January 1991 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 1 Les Miserables opens at Festival Theatre, Adelaide, Australia

Music History

Jan 5 Revival of George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, and P. G. Wodehouse's musical "Oh, Kay!" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater, NYC, after 77 performances

  • Jan 6 "Gypsy" closes at St James Theater NYC after 477 performances

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Jan 16 6th 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

  • Jan 20 "Black & Blue" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 829 performances
  • Jan 20 "Les Miserables" opens at Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 20 "Shogun - The Musical" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • Jan 20 Revival of Leigh, Charlap, Styne, Comden and Green's musical "Peter Pan", starring Cathy Rigby, closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC, after 45 performances
  • Jan 24 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre St Denis, Montreal
  • Jan 26 "A Few Good Men" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 497 performances

American Music Awards

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

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

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 7 (Michaela) "Mj" Rodriguez, American actress and singer, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Jan 8 Asuka Hinoi, Japanese singer, born in Osaka, Japan
  • Jan 25 Ariana DeBose, American actress and singer (West Side Story), born in North Carolina
  • Jan 30 Erik Valdemar Sköld, Swedish contemporary classical composer (Isolation), born in Malmö, Sweden
  • 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