Music History for

March 23


1743 - Handel's "Messiah" was performed in London for the first time at the Covent Garden theatre. It was presented under the name "New Sacred Oratorio" until 1749.

1750 - Composer Johann Matthias Sperger was born.

1792 - In London, Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 94 in G Major (the "Surprise Symphony") was performed publicly for the first time.

1878 - Composer Franz Schreker was born.

1896 - Umberto Giordano's opera "Andrea Chenier," premiered in Milan, Italy.

1961 - Elvis Presley recorded "Can't Help Falling in Love."
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1964 - John Lennon's first book, "In His Own Write" was published.
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1969 - Anita Bryant and the Letterman appeared at a "Rally For Decency" in Miami following Jim Morrison's indecent exposure onstage there.

1973 - Yoko Ono was granted permission to live in the U.S. permanently.

1978 - The Police signed with A&M Records.

1979 - Van Halen released the album "Van Halen II."

1985 - Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley were married in New York. They were divorced in 1994.

1985 - Julian Lennon held his first concert in San Antonio, TX.
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1987 - The Soul Train Music Awards debuted. It was the first televised awards ceremony to pay exclusive homage to black producers, songwriters and recording artists in the music industry.

1999 - Michael Jackson announced that he would donate the proceeds from his next two concerts to the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and the Red Cross.
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1999 - Pope John Paul II's "Abba Pater" was released. The 11 tracks chanting and praying with musical accompaniment.

1999 - In Gibraltar, a set of postage stamps was released commemorating what would have been the 30th wedding anniversary of Yoko Ono and John Lennon.
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