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Year 1995 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 1 "Glass Menagerie" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 57 performances
  • Jan 1 "Shadow Box" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • Jan 1 "A Tuna Christmas" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 20 performances
  • Jan 7 "Christmas Carol" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC after 18 performances
  • Jan 7 "Passion" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 280 performances
  • Jan 8 "Guys & Dolls" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 1143 performances
  • Jan 17 "Carousel" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 322 performances
  • Jan 20 "Love! Valor! Compassion!" opens at Walter Kerr NYC for 276 performances
  • Jan 30 22nd American Music Awards: Boyz II Men & Ace of Base win
  • Jan 30 Kevin Eubanks officially becomes band leader of "The Tonight Show"
  • Feb 2 "Molière Comedies" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 56 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 6 Rapper Tupac Shakur convicted on sexual assault charge and sentenced to up to 4 1/2 years in prison

Rapper Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur

Music releaseAlbum Release

Feb 7 Bluegrass and country musician Alison Krauss releases her compilation album "Now that I've Found You"

Country Singer and Musician Alison Krauss
Country Singer and Musician
Alison Krauss

Music releaseAlbum Release

Feb 7 "The Woman in Me" 2nd studio album by Shania Twain is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1996)

Singer Shania Twain
Shania Twain
  • Feb 9 "Heiress" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 340 performances
  • Feb 23 "Uncle Vanya" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 29 performances

Music awardsGrammy Awards

Mar 1 37th Grammy Awards: All I Want to Do, Streets of Philadelphia, Sheryl Crow

Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow
  • Mar 2 "Smokey Joe's Cafe" opens at Virginia Theater NYC
  • Mar 10 Chiel Meijering's "St Louis Blues" premieres in Arnhem
  • Mar 13 9th Soul Train Music Awards: Boyz II Men, Anita Baker win
  • Mar 19 "Translations" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 25 performances
  • Mar 19 "Uncle Vanya" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 29 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

Mar 20 Beatles song, "Baby It's You", with late John Lennon as lead singer, released, 1st Fab Four single in nealy 10 years

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Mar 23 "How To Succeed in Business..." opens at R Rodgers NYC for 548 performances
  • Mar 26 "Defending the Caveman" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 671 performances
  • Mar 26 "Moliere Comedies" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 56 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

Mar 27 "Back for Good" single released by British boy Band Take That, reaches No. 1 in 31 countries

  • Mar 30 "Arcadia" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC for 204 performances
  • Apr 6 "Having Our Say" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 308 performances
  • Apr 9 "Translations" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 25 performances
  • Apr 10 "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • Apr 25 "Month in the Country" opens at Roundabout Theater NYC for 79 performances
  • Apr 27 "Indiscretions" opens at Ethel Barrymore Theater NYC for 221 performances
  • Apr 30 "Blood Brothers" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 839 performances
  • Apr 30 "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 24 performances
  • Apr 30 "Rose Tattoo" opens at Circle in the Square Theater NYC for 80 performances

  • May 1 "On the Waterfront" opens at Atkinson Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • May 1 "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)" single released by John Michael Montgomery (Billboard Song of the Year 1995)
  • May 2 "Hamlet" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 121 performances
  • May 3 "My Thing of Love" opens at Beck Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • May 7 "On the Waterfront" closes at Atkinson Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • May 10 30th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alan Jackson and Reba McEntire win
  • May 13 40th Eurovision Song Contest: Secret Garden for Norway wins singing "Nocturne" in Dublin
  • May 14 "My Thing of Love" closes at Beck Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • May 28 "An Inspector Calls" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 454 performances
  • Jun 4 "Jackie Mason: Politically Incorrect" closes at Golden NYC at 347 performances
  • Jun 5 29th Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson & Reba McEntire
  • Jun 8 "Buttons on Broadway" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 40 performances
  • Jun 10 "Month in the Country" closes at Roundabout Theater NYC after 79 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 13 Björk releases her 2nd art pop solo album "Post"

