1996 in Music

Events in Music

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 29th 23rd American Music Awards: Garth Brooks wins

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

Music releaseAlbum Release

Feb 13th 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 22nd "Bus Stop" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 29 performances
  • Feb 25th "Father" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 52 performances
  • Feb 28th 38th Grammy Awards: Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morisette wins
  • Mar 17th "Bus Stop" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 29 performances
  • Mar 17th "Getting Away With Murder" opens at Broadhurst NYC for 17 performances
  • Mar 20th "Love Thy Neighbor" opens at Booth Theater NYC
  • Mar 21st "Night of the Iguana" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 68 performances
  • Mar 25th Ice Dance Championship at Edmonton won by Gritshuk & Platov (RUS)
  • Mar 27th "State Fair" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 118 performances
  • Mar 28th "Seven Guitars" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC
  • Mar 29th 10th Soul Train Music Awards: Patti Labelle, Boyz II Men
  • Mar 31st "Getting Away With Murder" closes at Broadhurst NYC after 17 performances
  • Mar 31st "Midsummer Night's Dream" opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 66 performances
  • Apr 4th "Inherit the Wind" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • Apr 7th Pakistan beat Sri Lanka to win Singer Cup in Singapore
  • Apr 14th "Apple Doesn't Fall" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 1 performance
  • Apr 15th "Apple Doesn't Fall" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 1 performance
  • Apr 18th "Funny Thing Happened" opens at St James Theater NYC for 715 performances
  • Apr 21st "Delicate Balance" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC
  • Apr 24th "Jack-Night on Town with John Barrymore" opens at Belasco for 12 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Birthdays in Music

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Singer Lorde
Singer
Lorde

Weddings in Music

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

  • Apr 16th Singer Judy Collins (57) weds industrial designer Louis Nelson (59) at Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City
  • May 25th Actress Kelley Menighan (29) weds actor-singer Jon Hensley (31) in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 27th "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 8th Lyricist and songwriter Carole Bayer Sager (52) weds former chairman of Warner Bros. Robert Daly (60) in Bel Air, California
  • Jun 16th Soap opera actress-singer Kassie Wesley (35) weds James De Paiva (39) in Morganfield, Kentucky
  • Sep 4th Judy Garland's daughter Lorna Luft (44) weds musician and musical director Colin Freeman (30) at Highclere Castle in Hampshire, United Kingdom
  • Sep 7th Five-foot-eleven model-actress Eva Herzigova (23) weds Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres (43) in Sea Bright, New Jersey
  • Sep 23rd 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 6th 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 25th 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 14th King of Pop Michael Jackson (38) weds Debbie Rowe (38) in Sydney, Australia

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

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 21st 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 18th 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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 15th Ella Fitzgerald, singer, dies at 78

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • Jun 15th Helen Sinclair Glatz, musician, dies at 88
  • Jun 19th Alan Ande Anderson, opera director, dies at 78
  • Jun 19th Vivian Ellis, composer, dies at 91
  • Jun 22nd Arthur "T-Boy" Ross, American songwriter, brother of Diana, found murdered at 47
  • Jun 28th Willard F. McMurry, musician, dies at 89
  • Jun 30th Jef Maes, Belgian composer and violinist, dies at 91
  • Jul 8th James Woodie Alexander, songwriter/vocalist, dies at 80
  • Jul 11th Louis Gottlieb, musician, dies at 72
  • Jul 12th Gottfried von Einem, composer, dies at 78
  • Jul 12th Jonathan Melvoin, keyboardist (Smashing Pumpkins), dies of heorin OD
  • Jul 16th John Panozzo, drummer, dies at 48
  • Jul 17th Amancio D'Silva, musician, dies at 60
  • Jul 17th [Bryan] Chas Chandler, English rock bassist (The Animals-House of the Rising Sun) and manager of Jimi Hendrix, dies at 57
  • Jul 17th Chris Komar, American dancer, dies of aids at 48
  • Jul 19th Emmanual Tettey Mensah, musician, dies at 77
  • Jul 22nd Robert Collins, keyboard player, dies at 33
  • Jul 22nd Tamara Danz, German singer (Silly), dies of cancer at 43
  • Jul 26th Evelyn Levine, composer, dies at 94