On This Day

Events in Music on May 4

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1728 George Frideric Handel's opera "Tolomeo, re di Egitto" premieres in London

Historic InventionThomas Edison's Phonograph

1878 Thomas Edison's Phonograph shown for 1st time at Grand Opera House
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Thomas Edison with his second phonograph, photographed in 1878
Thomas Edison with his second phonograph, photographed in 1878
  • 1957 Alan Freed hosts "Rock n' Roll Show" 1st prime-time network rock show

Music awardsGrammy Awards

1959 First Grammy Awards: Perry Como & Ella Fitzgerald win

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • 1973 Wings release "Red Rose Speedway" in UK
  • 1976 "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 7 performances
  • 1985 30th Eurovision Song Contest: Bobbysocks! for Norway wins singing "La det swinge" in Gothenburg
  • 1991 36th Eurovision Song Contest: Carola for Sweden wins singing "Fangad av en stormvind" in Rome
  • 1992 "I Saw the Light" single released by Wynonna (Billboard Song of the Year 1992)
  • 1993 "Angels in America-Millennium Approaches" opens at Kerr for 367 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Singer Courtney Love cleared of drug charges

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Courtney Love