On This Day

Events in Music on October 17

Music Premiere

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

Music Concert

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

  • 1957 "Copper & Brass" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • 1959 "Billy Barnes Revue" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 87 performances
  • 1960 "Tenderloin" opens at 46th St Theater, NYC; runs 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 Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner's musical "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever", starring Barbara Harris and John Cullum, opens at he Mark Hellinger Theatre, NYC; runs for 280 performances

Music History

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

#1 in the Charts

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

  • 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

Album Release

1988 Traveling Wilburys release debut album "Volume 1", featuring the single "Handle With Care"; pseudonymous band members include Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Tom Petty

Music History

1989 Columbia Records releases "Storm Front", singer-songwriter Billy Joel's eleventh studio album

Music History

1990 "Jackie Mason - Brand New" opens at Neil Simon Theater, NYC; runs for 216 performances

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

Music History

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
  • 1994 Billy Joel performs opening concert at Cleveland's Gund Arena
  • 1996 "Taking Sides" opens at Atkinson Theater NYC

Music History

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