1997 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 5 "Juan Darien-Carnival Mass" closes at Vivian Beaumont NYC
  • Jan 5 "Love Thy Neighbor" closes at Booth Theater NYC
  • Jan 5 "Show Boat" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC
  • Jan 6 "It's a Slippery Slope" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 9 Heart attacks sends Frank Sinatra back to hospital

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Jan 10 "Rehersal," closes at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Jan 26 "Ideal Husband" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • Jan 27 "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" opens at Gershwin NYC

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 27 24th American Music Awards: Toni Braxton & Alanis Morissette win

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Singer-Songwriter
Alanis Morissette
  • Feb 2 "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" closes at Gershwin NYC
  • Feb 13 "Three Sisters" opens at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Feb 20 "Stanley" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC
  • Feb 26 39th Grammy Awards: Change the World Babyface, Beck & LeAnn Rimes wins
  • Feb 27 "Last Night of Ballyhoo" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC
  • Feb 27 Singer Sade (Helen Folasade) arrested in Jamaica for disobeying a police officer
  • Mar 1 "Mandy Patinkin in Concert" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC
  • Mar 8 11th Soul Train Music Awards: Curtis Mayfield, Babyface win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 11 Beatle McCartney knighted Sir Paul by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Mar 20 "Play On!" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 61 performances
  • Mar 21 Ice Dance won by Oksana Grishuk & Evgeny Platov (Rus)
  • Mar 22 "Sunset Boulevard" closes at Minskoff NYC after 977 performances
  • Mar 23 "Mandy Patinkin in Concert" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC
  • Mar 25 "Barrymore" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 240 performances
  • Mar 26 "Annie" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • Mar 27 "Young Man From Atlanta" opens at Longacre NYC for 85 performances
  • Apr 2 "Doll's House" opens at Belasco Theater NYC
  • Apr 3 "Dream-Johnny Mercer Musical" opens at Royale NYC for 109 performance
  • Apr 6 "3 Sisters" closes at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Apr 13 "American Daughter" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 88 performances
  • Apr 20 "Gin Game" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 144 performances
  • Apr 20 "Present Laughter" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC
  • Apr 23 "Titanic," opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 23 32nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, and Patty Loveless win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • Apr 24 "Steel Peer" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 76 performances
  • Apr 26 "Life" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC
  • Apr 27 "Little Foxes" opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 56 performances
  • Apr 27 "Stanley" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC
  • Apr 28 "Jekyll & Hyde" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC
  • Apr 29 "Candide" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 103 performances
  • Apr 30 "London Assurance" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • May 3 42nd Eurovision Song Contest: Katrina and the Waves for United Kingdom wins singing "Love Shine a Light" in Dublin

Hall of fameHall of Fame

May 6 Michael Jackson & Bee Gees inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • May 11 "Play On!" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 61 performances
  • May 18 "King David" opens at New Amsterdam Theater NYC
  • May 23 "King David" closes at New Amsterdam Theater NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 28 Bob Dylan hospitalized in England with histoplasmosis

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • May 31 "Once Upon a Matress" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 187 perf
  • Jun 8 "Young Man From Atlanta" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 85 performances
  • Jun 15 "Little Foxes" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • Jun 16 31st Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson & LeAnn Rimes
  • Jun 19 "Forever Tango!" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC
  • Jun 21 "Defending the Caveman," closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 671 performances
  • Jun 25 Jamaica issues a warrant for singer Sade, who fails to report to court on charges of failure to obey a cop who signaled her to stop
  • Jun 28 "Master Class" closes at Golden Theater NYC after 601 performances
  • Jun 28 "Steel Peer" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC after 76 performances
  • Jun 29 "American Daughter" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 88 performances
  • Jun 29 "London Assurance" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • Jul 6 "Dream-Johnny Mercer Musical" closes at Royale NYC after 109 performances
  • Jul 25 Rocker Rick Danko gets suspended sentence in Japan for drug smuggling
  • Jul 27 "Candide" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 103 performances
  • Jul 27 "Victor/Victoria" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 738 performances
  • Aug 3 Garth Brooks performs a free concert in NYC's Central Park for HBO
  • Aug 14 "1776" opens at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Aug 31 "Gin Game" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 144 performances
  • Sep 1 "Doll's House" closes at Belasco Theater
  • Sep 4 14th MTV Video Music Awards: Jamiroquai, Jewel & Beck win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 13 Elton John releases "Candle in the Wind 1997", a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales in the UK