Singer Björk

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 13 "Jagged Little Pill" 3rd studio album by Alanis Morissette is released (Grammy Award Album of the Year 1996)

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette
  • Jun 15 "Chronicles of a Death Foretold" opens at Plymouth NYC for 55 performances
  • Jun 17 "Who's Tommy" closes at St James Theater NYC after 899 performances
  • Jul 1 "Kiss of the Spider Woman" closes at Broadhurst NYC after 906 performances
  • Jul 2 "Rose Tattoo" closes at Circle in the Square NYC after 80 performances
  • Jul 9 "Play's the Thing" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 75 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jul 11 Shaggy releases his third studio album "Bombastic" (Grammy Award Best Reggae Album)

Pop Singer and Rapper Shaggy
Pop Singer and Rapper
  • Jul 16 "Buttons on Broadway" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 40 performances
  • Jul 16 "Chronicles of a Death Foretold" closes at Plymouth NYC after 55 performances
  • Jul 23 "Hamlet" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 121 performances
  • Aug 6 "Damn Yankees" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 510 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

Aug 8 "Gangster's Paradise" single released by Coolio (Billboard Song of the Year 1995)

Rapper Coolio

Music releaseMusic Single

Aug 14 "Battle of Brit Pop" rival bands Oasis (Roll with It) and Blur (Country House) release singles on the same day

Musician Noel Gallagher
Noel Gallagher
  • Aug 20 "The Play's the Thing" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 75 performances
  • Aug 27 "Arcadia" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 204 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 4 Cult TV series "Xena: Warrior Princess" starring Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor debuts in the US

Actress & Singer Lucy Lawless
Actress & Singer
Lucy Lawless
Actor Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

Sep 7 12th MTV Video Music Awards: TLC, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, & Madonna win

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star


Sep 12 INXS' Michael Hutchence pleads guilty to punching a photographer

  • Sep 17 "Love! Valor! Compassion!" closes at Walter Kerr NYC after 276 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 24 Emillio & Gloria Estefan's boat hits & kills a jet skiier

  • Sep 28 Singer Bobby Brown escapes injury in gun battle
  • Oct 2 "Moon Over Buffalo" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 308 performances
  • Oct 2 British band Oasis release their second studio album "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?", sells record 347,000 copies 1st week
  • Oct 4 29th Country Music Association Award: Krauss Jackson win
  • Oct 5 "Company" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 68 performances
  • Oct 10 "Garden District" opens at Circle in the Sq Theater NYC
  • Oct 12 "Patti LuPone on Broadway" opens at Walter Kerr NYC for 46 performances
  • Oct 19 "Hello Dolly!" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 118 performances
  • Oct 22 "Swinging On a Star" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 97 performances
  • Oct 25 "Victor/Victoria" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 738 performances


Oct 25 Singer Cliff Richard receives his knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II, - 1st rock star to be knighted

Singer Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Oct 29 "Fool Moon" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC
  • Nov 1 "Tempest" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 71 performances
  • Nov 2 "Busker Alley" premieres at St James Theatre, NY
  • Nov 2 "Sacrilege" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • Nov 4 "Indiscretions" closes at Ethel Barrymore Theater NYC after 221 performances
  • Nov 9 "Danny Gans on Broadway" opens at Neil Simon Theater NYC
  • Nov 15 "Master Class" opens at Golden Theater NYC for 601 performances
  • Nov 19 "Beatle Anthology" premieres on ABC-TV
  • Nov 19 "Sacrilege" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 21 performances
  • Nov 19 "School for Scandal" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 23 performances
  • Nov 20 "Beatles' Anthology, Vol 1" released
  • Nov 20 "Racing Demon" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • Nov 21 New double Beatle CD released with new song "Free as a Bird"
  • Nov 25 "Patti LuPone on Broadway" closes at Walter Kerr NYC after 46 performances
  • Nov 29 "Garden District" closes at Circle in the Sq Theater NYC
  • Dec 3 "Company" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 68 performances
  • Dec 3 "Holiday" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • Dec 6 6th Billboard Music Awards: TLC & Hootie & The Blowfish win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 6 Michael Jackson collapses while rehearsing for an HBO special

