On This Day

January 1991 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 1 Les Miserables opens at Festival Theatre, Adelaide
  • Jan 5 "Oh, Kay!" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC after 77 performances
  • Jan 6 "Gypsy" closes at St James Theater NYC after 477 performances
  • Jan 16 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: LaVern Baker; The Byrds; John Lee Hooker; The Impressions; Wilson Pickett; Jimmy Reed; Ike and Tina Turner; Howlin' Wolf; Dave Bartholomew; and Ralph Bass

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Jan 19 48th Golden Globes: Dances with Wolves, Jeremy Irons, & Kathy Bates wins

  • Jan 20 "Black & Blue" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 829 performances
  • Jan 20 "Les Miserables" opens at Pantages Theatre, LA
  • Jan 20 Musical "Peter Pan", starring Cathy Rigby, closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC or 45 performances
  • Jan 20 "Shogun - The Musical" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • Jan 24 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre St Denis, Montreal
  • Jan 26 "Few Good Men" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 497 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 28 18th American Music Awards: M.C. Hammer & Janet Jackson

  • Jan 29 "Piano Lesson" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC after 320 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 8 Asuka Hinoi, Japanese singer, born in Osaka, Japan
  • Jan 30 Rebecca Lovell, American singer & guitarist (Larkin Poe), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 4 Leo Wright, American jazz saxophone and flute player (Dizzy Gillespie;; Blues Shout; I Left My Heart In San Francisco), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • Jan 6 Ahmet Adnan Saygun, Turkish composer, dies at 83
  • Jan 8 Steve Clark, English rock guitarist (Def Leppard), dies at 30
  • Jan 16 Cladys "Jabbo" Smith, American jazz trumpet pioneer, dies at 82
  • Jan 24 Harold "Shot" Jackson, American country dobro player, and pedal steel guitarist (Roy Acuff), and guitar designer and builder (Sho-Bud), dies after his second stroke at 70
  • Jan 26 Karen Young, American disco singer ("Hot Shot"), dies at 39