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • Sep 22 Elton John releases "Candle in the Wind 1997", a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales in the US
  • Sep 24 31st Country Music Association Award: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood & George Strait win
  • Oct 16 "Side Show," opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 91 performances
  • Oct 19 "Annie" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • Oct 23 "Triumph of Love" opens at Royale Theater NYC
  • Oct 30 "The Cherry Orchard" opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC
  • Nov 2 "Barrymore" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 240 performances
  • Nov 6 "Proposals" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 76 performances
  • Nov 9 "Cherry Orchard" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • Nov 9 "Scarlet Pimpernel" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC
  • Nov 10 "Jackie - An American Life" opens at Belasco Theater NYC
  • Nov 13 "Lion King" opens at New Amersterdam Theater NYC
  • Nov 16 "1776" closes at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Nov 18 Metallica release the album "ReLoad"
  • Nov 19 "Eugene Onegin" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • Nov 19 "Old Neighborhood" opens at Booth Theater NYC
  • Nov 20 "Ivanov" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC for 51 performances
  • Nov 24 "Street Corner Symphony" opens at Brooks Atkinson NYC for 79 performances
  • Nov 30 "Eugene Onegin" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • Dec 3 "1776" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC
  • Dec 4 "Diary of Anne Frank" opens at Music Box Theater NYC
  • Dec 8 8th Billboard Music Awards: LeAnn Rimes & Spice Girls win
  • Dec 11 "Sunshine Boys" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC
  • Dec 14 "View From the Bridge" opens at Criterion Theater, NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 9 Lauryn McClain, American actress and singer
  • Nov 28 Thor Salden, Belgian singer

Weddings in Music

  • Jan 4 "Smothers Brothers" actor-singer Dick Smothers (58) weds Denby Franklin (47) in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 2 "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul (34) weds sportswear designer Brad Beckerman at The Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel

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

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 22 Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez (27) weds Ojani Noa on the grounds of a friend's Miami home

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 30 Rapper Vanilla Ice (29) weds Laura Giarritta

Rapper Vanilla Ice
Rapper
Vanilla Ice

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 1 Grammy Award-winning singer Kenny Rogers (59) weds Wanda Miller (31) at his ranch in Athens, Georgia

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 5 Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher (30) weds Meg Mathews at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas

Musician Noel Gallagher
Musician
Noel Gallagher

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 12 Rapper and actor Snoop Dogg (25) weds high school sweetheart Shante Taylor at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Marina Del Rey, California

Rapper Snoop Dogg
Rapper
Snoop Dogg
  • Jun 17 Pop rock band singer Kevin Jonas (24) weds Danielle Deleasa (25) at Oheka Castle

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 17 Lead vocalist James Hetfield (34) weds Francesca Tomasi

Metallica Rocker James Hetfield
Metallica Rocker
James Hetfield
  • Sep 5 TV and radio host Larry King (64) weds singer Shawn Southwick (38) at the hospital room in Los Angeles, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 27 Grammy Award winning singer-rapper Coolio (34) weds Los Angeles DJ Josefa Salinas (37) in Las Vegas

