On This Day

Events in Music on October 15

  • 1886 Modest Mussorgsky's musical fantasy "Night on Bald Mountain" premieres in St. Petersburg's Kononov Hall, Russia

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1905 Claude Debussy's symphonic sketch "La Mer" premieres in Paris

Composer Claude Debussy
Claude Debussy


1917 Dutch exotic dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for Germany during WWI at Vincennes near Paris

Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy Mata Hari
Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy
Mata Hari
  • 1925 Willem LandrĂ©'s opera "Beatrice" premieres in The Hague
  • 1960 "Laughs & Other Events" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 8 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1969 3rd Country Music Association Award: Johnny Cash and Tammy Wynette win

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • 1973 7th Country Music Association Award: Roy Clark wins

Music releaseMusic Single

1976 Ringo Starr releases single "A Dose of Rock 'n' Roll"

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • 1977 Debbie Boone's "You Light Up My Life" goes #1 & stays #1 for 10 weeks
  • 1977 "Serpentine Fire" single released by Earth, Wind & Fire (Billboard Song of the Year 1978)
  • 1987 "Late Nite Comic" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 1988 Amnesty International's Global Concert Tour ends in Buenos Aires