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It is said that on this day, Bendictine monk Dom Perignon was making wine and could not rid it of bubbles. He tasted his accidental creation and exclaimed, "Come quickly! I am drinking the stars!" Thus, according to legend, champagne was invented. This moment was the inspiration for the Fredericke Loew song The Night They Invented Champagne which was introduced to the world at large via the movie musical Gigi in 1958, sung by Gigi (Leslie Caron), her grandmother, Mamita (Hermione Gingold) and Gaston (Louis Jourdan)
Having been found delirious four days earlier, "in great distress, and ... in need of immediate assistance", on the streets of Baltimore, Maryland, USA, the writer Edgar Allan Poe dies in Washington College Hospital. The cause of his death is never determined, but Poe's life and works will inspire numerous musical endeavours. Quite apart from numerous songs and concept albums based on Poe's works, he gets a mention in I Am The Walrus [1967] by The Beatles; The 1988 song Allan by French singer Mylene Farmer is dedicated to Poe; the 1996 song Edgar by Quebecois artist Jean Leloup is a humourous depiction of Poe; Poe is mentioned in the 2004 song St. Jimmy by Green Day; The 2007 song Buried Alive by Los Angeles-based Goth Rock duo Creature Feature is about Poe. In 2011 Trevor Tanner released an Apple iTunes, Digital 45, entitled The Ballad Of Edgar Allan Poe. I'll stop now.
Anthony Faas of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, applies for a patent on a new musical instrument, the accordion.
Miss Zelma Rawlston (character songs) and The Three Glissandos (musical entertainers in novelty) play the sixth night in a week at The Bijou Theatre, Richmond, Virginia, USA.
The musical comedy Florodora plays at The Casino Theatre, New York City, USA, during a run of 505 performances.
The musical comedy San Toy is playing at Daly's Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 103 performances.
The musical comedy San Toy is playing at Daly's Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 103 performances.
Clark's New Royals are appearing twice daily at Kernan's Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
Boston-born popular singer Andrew Mack is appearing in "His Greatest Success" Tom Moore, at The Herald Square Theatre, New York City, USA. The newspaper ad for the show urges "Hear Mack's sweet songs".
Florodora, billed as "The Greatest Musical Hit Ever Recorded Here", is presented at The Columbia Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA. The newspaper adverts proclaim, "See the six pretty maidens".
Anna Held is starring in the musical comedy The Little Duchess at The Casino Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA.
The musical extravaganza The Sleeping Beauty And The Beast is playing at The Broadway Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 241 performances. The show is billed as "The biggest indoor entertainment in the world! 500 people involved!"
Klaw And Erlanger's Troubadours present Harry B. Smith's musical comedy The Liberty Belles during two weeks at Hollis Street Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
The musical comedy Miss Simplicity, featuring Helen Lord, is playing at The Casino Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 56 performances.
A "continuous Vaudeville" show at The Columbia Theater, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, features The Four Musical Colbys, Gracie Emmett And Co, Hughes And Anger, Rossley And Lee, Jefferson Caspers, Radford And Winchester, Hayes And Healy and others.
The Majestic Burlesquers plus Grace La Rue And Virginia lee And Their Musical Pickaninnies are appearing twice daily at Kernan's Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
The musical comedy Foxy Grandpa, based on a popular newspaper cartoon strip, is playing at Haverley's 14th Street Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 125 performances.
Musical comedy The Show Girl plays at Wallack's Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 64 performances.
Musical comedy The Show Girl is presented at Wallack's Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 64 performances.
The musical comedy A Chinese Honeymoon plays at The Casino Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 364 performances.
The Chase Theatre in Washington DC, USA, is celebrating its twelfth anniversary with its most 'elaborate, expensive' production ever, Gus Edwards Song Revue, featuring such delights as Billy Gaston and Minerva Coverdale presenting Nifty Nonsense, described as 'a collection of eccentric songs, dance ditties, catchy ballads and laughable lyrics'. Also on the bill are The Musical Lyres with their 'amusing minstrel jokes and jingles'.
The "musical comedy revue" Hands Up opens at The 44th Street Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, with Maurice And Florence Wilton, Ralph Herz, Irene Franklin, Burton Green and "150 Pretty Girls".
Musical comedy The Dancing Duchess is playing at The Casino Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of thirteen performances.
The Ziegfeld Follies of 1915 is playing at The New Amsterdam Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA.
The musical revue Around The Map, billed as "A Musical Globe Trot" closes at The New Amsterdam Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, after a run of 104 performances.
