On This Day

Events in Music on May 30

  • 1866 Opera "Die Verkaufte Braut" premieres (Prague)
  • 1917 Jazz standard "Dark Town Strutters Ball" by Shelton Brooks recorded by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band

Music Premiere

1923 Howard Hanson's 1st Symphony "Nordic" premieres

Music History

1938 Walter Piston's dance work, The Incredible Flutist, written for the Boston Pops Orchestra, which premieres it, Arthur Fiedler conducting

  • 1959 George Weiss, Bo Goldman, and Glenn Paxton musical "First Impressions", adapted from Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice", starring Polly Bergen; Farley Granger, and Hermione Gingold, closes at Alvin Theater, NYC, after 84 performances

Theatrical Finale

1959 "Nervous Set" closes at Henry Miller's Theater NYC after 23 performances

Music History

1962 Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" incorporating the poems of Wilfred Owen premieres, marking the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral

  • 1964 "Beyond the Fringe" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 673 performances
  • 1964 Beatles 1961 record of "Cry for a Shadow" is #1 in Australia
  • 1964 The Beatles' "Love Me Do" single goes #1 in the United States
  • 1966 The Beatles release single "Paperback Writer" / "Rain" in US; "Rain" featured experimental studio tricks of slowed down bass and drums tracks, and backwards vocals in the fade out
  • 1968 Beatles begin work on their only double album "Beatles"
  • 1970 "Minnie's Boys" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 80 performances
  • 1971 36 hospitalized during Grateful Dead concert; drunk LSD apple juice

Album Release

1973 George Harrison releases his fourth studio album "Living in the Material World" in the US

  • 1982 Musical "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?", after successful runs in Chicago and Philadelphia, closes at Alvin Theatre, NYC, after 5 performances

Music History

2017 Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John reveals her breast cancer has returned after 25 years

Music History

2019 Singer R. Kelly charged with 11 new counts of sexual assault and abuse in Chicago