On This Day

Events in Music on May 8

  • 1823 "Home! Sweet Home!" by John Howard Payne is 1st sung in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1924 Arthur Honegger's "Pacifica 231" premieres

Composer Arthur Honegger
Composer
Arthur Honegger
  • 1952 "Of Thee I Sing" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • 1952 "Shuffle Along" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 1960 1st performance of Ferde Grofé's "San Francisco Suite", with Grofé conducting, in San Francisco
  • 1962 Stephen Sondheim's musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" starring Zero Mostel and Jack Gilford, and directed by George Abbot opens at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 965 performances, and wins 6 Tony Awards
  • 1970 Beatles release 12th, and final, studio album, "Let It Be", in conjunction with the film of the same name
  • 1971 Courtney, Courtney, and Link's musical "Earl of Ruston" closes at Billy Rose Theater, NYC, after 5 performances
  • 1976 Leonard Bernstein and Alan Jay Lerner's musical "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" closes at Mark Hellinger, NYC, after 7 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1979 The Cure release their debut album "Three Imaginary Boys" (Boys Don't Cry in US, Australia)

Musician Robert Smith
Musician
Robert Smith

Music awardsMusic Awards

1985 20th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, George Strait, and Reba McEntire win

Country Singer Reba McEntire
Country Singer
Reba McEntire
  • 1988 "Oba Oba" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 46 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Paul McCartney releases remake of "Ferry Cross the Mersey" in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool football fans

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1994 Jim Cartwright's play "The Rise & Fall of Little Voice" closes at Neil Simon Theater, NYC after 9 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

2001 36th Academy of Country Music Awards: Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill & Toby Keith win

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
Singer-Songwriter Natalie Maines
Singer-Songwriter
Natalie Maines
Country Singer and Actor Toby Keith
Country Singer and Actor
Toby Keith