1996 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 4 "Father" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 52 performances
  • Jan 7 "Crazy after You" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 1622 performances
  • Jan 7 "Fool Moon" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after * performances
  • Jan 14 "Holiday" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • Jan 14 "Swinging On a Star" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 97 performances
  • Jan 26 "Les Miserables" opens at Musichall Theatre, Duisburg
  • Jan 28 "Hello Dolly!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 118 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 29 23rd American Music Awards: Garth Brooks wins

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • Jan 29 6,138th performance of "Cats" is held in London, surpassing record of Broadway's longest-running musical, "A Chorus Line"
  • Jan 29 La Fenice, Venice's opera house, is destroyed by fire.
  • Feb 13 Rock musical "Rent" by Jonathan Larson opens off-Broadway

Music releaseAlbum Release

Feb 13 Rapper Tupac Shakur releases his 4th studio album 'All Eyez on Me'

Rap Musician and Actor Tupac Shakur
Rap Musician and Actor
Tupac Shakur
  • Feb 22 "Bus Stop" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 29 performances
  • Feb 25 "Father" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 52 performances
  • Feb 28 38th Grammy Awards: Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morisette wins
  • Mar 17 "Bus Stop" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 29 performances
  • Mar 17 "Getting Away With Murder" opens at Broadhurst NYC for 17 performances
  • Mar 20 "Love Thy Neighbor" opens at Booth Theater NYC
  • Mar 21 "Night of the Iguana" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 68 performances
  • Mar 25 Ice Dance Championship at Edmonton won by Gritshuk & Platov (RUS)
  • Mar 27 "State Fair" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 118 performances
  • Mar 28 "Seven Guitars" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC
  • Mar 29 10th Soul Train Music Awards: Patti Labelle, Boyz II Men
  • Mar 31 "Getting Away With Murder" closes at Broadhurst NYC after 17 performances
  • Mar 31 "Midsummer Night's Dream" opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 66 performances
  • Apr 4 "Inherit the Wind" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • Apr 7 Pakistan beat Sri Lanka to win Singer Cup in Singapore
  • Apr 14 "Apple Doesn't Fall" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 1 performance
  • Apr 15 "Apple Doesn't Fall" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 1 performance
  • Apr 18 "Funny Thing Happened" opens at St James Theater NYC for 715 performances
  • Apr 21 "Delicate Balance" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC
  • Apr 24 "Jack-Night on Town with John Barrymore" opens at Belasco for 12 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 24 31st Academy of Country Music Awards: Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, and Patty Loveless win

Singer Shania Twain
Singer
Shania Twain
  • Apr 25 "Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC
  • Apr 28 "Big" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 193 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 29 "Rent", starring Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs, opens at Nederlander Theater NYC

Actress/Singer Idina Menzel
Actress/Singer
Idina Menzel
  • Apr 30 "Buried Child" opens at Atkinson Theater NYC for 77 performances
  • May 1 "Ideal Husband" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 308 performances
  • May 5 "Jack-Night on Town with J Barrymore" closes at Belasco after 12 performances
  • May 12 "Inherit the Wind" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • May 12 "Night of the Iguana" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 68 performances
  • May 18 41st Eurovision Song Contest: Eimear Quinn for Ireland wins singing "The Voice" in Oslo
  • May 22 "Tartuffe: Born Again" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 29 performances
  • May 26 "Midsummer Night's Dream" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 66 performances
  • Jun 10 30th Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson
  • Jun 23 "Tartuffe: Born Again" closes at Circle in Sq NYC after 29 performances
  • Jun 30 "Buried Child" closes at Brook Atkinson Theater NYC after 77 performances
  • Jun 30 "Moon Over Buffalo" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • Jun 30 "State Fair" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 118 performances
  • Jul 1 Placido Domingo becomes art director of Washington Opera
  • Jul 14 "How To Succeed in Business..." closes at R Rodgers NYC after 548 perf
  • Jul 14 "Thousand Clowns" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 32 performances
  • Aug 11 "Thousand Clowns," closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 32 performances
  • Aug 21 "Hughie" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC
  • Sep 4 13th MTV Video Music Awards: Alanis Morrisett & Smashing Pumpkins win
  • Sep 5 "Summer & Smoke" opens at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Sep 7 Rap artist Tupac Shakur shot multiple times in a drive by shooting in Las Vegas, dies 6 days later
  • Sep 8 "7 Guitars" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC
  • Sep 8 Sri Lanka defeat Australia to win Singer World Series at Colombo
  • Sep 19 "Skylight" opens at Royale Theater NYC
  • Sep 29 "Delicate Balance" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 29 Alanis Morissette ends her 1st US tour (Houston Texas)

