1994 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 1st "Flying Karamzov Brothers" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 50 performances
  • Jan 1st "Grand Night after Singing" closes at Criterion NYC after 52 performances
  • Jan 2nd "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" closes at Beaumont NYC after 40 performances
  • Jan 2nd "Shakespeare after My Father" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 266 perf
  • Jan 3rd "Gray's Anatomy" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 13 performances
  • Jan 6th "The Government Inspector" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 37 performances

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Jan 25th Accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy, Michael Jackson settles a civil lawsuit out of court

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Jan 27th "No Man's Land" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 61 performances
  • Jan 31st Barcelona opera theater "Gran Teatro del Liceo" burns down
  • Feb 3rd "Les Miserables" opens at Kallang Theatre, Singapore
  • Feb 6th "Government Inspector" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 37 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 7th 21st American Music Awards: Whitney Houston wins

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
  • Feb 8th Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee charge with possession of loaded firearm
  • Feb 22nd "Les Miserables" opens at Chunichi Theatre, Nagoya
  • Mar 1st 36th Grammy Awards: I Will Always Love You, Toni Braxton wins

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Mar 2nd Miami begins a Latin walk of fame, 1st star for Gloria Estefan

  • Mar 3rd "Damn Yankees" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 510 performances
  • Mar 5th Singer Grace Slick arrested for pointing a gun at a cop
  • Mar 7th The Supreme Court of the United States rules in Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc.that parodies of an original work are generally covered by the doctrine of fair use.
  • Mar 15th 8th Soul Train Music Awards: Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston win
  • Mar 17th "Little More Magic" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 30 performances

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Mar 20th "Cyrano - The Musical" closes at Neil Simon NYC after 137 performances

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Mar 20th "Flowering Peach" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • Mar 20th "No Man's Land" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 61 performances

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Mar 21st Dudley Moore arrested for hitting girlfriend

Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician Dudley Moore
Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician
Dudley Moore
  • Mar 24th "Carousel" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 322 performances
  • Mar 24th "Song of Jacob Zulu" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 53 performances
  • Mar 27th Ice Dance Championship at Chiba Japan won by Gritschuk & Platov (RUS)
  • Apr 5th "Jackie Mason Politically Incorrect" opens at Golden NYC for 347 performances
  • Apr 7th "Medea" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 82 performances
  • Apr 7th Singer Percy Sledge pleads guilty to tax evasion
  • Apr 10th "Les Miserables" opens at Hiten Theatre, Osaka
  • Apr 17th "Little More Magic" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 30 performances
  • Apr 17th "Twilight - Los Angeles 1992" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • Apr 18th "Beauty & the Beast" opens at Palace Theater NYC
  • Apr 21st "Picnic" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • Apr 24th "Broken Glass" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 73 performances
  • Apr 24th "Flowering Peach" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • Apr 27th "An Inspector Calls" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 454 performances
  • Apr 30th 39th Eurovision Song Contest: Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan for Ireland wins singing "Rock 'n' Roll Kids" in Dublin
  • May 1st "My Fair Lady" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 165 performances
  • May 1st "Rise & Fall of Little Voice" opens at Neil Simon NYC for 9 performances

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May 3rd 29th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, and Wynonna win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks

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May 4th Singer Courtney Love cleared of drug charges

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Courtney Love
  • May 5th "Sally Marrand Her Escorts" opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 50 performances
  • May 8th "Rise & Fall of Little Voice" closes at Neil Simon NYC after 9 performances
  • May 9th "Passion" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 280 performances
  • May 10th "Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public" opens at Lunt-Font NYC for 16 per
  • May 11th Musical "Grease" opens at Eugene O' Neill Theater NYC for 1,503 performances
  • May 21st "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 16 performances
  • May 24th Poison singer Bret Michaels gets into a car crash
  • May 29th "Joseph & the Amazing Dreamcoat" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 223 performances
  • May 29th "Picnic" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • Jun 5th "Gray's Anatomy" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Jun 6th 28th Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson & Ray Stevens
  • Jun 15th Disney's animated musical film "The Lion King" opens in theaters with $42 million
  • Jun 19th "Sally Marrand Her Escorts" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 50 performances
  • Jun 19th "She Loves Me" closes at Atkinson Theater NYC after 294 performances
  • Jun 19th "Twilight - Los Angeles 1992" closes at Cort NYC after 72 performances
  • Jun 26th "Broken Glass" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 73 performances
  • Jun 26th "Medea" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 82 performances
  • Jun 27th "Gray's Anatomy" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Jun 27th Aerosmith become first major band to let fans download a full new track free from the internet
  • Jul 10th "Hedda Gabler" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 33 performances
  • Jul 16th "Sisters Rosensweig" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 556 performances
  • Jul 16th 3 tenors-Placid Domingo, Luciano Parvoti, Jose Carreras, perform in LA
  • Jul 23rd Dancer Gene Kelly suffers a mild stroke
  • Jul 28th Last steel beam is placed on Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • Aug 1st The Rolling Stones begin Voodoo Lounge world tour
  • Aug 5th Rocker Billy Idol admitted to the hospital after drug overdose
  • Aug 7th "Hedda Gabler" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 33 performances
  • Aug 27th "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" closes at R Rodgers NYC after 320 performances
  • Sep 8th 11th MTV Video Music Awards: Aerosmith wins with newlyweds Michael Jackson & Lisa Marie Presley opening the show
  • Sep 8th "Philadelphia, Here I Come" opens at Criterion NYC for 52 performances
  • Sep 12th Country singer George Jones undergoes triple bypass surgery
  • Sep 28th "Cats" 5,000th Broadway performance (joins Chorus Line & Oh! Calcutta!)
  • Oct 2nd "Show Boat" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC
  • Oct 5th 28th Country Music Association Award: Vince Gill & Pam Tillis wins

