On This Day

Events in Music in 1991

  • Jan 1 Les Miserables opens at Festival Theatre, Adelaide
  • Jan 5 "Oh, Kay!" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC after 77 performances
  • Jan 6 "Gypsy" closes at St James Theater NYC after 477 performances

Hall of Fame

Jan 16 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: LaVern Baker; The Byrds; John Lee Hooker; The Impressions; Wilson Pickett; Jimmy Reed; Ike and Tina Turner; Howlin' Wolf; Dave Bartholomew; and Ralph Bass

  • Jan 20 "Black & Blue" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 829 performances
  • Jan 20 "Les Miserables" opens at Pantages Theatre, LA
  • Jan 20 Musical "Peter Pan", starring Cathy Rigby, closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC or 45 performances
  • Jan 20 "Shogun - The Musical" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • Jan 24 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre St Denis, Montreal
  • Jan 26 "Few Good Men" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 497 performances

Music Awards

Jan 28 18th American Music Awards: M.C. Hammer & Janet Jackson

  • Jan 29 "Piano Lesson" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC after 320 performances

#1 in the Charts

Feb 2 Sting scores his second UK #1 album with 'The Soul Cages'

  • Feb 9 "This Is Ponderous" by 2nu peaks at #46
  • Feb 10 "La Bete" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • Feb 14 "Mule Bone" opens at Ethel Barrymore Theater NYC for 67 performances

Album Release

Feb 19 Geffen Records releases "Night Ride Home", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 14th studio album

  • Feb 20 "Taking Steps" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 78 performances

Grammy Awards

Feb 20 33rd Grammy Awards: Another Day in Paradise, Mariah Carey

Music History

Feb 21 Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 780 performances

  • Feb 24 "Those Were The Days" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 126 performances

Music History

Feb 27 Singer James Brown is paroled from prison after serving 2 years of 6 year sentence for weapon and drug related convictions

  • Feb 28 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre Carre, Amsterdam
  • Feb 28 "Speed of Darkness" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • Mar 2 "Aspects of Love" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 377 performances
  • Mar 2 "La Bete" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 24 performances
  • Mar 3 "Big Love" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • Mar 9 "Les Miserables" opens at Lyric Theatre, Brisbane
  • Mar 11 Janet Jackson signs $40M 3 album deal with Virgin records
  • Mar 12 5th Soul Train Music Awards: Johnny Gill, Mariah Carey win

Music Concert

Mar 14 The Dave Matthews Band perform their first show as part of a benefit for the Middle East Children's Alliance

Plane Crash

Mar 16 Seven members of Reba McEntire's band are killed in a plane crash

Music History

Mar 20 Michael Jackson signs $65M 6 album deal with Sony records

  • Mar 25 63rd Academy Awards: "Dances with Wolves", Kathy Bates & Jeremy Irons win
  • Mar 30 "Speed of Darkness" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 36 performances

Music History

Apr 3 "Penn and Teller - Refrigerator Tour" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC

  • Apr 4 "Lucifer's Child" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Apr 7 "Big Love" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • Apr 7 "Shadowlands" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theatre NYC after 169 performances
  • Apr 8 "I Hate Hamlet" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC for 88 performances

Music Premiere

Apr 11 Musical "Miss Saigon" created by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil opens at Broadway Theater NYC

  • Apr 14 "Mule Bone" closes at Ethel Barrymore Theater NYC after 67 performances
  • Apr 14 "Oh, Kay!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC
  • Apr 16 Leander & Seago's musical "Matador" premieres in London
  • Apr 20 "Les Miserables" opens at Odense Teater, Odense
  • Apr 25 Lucy Simon & Marsha Norman's musical "Secret Garden", based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel, starring Daisy Eagan and Mandy Patinkin, opens at St James Theater NYC for 706 performances
  • Apr 25 "Grand Hotel" closes at Beck Theater NYC after 1018 performances
  • Apr 27 "Lucifer's Child" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • Apr 28 "Gypsy" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 105 performances
  • Apr 28 "Taking Steps" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 78 performances
  • Apr 29 "Our Country's Good" opens at Nederlander Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • Apr 29 "Don't Rock the Jukebox" single released by Alan Jackson (ASCAP Award Country Song of the Year, 1992; Billboard Song of the Year, 1991)
  • May 1 Cy Coleman, Betty Comden and Adolph Green' s musical "Will Rogers Follies" premieres at The Palace Theater, NYC; runs for 981 performances
  • May 1 "Will Rogers Follies" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 983 performances
  • May 4 36th Eurovision Song Contest: Carola for Sweden wins singing "Fangad av en stormvind" in Rome

Sports History

May 10 Oakland A's Jose Canseco is seen leaving singer Madonna's apartment

  • May 13 "Michael Jackson: Magic & Madness" goes on sale
  • May 19 "Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story" closes at Shubert NYC after 225 performances
  • May 25 "People Are Still Having Sex" by LaTour hits #35
  • May 28 "Forever My Lady" debut studio album by Jodeci is released (Billboard Album of the Year, 1992)
  • May 29 Musical adaptation of "Les Miserables" opens at Aotea Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jun 8 "Our Country's Good" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • Jun 10 25th Music City News Country Awards: Ricky Van Shelton wins

