On This Day

Events in Music on May 5

  • 1726 Marie de Camargo (16) premieres at Opera of Paris

Music History

1891 Music Hall (now Carnegie Hall) opens in New York City, with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky as guest conductor of teh New York Music Society Orchestra

  • 1900 "The Billboard" began weekly publication

Music Premiere

1927 Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st Symphony premieres in Berlin

  • 1951 "Out of This World" closes at New Century Theater NYC after 157 performances
  • 1955 "Damn Yankees" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 1022 performances

#1 in the Charts

1962 "West Side Story" soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 54 weeks which is more than 20 weeks longer than any other album

  • 1967 The Kinks release "Waterloo Sunset" as a single; peaks at #2 on the British charts
  • 1971 Courtney, Courtney, and Link's musical "Earl of Ruston" opens at Billy Rose Theater, NYC, runs for 5 performances
  • 1984 29th Eurovision Song Contest: Herreys for Sweden wins singing "Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley" in Luxembourg
  • 1986 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announces Cleveland, Ohio chosen as the site of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum
  • 1990 35th Eurovision Song Contest: Toto Cutugno for Italy wins singing "Insieme: 1992" in Zagreb

Music History

1992 American country singer Tammy Wynette hospitalized with bile duct infection

  • 1994 "Sally Marrand Her Escorts" opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 50 performances
  • 1996 "Jack-Night on Town with J Barrymore" closes at Belasco after 12 performances

Album Release

2008 American/Columbia Records releases "Home Before Dark", the twenty-seventh studio album by Neil Diamond; tops charts in US, UK and NZ

  • 2015 "Traveller" debut album by Chris Stapleton is released (Grammy Award Best Country Album, 2016; Billboard Album of the Year, 2016)

Music Single

2018 Childish Gambino [Donald Glover] releases the music video to new single "This is America" to wide acclaim