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Events in Music

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

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

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon

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

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 22nd 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 9th 43rd Eurovision Song Contest: Dana International for Israel wins singing "Diva" in Birmingham
  • Jun 15th 32nd Music City News Country Awards: Neal McCoy, Lorrie Morgan & Billy Ray Cyrus wins

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Actor Will Smith
Will Smith

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 17th 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 17th Mariah Carey releases "#1's"

Singer Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey

Birthdays in Music

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

Weddings in Music

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

  • May 3rd "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 28th "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 31st Beastie Boys rapper Adam Yauch (33) weds daughter of prominent Tibetan activists Dechen Wangdu in New York

Rocker Adam Yauch
Adam Yauch

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 1st 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 13th "Spice Girls" pop singer Melanie Brown (23) weds Jimmy Gulzar in Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire
  • Dec 19th Actress Vivica A. Fox (34) weds singer Christopher Harvest at the Park Plaza in Los Angeles, California

Divorces in Music

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

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 5th Mariah Carey divorces Tommy Mottola

Singer Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey

Deaths in Music

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • Apr 6th Wendy O. Williams, American singer (Plasmatics) (b. 1949)
  • Apr 7th Broery Marantika, Indonesian singer
  • Apr 9th Tom Cora, American cellist and composer (b. 1953)
  • Apr 24th Mel Powell, American composer (Pulitzer Prize Music 1990), dies at 75
  • May 2nd Hideto "hide" Matsumoto, Japanese musician (b. 1964)
  • May 7th Eddie Rabbitt, American musician (b. 1941)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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