This Day in Music

May 29th


May 29

1995Bryan Adams‘ Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman? Is #1.

1983Kiss plays their last concert in their makeup (until they reform in 1996).

1979Donna Summer’s Hot Stuff is #1.

1971: The Rolling Stones‘ Brown Sugar is #1.

1962Henry Mancini’s Moon River (from the movie Breakfast At Tiffany’s) wins a Grammy for Record of the Year.

1961Melissa Etheridge is born.  I’m The Only One is her biggest chart hit.

1961Ricky Nelson’s Travelin’ Man is #1.

1958Little Anthony & the Imperials record Tears On My Pillow.

1942Bing Crosby records White Christmas in just eighteen minutes.  It becomes the best selling song of all time.

1913Igor Stravinsky’s ballet score The Rite of Spring premieres at the Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris and the result is scandal and chaos.  In one of the most famous incidents in music history, the audience reacts to the outrageous costumes, unusual choreography, bizarre story of pagan sacrifice and Stravinsky’s musical innovations with a din of boos and hisses.  Two of Stravinsky’s collaborators were Serge Diaghilev, director of the Ballets Russes and dancer Vaslav Nijinsky.  Backstage at the premiere, Nijinsky shouted at the dancers while Diaghilev tried to suppress a possible riot by flashing the house lights.  Stravinsky fumed at the audience’s response to his music.  Despite its chaotic debut, Stravinsky’s score for The Rite of Spring is regarded as one of the musical masterpiece of the twentieth century.

Songs of The Day:

Brown Sugar (Rolling Stones); Have You Ever Loved A Woman? (Bryan Adams); Hot Stuff (Donna Summer); Moon River (Andy Williams); Travelin’ Man (Ricky Nelson); Tears On My Pillow (Little Anthony & The Imperials); White Christmas (Bing Crosby); The Rite Of Spring (Stravinsky)