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Singer-Songwriter
Alanis Morissette
  • Oct 2 30th Country Music Association Award: Brooks & Dunn win
  • Oct 10 "Sex & Longing" opens at Cort Theater NYC
  • Oct 13 "Big" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 193 performances
  • Oct 17 "Taking Sides" opens at Atkinson Theater NYC
  • Oct 20 "Summer & Smoke" closes at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Nov 2 "Hughie" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC
  • Nov 3 "It's a Slippery Slope" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC
  • Nov 7 "3 Sisters" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC
  • Nov 13 "Three Sisters" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC
  • Nov 14 "Chicago" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC
  • Nov 15 "Into the Whirlwind" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 2 performances
  • Nov 16 "Into the Whirlwind" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 2 performances
  • Nov 17 "Present Laughter" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC
  • Nov 19 "God Said, Ha!" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 22 performances
  • Nov 19 "Sex & Longing" closes at Cort Theater NYC
  • Nov 21 "Rehearsal" opens at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Nov 24 "Juan Darien - A Carnival Mass" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC
  • Dec 4 7th Billboard Music Awards: Alanis Morissette win
  • Dec 5 "Dreams & Nightmares" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • Dec 8 "God Said, Ha!" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 22 performances
  • Dec 19 "Once Upon a Matress" opens at Broadhurst NYC for 187 performances
  • Dec 29 "Dreams & Nightmares" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • Dec 29 "Skylight" closes at Royale Theater NYC after
  • Dec 29 "Taking Sides" closes at Atkinson Theater NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • Feb 7 Mai Hagiwara, Japanese singer
  • Apr 18 Alexey Zhigalkovich, Belarusian Singer
  • Aug 21 Jamia Simone Nash, American singer and actress
  • Oct 14 Lourdes Marie Ciccone Leon, daughter of singer Madonna

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 7 Lorde [Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor], New Zealand singer (Royals), born in Auckland, New Zealand

Singer Lorde
Singer
Lorde

Weddings in Music

  • Jan 27 "ER" TV actress Yvette Freeman (39) weds musical director Lawny Hartley (49) in Dunleith, Delaware

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 14 Singer Prince (Rogers Nelson) (37) weds belly dancer Mayte Garcia (22) in Minneapolis

  • Apr 16 Singer Judy Collins (57) weds industrial designer Louis Nelson (59) at Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City
  • May 25 Actress Kelley Menighan (29) weds actor-singer Jon Hensley (31) in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 27 "Crosby, Stills & Nash" Rock and Roll Hall of Famer guitarist Stephen Stills (51) weds recording-studio manager Kristen Hathaway (30) at the Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach, Florida
  • Jun 8 Lyricist and songwriter Carole Bayer Sager (52) weds former chairman of Warner Bros. Robert Daly (60) in Bel Air, California
  • Jun 16 Soap opera actress-singer Kassie Wesley (35) weds James De Paiva (39) in Morganfield, Kentucky
  • Sep 4 Judy Garland's daughter Lorna Luft (44) weds musician and musical director Colin Freeman (30) at Highclere Castle in Hampshire, United Kingdom
  • Sep 7 Five-foot-eleven model-actress Eva Herzigova (23) weds Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres (43) in Sea Bright, New Jersey
  • Sep 23 Oscar-nominated actor of "The Buddy Holly Story" Gary Busey (52) weds former stuntwoman from Dallas Tiani Warden (29) at Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 6 American country singer Faith Hill (44) weds singer and actor Tim McGraw (45) in Rayville, Louisiana

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 25 Singer-dancer Paula Abdul (33) weds sportswear designer Brad Beckerman (30) at Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel

Singer & Judge of American Idol Paula Abdul
Singer & Judge of American Idol
Paula Abdul

