Events in Music on October 15

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

Music Premiere

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


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

  • 1925 Willem Landré's opera "Beatrice" premieres in The Hague

Contract of Interest

1955 Buddy Holley opens for Bill Haley & His Comets in Lubbock, Texas, and impresses Nashville scout Eddie Crandall, leading to a recording contract with a misspelling that creates "Buddy Holly"

  • 1960 "Laughs & Other Events" closes at Barrymore Theater, NYC, after 8 performances
  • 1973 7th Country Music Association Award: Roy Clark wins

Music Single

1973 Country music artist Dolly Parton releases her single "Jolene"

Music Single

1976 Ringo Starr releases single "A Dose of Rock 'n' Roll"; peaks at 26 in US, fails to chart in UK

  • 1977 "Serpentine Fire" single released by Earth, Wind & Fire (Billboard Song of the Year 1978)
  • 1977 Debbie Boone's "You Light Up My Life" goes #1 & stays #1 for 10 weeks
  • 1987 Allan Knee and Brian Gari's musical "Late Nite Comic" opens at Ritz Theater, NYC; runs for 4 performances
  • 1988 Amnesty International's "Human Rights Now!" Concert Tour ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina