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Events in Music

Events 1 - 27 of 27

Jan 9th - Heart attacks sends Frank Sinatra back to hospital
Jan 27th - 24th American Music Awards: Toni Braxton & Alanis Morissette win
Feb 26th - 39th Grammy Awards: Change the World Babyface, Beck & LeAnn Rimes wins
Feb 27th - Singer Sade (Helen Folasade) arrested in Jamaica for disobeying a police officer
Mar 8th - 11th Soul Train Music Awards: Curtis Mayfield, Babyface win
Mar 11th - Beatle McCartney knighted Sir Paul by Queen Elizabeth II
Mar 21st - Ice Dance won by Oksana Grishuk & Evgeny Platov (Rus)
Mar 25th - "Barrymore" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 240 performances
Apr 3rd - "Dream-Johnny Mercer Musical" opens at Royale NYC for 109 performance
Apr 23rd - 32nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, and Patty Loveless win
May 3rd - 42nd Eurovision Song Contest: Katrina and the Waves for United Kingdom wins singing "Love Shine a Light" in Dublin
May 6th - Michael Jackson & Bee Gees inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
May 28th - Bob Dylan hospitalized in England with histoplasmosis
Singer-Songwriter Bob DylanSinger-Songwriter Bob Dylan Jun 16th - 31st Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson & LeAnn Rimes
Jun 25th - 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
Jul 6th - "Dream-Johnny Mercer Musical," closes at Royale NYC after 109 perfs
Jul 25th - Rocker Rick Danko gets suspended sentence in Japan for drug smuggling
Aug 3rd - Garth Brooks performs a free concert in NYC's Central Park for HBO
Sep 4th - 14th MTV Video Music Awards: Jamiroquai, Jewel & Beck win
Sep 22nd - Elton John releases Diana tribute "Candle in the Wind 1997"
Sep 24th - 31st Country Music Association Award: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood & George Strait win
Oct 21st - Elton John's tribute to Diana, Princess of wales, breaks world record, 318 million dist
Singer Elton JohnSinger Elton John Nov 2nd - "Barrymore" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 240 performances
Nov 17th - Metallica release the album "ReLoad"
Nov 24th - "Street Corner Symphony" opens at Brooks Atkinson NYC for 79 perfs
Dec 4th - "Diary of Anne Frank" opens at Music Box Theater NYC
Dec 8th - 8th Billboard Music Awards: LeAnn Rimes & Spice Girls win