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 14 King of Pop Michael Jackson (38) weds Debbie Rowe (38) in Sydney, Australia

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Nov 16 "What Part of No" country singer Lorrie Morgan (37) weds singer Jon Randall (29) in Nashville

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 21 Famous singer Lionel Richie (47) weds clothing designer Diane Alexander (30) at Metropolitan Club in New York


Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jan 18 Lisa Marie Presley files for divorce from Michael Jackson in NY

Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley
King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 100 of 179

  • Jan 1 Hamish Imlach, folk singer/comic, dies at 55
  • Jan 4 Ramon Vinay, operatic tenor/baritone, dies at 83
  • Jan 5 Joseph Daniel White, singer/bandleader, dies at 84
  • Jan 5 Richard Versaille, tenor, dies at 63
  • Jan 6 Robert Russell "Chubby" Wise, musician, dies at 80
  • Jan 8 William Mac Lance "Tiny" McCloud, musician/songwriter, dies at 52
  • Jan 8 Howard Taubman, American music and theater critic (b. 1907)
  • Jan 11 Ike Isaacs, Burnese-born jazz guitarist, dies at 76
  • Jan 14 Pamelo Mounk'a, musician, dies at 50
  • Jan 15 Les Baxter, singer/orchestra leader/composer (Born Again), dies at 73
  • Jan 16 Marcia Davenport, American author and music critic (b. 1903)
  • Jan 17 Robert Covington, drummer/singer, dies at 54
  • Jan 17 Mostafa Sid Ahmed, Sudanese singer (b. 1953)
  • Jan 18 Jos Kunst, Dutch composer, dies at 60
  • Jan 20 Buster Benton, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 63
  • Jan 20 Gerald Joseph Mulligan, baritone saxophonist/composer, dies at 68
  • Jan 20 Peter Stadlen, pianist/critic, dies at 85
  • Jan 25 Jonathan Larson, composer, dead Aortic aneurysm at 35
  • Jan 26 Henry Jay Lewis, conductor, dies at 63
  • Jan 26 Stevie Plunder, Australian musician (b. 1963)
  • Jan 30 Bob Thiele, record producer, dies at 73
  • Feb 2 Gene Kelly, actor/dancer (Singing in the Rain), dies at 83
  • Feb 3 Wild Jimmy Spruill, blues guitarist, dies at 61
  • Feb 5 Antonio Ruiz Soler, spanish dancer, dies at 74
  • Feb 5 Gianandrea Gavazzeni, conductor, dies at 86
  • Feb 7 Isian Kehinde I K Dairo, musician/academic, dies at 65
  • Feb 7 Lillian Rambach, teacher violinist, dies at 84
  • Feb 7 Tiny Winters, musician, dies at 87
  • Feb 8 Mercer Kennedy Ellington, trumpeter bandleader/composer, dies at 76
  • Feb 13 Daniel K Womack, singer/guitarist, dies at 91
  • Feb 16 Walter Brown "Brownie" McGhee, American blues singer/guitarist, dies at 80
  • Feb 17 [Elsie] Evelyn Laye, actress/singer (Sun Child), dies at 95
  • Feb 20 Toru Takemitsu, composer, dies at 65
  • Feb 21 Morton Gould, composer, dies at 82
  • Feb 23 George Alan Dawson, jazz drummer/teacher, dies at 66
  • Feb 24 Laurence Richard Deniz, jazz guitarist, dies at 71
  • Feb 29 Wes Farrell, songwriter, dies at 56
  • Mar 6 Herbert "Herb" Hall, clarinetist/saxophonist, dies at 88
  • Mar 8 Paul Lewis Harrhy, actor/opera singer (Intelligence Park), dies at 38
  • Mar 9 George Burns, American actor and singer (b. 1896)
  • Mar 15 Olga Rudge, American-born concert violinist, dies at 100
  • Mar 16 Joseph Lee Pope, singer, dies at 62
  • Mar 17 Terry Stafford, American singer (b. 1941)
  • Mar 19 Christopher John Magenis Headington, musician, dies at 65
  • Mar 20 Alan Ridout, English composer, dies at 61
  • Mar 22 Don Murray, American drummer (The Turtles), dies from post-operative complications at 50
  • Mar 23 Jay D. Miller, record producer, dies at 73
  • Mar 24 Maria Lucia Beltran Alcayaga, singer, dies at 66
  • Mar 31 Jeffrey Lee Pierce, musician, dies at 37
  • Apr 1 Edwin H "Buddy" Morris, music publisher, dies at 89
  • Apr 3 Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes, bluesman, dies at 59
  • Apr 4 Joy Newton, dancer, dies at 82
  • Apr 4 Larry Laprise, songwriter, dies at 83
  • Apr 4 Paul Cooper, American composer, dies at 69
  • Apr 8 Charles Donald Adams, singer, dies at 67
  • Apr 14 Gaylord Birch, drummer (Pointer Sisters, Herbie Hancock), dies at 50
  • Apr 14 Manuel A "Manny" Greenhill, record producer, dies at 80
  • Apr 16 Lucille Bremer, dancer/actress (Ziegfeld Follies), dies at 73
  • Apr 16 Raymond Earl Hill, saxophonist, dies at 62
  • Apr 18 Michael Leander Farr, record producer, dies at 55
  • Apr 23 Leonard Kuntstat, blues discographer, dies at 70
  • May 1 William Mitchell Byers, musician, dies on 79th birthday
  • May 11 Bruce Boyce, singer/teacher, dies at 85
  • May 11 Walter Hyatt, #Musician, dies at 46
  • May 15 George M Tindley, songwriter/vocalist, dies at 57
  • May 17 Johnny "Guitar" Watson, musician, dies at 61
  • May 17 Kevin Gilbert, American singer, composer and instrumentalist (b. 1966)
  • May 20 Jack Wyngaard, South African dancer, dies at 37
  • May 21 Peter Fletcher, music teacher, dies at 60
  • May 24 Jacob Druckman, American composer, dies at 67
  • May 25 Bradley Nowell, American ska musician (Sublime), dies of a heroin overdose at 28
  • May 26 Matima Kinuani Mpiosso, musician, dies at 45
  • May 27 Albert "Pud" Brown, clarinetist/saxophonist, dies at 79
  • May 29 James George "Jimmy" Rowles, jazz pianist, dies at 77
  • May 29 Tamara Toumanova, dancer, dies at 77
  • May 30 Bob Stroup, trombonist, dies at 57
  • May 30 John Kahn, bassist, dies at 47
  • May 31 Elsbeary Hobbs, singer, dies at 59
  • Jun 1 Don Grolnick, jazz musician, dies at 48
  • Jun 9 Walter Pardon, carpenter/traditional singer, dies at 81
  • Jun 11 Ulysses Dove, dancer/choreographer, dies at 49
  • Jun 14 Thomas Edward Montgomery, drummer, dies at 73

