May 29 – Rite of Spring, Del Shannon, Rhonda, Tubular Bells


Original costuming

The premiere of Igor Stravinsky‘s ballet Le Sacre du printemps, at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris, conducted by Pierre Monteux.

Nijinsky, Rite costume

The audience, tradition has it, riots, when they hear the ferocious, dissonant music  — or is it seeing Nijinsky’s tribal larva-like choreography with dresses and boots for the Ballets Russes? (*)

Stravinsky takes a back door out to escape the irate crowd. Five more performances are staged without incident. (*)

A year later, as an orchestral piece, it’s well-received in London. The 33-minute ballet is revived in 1920 Paris with Leonide Massine as choreographer.
PBS concert  BBC ‘Riot at the Rite’ (4 segments)    MP3: Musical Language (MP3 31:50)   ~ Stravinsky and the Rite of Spring 


 First US LennonMcCartney hit 

Del Shannon‘s cover of the Len-Mac song From Me to You becomes their first song to make the US charts.

At the time it is The Beatles first #1 in some of the UK.


The Beach Boys have a US#1 hit with pop song Help Me Rhonda.

In a VERY little-known chapter in radio history: unknown comic DJ Garrison Keillor looped this one morning in the early 1970s to promote a ‘Rhonda Lunchbox’.



English multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer Mike Oldfield releases his ambient/prog rock masterpiece album ‘Tubular Bells‘.

The music is famous for being an essential part of the soundtrack of film The Exorcist.
1981, Montreaux