Events in Music on October 8

Appointment of Interest

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

Music Premiere

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

  • 1928 Joseph Szigeti debuts Alfredo Casella's Violin Concerto

Music Premiere

1944 Samuel Barber's "Capricorn Concerto" premieres

  • 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 Single

1971 John Lennon releases his megahit single "Imagine"

  • 1972 "From Israel with Love" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 1979 Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields and Al Dubin's musical "Sugar Babies" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater, NYC; runs for 1208 performances

Music History

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

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

Music History

1985 Little Richard seriously injured in a single car accident in Los Angeles

  • 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

Music History

2015 Actress and singer Selena Gomez reveals she has Lupus