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 4 María Isabel, Spanish singer
  • Jan 12 Laurel McGoff, American singer, born in Medford, Massachusetts
  • Mar 23 Jan Lisiecki, Canadian classical pianist, born in Calgary, Alberta

Person of interestMelanie Martinez

Apr 28 Melanie Martinez, American singer-songwriter (Cry Baby), born in Queens, New York

Singer-Songwriter Melanie Martinez
Melanie Martinez
  • May 9 Andrea Motis, Spanish jazz singer and trumpeter (Emotional Dance), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • May 15 Ksenia Sitnik, Belarusian singer
  • Jun 5 Troye Sivan [Mellet], South African–born Australian pop singer-songwriter (Bloom), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

Person of interestPost Malone

Jul 4 Post Malone [Austin Richard Post], American singer and songwriter (Stoney), born in Syracuse, New York

Singer-Songwriter Post Malone
Post Malone
  • Aug 5 Devo Keenan American cellist
  • Aug 8 Malin Reitan, Norwegian singer
  • Aug 22 Dua Lipa, English singer-songwriter (New Rules), born in London, England

Person of interestJimin

Oct 13 Jimin [Park Ji-min], South Korean singer-songwriter (BTS), born in Busan, South Korea

K-Pop Star Jimin
K-Pop Star
  • Dec 6 Joy Gruttmann, German child singer, born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • Dec 6 A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie [Julius Dubose], American rapper (Hoodie SZN), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Dec 30 V [Kim Tae-hyung] South Korean singer-songwriter (BTS), born in Daegu, South Korea

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 6 "The Beach Boys" leader and chief songwriter Brian Wilson (52) weds former model Melinda Ledbetter (47) at Palos Verdes in Peninsula, California

Singer-Songwriter Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson
  • Feb 19 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (27) weds rocker Tommy Lee (32) in Cancun, Mexico

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 4 Rapper Tupac Shakur marries Keisha Morris (divorced 1996)

Rapper Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 30 Country singer Rosanne Cash (39) weds record producer John Leventhal (42)

Country Singer Rosanne Cash
Country Singer
Rosanne Cash
  • May 20 "Eagles" singer Don Henley (47) weds model Sharon Summerall (33) in Malibu
  • Jun 10 Actress-singer Holly Robinson (30) weds NFL Philadelphia Eagle quarterback Rodney Peete (29) in Los Angeles

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 26 Musician Mick Fleetwood (48) weds Lynn Frankel

Musician Mick Fleetwood
Mick Fleetwood

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 7 Rapper LL Cool J (27) weds Simone Johnson

Actor and Rapper LL Cool J
Actor and Rapper
LL Cool J
  • Sep 9 Singer Chynna Phillips weds actor William Baldwin

