On This Day

Events in Music in 1992

  • Jan 5 "6 Degrees of Separation" closes at Vivian Beaumont NYC after 496 performances
  • Jan 5 "Crucible" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 32 performances
  • Jan 5 "On Borrowed Time" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 99 performances
  • Jan 5 Musical "Peter Pan", starring Cathy Rigby, closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 48 performances

Hall of Fame

Jan 15 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Bobby "Blue" Bland; Booker T. and the MG's; Johnny Cash; Jimi Hendrix Experience; Isley Brothers; Sam and Dave; The Yardbirds; Elmore James; Professor Longhair; Leo Fender; Bill Graham; and Doc Pomus

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • Jan 16 "Two Shakespearean Actors" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 29 performances

Music History

Jan 16 Eric Clapton performs for an episode of MTV "Unplugged" at Bray Film Studios in Windsor, England. Recording won six Grammy Awards, and became Clapton's bestselling album, and the bestselling live album of all time

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton
  • Jan 19 "City of Angels" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 878 performances
  • Jan 23 "Visit" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • Jan 26 "Little Hotel on the Side" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • Jan 27 "Crazy He Calls Me" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Jan 27 19th American Music Awards: C & C Music Factory, Michael Bolton win
  • Feb 1 "Crazy He Calls Me" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC after 7 performances

Music History

Feb 2 IRS & Willie Nelson settle on $9M tax bill (of $16.7M)

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
  • Feb 6 "Late Night's 10th Anniversary Show At Radio City Music Hall" on NBC
  • Feb 8 "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred peaks at #1
  • Feb 9 "2 Shakespearean Actors" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 29 performances
  • Feb 13 "Most Happy Fella" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 229 performances
  • Feb 19 Ken Ludwig's musical "Crazy For You" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 1622 performances
  • Feb 20 "Private Lives" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 37 performances
  • Feb 22 "Park Your Car in Harvard Yard" closes at Music Box NYC
  • Feb 25 34th Grammy Awards: Unforgettable, Marc Cohn wins

Grammy Awards

Feb 25 Muddy Waters wins Lifetime Achievement Award at the 34th Annual Grammy Awards

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • Feb 26 "Search & Destroy" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • Mar 1 "Little Hotel on the Side" closes at Belasco NYC after 41 performances
  • Mar 1 "Visit" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances

Soul Train Music Awards

Mar 10 6th Soul Train Music Awards: Natalie Cole, Color Me Badd win

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole
  • Mar 10 "Come and Talk to Me" single released by Jodeci (Billboard Song of the Year 1992)
  • Mar 14 Farm Aid V held in Irving, Texas; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Arlo Guthrie, Asleep At The Wheel, Kentucky Headhunters, Texas Tornadoes, Bonnie Raitt, Tracy Chapman, Paul Simon, and Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • Mar 17 "Death & the Maiden" opens at Brooks Atkinson NYC for 159 performances
  • Mar 18 "4 Baboons Adoring the Sun" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 38 performances

Music History

Mar 18 American pop singer Donna Summer gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

Singer Donna Summer
Singer
Donna Summer
  • Mar 19 "Master Builder" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • Mar 22 "Private Lives" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 37 performances
  • Mar 22 Herb Gardner's play "Conversations with My Father", starring Judd Hirsch and Tony Shalhoub, opens at Royale NYC for 462 performances
  • Mar 24 "Jake's Women" opens at Neil Simon Theater NYC for 245 performances

Album Release

Mar 27 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's 9th and 10th studio albums - "Human Touch" and "Lucky Town" - on the same day; musicians other than the E-Street Band are used

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Singer-Songwriter
Bruce Springsteen
  • Apr 1 Rocker Billy Idol fined $2,000 for hitting a woman
  • Apr 2 "Hamlet" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • Apr 5 "Search & Destroy" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • Apr 8 "5 Guys Named Moe" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 445 performances

Theater Premiere

Apr 12 Revival of Tennessee Williams' play "A Streetcar Named Desire", starring Alec Baldwin & Jessica Lange, opens at Ethel Barrymore NYC for 137 performances

  • Apr 13 "2 Trains Running" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC for 160 performances
  • Apr 14 "Guys & Dolls" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 1143 performances
  • Apr 14 "Les Miserables" opens at Palace Theatre, Manchester
  • Apr 16 "Metro" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • Apr 19 "4 Baboons Adoring the Sun" closes at Beaumont NYC after 38 performances