Album Release

Jun 11 Natalie Cole releases "Unforgettable...with Love", covering her father's standards including a "virtual duet" of title track; wins 6 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, 1992

  • Jun 16 Revival of musical "Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Gershwin Theater, NYC, after 241 performances

Music Single

Jun 18 "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" single released by Bryan Adams (Billboard Song of the Year, 1991)

  • Jun 22 "I Hate Hamlet" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC after 88 performances

Music Recording

Jun 23 "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Babalu Music"

  • Jun 26 "Getting Married" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 70 performances

Theatrical Finale

Jun 29 "Jackie Mason - Brand New" closes at Neil Simon Theater, NYC, after 216 performances

Film Release

Jul 2 Film "Boyz n the Hood" directed by John Singleton, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ice Cube is released

  • Jul 9 "A Little Night Music" opens at New York State Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Jul 28 "Gypsy" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 105 performances

Music Single

Jul 30 Heavy metal band Metallica release their single "Enter Sandman"

Music History

Aug 2 Funk singer Rick James, arrested on sexual torture charges

Music History

Aug 8 Carlos Santana pleads no contest to marijuana possession charge

  • Aug 10 New York City Opera's limited run production of Stephen Sondhiem's "A Little Night Music" closes at New York State Theater, NYC, after 7 performances

Album Release

Aug 12 Heavy metal band Metallica release their 5th album "Metallica"; debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 chart

  • Aug 15 750,000 attend Paul Simon's free concert in Central Park, NYC
  • Aug 25 "Getting Married" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 70 performances
  • Sep 2 "Ropin' the Wind" 3rd studio album by Garth Brooks is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1992)
  • Sep 4 "Most Happy Fella" opens at NY State Theater NYC
  • Sep 5 8th MTV Video Music Awards: REM wins

Music Single

Sep 10 Rock band Nirvana release their single "Smells like Teen Spirit", often dubbed the anthem of Generation X

Album Release

Sep 24 Rock band Nirvana release their second studio album "Nevermind"

  • Sep 28 "Good Time" by Ziggy Marley & Melody Makers peaks at #85
  • Sep 28 "Love Of A Lifetime" by Firehouse peaks at #5

Film Premier

Sep 29 Gus Van Sant's film "My Own Private Idaho" starring Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix premieres

  • Oct 3 25th Country Music Association Award: Garth Brooks, Tanya Tucker & Vince Gill wins
  • Oct 9 "On Borrowed Time" opens at Circle in Square Theater, NYC; runs for 99 performances
  • Oct 17 Blue Man Group's 1st performance in New York City
  • Oct 18 "Most Happy Fella" closes at NY State Theater NYC

Film Release

Oct 18 "My Own Private Idaho" directed and written by Gus van Sant starring River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves is released

  • Oct 20 "Andre Heller's Wonderhouse" opens at Broadhurst NYC for 9 performances
  • Oct 23 "Les Miserables" opens at Mogador Theatre, Paris
  • Oct 24 "Dancing at Lughnasa" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 421 performances
  • Oct 27 "Andre Heller's Wonderhouse" closes at Broadhurst NYC after 9 performances
  • Oct 27 "Homecoming" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • Nov 2 Jermaine Jackson releases "Word to the Badd!!" anti Michael song
  • Nov 6 "Moscow Circus Cirk Valentin" opens at Gershwin NYC for 32 performances
  • Nov 7 "Brigadoon" opens at New York State Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Nov 7 "Park Your Car in Harvard Yard" opens at Music Box NYC
  • Nov 14 Michael Jackson's "Black or White" video premieres on FOX TV
  • Nov 17 "Brigadoon" closes at New York State Theater NYC after 12 performances

Music History

Nov 23 Freddie Mercury, 45, confirms he has AIDS the day before he dies

  • Nov 27 Musical "Peter Pan", starring Cathy Rigby, opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • Dec 1 "Moscow Circus Cirk Valentin" closes at Gershwin NYC after 32 performances
  • Dec 1 "Once on this Island" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 469 performances
  • Dec 4 Country music mother and daughter act The Judds "farewell" concert at Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; later re-unions and "farewells" in 2000, 2010, 2015, and 2021
  • Dec 5 "Catskills on Broadway" opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 452 performances
  • Dec 6 "Les Miserables" opens at Circustheater, Scheveningen
  • Dec 8 "Homecoming" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • Dec 8 "Nick & Nora" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Dec 10 "Crucible" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 32 performances
  • Dec 10 IM Pei receives $5 million for design of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum
  • Dec 15 "Nick & Nora" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • Dec 19 "Christmas Carol" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 14 performances
  • Dec 29 "Christmas Carol" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 14 performances