November 18 – Roberta, First live webcast

1933

Opening on Broadway of the original production of Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach musical Roberta.

The production includes, among others, Bob Hope, Sydney Greenstreet and Fred MacMurray. The score’s the source of the multi-time hit song Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.

They said someday you’ll find
All who love are blind
Oh, when your heart’s on fire
You must realize
Smoke gets in your eyes

The show becomes a 1935 movie.

A generation later in Jan. 1959, Smoke becomes a fourth and last US#1 hit for doo wop group The Platters. In following years it’s heard at a million high-school prom dances.

1994
Internet radio: The Rolling Stones webcast a concert on the Internet, and claim to be the first.
 
Nice glimmer. Turns out that Seattle band Sky Cries Mary did a webcast a few days earlier on Nov. 10, 1994.
 
Nice try: little known band ‘Severe Tire Damage’ did an hour-and-a-half webcast on June 24, 1993.

Advertisements