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 100 of 242

  • Jan 1 Jess Stacy, American jazz pianist (Great Gatsby), dies at 90
  • Jan 1 Ted Hawkins, American singer & guitarist (The Next Hundred Years), dies of a stroke at 58
  • Jan 3 Al Duncan, American blues drummer, dies at 68
  • Jan 4 Eduardo Mata, Mexican conductor (Improvisaciones), dies in air crash at 52
  • Jan 4 Leonard Hirsch, British violinist and conducter (BBC Empire Orchestra), dies at 92
  • Jan 5 Francis Lopez, Fren dentist/operetta composer (Andalousie), dies at 78
  • Jan 6 James Clay, American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at 59
  • Jan 7 Arthur Leavins, violinist, dies at 77
  • Jan 11 Josef Gingold, Russian-American violinist (b. 1909)
  • Jan 12 Francis Lopez, songwriter, dies at 77
  • Jan 14 Ruby Starr [Constance Henrietta Mierzwiak], American rock singer (Black Oak Arkansas), dies of brain tumor at 44
  • Jan 14 Alexander Gibson, British conductor and founder of the Scottish Opera, dies at 68
  • Jan 15 Sollie McElroy, R&B singer (Flamingos-Golden Teardrops), dies at 61
  • Jan 16 William Dillard, trumpeter/singer, dies at 83
  • Jan 18 Charles Baskerville, vocalist, dies at 54
  • Jan 19 Gene MacLellan, Canadian composer and singer (b. 1938)
  • Jan 22 Christopher Francis Palmer, orchestrator/Author, dies at 48
  • Jan 23 Bill Horton, American doo-wop singer (The Silhouettes-Get a Job), dies at 65
  • Jan 26 Geoffrey Penwill Parsons, piano accompnaist, dies at 65
  • Jan 27 Geoffrey Parsons, Australian/British pianist, dies at 65
  • Jan 29 Kuldar Sink, Estonian composer, dies at 52
  • Jan 30 George James, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 88
  • Feb 3 Turner Fodrell, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 66
  • Feb 4 Betty Davis, British dance teacher of Dame Margot Fonteyn, dies
  • Feb 6 Arthur S Taylor Jr, US drummer/author (Notes on notes), dies at 65
  • Feb 12 Earring George Mayweather, American blues harmonica player, dies of liver cancer at 66
  • Feb 12 Terence Beckles, pianist/teacher, dies at 82
  • Feb 12 Tony Secunda, English rock band manager (The Moody Blues), dies at 54
  • Feb 13 Wilton "Bogey" Gaynair, saxophonist, dies at 68
  • Feb 17 Jan Bart Klaster, music editor (The Slogan), dies at 50
  • Feb 17 Uta Graf, singer/teacher, dies at 80
  • Feb 18 Dennis "Denny" Cordell, British rock music and record producer (The Moody Blues, Leon Russell), dies of lymphoma at 51
  • Feb 18 John Rhea "Yank" Lawson, American jazz trumpeter (Dogtown Blues, Stormy Weather), dies of a heart attack at 84
  • Feb 18 Robert "Bob" Stinson, American rock guitarist (The Replacements), dies of organ failure at 35
  • Feb 23 Melvin Franklin, American musician (The Temptations), dies at 52
  • Feb 24 Richard Nicholson, musician, dies at 89
  • Feb 25 Terence Weil, British cellist (Melos Ensemble), dies at 73
  • Feb 26 Willie Johnson, American electric blues guitarist (Howlin' Wolf's "How Many More Years"), dies at 71
  • Feb 28 Herman "Ace" Wallace, blues guitarist/singer, dies at 69
  • Feb 28 Max Rudolf, conductor, dies at 92
  • Mar 2 Hugo Cole, British composer and critic, dies at 77
  • Mar 4 Eden Ahbez, American songwriter (Nature Boy), dies at 86
  • Mar 5 Vivian Stanshall, British musician (Magical Mystery Tour), dies at 51
  • Mar 6 Delroy Wilson, Jamaican singer, dies at 46
  • Mar 7 John Arthur Neill Lambert, composer teacher organist, dies at 69
  • Mar 8 Ingo Schwichtenberg, German drummer (b. 1965)
  • Mar 10 Hendrik W van Leeuwen, Dutch musician, dies at 79
  • Mar 11 Carel Birnie, found Utrecht Opera/Dutch Dance Theater, dies at 69
  • Mar 13 Lorraine Macleod, dancer (Girls Just Want to Have Fun), dies at 65
  • Mar 14 Gerard Thomas Victory, composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 16 Sydney Simone, band leader, dies at 80
  • Mar 17 Sunnyland Smart, jazz/blues singer/pianist (Delta Blues), dies at 87
  • Mar 18 Charles Drain, American soul singer, dies at 65
  • Mar 18 Heinrich Sutermeister, Swiss composer (Raskolnikov), dies at 84
  • Mar 19 Kenneth Loveless, priest folk musician, dies at 83
  • Mar 21 Norman Schwartz, record Producer, dies at 66
  • Mar 23 Alan Barton, English singer (Smokie, Black Lace), dies in a bus crash at 41
  • Mar 23 Danny Apolinar, American composer & songwriter, dies at 61
  • Mar 23 Ripley L. Ingram, American singer, dies at 65
  • Mar 24 Joey Long, blues/cajun guitarist, dies at 62
  • Mar 26 Eazy-E [Eric Lynn Wright], American rapper (N.W.A.), dies from AIDS-related illness at 30
  • Mar 27 Chet Gierlach, music publisher/composer, dies at 75
  • Mar 29 Jimmy McShane, Irish singer (Baltimora), dies of aids at 37
  • Mar 30 Paul A. Rothchild, American record producer (produced Janis Joplin's final album Pearl), dies at 59
  • Mar 30 Rozelle Claxton, pianist/arranger, dies at 82
  • Mar 31 Carl Story, American bluegrass musician (Rambling Mountaineers), dies at 78
  • Mar 31 Selena [Quintanilla-Pérez], Mexican-American singer-songwriter known as the Queen of Tejano music (Grammy-1994), killed by a fan at 23
  • Apr 1 Francisco Moncion, American dancer, dies at 73
  • Apr 2 Julius Arthur Hemphill, saxophonist, dies at 57
  • Apr 2 Leo LeBlanc, American country musician and pianist who was legally blind, dies of cancer at 55
  • Apr 4 Peter Brinson, dance educationalist, dies at 67
  • Apr 12 Chris Pyne, trombonist, dies at 56
  • Apr 14 Burl Ives, American folk singer and actor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), dies from complications of mouth cancer at 85
  • Apr 14 James Daniel "Danny" Turner, saxophonist, dies at 75
  • Apr 15 Cleo Brown, American jazz pianist, dies at 85
  • Apr 19 "King" Herbert Whitaker, tenor sax, dies at 66
  • Apr 22 Don Pullen, American pianist & composer, dies at 53
  • Apr 23 Lonesome Sundown [Cornelius Green III], American blues singer & guitarist, dies at 66

