September 1997 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Sep 1 "Doll's House" closes at Belasco Theater in New York
  • Sep 4 14th MTV Video Music Awards: Jamiroquai, Jewel & Beck win

Music Single

Sep 13 Elton John release single "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" in the UK

  • Sep 13 Elton John releases "Candle in the Wind 1997", a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales in the UK
  • Sep 15 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania public radio station WRTI (90.1 FM) switches from all jazz to classical-by-day/jazz-by-night format in response to loss of commercial classical station WLFN (95.7 FM); WFLN's library and several DJ's made the transition
  • Sep 22 Elton John releases "Candle in the Wind 1997", a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales in the US

Album Release

Sep 29 Robbie Williams releases his first solo album "Life thru a Lens" features single "Angels"

  • Sep 30 "Too Close" single released by Next (Billboard Song of the Year, 1998)

Birthdays in Music

JungkookJungkook (25 years old)

Sep 1 South Korean pop singer-songwriter (BTS - "Euphoria"), born in Busan, South Korea

Weddings in Music

Larry King

Sep 5 American TV and radio host Larry King (64) weds (for 7th, and final time) American singer Shawn Southwick (38) in a hospital room in Los Angeles, California; he dies during divorce proceedings in 2021


Sep 27 American singer-rapper Coolio (34) weds Los Angeles radio DJ Josefa Salinas (37) in Las Vegas; divorce in 2000

Deaths in Music

  • Sep 2 Rudolf Bing, Austrian-born opera impresario (NY Metropolitan Opera manager, 1950-72), dies of complication of Alzheimer's disease and respiratory failure at 95
  • Sep 4 Belle Stewart, Scottish traditional singer, dies at 91
  • Sep 4 Natko Devčić, Croatian composer, dies at 83
  • Sep 5 Sir Georg Solti [György Stern], Hungarian-British conductor, winner of 31 Grammy awards (Chicago Symphony, 1969-91), dies at 84
  • Sep 7 Derek Taylor, Beatles publicist, dies of cancer at 65
  • Sep 12 (Stig) "Stikkan" Anderson, Swedish actor, music entrepreneur and co-founder of Polar Music (ABBA), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • Sep 18 James "Jimmy" Witherspoon, American jump blues singer (Ain't Nobody's Business), dies at 77
  • Sep 19 Rich Mullins, American contemporary Christian music singer and songwriter, dies in a car accident at 41
  • Sep 24 Larry Hall, American rocker (Sandy), dies at 57
  • Sep 25 Hélène Baillargeon, Quebec singer and folklorist, dies at 81
  • Sep 25 Jean Françaix, French classical pianist, and composer, dies at 85
  • Sep 29 Bobby [Robert Arthur Thornbury] Campbell, Scottish journalist and musician, dies at 55
  • Sep 29 Sven-Eric Emanuel Johanson, Swedish composer, dies at 77