Music Concert

Apr 20 All-star concert in memory of Freddie Mercury held at Wembley Stadium, London

Singer-Songwriter Freddie Mercury
Singer-Songwriter
Freddie Mercury

Music History

Apr 20 Madonna signs $60-million deal with Time Warner

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
  • Apr 21 "High Rollers" opens at Helen Hayes theater on Broadway
  • Apr 21 Allen Toussaint's musical revue "High Rollers Social & Pleasure Club" opens at the Helen Hayes Theater, NYC; runs for 13 performances.
  • Apr 23 "Shirnada" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Apr 24 "Man of La Mancha" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 108 performances
  • Apr 25 "Shimada" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Apr 26 "Grand Hotel" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 1,018 performances
  • Apr 26 "Jelly's Last Jam" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 569 performances
  • Apr 26 "Master Builder" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • Apr 26 "Metro" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 13 performances
  • Apr 27 "Small Family Business" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • Apr 29 William Finn and James Lapine's musical "Falsettos" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 487 performances

Music Awards

Apr 29 27th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
Country Singer Reba McEntire
Country Singer
Reba McEntire
  • Apr 29 Country singer Doug Stone, 35, undergoes quadruple bypass surgery
  • May 2 Allen Toussaint's musical revue "High Rollers Social & Pleasure Club" closes at the Helen Hayes Theater, NYC, after 13 performances
  • May 4 "I Saw the Light" single released by Wynonna (Billboard Song of the Year, 1992)

Music History

May 5 American country singer Tammy Wynette hospitalized with bile duct infection

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • May 9 37th Eurovision Song Contest: Linda Martin for Ireland wins singing "Why Me" in Malmo
  • May 10 "Hamlet" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances

Music History

May 16 "Smells Like Nirvana" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #35

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
Rocker Kurt Cobain
Rocker
Kurt Cobain

Album Release

May 19 "Some Gave All" debut album by Billy Ray Cyrus is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1993)

Country Singer-Songwriter Billy Ray Cyrus
Country Singer-Songwriter
Billy Ray Cyrus
  • May 20 American rapper Tung Twista raps 597 syllables in under 60 seconds
  • Jun 7 "Small Family Business" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • Jun 8 26th Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson & Garth Brooks win
  • Jun 10 "Price" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 47 performances

Music History

Jun 24 Billy Joel gets an honorary diploma from Hicksville High School (Nassau, Long Island, New York) at 43

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel
  • Jun 25 Stage musical "Les Miserables" opens at Vinohradské divadlo (Vinohrady Theatre), Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic)

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 26 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Shakespear's Sister, and Youssou N'Dour headline; other performers include Lou Reed, Kirsty MacColl, Tom Jones, Joan Armatrading, Richard Thompson, Billy Bragg, Television, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Singer Tom Jones
Singer
Tom Jones

Theater Premiere

Jun 28 Ra Lewis' dramatic play "Chinese Coffee", starring Al Pacino, opens at the Circle in Square Theater, NYC; runs for 18 performances

Actor Al Pacino
Actor
Al Pacino
  • Jun 29 "Salome" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Jun 30 "End of the Road" single released by Boyz II Men (Grammy Award Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best R&B Song 1993, Billboard Song of the Year 1992)
  • Jul 4 John Phillips, rocker (Mamas & Papas), undergoes a liver transplant

Music Concert

Jul 12 Axl Rose arrested on riot charges in St Louis stemming from a concert on Jul 2

Rocker and Singer-Songwriter Axl Rose
Rocker and Singer-Songwriter
Axl Rose
  • Jul 19 "Price" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 47 performances
  • Jul 19 NYC ballet dancer Peter Martins is arrested for beating his wife
  • Jul 23 Bruce Springsteen begins a world tour, his first with musicians other than the E Street band
  • Jul 26 "Man of La Mancha" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 108 performances

Album Release

Jul 28 R&B singer Mary J. Blige releases her debut album "What's the 411?", with production by Puff Daddy

Singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige
Singer-songwriter
Mary J. Blige
Rapper Puff Daddy
Rapper
Puff Daddy
  • Jul 29 "Chinese Coffee" closes at Circle in the Square Theater, NYC, after 18 performances
  • Aug 1 "Salome" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • Aug 2 "Death & the Maiden" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 159 performances

