On This Day

June 1997 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jun 1 "Once Upon a Mattress" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 188 performances
  • Jun 8 "Young Man From Atlanta" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 85 performances
  • Jun 15 "Little Foxes" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 56 performances

Music awardsMusic City News Awards

Jun 16 31st Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson & LeAnn Rimes win

Country Singer LeAnn Rimes
Country Singer
LeAnn Rimes
  • Jun 19 "Forever Tango!" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC
  • Jun 21 "Defending the Caveman" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 671 performances
  • Jun 25 Jamaica issues warrant for singer Sade, who fails to report to court on charges of failure to obey a cop who signaled her to stop

Music concertGlastonbury Festival

Jun 27 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: The Prodigy, and Radiohead headline; other performers include Smashing Pumpkins, Ray Davies, Van Morrison, Sting, Beck, Phish, and Nancy Griffiths

Singer and Dancer Keith Flint
Singer and Dancer
Keith Flint
Singer and Actor Sting
Singer and Actor
  • Jun 28 "Master Class" closes at Golden Theater NYC after 601 performances
  • Jun 28 Kandor and Ebb's musical "Steel Pier" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater, NYC after 76 performances
  • Jun 29 "American Daughter" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 88 performances
  • Jun 29 "London Assurance" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 72 performances

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 1 Grammy Award-winning singer Kenny Rogers (59) weds Wanda Miller (31) at his ranch in Athens, Georgia

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 5 British "Oasis" guitarist Noel Gallagher (30) weds Meg Mathews at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas, Nevada; divorce in 2001

Musician Noel Gallagher
Noel Gallagher

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 12 Rapper and actor Snoop Dogg (25) weds high school sweetheart Shante Taylor at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Marina Del Rey, California

Rapper Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg

Deaths in Music

  • Jun 2 Aldophus "Doc" Cheatham, American jazz trumpeter, dies of stroke at 91
  • Jun 4 Ronnie Lane, British bassist (Faces), dies of multiple sclerosis at 51
  • Jun 4 Johnny "Hammond" Smith, American jazz and bop organist (Wild Horses Rock Steady), dies of cancer at 63
  • Jun 12 Bulat Okudzhava, Russian writer and musician (b. 1924)
  • Jun 16 John Wolters, American drummer (Dr. Hook -"When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman"), dies at 52
  • Jun 19 Bobby Helms [Robert Lee Helms], American country music singer (Jingle Bell Rock), dies at 63
  • Jun 20 Lawrence Payton, American pop & soul singer (Four Tops - "I'll Be There"), dies at 59
  • Jun 21 Arthur Prysock, American jazz and R&B singer ("I Didn't Sleep a Wink Last Night"), dies at 68 or 73
  • Jun 21 Shintaro Katsu, Japanese actor, singer, producer, and director (Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman), dies at 65
  • Jun 22 Ted Gärdestad, Swedish singer (b. 1956)
  • Jun 25 Ziggy Talent, American singer (Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 85
  • Jun 26 Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Native Hawaiian singer, songwriter ("Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World"), and Hawaiian sovereignty advocate, dies from respiratory failure at 38