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 Anton Chekov's dramatic play "Ivanov", translated and adapted by David Hare, closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater, NYC, after 51 performances
  • Jan 4 Jeffrey Stock and Susan Birkenhead's musical "Triumph of Love" closes at Royale Theater, NYC, after 85 performances

Musical Finale

Jan 4 Second successful revival of by Stephen Sondheim's musical "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum", starring Nathan Lane, closes at St James, NYC, after 715 performances and 1 Tony Award

  • Jan 11 "Proposals" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 76 performances

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Jan 12 13th 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 Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens, and Terrence McNally's musical "Ragtime" opens at Ford Theater, NYC; runs for 834 performances
  • Jan 25 "Patti LaBelle On Broadway" closes at St James Theater NYC
  • Jan 25 Musical "Grease" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 1,503 performance

Music Premiere

Jan 29 Paul Simon and Derek Walcott's musical "The Capeman", about a 1959 gang murder, starring Marc Anthony and Ruben Blades, opens at the Marquis Theatre, NYC; runs for 68 performances

  • Jan 29 Singer Bobby Brown found guilty of DWI in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Birthdays in Music

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

XXXTentacionXXXTentacion (1998-2018)

Jan 23 American rapper and singer-songwriter, born in Plantation, Florida

  • Jan 26 Moonbin [Moon Bin], South Korean K-pop singer and actor, born in Cheongju, Chungbuk, South Korea (d. 2023)
  • Jan 28 Ariel Winter, American actress (Modern Family) and singer, born in Los Angeles, California

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 4 John Gary [Strader], American pop and easy listening singer ("Cold"), dies of cancer at 65

Sonny BonoSonny Bono (1935-1998)

Jan 5 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 Georgi Sviridov, Soviet neoromantic composer, dies of a heart attack at 82
  • 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 pop country music record producer (Patsy Cline; Loretta Lynn; Conway Twitty), dies at 82
  • Jan 8 Michael Tippett, British conductor and composer (Child of Our Time), dies shortly after suffering a stroke at 93
  • Jan 11 Klaus Tennstedt, German conductor (Fidelio), dies at 71
  • Jan 12 Peter Jona Korn, German composer, dies at 75
  • 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 rock and rockabilly singer-songwriter ("Blue Suede Shoes"; "Honey Don't"), dies from stroke complications at 65 [1]
  • 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