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Events in Music on October 8

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1897 Emperor Franz Joseph I names Gustav Mahler Director of the Vienna Court Opera

Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph I
Austro-Hungarian Emperor
Franz Joseph I

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1928 Cole Porter and E Ray Goetz' musical "Paris" opens at the Music Box Theatre, NYC; runs for 195 performances

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter
  • 1928 Joseph Szigeti debuted Alfredo Casella's Violin Concerto.

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1944 Samuel Barber's "Capricorn Concerto" premieres

Composer Samuel Barber
Composer
Samuel Barber
  • 1951 "Music in the Air" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • 1959 "At the Drop of a Hat" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 216 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

1971 John Lennon releases his megahit single "Imagine"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1972 "From Israel with Love" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 8 performances
Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious on stage during the band's last show at Winterland in San Francisco, January 14, 1978
Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious on stage during the band's last show at Winterland in San Francisco, January 14, 1978
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  • 1979 J McHugh & A Malvin's musical "Sugar Babies" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 1208 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1979 13th Country Music Association Award: Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers & Barbara Mandrell wins

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
Country Singer and TV Host Barbara Mandrell
Country Singer and TV Host
Barbara Mandrell

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1980 After playing two shows at the Madison Square Garden, Bob Marley collapsed in Central Park while jogging, brought to Sloan-Kettering Hospital

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • 1984 18th Country Music Association Award: Alabama wins
  • 1985 Alain Boubil and Herbert Kretzner's "Les Miserables" premieres in London

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1985 Little Richard seriously injured in a car accident

Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer Little Richard
Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer
Little Richard
  • 1990 24th Country Music Association Award: George Strait wins
  • 2000 Musical "Peter Pan" starring Cathy Rigby, and filmed before a live audience, premieres on A&E TV
  • 2014 The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is awarded the third $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize

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2015 Actress and singer Selena Gomez reveals she has Lupus

Singer and Actress Selena Gomez
Singer and Actress
Selena Gomez