January 2001 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Jan 4 Rapper Vanilla Ice spends night in jail after allegedly ripping out some of his wife's hair during a row

  • Jan 9 Apple announced iTunes at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, for organizing and playing digital music and videos

Lizzie McGuire Premieres

Jan 12 Disney Channel TV series "Lizzie McGuire" premieres starring Hilary Duff

Music History

Jan 14 Jennifer Lopez scored her first UK No.1 single with 'Love Don't Cost A Thing'

Miss Saigon

Jan 28 Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil's musical "Miss Saigon", based on Giacomo Puccini's "Madama Butterfly, and starring Jonathan Pryce and Lea Salonga closes at Broadway Theater, NYC, after 4,092 performances and 3 Tony Award wins

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 1 Hsu Tsang-Houei, Taiwanese composer and collector of Taiwanese folk songs, dies at 71
  • Jan 4 Les Brown, American big band bandleader (His Band of Renown - "Sentimental Journey"), dies at 88
  • Jan 7 James Carr, American soul singer ("To Love Somebody"; "Dark End of the Street"), dies of lung cancer at 58
  • Jan 12 Kyra Vayne [Knopmuss], English stage and opera soprano, dies at 84
  • Jan 12 Luiz Bonfá, Brazilian guitarist and composer (b. 1922)
  • Jan 13 Michael Cuccione, Canadian actor, singer (2gether), and cancer research fundraiser, dies of respiratory failure at 16
  • Jan 16 Virginia O'Brien, American actress and singer (Meet the People, Gus, Ziegfeld Follies), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • Jan 17 Norris Turney, American jazz flute and saxophone player (Billy Eckstine, 1947-48; Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1968-73), dies at 79
  • Jan 20 Nico Assumpção, Brazilian bass player, dies at 46
  • Jan 23 Eugene [Brother Jack] McDuff, American jazz organist (George Benson, Brother Jack), dies of heart failure at 74
  • Jan 23 Lou Levy, American jazz pianist (Woody Herman; Stan Getz), and accompanist (Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • Jan 24 Leif Thybo, Danish composer and organist, dies at 78
  • Jan 27 André Prévost, Canadian composer, dies at 66
  • Jan 27 Stavros Damianides, Greek musician (b. 1941)