1994 in Music

Events in Music

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

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Jan 25 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 27 "No Man's Land" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 61 performances
  • Jan 31 Barcelona opera theater "Gran Teatro del Liceo" burns down
  • Feb 3 "Les Miserables" opens at Kallang Theatre, Singapore
  • Feb 6 "Government Inspector" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 37 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 7 21st American Music Awards: Whitney Houston wins

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

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

  • Mar 3 "Damn Yankees" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 510 performances
  • Mar 5 Singer Grace Slick arrested for pointing a gun at a cop
  • Mar 7 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 15 8th Soul Train Music Awards: Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston win
  • Mar 17 "Little More Magic" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 30 performances

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

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

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Mar 21 actor Dudley Moore arrested for hitting his girlfriend

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 3 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 4 Singer Courtney Love cleared of drug charges

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Singer-Songwriter
Courtney Love
  • May 5 "Sally Marrand Her Escorts" opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 50 performances
  • May 8 "Rise & Fall of Little Voice" closes at Neil Simon NYC after 9 performances
  • May 9 "Passion" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 280 performances
  • May 10 "Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public" opens at Lunt-Font NYC for 16 per

Music concertMusic Concert

May 10 Barbra Streisand's begins 1st concert tour in 30 years

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

Music concertMusic Concert

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

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

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Dec 2 Andrew Lloyd Webber admitted to hospital for ulcer treatment

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

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

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Dec 16 Davy Jones (Monkees), charged with DWI

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

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

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette

Birthdays in Music


Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Singer Harry Styles
Singer
Harry Styles

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

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

Weddings in Music

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

HeartWedding of Interest

May 26 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 3 Pearl Jam rocker Eddie Vedder (29) weds Beth Liebling (27) in the Eternal City

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 30 R&B singer R. Kelly (25) weds Aaliyah (15) illegally in Rosemont, Illinois (later annulled)

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Singer Celine Dion
Singer
Celine Dion

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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

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

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 100 of 188

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

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

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