On This Day

Events in Music in 1994

  • Jan 1 "Flying Karamzov Brothers" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 50 performances
  • Jan 1 "Grand Night after Singing" closes at Criterion NYC after 52 performances
  • Jan 2 "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" closes at Beaumont NYC after 40 performances
  • Jan 2 "Shakespeare after My Father" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 266 performances
  • Jan 3 "Gray's Anatomy" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 13 performances
  • Jan 6 "The Government Inspector" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 37 performances

Hall of Fame

Jan 19 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Animals; The Band; Duane Eddy; The Grateful Dead; Elton John; John Lennon; Bob Marley; Rod Stewart; Willie Dixon; and Johnny Otis

Music History

Jan 25 Accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy, Michael Jackson settles a civil lawsuit out of court

Music Single

Jan 25 "Bump n' Grind " single released by R. Kelly (Billboard Song of the Year 1994)

  • Jan 27 "No Man's Land" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 61 performances
  • Jan 31 Barcelona opera theater "Gran Teatro del Liceo" burns down

Film Premiere

Jan 31 Mexican telenovela "Marimar" starring Thalia and Eduardo Capetillo premieres

  • Feb 3 "Les Miserables" opens at Kallang Theatre, Singapore
  • Feb 6 "Government Inspector" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 37 performances

Music Awards

Feb 7 21st American Music Awards: Whitney Houston wins

  • Feb 7 American actor and singer Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle, USMC) undergoes a liver transplant

Music History

Feb 8 Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee charge with possession of loaded firearm

  • Feb 12 20th century premiere of 6 restored Haydn-sonatas in Boston
  • Feb 22 "Les Miserables" opens at Chunichi Theatre, Nagoya
  • Mar 1 36th Grammy Awards: "I Will Always Love You"; Whitney Houston; Sting; Toni Braxton; Mary Chapin-Carpenter win

Music History

Mar 2 Miami begins a Latin walk of fame, 1st star for Gloria Estefan

  • Mar 3 "Damn Yankees" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 510 performances
  • Mar 5 Singer Grace Slick arrested for pointing a gun at a cop
  • Mar 7 The United States Supreme Court rules in Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc.that parodies of an original work are generally covered by the doctrine of fair use.
  • Mar 15 8th Soul Train Music Awards: Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston win
  • Mar 17 "Little More Magic" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 30 performances
  • Mar 20 "Cyrano - The Musical" closes at Neil Simon NYC after 137 performances
  • Mar 20 "Flowering Peach" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • Mar 20 "No Man's Land" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 61 performances

Music History

Mar 21 English actor Dudley Moore arrested for hitting his girlfriend

Album Release

Mar 22 "Not a Moment Too Soon" second studio album by Tim McGraw is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1994)

  • Mar 24 "Carousel" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 322 performances
  • Mar 24 "Song of Jacob Zulu" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 53 performances

Music History

Apr 5 "Jackie Mason Politically Incorrect" opens at Golden Theater, NYC; runs for 347 performances

  • Apr 7 "Medea" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 82 performances
  • Apr 7 Singer Percy Sledge pleads guilty to tax evasion
  • Apr 7 Vatican commemorates The Holocaust for the first time with an orchestral concert in the Sala Nervi
  • Apr 10 "Les Miserables" opens at Hiten Theatre, Osaka

Music History

Apr 15 Jazz singer Tony Bennett records a session for "MTV's Unplugged" series at Sony Studios, NYC, featuring the Ralph Sharon trio, and guest appearances by Elvis Costello, and k.d.lang; album release wins 2 Grammy Awards

  • Apr 17 "Little More Magic" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 30 performances
  • Apr 17 "Twilight - Los Angeles 1992" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • Apr 18 "Beauty & the Beast" opens at Palace Theater NYC
  • Apr 19 "Illmatic" debut studio album by US rapper Nas is released
  • Apr 21 "Picnic" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • Apr 24 "Broken Glass" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 73 performances
  • Apr 24 "Flowering Peach" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • Apr 27 "An Inspector Calls" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 454 performances
  • Apr 30 39th Eurovision Song Contest: Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan for Ireland wins singing "Rock 'n' Roll Kids" in Dublin
  • May 1 "My Fair Lady" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 165 performances
  • May 1 Jim Cartwright's play "The Rise & Fall of Little Voice" opens at Neil Simon Theater, NYC; runs for 9 performances

