On This Day

Events in Music on September 17

  • 1931 Operetta "Viktoria & Her Hussar" by Paul Abraham (adapted for English by Harry Graham) premieres in London at Palace Theatre h

Album Release

1934 RCA Victor releases 1st 33 1/3 rpm recording - Beethoven's Fifth Symphony performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Leopold Stokowski at the Philadelphia Academy of Music

  • 1946 "Gypsy Lady" opens at Century Theater NYC for 79 performances
  • 1946 "If the Shoe Fits" opens at Century Theater NYC for 20 performances
  • 1951 "Borscht Capades" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 90 performances
  • 1955 Sammy Fain and Dan Shapiro's musical comedy "Ankles Aweigh" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater, NYC. after 176 performances
  • 1960 "Vintage '60" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theatre NYC after 8 performances
  • 1964 Beatles are paid a then record $150,000 for a concert (Kansas)

Music Single

1964 The Supremes release single "Baby Love"

Album Release

1976 Ringo Starr releases album "Ringo's Rotogravure"

  • 1977 Fleetwood Mac's "Rumors" is #1 for 19th straight week

Film Premiere

1980 "Divine Madness" starring Bette Midler, premieres

Music Single

1982 "Bad to the Bone" single by George Thorogood and the Destroyers first released

Music History

1983 Vanessa Williams (NY), 20, crowned 56th Miss America 1984, 1st winner of African American descent

Music History

1992 Frank Zappa conducts The Ensemble Modern in portions of his classical work "The Yellow Shark" in Frankfurt, Germany; receives a 20 minute standing ovation in what is his last public appearance

  • 1995 "Love! Valor! Compassion!" closes at Walter Kerr NYC after 276 performances

Farm Aid Concert

2000 Farm Aid 13 held in Bristow, Virginia; performers include Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, CSN&Y, Arlo Guthrie, Sawyer Brown, Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt, North Mississippi Allstars, Barenaked Ladies, and Tipper Gore

Music History

2003 Billy Corgan presents his poetry at the Art Institute of Chicago's Rubloff Auditorium

Hall of Fame

2005 Diana DeGarmo receives the Horizon Award at the Georgia Music Hall Of Fame Awards ceremony

  • 2016 Farm Aid held in Bristow, Virginia; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Alabama Shakes, Sturgill Simpson, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Jamey Johnson & Alison Krauss, Margo Price, and The Wisdom Indian Dancers