January 1995 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 1 "A Tuna Christmas" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 20 performances
  • Jan 1 "Glass Menagerie" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 57 performances
  • Jan 1 "Shadow Box" closes at Circle in Square Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • Jan 7 "Passion" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 280 performances

Theatrical Finale

Jan 7 Limited run of Patrick Stewart's one-man show "A Christmas Carol", based on Charles Dickens' novel, closes at Richard Rodgers Theater, NYC, after 18 performances

Musical Finale

Jan 8 Revival of Frank Loesser's musical "Guys & Dolls", starring Nathan Lane, closes at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 1143 performances, winning 4 Tony and 7 Drama Desk Awards

Hall of Fame

Jan 12 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Allman Brothers Band; Al Green; Janis Joplin; Led Zeppelin; Martha and the Vandellas; Neil Young; Frank Zappa; The Orioles; Paul Ackerman

  • Jan 17 "Carousel" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 322 performances
  • Jan 20 "Love! Valor! Compassion!" opens at Walter Kerr, NYC; runs for 276 performances
  • Jan 30 22nd American Music Awards: Boyz II Men & Ace of Base win
  • Jan 30 Jazz guitarist Kevin Eubanks officially becomes band leader of "The Tonight Show"

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 1 Poppy [Moriah Rose Pereira], American pop singer-songwriter ("I Disagree"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 4 María Isabel, Spanish pop singer ("Antes muerta que sencilla" - "I'd rather be dead than understated"), born in Ayamonte, Huelva, Spain.
  • Jan 12 Laurel McGoff, American singer, born in Medford, Massachusetts

Deaths in Music

  • 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 conductor (BBC Empire Orchestra), dies at 92
  • Jan 5 Francis Lopez, Basque-French chausson and operetta composer (La Belle de Cadiz; Andalousie; The Three Musketeers), dies at 78
  • Jan 6 James Clay, American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at 59
  • Jan 7 Arthur Leavins, British violinist, dies at 77
  • Jan 10 Fred Böhler, Swiss jazz bandleader, pianist, and early proponent of the Hammond organ, dies at 82
  • Jan 11 Josef Gingold, Russian-American violinist (b. 1909)
  • Jan 14 Alexander Gibson, British conductor and founder of the Scottish Opera, dies at 68
  • Jan 14 Ruby Starr [Constance Henrietta Mierzwiak], American rock singer (Black Oak Arkansas), dies of a brain tumor at 44
  • Jan 15 Sollie McElroy, R&B singer (Flamingos - "Golden Teardrops"), dies at 61
  • Jan 16 William Dillard, American jazz trumpeter and Broadway singer dies from complications of Lupus, at 83 [1]
  • Jan 18 Charles Baskerville, American pop vocalist (Shep and the Limelites - "Daddy's Home"), dies at 54
  • Jan 19 Gene MacLellan, Canadian singer-songwriter ("Snowbird"; "Put Your Hand in the Hand"), takes his own life at 56
  • Jan 22 Christopher Francis Palmer, British composer, orchestrator, and musicologist, dies of AIDS complications 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 Chris de Marigny, British dance administrator, dies at 52
  • Jan 29 Kuldar Sink, Estonian composer, dies at 52
  • Jan 30 George James, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 88