On This Day

January 1994 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 1 "Flying Karamzov Brothers" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 50 performances
  • Jan 1 "Grand Night after Singing" closes at Criterion NYC after 52 performances
  • Jan 2 "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" closes at Beaumont NYC after 40 performances
  • Jan 2 "Shakespeare after My Father" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 266 performances
  • Jan 3 "Gray's Anatomy" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 13 performances
  • Jan 6 "The Government Inspector" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 37 performances
  • Jan 19 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Animals; The Band; Duane Eddy; The Grateful Dead; Elton John; John Lennon; Bob Marley; Rod Stewart; Willie Dixon; and Johnny Otis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 25 Accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy, Michael Jackson settles a civil lawsuit out of court

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Music releaseMusic Single

Jan 25 "Bump n' Grind " single released by R. Kelly (Billboard Song of the Year 1994)

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly
  • Jan 27 "No Man's Land" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 61 performances
  • Jan 31 Barcelona opera theater "Gran Teatro del Liceo" burns down

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jan 31 Mexican telenovela "Marimar" starring Thalia and Eduardo Capetillo premieres

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Thalía
Singer-Songwriter and Actress

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 4 R. D. Burman, Indian film score composer (1942: A Love Story), dies at 54
  • Jan 5 Victor van Os, Dutch jazz guitarist, dies at 39
  • Jan 7 Bobby Pratt, American jazz trombone and piano player, dies at 67
  • Jan 8 Jay Blackton, US conductor/arranger (Oklahoma!), dies at 84
  • Jan 9 Silas Hogan, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 82
  • Jan 11 Roger "Ram" Ramirez, American jazz piano player and composer, dies at 80
  • Jan 13 Frederick William Sternfield, musicologist, dies at 79
  • Jan 15 György Cziffra, Hungarian-French pianist (Chopin/Liszt), dies at 72
  • Jan 15 Harry Nilsson, American pop and rock singer-songwriter ("Everybody's Talkin'"; "One"; "Without You"), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • Jan 15 Philippe Brun, French jazz trumpeter, dies at 85
  • Jan 17 Grady "Fats" Jackson, tenor Sax Player, dies at 66
  • Jan 17 Noel Chiboust, French jazz trumpeter and saxophonist, dies at 84
  • Jan 18 Arthur Altman, American songwriter (All or Nothing at All), dies at 83
  • Jan 18 Torbjörn Hultcrantzn, Swedish jazz double player, dies at 56
  • Jan 22 Aristotelis "Telly" Savalas, American singer (If?) and character actor (Kojak, On Her Majesty's Secret Service), dies of prostate cancer at 72
  • Jan 22 Rhett Forrester, American singer (Riot) (b. 1956)
  • Jan 27 Eddie Calhoun, American jazz bassist, dies at 72
  • Jan 27 Stanley Adams, American lyricist and songwriter (What a Diff'rence a Day Makes), dies from cancer at 86
  • Jan 30 Byron "Wild Child" Gipson, blues Singer, dies at 64
  • Jan 30 Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, American jazz vocalist and trumpeter (International Sweethearts of Rhythm), dies at 86