Former court librettist Lorenzo da Ponte discovers that he is facing English debtor’s prison.
Ordained a Catholic priest, he had been banned from Venice for abduction. After moving to Austria, he wrote librettos for 28 operas, including several of Mozart‘s best (e.g. Cosi fan tutte, Don Giovanni). Don G. Act 1 He had moved to London after the death of Emperor Joseph II in 1790.
He soon sails for New York to join his wife, who left six months earlier. Arriving on June 4, he spends the rest of his life there, opening a bookstore and becoming a professor of Italian literature at Columbia University.
Broadway opening of Smokey Joe’s Cafe, a jukebox musical of 39 hit songs written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
It closes January 16, 2000 after 2036 performances. The original cast recording wins the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album in 1996.
The duo got together in L.A. in 1950; in 1952 they wrote Hound Dog, a first US#1 for Big Mama Thornton in 1953. They’re inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Rock HoF in 1987. ▷Rolling Stone 1990 interview▹
▷SF:28 song writeups▹ ( Leiber, Stoller site )
See also: List of L&S songs
English rock band Oasis has a second UK#1 single with Don’t Look Back in Anger.
It’s from their 2nd and most-enduring Britpop studio album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?, which spends 10 weeks at UK#1 (UK#4, international #1). Another of 4 singles from the album, Wonderwall, is a US#8 hit (AU,CA,NZ#1). It’s also the name of a well-known 1968 film, for which George Harrison wrote his album.
( Website ) ( Live4ever fansite )
See also: UK best-selling albums