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 15 Ella Fitzgerald, singer, dies at 78

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • Jun 15 Helen Sinclair Glatz, musician, dies at 88
  • Jun 19 Alan Ande Anderson, opera director, dies at 78
  • Jun 19 Vivian Ellis, composer, dies at 91
  • Jun 20 Jim Ellison, American musician (Material Issue), commits suicide at 32
  • Jun 22 Arthur "T-Boy" Ross, American songwriter, brother of Diana, found murdered at 47
  • Jun 28 Willard F. McMurry, musician, dies at 89
  • Jun 30 Jef Maes, Belgian composer and violinist, dies at 91
  • Jul 8 James Woodie Alexander, songwriter/vocalist, dies at 80
  • Jul 11 Louis Gottlieb, musician, dies at 72
  • Jul 12 Gottfried von Einem, composer, dies at 78
  • Jul 12 Jonathan Melvoin, keyboardist (Smashing Pumpkins), dies of heorin OD
  • Jul 16 John Panozzo, drummer, dies at 48
  • Jul 17 Amancio D'Silva, musician, dies at 60
  • Jul 17 [Bryan] Chas Chandler, English rock bassist (The Animals-House of the Rising Sun) and manager of Jimi Hendrix, dies at 57
  • Jul 17 Chris Komar, American dancer, dies of aids at 48
  • Jul 19 Emmanual Tettey Mensah, musician, dies at 77
  • Jul 22 Robert Collins, keyboard player, dies at 33