On This Day

January 1998 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 3 "Side Show," closes at Richard Rodgers NYC after 91 performances
  • Jan 3 American "Hee Haw" banjo player Grandpa Jones suffers a stroke
  • Jan 4 "Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" closes at St James NYC after 715 perform
  • Jan 4 "Ivanov" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 51 performances
  • Jan 4 "Triumph of Love" closes at Royale Theater NYC
  • Jan 11 "Proposals" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 76 performances
  • Jan 12 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Eagles; Fleetwood Mac; Mamas and Papas; Lloyd Price; Santana; Gene Vincent; "Jelly Roll" Morton; and Allen Toussaint
  • Jan 13 "Patti LaBelle On Broadway" opens at St James Theater NYC
  • Jan 18 "Ragtime" opens at Ford Theater NYC
  • Jan 25 Musical "Grease" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 1,503 performance
  • Jan 25 "Patti LaBelle On Broadway" closes at St James Theater NYC

Sports History

Jan 25 Spice Girl Victoria Beckham (Posh) and soccer player David Beckham get engaged

Singer and Fashion Designer Victoria Beckham
Singer and Fashion Designer
Victoria Beckham
Football Player David Beckham
Football Player
David Beckham
  • Jan 26 25th American Music Awards: Spice Girls & Babyface win
  • Jan 29 "Capeman," opens at Marquis Theater NYC
  • Jan 29 Singers Bobby Brown found guiilty of DWI in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Jan 30 Paul Simon's musical "The Capeman" premieres at the Marquis Theatre, NYC; runs for 68 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 22 Silentó [Ricky Hawk] American rapper "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)", born in Atlanta, Georgia

XXXTentacion

Jan 23 XXXTentacion [Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy], American rapper and singer-songwriter, born in Plantation, Florida (d. 2018)

Rapper XXXTentacion
Rapper
XXXTentacion
  • Jan 28 Ariel Winter, American actress (Modern Family) and singer, born in Los Angeles, California

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 4 John Gary [Strader], American singer (Cold), dies of cancer at 65
  • Jan 5 Georgi Sviridov, Soviet neoromantic composer, dies of a heart attack at 82
  • Jan 5 Salvatore "Sonny" Bono, American actor, musician, vocalist, (Sonny & Cher) and politician (Rep-R-Ca, 1995-98), dies at Heavenly Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe, California, when he hits a tree at 62
  • Jan 5 Ken Forssi, American musician (Love) (b. 1943)
  • Jan 6 Georgy Sviridov, Soviet Russian neo-romantic composer (The Blizzard; Time; Forward!), dies of a heart attack at 82
  • Jan 7 Owen Bradley, American record producer (b. 1915)
  • Jan 8 Michael Tippett, English composer/conductor (Child of our Time) dies at 93
  • Jan 11 Klaus Tennstedt, German conductor (Fidelio), dies at 71
  • Jan 13 Mihovil Logar, Serbian composer (A Would-be Lady), dies at 95
  • Jan 15 Junior Wells, American blues singer (In My Younger Days), dies at 63
  • Jan 16 David "Junior" Kimbrough, American blues musician, dies at 67
  • Jan 19 Carl Perkins, American singer and songwriter (Blue Suede Shoes), dies at 65
  • Jan 24 Justin Tubb, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), dies at 62
  • Jan 24 Walter Bishop, Jr, American bebop jazz pianist, music theorist, and educator, dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Jan 25 Attila Zoller, Hungarian-American jazz guitarist, educator (Vermont Jazz Center, 1974-98), and inventor (bi-directional pickup), dies at 70
  • Jan 26 S P Leary, Texan Blues drummer (Muddy Waters), dies at 67
  • Jan 26 Shinichi Suzuki, Japanese music teacher (Suzuki Method), dies at 99
  • Jan 30 Richard Cassilly, American tenor, dies at 70