1991 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 1 Les Miserables opens at Festival Theatre, Adelaide
  • Jan 5 "Oh, Kay!" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC after 77 performances
  • Jan 6 "Gypsy" closes at St James Theater NYC after 477 performances

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 19 48th Golden Globes: Dances with Wolves, Jeremy Irons, & Kathy Bates wins

  • Jan 20 "Black & Blue" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 829 performances
  • Jan 20 "Les Miserables" opens at Pantages Theatre, LA
  • Jan 20 "Peter Pan" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC or 45 performances
  • Jan 20 "Shogun - The Musical" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • Jan 24 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre St Denis, Montreal
  • Jan 26 "Few Good Men" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 497 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 28 18th American Music Awards: M C Hammer & Janet Jackson

  • Jan 29 "Piano Lesson" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC after 320 performances
  • Feb 10 "La Bete" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • Feb 14 "Mule Bone" opens at Ethel Barrymore Theater NYC for 67 performances
  • Feb 20 "Taking Steps" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 78 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 20 33rd Grammy Awards: Another Day in Paradise, Mariah Carey

Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 21 Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 780 performances

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Feb 24 "Those Were The Days" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 126 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 27 Singer James Brown is released from prison

Singer James Brown
Singer
James Brown
  • Feb 28 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre Carre, Amsterdam
  • Feb 28 "Speed of Darkness" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • Mar 2 "Aspects of Love" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 377 performances
  • Mar 2 "La Bete" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 24 performances
  • Mar 3 "Big Love" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • Mar 9 "Les Miserables" opens at Lyric Theatre, Brisbane
  • Mar 11 Janet Jackson signs $40M 3 album deal with Virgin records
  • Mar 12 5th Soul Train Music Awards: Johnny Gill, Mariah Carey win
  • Mar 14 Ice Dance Championship at Munich won by Isabel & Phil Duchesnay (FRA)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 20 Michael Jackson signs $65M 6 album deal with Sony records

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Mar 25 63rd Academy Awards: "Dances with Wolves", Kathy Bates & Jeremy Irons win
  • Mar 30 "Speed of Darkness" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • Mar 31 Musical "Will Rogers Follies" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 3 "Penn & Teller - Refrigerator Tour" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC
  • Apr 4 "Lucifer's Child" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Apr 7 "Big Love" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • Apr 7 "Shadowlands" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 169 performances
  • Apr 8 "I Hate Hamlet" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC for 88 performances
  • Apr 8 Michael Landon announces he has inoperable cancer of the pancreas
  • Apr 11 "Miss Saigon" opens at Broadway Theater NYC
  • Apr 14 "Mule Bone" closes at Ethel Barrymore Theater NYC after 67 performances
  • Apr 14 "Oh, Kay!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC
  • Apr 15 "Secret Garden" opens at St James Theater NYC for 706 performances
  • Apr 16 M Leander & E Seago's musical "Matador" premieres in London
  • Apr 20 "Les Miserables" opens at Odense Teater, Odense

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 24 26th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • Apr 25 "Grand Hotel" closes at Beck Theater NYC after 1018 performances
  • Apr 25 Lucy Simon & Marsha Norman's musical premieres in NYC
  • Apr 27 "Lucifer's Child" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • Apr 28 "Gypsy" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 105 performances
  • Apr 28 "Taking Steps" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 78 performances
  • Apr 29 "Our Country's Good" opens at Nederlander Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • May 1 "Will Rogers Follies" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 983 performances
  • May 4 36th Eurovision Song Contest: Carola for Sweden wins singing "Fangad av en stormvind" in Rome
  • May 13 "Michael Jackson: Magic & Madness" goes on sale
  • May 19 "Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story" closes at Shubert NYC after 225 performances
  • May 25 "People Are Still Having Sex" by LaTour hits #35
  • May 29 "Les Miserables" opens at Aotea Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jun 8 "Our Country's Good" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • Jun 10 25th Music City News Country Awards: Ricky Van Shelton
  • Jun 16 "Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 241 performances
  • Jun 22 "I Hate Hamlet" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC after 88 performances
  • Jun 23 "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Babalu Music"
  • Jun 26 "Getting Married" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 70 performances
  • Jun 29 "Jackie Mason - Brand New" closes at Neil Simon NYC after 216 performances
  • Jul 9 "A Little Night Music" opens at New York State Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Jul 28 "Gypsy" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 105 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 2 Funk singer Rick James, arrested on sexual torture charges