Rapper Coolio
Rapper
Coolio

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 1 Townes Van Zandt, musician, dies at 52
  • Jan 1 Hagood Hardy, Canadian composer and musician (b. 1937)
  • Jan 2 Randy California, [Wolfe], rock guitarist, dies at 45
  • Jan 3 Burton Lane, composer, dies at 84
  • Jan 3 Roger Goeb, American composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 7 Sandor Vegh, violinist teacher/conductor, dies at 84
  • Jan 8 Carole Carr, singer/actress (Down Among the Z Men), dies at 68
  • Jan 8 Joseph George Handy Hendleman, musician, dies at 76
  • Jan 10 Alvinio Misciano, Italian tenor, killed in a fall from a window
  • Jan 11 Cavan O'Connor, singer, dies at 97
  • Jan 16 Charlie Alfred Galbraith, jazz trombonist, dies at 76
  • Jan 22 Irwin Levine, composer (Tie a Yellow Ribbon), dies at 58
  • Jan 22 Wally Whyton, musician/broadcaster, dies at 66
  • Jan 22 Ron Holden, American singer (b. 1939)
  • Jan 22 Billy Mackenzie, Scottish musician (Associates) (b. 1957)
  • Jan 23 Charles Craig, opera singer, dies at 77
  • Jan 23 Richard Berry, lyricist (Louie Louie), dies at 61
  • Jan 27 Gerald Marks, American songwriter (All of Me) (b. 1900)
  • Jan 31 Eve Lister, actress/singer (No Limit, Hyde Park), dies at 84
  • Feb 2 Chico Science Francisco Franca, musician, dies at 40
  • Feb 7 Danil Shafran, cellist, dies at 74
  • Feb 8 Roy George Elroy Josephs, jazz dance teacher, dies at 57
  • Feb 9 Brian Connolly, lead singer (Sweet), dies of heart failure at 52
  • Feb 13 Mark Krasnosel'skii, Russian-Ukrainian mathematician (b. 1920), Jessica Browne, singer and dancer
  • Feb 18 Eric William Fenby, musician, dies at 90
  • Feb 20 Zachary Breaux, American jazz guitarist (b. 1960)
  • Feb 23 Tony Williams, jazz musician, dies at 51
  • Feb 24 Isabelle Harriet Lucas, actress/singer (Outland, Comics), dies at 69
  • Feb 25 Tony Williams, jazz drummer (Miles Davis), dies at 51
  • Mar 9 The Notorious B.I.G. [Christopher Wallace], American rapper shot dead at 24
  • Mar 10 La Vern Baker, American singer (b. 1929)
  • Apr 2 Zsolt Durko, Hungarian composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 8 Laura Nyro, singer, dies of ovarian cancer at 49
  • Apr 16 Mae Boren Axton, song writer (Heartbreak Hotel), dies at 82
  • Apr 19 El Duce, American singer and drummer (The Mentors) (b. 1958)
  • Apr 26 Gene [Eugene] Ames, singer (Ames Brothers), dies of cancer at 73
  • Apr 29 Keith Ferguson, American blues musician (Fabulous Thunderbirds), dies of overdose at 50
  • May 3 Narciso Yepes, Spanish classical guitarist (b. 1927)
  • May 14 Thelma Carpenter, singer, dies at 76
  • May 29 Jeff Buckley, American musician and singer ( "Hallelujah"), drowns at 30
  • Jun 2 Doc Cheatham, jazz musician, dies of stroke at 91
  • Jun 4 Ronnie Lane, bassist (Faces), dies of multiple sclerosis at 51
  • Jun 12 Bulat Okudzhava, Russian writer and musician (b. 1924)
  • Jun 19 Bobby Helms, singer (Jingle Bell Rock), dies at 63
  • Jun 20 Bobby Helms, composer (Jingle Bell Rock), dies at 61
  • Jun 20 Lawrence Payton, rocker (4 Tops-I'll Be There), dies at 59
  • Jun 21 Art Prysock, jazz musician, dies at 68
  • Jun 22 Ted Gärdestad, Swedish singer (b. 1956)
  • Jun 26 Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Hawaiian singer dies aged 38
  • Jul 5 Mrs. Miller, American singer (b. 1907)
  • Aug 1 Svyatoslav Richter, Russian pianist, dies of heart attack at 82
  • Aug 2 Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Nigerian musician (b. 1938)
  • Aug 8 Duncan Swift, jazz pianist, dies at 74
  • Aug 10 Conlon Nancarrow, American composer (b. 1912)
  • Aug 12 Luther Allison, blues performer (Motown), dies of cancer at 57
  • Aug 12 Jack Delano [Jacob Ovcharov], Russian-born American composer and photographer, dies at 83
  • Aug 16 Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistani musician (b. 1948)
  • Sep 2 Rudolf Bing, opera manager (NY Met Opera), dies at 95
  • Sep 4 Belle Stewart, Scottish traditional singer, dies at 91
  • Sep 5 Georg Solti, conductor, dead, dies at 84
  • Sep 7 Derek Taylor, Beatles publicist, dies of cancer at 65
  • Sep 12 Stikkan Stig Anderson, music entrepreneur (Polar), dies at 66
  • Sep 18 Jimmy Witherspoon, singer, dies at 65
  • Sep 19 Rich Mullins, American singer (b. 1955)
  • Sep 20 Edmund Falkiner, jazz saxophinist/probation officer, dies at 59
  • Sep 25 Jean Françaix, French composer (b. 1912)
  • Sep 25 Hélène Baillargeon, Quebec singer and folklorist (b. 1916)
  • Sep 29 Robert Arthur Thornbury Campbell, journalist/musician, dies at 55
  • Oct 9 Arthur Tracy, radio personality (Street Singer), dies at 98

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 12 John Denver, American country music star (Country Boy), dies in a plane crash at 53

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • Oct 19 Glen Buxton, guitarist (Alice Cooper), dies of pneumonia at 49
  • Nov 5 Epic Soundtracks, English musician (Swell Maps, Crime and the City Solution, These Immortal Souls) (b. 1959)
  • Nov 10 Tommy Tedesco, American musician (b. 1930)
  • Nov 12 Carlos Surinach, Spanish composer (b. 1915)
  • Nov 13 André Boucourechliev, French composer (b. 1925)
  • Nov 15 Saul Chaplin, director (West Side Story), dies at 85
  • Nov 20 Robert Palmer, rock critic, dies at 52

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 22 Michael Hutchence, Australiann rocker (INXS) and actor, commits suicide at 37

INXS rocker Michael Hutchence
INXS rocker
Michael Hutchence
  • Nov 25 Fenton Robinson, US blues guitarist (Tennessee Woman), dies at 62
  • Nov 25 Barbara, French singer (b. 1930)
  • Nov 26 Francis Paudras, designer/jazz fan, dies at 62
  • Dec 1 Stephane Grappelli, French jazz violinist, dies at 89
  • Dec 2 Michael Hedges, American guitarist known for originality (b. 1953)
  • Dec 6 Eliot Daniel, composer (I Love Lucy theme), dies at 89
  • Dec 9 Tamara Geva, Russian-born dancer and actress, dies at 91
  • Dec 10 Violet Carlson, stage dancer/singer, dies at 97
  • Dec 14 Kurt Winter, Canadian musician (The Guess Who) (b. 1946)
  • Dec 16 Nicolette Larson, singer (Lotta Love), dies from brain seizure at 45
  • Dec 19 Jimmy Rogers, American blues musician, dies at 73
  • Dec 22 Johnny Coles, trumpeter, dies at 71
  • Dec 24 Alan Fluck, musical educationalist, dies at 69
  • Dec 24 Anthea Joseph, music producer, dies at 57
  • Dec 31 Floyd Cramer, pianist (Nashville Sound), dies of cancer at 64