The musical revue George White's Scandals Of 1924, with music by George Gershwin, opens at The Apollo Theatre, 223 West 42nd Street, New York City, USA. The show features The Williams Sisters, Will Mahoney, Helen Hudson with the Elm City Four, Richard Bold and Winnie Lightner.
She's My Baby, a stage musical with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Lorenz Hart, closes after 71 performances at The Globe Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA.
Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies record Who's Sorry Now in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
After 289 performances at The Shubert Theatre, New York City, USA, the Rodgers And Hart musical comedy Babes In Arms transfers to the Majestic heatre. The best-known song in the production is My Funny Valentine.
Al Jolson, Martha Raye, Ruby Keeler, Jack Whiting and "America's Most Beautiful Girls" are appearing in the musical comedy Hold On To Your Hats at The Grand Opera House, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The musical comedy The Little Dog Laughed, with music and lyrics by Harold Rome, opens at The Garden Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
Swiss scientist Dr. Albert Hoffman accidentally absorbs a new substance he has synthesised, LSD, through his fingertips. The powerful hallucinogenic effects of the drug will have bona fide medical applications, but LSD will also inspire and encourage an entire musical movement, psychedelia, in the mid-1960s. Songs inspired by LSD include Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds by The Beatles, White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane, Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix, Lysergic Bliss by Of Montreal and The Acid Commercial by Country Joe And The Fish.
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A group of sailors on Main Street in Downtown Los Angeles, California, USA, get into a fight with young local Mexicans dressed in zoot suits. The LAPD responds in a heavy-handed way, calling themselves the Vengeance Squad and cracking down firmly on what they regarded as "the loathsome influence of pachuco gangs." The incident sparks what will become known as The Zoot Suit Riots when, the next day, a gang of 200 sailors invade East Los Angeles and begin attacking young men dressed in zoot suits, many of them 12 or 13 year old boys. They also strip the boys of their zoot suits and burn the tattered clothes in a pile. The violence escalates - with no attempt by LAPD to control the sadistic beatings being handed out - until June 7, when sailors and Marines are confined to barracks and Los Angeles is declared off-limits to all military personnel. The 1997 song Zoot Suit Riot by Cherry Poppin' Daddies gives a lively musical account of the conflict.
The stage musical Great To Be Alive! closes at The Winter Garden Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, after completing 52 performances.
Judy Garland is heard performing Rock A Bye Your Baby on tonight's edition of The Bing Crosby Show on radio in the USA. During the same edition, Garland performs Limehouse Blues, Isle Of Capri and How Could You Believe Me? as duets with Crosby.
The Cole Porter stage musical Kiss Me Kate, closes at Shubert Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA, after a total of 1077 performances.
The movie musical Mr. Music, starring Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee, Groucho Marx and The Merry Macs, goes on general release in Finland.
The MGM musical comedy film Royal Wedding, starring Fred Astaire and Jane Powell, with music by Burton Lane and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, is released to cinemas in Mexico, Central America.
Paul Robeson sings and speaks at the founding convention of The National Negro Labor Council, in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Pop and schlager singer and actress Angelika Milster is born in Neustrelitz, Germany, Europe. She is perhaps best-known for her role as Grizabella in the musical Cats.
The musical Paint Your Wagon, with songs by Lerner and Loewe, plays at The Shubert Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 289 performances.
The movie musical Two Tickets To Broadway, starring Tony Martin and Janet Leigh, opens at cinemas in The Philippines, Asia.
Bill Haley and His Comets are the musical guests on CBS tv's Ed Sullivan show, recorded in New York City, USA.
The Walt Disney ainimated musical feature Peter Pan is released to cinemas in South Korea, Asia. The film includes such Sammy Cahn-composed songs as The Second Star To The Right, You Can Fly and A Pirate's Life.
Andy Williams and Patti Page are the musical guests on today's edition of tv's Perry Como Kraft Music Hall in the USA.
Judy Garland plays at Clowes Hall, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
Judy Garland is taking a vacation near San Francisco, California, USA.
Judy Garland is seen performing Get Happy on NBC-tv's Andy Williams Show in the USA. The performance was recorded three months earlier.
On the Shot Of Love tour Bob Dylan plays the second of two nights at Sunrise Musical Theater, The Miami, Florida.
Broadcaster Glenn Beck in the USA labels the My Chemical Romance song "Sing" as "propaganda" after a cover version was featured on the musical drama TV series Glee. Beck misquotes the song's lyric and, soon after, MCR's frontman Gerard Way responds to the accusation stating, "I think the word Glenn Beck was looking for was 'subversion' not 'propaganda', because I don't know what it would be considered propaganda for — truth? Sentiment?" He also said that he was, "shocked that no actual fact-checking was done on the lyrics"
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