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Events in Music

  • Jan 3 "Side Show," closes at Richard Rodgers NYC after 91 performances
  • Jan 4 "Funny Thing Happened" closes at St James NYC after 715 perform
  • Jan 4 "Ivanov" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 51 performances
  • Jan 4 "Triumph of Love" closes at Royale Theater NYC
  • Jan 11 "Proposals," closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 76 performances
  • Jan 13 "Patti LaBelle On Broadway" opens at St James Theater NYC
  • Jan 18 "Ragtime" opens at Ford Theater NYC
  • Jan 25 Musical "Grease" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 1,503 performance
  • Jan 25 "Patti LaBelle On Broadway" closes at St James Theater NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 25 Spice Girl Victoria Beckham (Posh) and soccer player David Beckham get engaged

  • Jan 26 25th American Music Awards: Spice Girls & Babyface win
  • Jan 29 "Capeman," opens at Marquis Theater NYC
  • Jan 29 Singers Bobby Brown found guiilty of DWI in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Feb 1 "Street Corner Symphony" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 79 perf
  • Feb 12 "Freak" opens at Cort Theater NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 22 "King & I" closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 781 performances

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 24 Elton John knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Feb 25 40th Grammy Awards: "Sunny Came Home" best song, Paula Cole best new artist

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 27 12th Soul Train Music Awards: Puff Daddy, Whitney Houston win

Rapper Puff Daddy
Rapper
Puff Daddy
Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
  • Feb 28 "View From the Bridge" closes at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Mar 1 "Art" opens at Royale Theater NYC
  • Mar 12 "Sound of Music," opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • Mar 15 "Cabaret" opens at Club Expo Theater NYC
  • Mar 19 "Ah Wilderness!" opens at Vivian Beaumont theater

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 22 33rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and George Strait win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • May 9 43rd Eurovision Song Contest: Dana International for Israel wins singing "Diva" in Birmingham
  • Jun 15 32nd Music City News Country Awards: Neal McCoy, Lorrie Morgan & Billy Ray Cyrus wins

Music awardsMusic Awards

Sep 10 15th MTV Video Music Awards: Madonna & Will Smith win

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
Actor Will Smith
Actor
Will Smith
  • Sep 23 32nd Country Music Association Award: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood & George Strait win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 17 Whitney Houston releases "My Love is Your Love"

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston

Music release#1 in the Charts

Nov 17 Mariah Carey releases "#1's"

Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 6 Mia-Sophie Wellenbrink, German actress and singer
  • Dec 4 Olawoyin Olufemi, Nigerian Musician

Weddings in Music

  • Feb 22 Singer-songwriter Tori Amos (34) weds British sound engineer Mark Hawley (34) in West Wycombe, England

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 30 Boyzone singer Ronan Keating (21) weds model Yvonne Connolly at the Caribbean isle of Nevis

  • May 3 "Jekyll & Hyde" lead singer Linda Eder (37) weds composer Frank Wildhorn (38) at their new 8-acre estate in North Salem, New York

HeartWedding of Interest

May 28 "Xena: The Warrior Princess" Lucy Lawless (30) weds executive producer Rob Tapert (43) at Saint Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica, California

Actress & Singer Lucy Lawless
Actress & Singer
Lucy Lawless

HeartWedding of Interest

May 31 Beastie Boys rapper Adam Yauch (33) weds daughter of prominent Tibetan activists Dechen Wangdu in New York

Rocker Adam Yauch
Rocker
Adam Yauch

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 1 Eight-time Grammy Award-winning singer Barbra Streisand (57) weds actor James Brolin (58) in Malibu

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Sep 13 "Spice Girls" pop singer Melanie Brown (23) weds Jimmy Gulzar in Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire
  • Dec 19 Actress Vivica A. Fox (34) weds singer Christopher Harvest at the Park Plaza in Los Angeles, California

Divorces in Music

  • Feb 28 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (31) divorces Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee (35) after 3 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 5 Singer Mariah Carey and mugic mogul Tommy Mottola divorce after 2 years of marriage

Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 4 John Gary, singer, dies at 65
  • Jan 5 Georgi Sviridov, Soviet neoromantic composer, dies of a heart attack at 82
  • Jan 5 Sonny Bono, (Rep-R-Ca)/singer (Sonny & Cher), dies skiing at 62
  • Jan 5 Ken Forssi, American musician (Love) (b. 1943)
  • Jan 7 Owen Bradley, American record producer (b. 1915)
  • Jan 8 Michael Tippett, English composer/conductor (Child of our Time) dies at 93
  • Jan 11 Klaus Tennstedt, conductor, dies at 71
  • Jan 15 Junior Wells, American blues musician, dies at 63
  • Jan 16 David "Junior" Kimbrough, blues musician, dies at 67
  • Jan 19 Carl Perkins, singer/songwriter, dies at 65
  • Jan 26 S P Leary, Texan Blues drummer (Muddy Waters), dies at 67
  • Jan 26 Shinichi Suzuki, Japanese music teacher (Suzuki Method), dies at 99
  • Jan 30 Richard Cassilly, American tenor (b. 1927)
  • Feb 5 Tim Kelly, American musician dies at 34
  • Feb 6 Carl Wilson, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Beach Boys), dies of lung cancer at 51
  • Feb 6 [Johann Hoelzel] Falco, singer (Rock Me Amadeus), dies at 40
  • Feb 14 Claude Prey, French composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 15 Arthur Cohn, American composer and writer on music, dies at 87
  • Feb 17 Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (b. 1921)
  • Feb 18 Robert Merrill, songwriter (Funny Girl), commits suicide at 76
  • Feb 22 Grandpa [Louis Marshall] Jones, country singer (Hee Haw), dies at 84
  • Feb 25 Celestine Tate Harrington, a quadriplegic street musician and writer.
  • Mar 12 Judge Dread, English musician (b. 1945)
  • Mar 17 Bernarr Rainbow, English historian of music education, organist, and choir master, dies at 83
  • Mar 20 George Howard, American jazz saxophone musician
  • Apr 1 Rozz Williams, American musician (Christian Death) (b. 1963)
  • Apr 5 Cozy Powell, British musician (b. 1947)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 6 Tammy Wynette, American country singer, dies at 55

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • Apr 6 Wendy O. Williams, American singer (Plasmatics) (b. 1949)
  • Apr 7 Broery Marantika, Indonesian singer
  • Apr 9 Tom Cora, American cellist and composer (b. 1953)
  • Apr 24 Mel Powell, American composer (Pulitzer Prize Music 1990), dies at 75
  • May 2 Hideto "hide" Matsumoto, Japanese musician (b. 1964)
  • May 7 Eddie Rabbitt, American country singer (I Love a Rainy Night), dies at 56

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 14 Frank Sinatra, American singer ("My Way") and actor ("Guys and Dolls") , dies at 82

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Jun 3 Poul Bundgaard, Danish actor and singer (b. 1922)
  • Jun 6 Jan Seidel, Czech composer, dies at 89
  • Jun 25 Lounès Matoub, a famous Berber Kabyle singer (b. 1956)
  • Jun 29 Horst Jankowski, German pianist (b. 1936)
  • Jul 12 Jimmy Driftwood, American folk songwriter and musician (b. 1907)
  • Jul 22 Hermann Prey, German bass-baritone (b. 1929)
  • Jul 25 Tal Farlow, American jazz guitarist (b. 1921)
  • Aug 3 Alfred Schnittke, Russian composer (b. 1934)
  • Aug 13 Nino Ferrer, French-Italian singer and composer (b. 1934)
  • Aug 20 Raquel Rastenni, Danish singer (b. 1915)
  • Aug 24 Gene Page, American arranger and composer (Righteous Brothers, Whitney Houston), dies at 58
  • Sep 9 Bill Cratty, American modern dancer and choreographer (b. 1951)
  • Sep 26 Betty Carter, American singer (b. 1930)
  • Oct 1 Pauline Julien, French Canadian singer (b. 1928)
  • Oct 2 Gene Autry, American singer, actor, and entrepreneur (b. 1907)
  • Oct 14 Frankie Yankovic, American musician (b. 1916)
  • Oct 29 Paul Misraki, French songwriter (b. 1908)
  • Nov 19 Earl Kim, Korean-American composer, dies at 78
  • Nov 27 Barbara Acklin, American singer and songwriter (b. 1943)
  • Dec 3 Pierre Hétu, Quebec conductor and pianist (b. 1936)
  • Dec 7 John Addison, British composer (b. 1920)
  • Dec 11 Lynn Strait, American singer (Snot) (b. 1968)
  • Dec 21 Karl Denver, Scottish singer (b 1931)
  • Dec 25 Bryan MacLean, American singer, musician and songwriter (Love) (b. 1946)
  • Dec 30 Johnny Moore, American singer (The Drifters) (b. 1934)