Person of interestGinger Rogers

Apr 25 Ginger Rogers, American actress, dancer and singer (Top Hat, Stage Door), dies at 83

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
  • Apr 30 Donald Edwin White, ad copywriter/opera administrator, dies at 59
  • May 4 Louis Krasner, Ukrainian-American violinist, dies at 91
  • May 5 Thomas Eden Binkley, musician, dies at 63
  • May 6 Leanoard "Red" Truss, R&B singer, dies at 47
  • May 7 Ray McKinley, American orchestra leader and jazz drummer (Glenn Miller Time), dies at 84
  • May 8 Carroll Best, bluegrass banjo, dies at 63
  • May 8 Teresa Teng, singer, dies at 41
  • May 9 Marshall Royal, American jazz alto saxophonist & clarinetist (Count Basie Orchestra), dies at 82
  • May 10 Jimmy Raney, jazz guitarist, dies at 67
  • May 11 Tibor Sarai, Hungarian composer, dies at 76
  • May 12 Marcel Rubin, Austrian composer, dies at 89
  • May 15 Johnny Van Derrick, British jazz violinist (Pink Panther Theme), dies at 68
  • May 15 Perry Lederman, folk singer, dies at 52
  • May 16 Lola Flores, Spanish singer, dancer and actress (Kuma Ching, Faraona), dies at 70
  • May 17 Nathan "Dambuza" Mdledle, South African singer (Manhattan Brothers) and actor, dies at 72
  • May 18 Alexander Gudonov, Russian dancer & actor (Witness), dies at 45
  • May 18 Gordon Reynolds, English organist & master of the Choristers at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, dies at 74
  • May 18 André-François Marescotti, Swiss organist & composer, dies at 93
  • May 23 Keith Humble, Australian composer, dies at 67
  • May 24 Mike Pyne, jazz Pianist, dies at 54
  • May 25 Dick Curless, singer/songwriter, dies at 63