On This Day

Events in Music on October 17

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1825 1st opera by Franz Liszt, "Don Sanche" premieres in Paris

Composer & Pianist Franz Liszt
Composer & Pianist
Franz Liszt

Music concertMusic Concert

1831 Felix Mendelssohn's 1st Piano concert in G, premieres in Munich, with the composer as soloist

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn
  • 1957 "Copper & Brass" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 36 performances

Film PremierJailhouse Rock Premieres

1957 Jailhouse Rock starring Elvis Presley premieres in Memphis, Tennessee

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A publicity shot from the film showing Elvis Presley during the dance sequence in Jailhouse Rock
A publicity shot from the film showing Elvis Presley during the dance sequence in Jailhouse Rock
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  • 1959 "Billy Barnes Revue" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 87 performances
  • 1960 "Tenderloin" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 216 performances
  • 1963 "Jennie" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 82 performances
  • 1963 The Beatles record "I Want to Hold Your Hand" at EMI Studios in London
  • 1965 "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever" opens in NYC for 280 performances

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1967 Barbra Streisand stars on "Belle of 14th Street" special on CBS

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

Music release#1 in the Charts

1972 Chuck Berry's "My Ding-a-ling," is #1

Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Chuck Berry
Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Chuck Berry
  • 1974 "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" closes at Playhouse NYC after 1065 per
  • 1979 "Beatlemania" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 920 performances
  • 1982 1st live orchestra on a US commercial network since 1954 (National Symphony)
  • 1987 "Late Nite Comic" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 1988 Traveling Wilburys release "Volume 1", featuring the single "Handle With Care"

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1990 "Jackie Mason - Brand New" opens at Neil Simon NYC for 216 performances

Comedian Jackie Mason
Comedian
Jackie Mason
  • 1990 "Les Miserables" opens at Imperial Theatre, NY & His Majesty's Theatre, Perth

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1990 Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong drops out of school to pursue a career in music

  • 1991 Blue Man Group's 1st performance in New York City

Music concertMusic Concert

1994 Billy Joel performs opening concert at Cleveland's Gund Arena

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel
  • 1996 "Taking Sides" opens at Atkinson Theater NYC

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2019 Lana Del Rey's ballad "Video Games" named song of the decade at Q Awards in London

Singer-Songwriter and Model Lana Del Rey
Singer-Songwriter and Model
Lana Del Rey