On this day in 1907, Florenz Ziegfeld‘s Follies of 1907, first in the impresario’s legendary series of lavish revues, premiered at the Jardin de Paris in New York City. Featured in the musical score were such evergreen classics as “Take Your Hands Away,” “Alabama Sam,” “Whistle If You Want Me Dear” and “Mother’s the Boss of Our House.”  

It should be noted that at the time, the Follies was a side project for Ziegfeld. He reserved the best material for his “legit” shows like A Parisian Model.

Born on this day in 1821 mezzo-soprano and composer Pauline Viardot-Garcia

Happy 88th birthday condcutor Kurt Masur

Happy 50th birthday mezzo-soprano Vesselina Kasarova