On This Day

Events in Music on November 23

Music Premiere

1834 "Harold in Italy", symphonic work for orchestra and viola by Hector Berlioz, premieres and at the Paris Conservatoire; Chrétien Urhan soloist, with Narcisse Girard conducting

  • 1887 Opera "Trumpeter of Säckingen" 1st American production (NYC)

Music History

1903 Enrico Caruso makes his US debut at the Metropolitan Opera House, in New York in Verdi's "Rigoletto"

Music History

1926 Noël Coward's "This Was a Man" premieres in NYC

Music Recording

1936 Legendary Delta blues musician Robert Johnson's first recording session with producer Don Law at the Gunter Hotel, San Antonio, Texas

Music History

1944 Arnold Schoenberg's "Ode to Napoleon" premieres in NYC

  • 1946 "Gypsy Lady" closes at Century Theater NYC after 79 performances
  • 1950 Howard Swanson's "Short Symphony" premieres
  • 1959 "Fiorello!" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 796 performances
  • 1963 "Tambourines to Glory" closes at Little Theater NYC after 24 performances
  • 1964 "Bajour" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 232 performances
  • 1964 Beatles release single "I Feel Fine" & "She's a Woman"
  • 1968 Musical revue "Noël Coward's Sweet Potato" closes at Booth Theatre, NYC, after 44 performances

Music Single

1970 George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord" single in the US

Album Release

1970 Cat Stevens releases his fourth studio album "Tea for the Tillerman"; featuring singles "Wild World and "Father and Son"

Music Premiere

1977 Revival of Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice's musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" opens at Longacre Theater, NYC; runs for 96 performances

Music History

1991 Freddie Mercury, 45, confirms he has AIDS the day before he dies

  • 1992 "Someone Who'll Watch Over Me" opens at Booth NYC for 232 performances
  • 1993 "Angels in America-Perestroika" opens at Walter Kerr NYC for 216 performances

Album Release

1993 "Doggystyle" debut album by Snoop Doggy Dogg is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1994)

Album Release

1999 Jessica Simpson releases her debut studio album "Sweet Kisses"

Music Awards

2008 35th American Music Awards: Rihanna & Chris Brown win

  • 2009 Susan Boyle releases her debut album “I Dreamed a Dream” (biggest selling album worldwide 2009, 2010 Billboard Album of the Year)
  • 2009 Fela! based on music and lyrics by Nigerian singer Fela Kuti, opens on Broadway

Music Awards

2014 41st American Music Awards: One Direction, Sam Smith and Katy Perry win