Musician Rick James
Musician
Rick James
  • Aug 10 "A Little Night Music" closes at New York State NYC after 7 performances
  • Aug 25 "Getting Married" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 70 performances
  • Sep 4 "Most Happy Fella" opens at NY State Theater NYC
  • Sep 5 8th MTV Video Music Awards: REM wins
  • Oct 3 25th Country Music Association Award: Garth Brooks, Tanya Tucker & Vince Gill wins
  • Oct 5 NJ Devils begin their 10th Anniversary with a 7-2 win over the Blues
  • Oct 9 "On Borrowed Time" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 99 performances
  • Oct 18 "Most Happy Fella" closes at NY State Theater NYC
  • Oct 20 "Andre Heller's Wonderhouse" opens at Broadhurst NYC for 9 performances
  • Oct 23 "Les Miserables" opens at Mogador Theatre, Paris
  • Oct 24 "Dancing at Lughnasa" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 421 performances
  • Oct 27 "Andre Heller's Wonderhouse" closes at Broadhurst NYC after 9 performances
  • Oct 27 "Homecoming" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • Nov 2 Jermaine Jackson releases "Word to the Badd!!" anti Michael song
  • Nov 6 "Moscow Circus Cirk Valentin" opens at Gershwin NYC for 32 performances
  • Nov 7 "Brigadoon" opens at New York State Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Nov 7 "Park Your Car in Harvard Yard" opens at Music Box NYC
  • Nov 14 Michael Jackson's "Black or White" video premieres on FOX TV
  • Nov 17 "Brigadoon" closes at New York State Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Nov 27 "Peter Pan" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • Dec 1 "Moscow Circus Cirk Valentin" closes at Gershwin NYC after 32 performances
  • Dec 1 "Once on this Island" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 469 performances
  • Dec 5 "Catskills on Broadway" opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 452 performances
  • Dec 6 "Les Miserables" opens at Circustheater, Scheveningen
  • Dec 8 "Homecoming" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • Dec 8 "Nick & Nora" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 9 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Dec 9 2nd Billboard Music Awards: Michael Jackson & Whitney Houston win

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Dec 10 "Crucible" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 32 performances
  • Dec 10 IM Pei receives $5 million for design of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • Dec 15 "Nick & Nora" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • Dec 19 "Christmas Carol" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 14 performances
  • Dec 29 "Christmas Carol" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 14 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 8 Asuka Hinoi, Japanese singer
  • Feb 17 Edward (Ed) Sheeran, Halifax England, singer-songwriter
  • Mar 4 Diandra Newlin, American actress, singer, and fashion model
  • Apr 10 Amanda Michalka, American actress/singer
  • May 19 Jordan Pruitt, American singer
  • May 24 Erika Umeda, Japanese singer
  • Jul 9 Spencer Elden, Baby/Model on Nirvana (band)'s Nevermind album
  • Jul 18 Karina Pasian, American singer and pianist
  • Aug 28 Sarah Jane Santos, Filipino singer
  • Oct 2 Beau Grayson, son of country singer Tanya Tucker
  • Oct 10 Gabriella Cilmi, Australian singer
  • Oct 10 Mariana EspĆ³sito, Argentine actress, singer and model
  • Oct 11 Chauncey Matthews, American Juniors singer
  • Dec 13 Jay Greenberg, American composer
  • Dec 19 Declan Galbraith, English singer
  • Dec 24 Louis Tomlinson, Doncaster South Yorkshire, British pop singer (One Direction)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 9 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (42) weds equestrian Madeleine Gurdon (28) in Westminster, London

  • May 3 American singer Andy Williams weds 2nd wife Debbie Hass
  • Jun 7 Singer Jimmy Osmond weds Michelle Larson
  • Jun 9 Bruce Springsteen weds his backup singer Patty Scialfa

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 6 Folk singer Mary Travers (54) weds restaurateur Ethan Robbins

Folk Singer Mary Travers
Folk Singer
Mary Travers
  • Jul 27 Rocker Jani Lane, (Warrant-Cherry Pie) marries model Bobbie Brown
  • Aug 31 Musician Jan Berry (Jan & Dean) weds Gertie Filip

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 16 Country singer Willie Nelson (58) weds Annie D'Angelo in Nashville, Tennessee

