On This Day

Events in Music on May 8

  • 1823 "Home! Sweet Home!" by John Howard Payne is 1st sung in London
  • 1952 "Of Thee I Sing" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • 1952 "Shuffle Along" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 1962 "Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 965 performances
  • 1970 Beatles release "Let it Be" album
  • 1971 "Earl of Ruston" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1976 "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
Robert Smith
  • 1985 20th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, George Strait, and Reba McEntire win
  • 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 "Rise & Fall of Little Voice" closes at Neil Simon 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
Natalie Maines