1991 in Music

Events in Music

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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

Singer Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 21st 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 24th "Those Were The Days" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 126 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 27th Singer James Brown is released from prison

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 24th 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 25th "Grand Hotel" closes at Beck Theater NYC after 1018 performances
  • Apr 25th Lucy Simon & Marsha Norman's musical premieres in NYC
  • Apr 27th "Lucifer's Child" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • Apr 28th "Gypsy" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 105 performances
  • Apr 28th "Taking Steps" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 78 performances
  • Apr 29th "Our Country's Good" opens at Nederlander Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • May 1st "Will Rogers Follies" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 983 performances
  • May 4th 36th Eurovision Song Contest: Carola for Sweden wins singing "Fangad av en stormvind" in Rome
  • May 13th "Michael Jackson: Magic & Madness" goes on sale
  • May 19th "Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story" closes at Shubert NYC after 225 performances
  • May 25th "People Are Still Having Sex" by LaTour hits #35
  • May 29th "Les Miserables" opens at Aotea Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jun 8th "Our Country's Good" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • Jun 10th 25th Music City News Country Awards: Ricky Van Shelton
  • Jun 16th "Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 241 performances
  • Jun 22nd "I Hate Hamlet" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC after 88 performances
  • Jun 23rd "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Babalu Music"
  • Jun 26th "Getting Married" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 70 performances
  • Jun 29th "Jackie Mason - Brand New" closes at Neil Simon NYC after 216 performances
  • Jul 9th "A Little Night Music" opens at New York State Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Jul 28th "Gypsy" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 105 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

Birthdays in Music

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

Weddings in Music

HeartWedding of Interest

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

  • Jun 7th Singer Jimmy Osmond weds Michelle Larson
  • Jun 9th Bruce Springsteen weds his backup singer Patty Scialfa

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

Deaths in Music

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

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

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