1997 in Music

Events in Music

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

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Jan 9th Heart attacks sends Frank Sinatra back to hospital

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 11th Beatle McCartney knighted Sir Paul by Queen Elizabeth II

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 23rd 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 24th "Steel Peer" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 76 performances
  • Apr 26th "Life" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC
  • Apr 27th "Little Foxes" opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 56 performances
  • Apr 27th "Stanley" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC
  • Apr 28th "Jekyll & Hyde" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC
  • Apr 29th "Candide" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 103 performances
  • Apr 30th "London Assurance" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • May 3rd 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 6th Michael Jackson & Bee Gees inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

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

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May 28th Bob Dylan hospitalized in England with histoplasmosis

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Birthdays in Music

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

Weddings in Music

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

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 2nd "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 22nd 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 30th Rapper Vanilla Ice (29) weds Laura Giarritta

Rapper Vanilla Ice
Vanilla Ice

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 1st 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 5th Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher (30) weds Meg Mathews at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas

Musician Noel Gallagher
Noel Gallagher

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 12th 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
Snoop Dogg
  • Jun 17th Pop rock band singer Kevin Jonas (24) weds Danielle Deleasa (25) at Oheka Castle

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Rapper Coolio

Deaths in Music

  • 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 3rd Roger Goeb, American composer, dies at 82
  • 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 26th Gene [Eugene] Ames, singer (Ames Brothers), dies of cancer at 73
  • 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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • 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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

INXS rocker Michael Hutchence
INXS rocker
Michael Hutchence
  • 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
  • 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, Russian-born dancer and actress, 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