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Oct 17th Billy Joel performs opening concert at Cleveland's Gund Arena

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel
  • Oct 22nd "Philadelphia, Here I Come" closes at Criterion NYC after 52 performances
  • Nov 15th "Glass Menagerie" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 57 performances
  • Nov 17th "Sunset Boulevard" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 977 performances
  • Nov 20th "Flying Karamzov Brothers..." opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 50 performances
  • Nov 20th "Shadow Box" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • Nov 30th Beatles' 1st album in 25 years, "Live at the BBC", is released in Britain
  • Dec 1st Rober Schumanns 2nd Symphony premieres in London

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Dec 2nd Andrew Lloyd Webber admitted to hospital for ulcer treatment

  • Dec 4th "Angels in America-Perestroika" closes at W Kerr NYC after 216 performances
  • Dec 4th "Angels in America-Millennium Approach" closes at Kerr after 367 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Dec 7th 5th Billboard Music Awards: Ace of Base & Mariah Carey win

Singer Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
  • Dec 8th "What's Wrong With this Picture?" opens at Circle in Sq NYC for 12 per
  • Dec 15th "A Tuna Christmas" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 20 performances

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Dec 16th Davy Jones (Monkees), charged with DWI

Singer Davy Jones
Davy Jones
  • Dec 18th "Comedy Tonight" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Dec 18th "What's Wrong With this Pic?" closes at Circle in Sq NYC after 12 perf
  • Dec 22nd "Christmas Carol" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 18 performances
  • Dec 25th "Comedy Tonight" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 8 performances

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Dec 28th Tammy Wynette admitted to the hospital with bile duct infection

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette

Birthdays in Music

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Feb 1st Harry Styles, Holmes Chapel Cheshire, British pop singer (One Direction)

Singer Harry Styles
Harry Styles

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Mar 1st Justin Bieber, Canadian pop singer (Baby, One Time), born in London, Ontario

Pop Star Justin Bieber
Pop Star
Justin Bieber
  • Mar 16th Sierra McClain, American actress and singer
  • Apr 4th Risako Sugaya, Japanese singer
  • Apr 12th Airi Suzuki, Japanese singer
  • Jul 16th Mark Indelicato, American singer and actor
  • Sep 1st Bianca Ryan, American singer
  • Dec 17th Nat Wolff, American actor, and singer-songwriter

Weddings in Music

  • Feb 14th Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia (51) weds Deborah Koons (40) in Tiburon, California
  • Apr 9th Singer Wayne Newton (52) weds attorney Kathleen McCrone (30)

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 16th Singer Harry Connick Jr (26) weds model Jill Goodare (30) at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Louisiana

  • May 21st Country singer Trisha Yearwood (29) weds Robert Reynolds (32)

HeartWedding of Interest

May 26th Michael Jackson (35) weds Elvis' daughter Lisa Marie Presley (26) in La Romana, Dominican Republic

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley
  • Jun 3rd Pearl Jam rocker Eddie Vedder (29) weds Beth Liebling (27) in the Eternal City

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 2nd "Green Day" vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong (22) weds Adeline Records co-owner Adrienne Nesser (24)

  • Jul 10th The "Anthrax" heavy-metal guitarist Scott Ian (31) weds Debbie Leavitt (23) in Huntington Beach, California
  • Jul 18th "The Cranberries" lead singer Dolores O'Riordan (22) weds Don Burton (32) in Ireland
  • Aug 4th American rapper The Notorious B.I.G (22) weds Faith Evans

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 30th R&B singer R. Kelly (25) weds Aaliyah