Music History

Aug 8 Metallica singer and guitarist James Hetfield suffers second and third-degree burns during a pyrotechnics explosion on stage at Olympic Stadium, Montreal

Metallica Rocker James Hetfield
Metallica Rocker
James Hetfield
  • Aug 9 "Streetcar Named Desire" closes at Ethel Barrymore NYC after 137 performances
  • Aug 18 "Real Inspector Hound" opens at Criterion NYC for 61 performances
  • Aug 26 "Anna Karenina" opens at Circle in Square Theater, NYC; runs for 46 performances

Music History

Aug 29 Irish rock band U2 plays the 1st of two sold-out nights at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, NYC

Rocker Bono
Rocker
Bono
  • Aug 30 "2 Trains Running" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC after 160 performances
  • Aug 30 "Most Happy Fella" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 229 performances
  • Sep 4 Singer Harry Nilsson makes a rare (and final) concert appearance, joining Ringo and His All-Starr Band for a version of his "Without You" at Caesar’s Palace. Las Vegas, Nevada

Video Music Awards

Sep 9 9th MTV Video Music Awards: Howard Stern appears as 'Fartman'

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • Sep 16 "Les Miserables" opens at Nuevo Apolo, Madrid

Music History

Sep 25 "Barry Manilow's Showstoppers" opens at Paramount NYC

Musician Barry Manilow
Musician
Barry Manilow
  • Sep 28 "Barry Manilow's Showstoppers" closes at Paramount Theater NYC

Television Premiere

Sep 28 UK morning TV show "The Big Breakfast" presented by Chris Evans, Gaby Roslin and Paula Yates, produced by Bob Geldof premieres

TV Personality Paula Yates
TV Personality
Paula Yates
Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist Bob Geldof
Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist
Bob Geldof
  • Sep 30 26th Country Music Association Award: Garth Brooks wins
  • Oct 1 "Oba Oba '93" opens at Marquis Theater, NYC; runs for 22 performances
  • Oct 3 Madonna premieres her "Erotica" video on MTV

Music History

Oct 3 Sinead O'Connor rips up a picture of Pope John Paul II on "Saturday Night Live"

Singer-Songwriter Sinead O'Connor
Singer-Songwriter
Sinead O'Connor
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
Actor Phil Hartman
Actor
Phil Hartman
  • Oct 4 "Anna Karenina" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • Oct 4 "Real Inspector Hound" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 61 performances
  • Oct 18 "Oba Oba '93" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 22 performances
  • Oct 21 Madonna's book "Sex" goes on sale
  • Oct 25 "Dancing at Lughnasa" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 421 performances
  • Oct 25 "Jake's Women" closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 245 performances

Music Single

Nov 3 "I Will Always Love You" (Dolly Parton cover) single released by Whitney Houston (Billboard Song of the Year 1993)

Singer Whitney Houston
Singer
Whitney Houston
Country Singer Dolly Parton
Country Singer
Dolly Parton

Album Release

Nov 3 Rock band Rage Against the Machine release their debut album "Rage Against the Machine" featuring single "Killing in the Name"

Guitarist Tom Morello
Guitarist
Tom Morello
  • Nov 5 "Show Off" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • Nov 8 "Solitary Confinement" opens at Nederlander Theater NYC for 25 performances
  • Nov 17 "Gypsy Passion" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 55 performances
  • Nov 17 "The Bodyguard" movie soundtrack is released by Arista Records (Billboard Album of the Year 1993)
  • Nov 19 "3 From Brooklyn" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • Nov 23 "Someone Who'll Watch Over Me" opens at Booth NYC for 232 performances
  • Nov 29 "Sea Gull" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • Nov 29 "Solitary Confinement" closes at Nederlander NYC after 25 performances
  • Dec 9 3rd Billboard Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Garth Brooks & Dr. Dre win
  • Dec 10 "My Favorite Year" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC for 37 performances
  • Dec 13 "Show Off" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • Dec 17 "Christmas Carol" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 22 performances
  • Dec 27 "3 From Brooklyn" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • Dec 27 "Les Miserables" opens at Ostregaswerks, Copenhagen
  • Dec 27 "Tommy Tune Tonite! Song & Dance Act" opens at Gershwin NYC for 10 performances

Music History

Dec 27 Harry Connick Jr is caught with 9mm gun in NY's JFK airport

Jazz Pianist, Singer and Actor Harry Connick Jr
Jazz Pianist, Singer and Actor
Harry Connick Jr