Events in Music on September 18

  • 1769 John Harris of Boston, Massachusetts, builds 1st spinet piano
  • 1809 Royal Opera House in London opens
  • 1897 Gustave Kecker/Hugh Martin's musical "Belle of New York City" premieres in NYC

Music History

1899 Scott Joplin granted copyright for his "Maple Leaf Rag", the most famous ragtime composition, by the US Copyright Office

  • 1948 "Hilarities (of 1949)" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 14 performances

Film Premiere

1968 "Funny Girl" biopic film based on life of Fanny Brice premieres, directed by William Wyler, starring Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif

  • 1969 American singer Tiny Tim (37) & Victoria "Miss Vicki" Budinger(17) get engaged
  • 1979 The Who opens NYC concerts at Madison Square Garden
  • 1980 'Les Miserables' opens at Palais des Sports, Paris
  • 1985 "Song & Dance" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 474 performances

Farm Aid Concert

1994 Farm Aid VII held in New Orleans, Louisiana; performers include Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Neville Brothers, Spin Doctors, Gin Blossoms, John Conlee, Kris Kristofferson, Al Hirt, and Pete Fountain [1]

  • 2004 Farm Aid 17 held in Auburn, Washington; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Marc Broussard [1]

Farm Aid Concert

2005 Farm Aid 18 held in Tinley Park, Illinois; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Arlo Guthrie, Buddy Guy, Emmylou Harris, James McMurtry, Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra, John Mayer, Kathleen Edwards, Kenny Chesney, Susan Tedeschi, Widespread Panic, and Wilco [1]

  • 2006 "Watching You" single released by Rodney Atkins (Billboard Song of the Year 2007)