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
  • Oct 20 Actress Lisa Hartman weds country singer Clint Black
  • Oct 27 "Thompson Twins" singer Tom Bailey weds Alannah Currie at Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas
  • Oct 30 Singer Clint Black (34) weds actress Lisa Hartman (29)

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 4 Leo N Wright, US saxophonist (I Left My Heart in SF), dies at 57
  • Jan 8 Steve Clark, guitarist (Def Leppard-Hysteria), dies at 30
  • Jan 21 Frank Mitchell, actor (Music is Magic, Prairie Gunsmoke), dies
  • Feb 6 Danny Thomas, comedian (Jazz Singer), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • Feb 9 James Cleveland, American gospel singer, dies at 59
  • Feb 10 Walter Klien, Austrian pianist, dies of cancer at 62
  • Feb 24 Webb Pierce, US country singer (Bye Bye Love), dies of cancer at 64
  • Feb 26 Slim Gaillard [Bulee], American Jazz singer/songwriter, dies at 75
  • Mar 1 Scott Huston, composer, dies at 74
  • Mar 2 Serge Gainsbourg, composer/actor (Fury of Hercules), dies at 62
  • Mar 3 Arthur Murray, dance instructor, dies at 95 of pneumonia
  • Mar 13 Jimmy McPartland, US, jazz cornetist, dies
  • Mar 14 Howard Ashman, song writer (Under the Sea), dies of AIDs at 40
  • Mar 14 Jerome "Doc" Pomus, American blues singer-songwriter (Save Last Dance for Me), dies at 65
  • Mar 15 Budd [Lawrence] Freeman, US jazz saxophonist (Eel), dies at 84
  • Mar 22 Dave Guard, American folk singer (The Kingston Trio), dies of cancer at 56
  • Mar 25 Eileen Joyce, pianist, dies at 78
  • Mar 25 Lee Donn, pianist, dies of stroke at 96
  • Mar 27 Elinor Remick Warren, composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 31 John Carter, US jazz clarinetist (Roots & folklore), dies
  • Apr 8 Dead (musician), Swedish metal singer (b. 1969)
  • Apr 9 Martin Hannett, record producer (b. 1948)
  • Apr 20 Steve Marriott, English guitarist (Small Faces), dies in a fire at 44
  • Apr 21 Willi Boskovsky, Austrian conductor (new years concert), dies at 81
  • Apr 23 Johnny Thunders, American musician (b. 1952)
  • Apr 26 Carmine Coppola, composer/conductor (The Godfather Part II), and father of Francis Ford Coppola, dies at 80
  • Apr 26 Leo Arnaud, French-American composer (b. 1904)
  • Apr 26 Hans Holewa, Austrian-born Swedish composer, dies at 85
  • May 3 Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Egyptian singer and composer (b. 1907)
  • May 8 Jean Langlais, composer, dies at 84
  • May 9 Rudolf Serkin, Bohemian/US pianist, dies
  • May 13 Jimmy McPartland, jazz cornetist, dies of cancer at 83
  • May 15 Bud Freeman, jazz tenor saxophonist, dies of cancer at 84
  • May 20 Julian Orbon De Soto, composer, dies at 65
  • May 22 Lino Brocka, director (Macho Dancer, Jaguar), dies in car crash at 51
  • May 23 William Sinnot, Scottish pop musician (Shamen), dies at 30
  • May 23 Wilhelm Kempff, German pianist and composer (b. 1895)
  • May 24 Gene Clark, folk-rocker (Byrds-Tambourine Man), dies at 49
  • May 27 Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (b. 1904)
  • Jun 1 David Ruffin, vocalist (The Temptations), dies of drug overdose at 50
  • Jun 6 Larry Kert, actor (Tony-West Side Story), dies of AIDS at 60
  • Jun 6 Stan Getz, jazz saxophonist (Girl from Impanima), dies at 64
  • Jun 9 Claudio Arrau, Chilian/US pianist/composer, dies at 88
  • Jun 9 Max van Praag, Dutch singer, dies at 77
  • Jun 16 Vicky Brown, US singer (Power of Love), dies
  • Jun 23 Bill Buysman, Dutch guitarist/singer (Kilima Hawaiians), dies
  • Jul 3 Irina Nijinska, Russian/US dancer, dies at 77
  • Jul 8 Lotte Palfi Andor, actress (Lovesick, All the Jazz), dies
  • Jul 19 Gino Negri, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • Jul 24 Isaac B Singer, Polish/US writer (Yentl, Nobel 1978), dies at 87
  • Jul 28 Luis Aravena Munoz, Chilean singer/exiled to Netherlands, dies at 45
  • Aug 7 Billy James, comedian/singer (Women at Play, Lusty Business), dies
  • Aug 9 Corrie Hartong, dance pioneer, dies
  • Aug 12 Irene Campbell, British actress/dancer (Wicker Man, St Justice), dies
  • Aug 18 Rick Griffin, American artist and a leading designer of psychedelic posters in the 1960s (Grateful Dead), dies in a motorcycle accident on his Harley at 47
  • Aug 20 Betty Bowden, British dancer/actress (Vote for Nigel), dies at 86
  • Aug 27 Vince Taylor, [Brian Holden], British singer (Brand new Cadillac), dies
  • Aug 28 Christian Anders, actor/composer (Death Stone, Love Cult), dies
  • Sep 4 Charlie Barnet, saxophonist (Cherokee), dies of pneumonia at 77
  • Sep 4 Dottie West, country singer (Here Comes my Baby), dies at 58 in a car
  • Sep 4 Margaret Ramsay, vocalist, dies
  • Sep 7 Archie N Menzies, playwright/composer (Under Your Hat), dies at 87
  • Sep 8 Alex North, music composer (Spartacus), dies at 80 of cancer
  • Sep 8 Jo Budie, Dutch orchestra leader (KRO), dies
  • Sep 13 Ferry Barendse, trumpeter/composer/arranger (Ramblers), dies
  • Sep 15 Allan Sobek, dancer, dies
  • Sep 17 Zino Francescatti, French violinist (b. 1902)
  • Sep 17 Rob Tyner [Robert Derminer], American hard rock musician (MC5), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • Sep 24 Peter Bellamy, folk singer (b. 1944)
  • Sep 26 Billy Vaughn, American singer and bandleader (Sail Along Sil'vry Moon), dies of cancer at 72

