Premiere of Tchaikovsky‘s two-act ballet The Nutcracker at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.
In 1909 the English branch of Germany‘s Odeon Records (*) releases what’s arguably the first record album. The four-disk set (seven sides) in ‘special’ packaging is a recording of the Nutcracker performed by the London Palace Orchestra.
In 1919 choreographer Alexander Gorsky stages a new, better version of the work.
George Balanchine‘s 1954 New York City Ballet staging popularizes it greatly, and subsequently it becomes one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions.
Barbara, born in 1942 in New Orleans‘ Ninth Ward, records an LP for AFO (largely self-penned) and many singles (with lesser quality) for Sue Records. But she’s unable to escape one-hit wonderdom with them. The song is later covered by several big-name artists. ▷Barbara George remembered▹