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly
  • Sep 17th "Stone Temple Pilots" lead singer Scott Weiland 26) weds Janina Castenada

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 17th Actress Heather Locklear (33) weds Bon Jovi lead guitarist Richie Sambora (35) at The American Cathedral in Paris, France

Rock guitarist Richie Sambora
Rock guitarist
Richie Sambora

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 17th Queen of Pop Celine Dion (26) weds her manager Rene Angelil (52) at Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal, Canada

Singer Celine Dion
Celine Dion

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 14th Musician Billy Joel & supermodel Christie Brinkley announce plans to divorce

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel
  • Jun 1st Guns n Roses drummer Matthew Sorum files to divorce Kai

Deaths in Music

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  • Jan 4th RD Burman, Indian musician (b. 1939)
  • Jan 5th Victor van Os, Dutch jazz guitarist, dies at 39
  • Jan 7th Bobby Pratt, jazz Trombone/Piano Player, dies at 67
  • Jan 8th Jay Blackton, US conductor/arranger (Oklahoma!), dies at 84
  • Jan 9th Silas Hogan, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 82
  • Jan 11th Roger "Ram" Ramirez, jazz piano player/composer, dies at 80
  • Jan 13th Frederick William Sternfield, musicologist, dies at 79
  • Jan 15th Gyorgy Cziffra, Hungarian/French pianist (Chopin/Liszt), dies at 72
  • Jan 15th Harry Nilsson, rock vocalist (Everybody's Talkin'), dies at 52
  • Jan 15th Philippe Brun, jazz trumpeter, dies at 85
  • Jan 16th Harry Nilsson, singer/Songwriter, dies at 52
  • Jan 17th Grady "Fats" Jackson, tenor Sax Player, dies at 66
  • Jan 17th Noel Chiboust, trumpeter/sax, dies at 84
  • Jan 18th Arthur Altman, songwriter, dies at 83
  • Jan 22nd Rhett Forrester, American singer (Riot) (b. 1956)
  • Jan 27th Eddie Calhoun, jazz Bassist, dies at 72
  • Jan 27th Stanley Adams, songwriter, dies at 86
  • Jan 30th Byron "Wild Child" Gipson, blues Singer, dies at 64
  • Jan 30th Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, jazz vocalist/trumpeter, dies at 86
  • Feb 2nd John Wesley Funchess Littlejohn, blues guitarist/singer, dies at 62
  • Feb 2nd Willie Mae Ford Smith, gospel Singer/Songwriter, dies at 89
  • Feb 2nd Zilner T Randolph, jazz Trumpeter/ Arranger, dies at 95
  • Feb 5th Kenneth "Buddy" Scott, blues guitarist/Singer, dies at 59
  • Feb 6th Ignace Strasfogel, Polish/US pianist/conductor/composer, dies at 84
  • Feb 6th Norman Del Mar, conductor/writer (Conducting Brahms), dies at 74
  • Feb 7th Witold LutosÅ‚awski, Polish composer (b. 1913)
  • Feb 8th Raymond Scott, composer (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), dies at 85
  • Feb 9th Jarmila Novotna, Czech/US soprano (Madame Butterfly), dies at 86
  • Feb 9th Louis Kaufman, US violinist/conductor (Gone with the Wind), dies at 88
  • Feb 14th Gary "BB" Coleman, blues vocal/guitarist/producer, dies at 47
  • Feb 22nd "Papa" John Creach, US jazz musician (Papa Blues), dies at 76
  • Feb 24th Dinah Shore, singer (Chevrolet), dies of cancer at 76
  • Feb 24th Donald Phillips, pianist/composer, dies at 80
  • Feb 24th Jean Sablon, French singer-songwriter, dies at 87
  • Feb 28th Elbert "Skippy" Williams, tenor Sax player, dies at 77
  • Mar 1st Timothy Andrew James Souster, composer Musician, dies at 51
  • Mar 1st Walter Kent, US composer (I'll Be Home for Christmas), dies at 82
  • Mar 3rd Karel Kryl, folk singer, dies at 49
  • Mar 5th Joe Daley, jazz tenor/clarinet/flute player, dies at 75
  • Mar 6th Leighton Noble, singer/Bandleader, dies at 81
  • Mar 6th Moses Rascoe, blues singer, dies at 77
  • Mar 9th Louis Freeman, band leader, dies at 100
  • Mar 9th Maurice "Moe" Purtill, jazz drummer, dies at 77
  • Mar 13th Danny Barker, US banjo player/guitarist (Bourbon St Black), dies at 85
  • Mar 22nd Dan Hartman, American singer-songwriter (Love Sensation), dies of an AIDS-related brain tumor at 43
  • Mar 24th Tommy Benford, jazz drummer, dies at 88
  • Mar 26th Jan Bor, Dutch violinist/painter, dies at 83
  • Mar 28th Albert Goldman, US rock biographer (Lives of John Lennon, Elvis), dies at 66
  • Mar 28th Eugene Ionesco, playwright (Rhinoceros, Bald Soprano), dies at 84
  • Mar 30th Sid Weiss, American jazz bassist, dies at 79
  • Apr 4th Virginia "Ginny" Simms, actress/singer (Kay Kyser Band), dies at 77
  • Apr 5th Roy Smeck, guitarist/banjoist, dies at 94

