th Eurovision Song Contest: Lena for Germany wins singing "Satellite" in Oslo