On This Day

January 1996 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 4 "Father" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 52 performances
  • Jan 7 "Crazy after You" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 1622 performances
  • Jan 7 "Fool Moon" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after * performances
  • Jan 14 "Holiday" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • Jan 14 "Swinging On a Star" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 97 performances
  • Jan 26 "Les Miserables" opens at Musichall Theatre, Duisburg
  • Jan 28 "Hello Dolly!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 118 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 29 23rd American Music Awards: Garth Brooks wins

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • Jan 29 6,138th performance of "Cats" is held in London, surpassing record of Broadway's longest-running musical, "A Chorus Line"
  • Jan 29 La Fenice, Venice's opera house, is destroyed by fire

Weddings in Music

  • Jan 27 "ER" TV actress Yvette Freeman (39) weds musical director Lawny Hartley (49) in Dunleith, Delaware

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jan 18 Lisa Marie Presley files for divorce from Michael Jackson in NY

Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley
King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 1 Hamish Imlach, Scottish folk-comic singer-songwriter ("Cod Liver Oil and the Orange Juice"), dies at 55
  • Jan 4 Ramon Vinay, Chilean operatic tenor, dies at 83
  • Jan 5 Danny White, American singer and bandleader, dies at 84
  • Jan 5 Richard Versaille, tenor, dies at 63
  • Jan 6 Robert Russell "Chubby" Wise, American musician, dies at 80
  • Jan 8 William Mac Lance "Tiny" McCloud, musician/songwriter, dies at 52
  • Jan 8 Howard Taubman, American music and theater critic, dies at 88
  • Jan 11 Ike Isaacs, Burmese-English jazz guitarist, dies at 76
  • Jan 14 Pamelo Mounk'a, Congolese musician, dies at 50
  • Jan 15 Les Baxter, American exotica musician, orchestra leader and composer (Ritual Of The Savage, Born Again), dies at 73
  • Jan 16 Marcia Davenport, American author and music critic (b. 1903)
  • Jan 16 Richard Kermode, American rocker (Kozmic Blues Band), dies at 49
  • Jan 17 Robert Covington, American drummer and singer, dies at 54
  • Jan 17 Mostafa Sid Ahmed, Sudanese singer (b. 1953)
  • Jan 18 Jos Kunst, Dutch composer, dies at 60
  • Jan 20 Arley "Buster" Benton, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 63
  • Jan 20 Liesbeth Askonas, concert agent, dies at 82
  • Jan 20 Peter Stadlen, Austrian pianist and critic, dies at 85
  • Jan 20 Gerry Mulligan, American jazz baritone saxophonist, composer, and band leader (Jazz on a Summer Day), dies of complications from a knee infection at 68
  • Jan 25 Jonathan Larson, American composer (Rent), dies of an aortic aneurysm at 35
  • Jan 25 Ruth Berghaus, German choreographer and opera director, dies at 68
  • Jan 26 Henry Jay Lewis, American double-bassist and conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic 1948-65), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • Jan 26 Stevie Plunder, Australian musician (b. 1963)
  • Jan 30 Bob Thiele, American record producer, dies at 73