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 2 of 2

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

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 89 of 89

Jan 1st - Townes Van Zandt, musician, dies at 52
Jan 1st - Hagood Hardy, Canadian composer and musician (b. 1937)
Jan 2nd - Randy California, [Wolfe], rock guitarist, dies at 45
Jan 3rd - Burton Lane, composer, dies at 84
Jan 7th - Sandor Vegh, violinist teacher/conductor, dies at 84
Jan 8th - Carole Carr, singer/actress (Down Among the Z Men), dies at 68
Jan 8th - Joseph George Handy Hendleman, musician, dies at 76
Jan 10th - Alvinio Misciano, Italian tenor, killed in a fall from a window
Jan 11th - Cavan O'Connor, singer, dies at 97
Jan 16th - Charlie Alfred Galbraith, jazz trombonist, dies at 76
Jan 22nd - Irwin Levine, composer (Tie a Yellow Ribbon), dies at 58
Jan 22nd - Wally Whyton, musician/broadcaster, dies at 66
Jan 22nd - Ron Holden, American singer (b. 1939)
Jan 22nd - Billy Mackenzie, Scottish musician (Associates) (b. 1957)
Jan 23rd - Charles Craig, opera singer, dies at 77
Jan 23rd - Richard Berry, lyricist (Louie Louie), dies at 61
Jan 27th - Gerald Marks, American songwriter (All of Me) (b. 1900)
Jan 31st - Eve Lister, actress/singer (No Limit, Hyde Park), dies at 84
Feb 2nd - Chico Science Francisco Franca, musician, dies at 40
Feb 7th - Danil Shafran, cellist, dies at 74
Feb 8th - Roy George Elroy Josephs, jazz dance teacher, dies at 57
Feb 9th - Brian Connolly, lead singer (Sweet), dies of heart failure at 52
Feb 13th - Mark Krasnosel'skii, Russian-Ukrainian mathematician (b. 1920), Jessica Browne, singer and dancer
Feb 18th - Eric William Fenby, musician, dies at 90
Feb 20th - Zachary Breaux, American jazz guitarist (b. 1960)
Feb 23rd - Tony Williams, jazz musician, dies at 51
Feb 24th - Isabelle Harriet Lucas, actress/singer (Outland, Comics), dies at 69
Feb 25th - Tony Williams, jazz drummer (Miles Davis), dies at 51
Mar 9th - The Notorious B.I.G. [Christopher Wallace], American rapper shot dead at 24
Mar 10th - La Vern Baker, American singer (b. 1929)
Apr 8th - Laura Nyro, singer, dies of ovarian cancer at 49
Apr 16th - Mae Boren Axton, song writer (Heartbreak Hotel), dies at 82
Apr 19th - El Duce, American singer and drummer (The Mentors) (b. 1958)
Apr 29th - Keith Ferguson, American blues musician (Fabulous Thunderbirds), dies of overdose at 50
May 3rd - Narciso Yepes, Spanish classical guitarist (b. 1927)
May 14th - Thelma Carpenter, singer, dies at 76
May 29th - Jeff Buckley, American musician and singer ( "Hallelujah"), drowns at 30
Jun 2nd - Doc Cheatham, jazz musician, dies of stroke at 91
Jun 4th - Ronnie Lane, bassist (Faces), dies of multiple sclerosis at 51
Jun 12th - Bulat Okudzhava, Russian writer and musician (b. 1924)
Jun 19th - Bobby Helms, singer (Jingle Bell Rock), dies at 63
Jun 20th - Bobby Helms, composer (Jingle Bell Rock), dies at 61
Jun 20th - Lawrence Payton, rocker (4 Tops-I'll Be There), dies at 59
Jun 21st - Art Prysock, jazz musician, dies at 68
Jun 22nd - Ted Gärdestad, Swedish singer (b. 1956)
Jun 26th - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Hawaiian singer dies aged 38
Jul 5th - Mrs. Miller, American singer (b. 1907)
Aug 1st - Svyatoslav Richter, Russian pianist, dies of heart attack at 82
Aug 2nd - Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Nigerian musician (b. 1938)
Aug 8th - Duncan Swift, jazz pianist, dies at 74
Aug 10th - Conlon Nancarrow, American composer (b. 1912)
Aug 12th - Luther Allison, blues performer (Motown), dies of cancer at 57
Aug 16th - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistani musician (b. 1948)
Sep 2nd - Rudolf Bing, opera manager (NY Met Opera), dies at 95
Sep 4th - Belle Stewart, singer, dies at 91
Sep 5th - Georg Solti, conductor, dead, dies at 84
Sep 7th - Derek Taylor, Beatles publicist, dies of cancer at 65
Sep 12th - Stikkan Stig Anderson, music entrepreneur (Polar), dies at 66
Sep 18th - Jimmy Witherspoon, singer, dies at 65
Sep 19th - Rich Mullins, American singer (b. 1955)
Sep 20th - Edmund Falkiner, jazz saxophinist/probation officer, dies at 59
Sep 25th - Jean Françaix, French composer (b. 1912)
Sep 25th - Hélène Baillargeon, Quebec singer and folklorist (b. 1916)
Sep 29th - Robert Arthur Thornbury Campbell, journalist/musician, dies at 55
Oct 9th - Arthur Tracy, radio personality (Street Singer), dies at 98
Country Singer John DenverCountry Singer John Denver (Oct 12th) Oct 12th - John Denver, American country music star (Country Boy), dies in a plane crash at 53
Oct 19th - Glen Buxton, guitarist (Alice Cooper), dies of pneumonia at 49
Nov 5th - Epic Soundtracks, English musician (Swell Maps, Crime and the City Solution, These Immortal Souls) (b. 1959)
Nov 10th - Tommy Tedesco, American musician (b. 1930)
Nov 12th - Carlos Surinach, Spanish composer (b. 1915)
Nov 13th - André Boucourechliev, French composer (b. 1925)
Nov 15th - Saul Chaplin, director (West Side Story), dies at 85
Nov 20th - Robert Palmer, rock critic, dies at 52
Nov 22nd - Michael Hutchence, Australian rocker (INXS), commits suicide at 37
Nov 25th - Fenton Robinson, US blues guitarist (Tennessee Woman), dies at 62
Nov 25th - Barbara, French singer (b. 1930)
Nov 26th - Francis Paudras, designer/jazz fan, dies at 62
INXS rocker Michael HutchenceINXS rocker Michael Hutchence (Nov 22nd) Dec 1st - Stephane Grappelli, French jazz violinist, dies at 89
Dec 2nd - Michael Hedges, American guitarist known for originality (b. 1953)
Dec 6th - Eliot Daniel, composer (I Love Lucy theme), dies at 89
Dec 9th - Tamara Geva, dancer, dies at 91
Dec 10th - Violet Carlson, stage dancer/singer, dies at 97
Dec 14th - Kurt Winter, Canadian musician (The Guess Who) (b. 1946)
Dec 16th - Nicolette Larson, singer (Lotta Love), dies from brain seizure at 45
Dec 19th - Jimmy Rogers, American blues musician, dies at 73
Dec 22nd - Johnny Coles, trumpeter, dies at 71
Dec 24th - Alan Fluck, musical educationalist, dies at 69
Dec 24th - Anthea Joseph, music producer, dies at 57
Dec 31st - Floyd Cramer, pianist (Nashville Sound), dies of cancer at 64

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