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 28 Miles Davis, jazz trumpeter, dies of pneumonia at 65

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis
  • Sep 29 Zapata Jaw, [Nelson Renfrum], Surinamese musician, dies
  • Oct 9 Roy Black, German singer/actor (Kinderarzt Dr Froehlich), dies
  • Oct 16 Tonny Huurdeman, singer/actress (Frills), dies
  • Oct 17 Tennessee Ernie Ford, American country singer (Sixteen Tons), dies of liver disease at 72
  • Oct 25 Bill Graham, rock concert promoter (Filmore, Dylan), dies at 60
  • Oct 27 Andrzei Panufkin, Pol/British conductor/composer (Sinfonia Sacra), dies
  • Oct 28 Sylvia Fine Kaye, US lyricist/composer, dies at 78
  • Nov 2 Fran Stevens, singer, dies of cancer in Bronx NY at 72
  • Nov 2 Mort Shuman, American singer songwriter (Viva Las Vegas), dies of cancer at 54
  • Nov 6 Andre Vandernoot, Flemish fluitist/conductor, dies at 64
  • Nov 8 Frances Faye, singer/actress (Pretty Baby), dies after strokes
  • Nov 8 John Kirckpatrick, US musicologist (Charles Ives Archives), dies
  • Nov 10 Tutte Lemkow, dancer/dir (Capt Paradise, I am a Camera), dies at 73
  • Nov 22 Jac de Jong, Dutch MP/composer/businessman (Nedac-Sorbo), dies
  • Nov 24 Eric Carr [Paul Charles Caravello], American drummer (Kiss), dies of cancer at 41
  • Nov 24 Freddie Mercury, British singer (Queen), dies of AIDS at 45
  • Dec 6 Headman Tshabalala, South African singer (Ladysmith Black Mambazo), shot and killed at 44
  • Dec 8 Buck Clayton, US jazz trumpeter/orchestra leader, dies
  • Dec 12 Lex Karsemeijer, Dutch tenor/choral dir (Sweet 16, Pro Musica), dies
  • Dec 15 Horatio Luro, US horse trainer (Northern Dancer), dies at 90
  • Dec 19 Joe Cole, American rock music roadie (b. 1961)
  • Dec 20 Thomas Newman, actor/composer (Cape Fear), dies of heart attack at 60
  • Dec 22 Ernst Krenek, Austrian/US composer (Orpheus & Eurydike), dies at 91
  • Dec 27 Edward M Love, choreographer/dancer, dies of AIDS at 43