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Apr 5th Kurt Cobain, grunge rocker (Nirvana), commits suicide by gun at 27 in Seattle, Washington

Rocker Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain
  • Apr 6th Dick Cary, jazz musician, dies at 77
  • Apr 7th Lee Brilleaux, British R&B-singer/guitarist (Dr Feelgood), dies of lymphoma at 41
  • Apr 8th Irene Eisinger, singer, dies at 91
  • Apr 10th James L Lyons, jazz promoter, dies at 77
  • Apr 12th Q T Macon, blues vocal/guitar, dies at 60
  • Apr 19th Larry Davis, blues Singer/Guitarist, dies at 57
  • Apr 22nd Jack Alexander Bently, trombonist, dies at 80
  • May 3rd Milford Dolliole, pioneer jazz drummer, dies at 90
  • May 6th Haskell "Cool Papa" Sadler, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 59
  • May 11th Danny Overbea, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 68
  • May 11th Leonard Friedman, violinist, dies at 63
  • May 15th Frederik baron van Pallandt, Danish singer (Nina & F), murdered at 61
  • May 15th Ronnie Potsdammer, singer/song/text writer/programmer, dies at 71
  • May 17th Donald Keith Falkner, singer, dies at 94
  • May 23rd Joe Pass, US jazz guitarist (The Trio), dies at 65
  • May 24th Sandor Lakatos, Hungarian violist/orchestra leader, dies at 69
  • May 25th Eric Gale, guitarist, dies at 55
  • May 26th Warren Harding "Sonny" Sharrock, American jazz Guitarist, dies at 53
  • May 27th Red Rodney, [Albino Red/The Red Arrow], bebop-trumpeter, dies at 66
  • May 29th Oliver "Bops Junior" Jackson, drummer, dies at 61
  • May 31st Emmanuel "Manny" Klein, trumpeter, dies at 86
  • May 31st Herva Nelli, Italian-born American soprano, dies at 85
  • Jun 3rd Hub Matthijsen, violinist/bandmaster, dies at 52
  • Jun 4th Derek Lek Leckenby, rock guitarist (Herman's Hermits), dies at 48
  • Jun 6th John Morey Downs, actor/dancer/singer, dies at 80
  • Jun 6th Willie Humphrey, jazz clarinetist, dies at 93
  • Jun 13th Igor Youskevitch, dancer, dies at 82
  • Jun 14th Harry "Little" Caesar, blues singer/actor (City Heat), dies at 66
  • Jun 14th Henry Mancini, composer (Pink Panther, Moon River), dies at 70
  • Jun 14th Lionel Grigson, professor of Jazz, dies at 52
  • Jun 15th Manos Hadjidakis, Greek composer (Never on Sunday), dies at 68
  • Jun 16th Kristen Pfaff, US bass guitarist (Hole-Live through this), dies at 24
  • Jun 16th Boris Alexandrov, conductor (Red Army Song/Dance Ensemble, dies at 88
  • Jun 23rd Alan Frank, music publisher, dies at 83
  • Jun 26th Thomas henry Wait Armstrong, organist, dies at 96
  • Jun 29th Kurt Eichhorn, conductor, dies at 85
  • Jun 29th Ray Crane, English trumpeter, dies at 63
  • Jul 2nd Marion Williams, gospel singer, dies of diabetes at 66
  • Jul 8th Dominic Lucero, dancer/singer, dies of lymphatic cancer
  • Jul 9th Cornelius Boyson, bassist, dies at 57
  • Jul 9th William "Sabby" Lewis, jazz Pianist/Arranger, dies at 79
  • Jul 11th Charles "Lefty" Edwards, saxophonist, dies at 67
  • Jul 11th Lex P Humphries, drummer, dies at 57
  • Jul 13th Eddie Boyd, blues vocal/pianist, dies at 79
  • Jul 14th Patrick Crommelynck, Belgian pianist, commits suicide
  • Jul 14th Taeko Kuwata, Japanese/Belgian pianist, commits suicide
  • Jul 21st Dorothy Collins, singer (Your Hit Parade), dies at 67