On This Day

January 1997 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 5 "Juan Darien-Carnival Mass" closes at Vivian Beaumont NYC
  • Jan 5 "Love Thy Neighbor" closes at Booth Theater NYC
  • Jan 5 "Show Boat" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC
  • Jan 6 "It's a Slippery Slope" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 9 Heart attacks sends Frank Sinatra back to hospital

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Jan 10 "Rehearsal" closes at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Jan 26 "Ideal Husband" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • Jan 27 "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" opens at Gershwin NYC

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 27 24th American Music Awards: Toni Braxton & Alanis Morissette win

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 9 Lauryn McClain, American actress & singer, born in Decatur, Georgia

Weddings in Music

  • Jan 4 "Smothers Brothers" actor-singer Dick Smothers (58) weds Denby Franklin (47) in Las Vegas

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 1 Townes Van Zandt, American singer-songwriter, dies at 52
  • Jan 1 Hagood Hardy, Canadian composer & musician, dies at 59
  • Jan 2 Randy California, American rock guitarist, dies at 45
  • Jan 3 Burton Lane, composer, dies at 84
  • Jan 3 Roger Goeb, American composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 7 Sándor Végh, Hungarian-French violinist teacher and conductor, dies at 84
  • Jan 8 Carole Carr [Carless], British singer and actress (Down Among the Z Men), dies of cancer at 68
  • Jan 8 George Handy [Hendleman], American bebop jazz arranger, pianist and composer Handyland, U.S.A.), dies at 76
  • Jan 10 Alvinio Misciano, Italian tenor, killed in a fall from a window
  • Jan 11 Cavan O'Connor, British singer (I'm Only a Strolling Vagabond), dies at 97
  • Jan 16 Charlie Alfred Galbraith, English jazz trombonist, dies at 76
  • Jan 22 Irwin Levine, composer (Tie a Yellow Ribbon), dies at 58
  • Jan 22 Wally Whyton, musician/broadcaster, dies at 66
  • Jan 22 Ron Holden, American singer (b. 1939)
  • Jan 22 Billy MacKenzie, Scottish rock vocalist (The Associates-Affectionate Punch), committed suicide at 39
  • Jan 23 Charles Craig, English opera singer, dies at 77
  • Jan 23 Richard Berry, African-American singer and musician (Louie Louie), dies at 61
  • Jan 23 Audie Pitre, American bass guitarist (Acid Bath), killed by a drunk driver at 26
  • Jan 25 Seldon Powell, American jazz tenor saxophonist and flautist, dies at 68
  • Jan 27 Gerald Marks, American songwriter (All of Me), dies at 96
  • Jan 30 Héctor Campos Parsi, Puerto Rican classical music composer, dies at 75