Music Awards

May 3 29th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, and Wynonna win

Music History

May 4 Singer Courtney Love cleared of drug charges

  • May 5 "Sally Marrand Her Escorts" opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 50 performances
  • May 8 Jim Cartwright's play "The Rise & Fall of Little Voice" closes at Neil Simon Theater, NYC after 9 performances
  • May 9 "Passion" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 280 performances
  • May 10 "Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public" opens at Lunt-Font, NYC; runs for 16 performances

Music Concert

May 10 Barbra Streisand's begins 1st concert tour in 30 years, at the Capitol Centre in Landover, Maryland (after "warm-up" shows in Las Vegas and London)

  • May 11 Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey's musical "Grease" opens at Eugene O' Neill Theater, NYC; runs for 1,503 performances
  • May 21 "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 16 performances
  • May 24 Poison singer Bret Michaels is involved in a car crash

Film Release

May 27 "The Flintstones" live action movie, starring John Goodman (as Fred) and Rick Moranis (as Barney), opens

Musical Finale

May 29 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Time Rice's musical "Joseph & the Amazing Dreamcoat" closes at Minskoff Theater, NYC, after 223 performances

  • May 29 "Picnic" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances

Music History

Jun 5 Spalding Gray's one-man show "Gray's Anatomy" opens an encore run at Beaumont Theater, NYC; runs for 8 performances

  • Jun 6 28th Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson & Ray Stevens win
  • Jun 11 "Meet The Flintstones" by The B-52's (stylized for this release as The B.C. 52's) from the 1994 film The Flintstones peaks at #33

Music Premiere

Jun 15 Disney's animated musical film "The Lion King" opens in theaters with $42 million

  • Jun 19 "Sally Marrand Her Escorts" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 50 performances
  • Jun 19 "She Loves Me" closes at Atkinson Theater NYC after 294 performances
  • Jun 19 "Twilight - Los Angeles 1992" closes at Cort NYC after 72 performances

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 24 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Levellers, Elvis Costello, and Peter Gabriel headline; other performers include Spin Doctors, Johnny Cash, Meshell Ndegeocello, Dwight Yoakam, Lucky Dube, Oasis, and Iris Dement

  • Jun 26 "Broken Glass" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 73 performances
  • Jun 26 "Medea" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 82 performances
  • Jun 27 Spalding Gray''s one-man show "Gray's Anatomy" closes at Beaumont Theater, NYC, after 8 performances
  • Jun 27 Aerosmith become first major band to let fans download a full new track free from the internet
  • Jul 5 "Cracked Rear View" debut album by Hootie & the Blowfish is released
  • Jul 10 "Hedda Gabler" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 33 performances
  • Jul 16 "Sisters Rosensweig" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 556 performances

Music History

Jul 18 "Kiss From a Rose" released by Seal (Grammy Record and Song of the Year)

Music History

Jul 23 American dancer, actor, and director Gene Kelly suffers a mild stroke

Music History

Aug 1 The Rolling Stones begin Voodoo Lounge world tour

  • Aug 5 British rocker Billy Idol admitted to the hospital after drug overdose
  • Aug 7 "Hedda Gabler" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 33 performances

Album Release

Aug 23 Jeff Buckley releases his album "Grace", featuring his cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"

Theatrical Finale

Aug 27 Neil Simon's comedy "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater, NYC, after 320 performances

Album Release

Aug 29 British band Oasis release their debut album "Definitely Maybe", becomes fastest-selling album ever in UK

  • Sep 8 11th MTV Video Music Awards: Aerosmith wins with newlyweds Michael Jackson & Lisa Marie Presley opening the show
  • Sep 8 "Philadelphia, Here I Come" opens at Criterion NYC for 52 performances
  • Sep 12 American country singer-songwriter George Jones undergoes successful triple bypass surgery
  • Sep 13 "Ready To Die" debut studio album by The Notorious B.I.G. released

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 18 Farm Aid VII held in New Orleans, Louisiana; performers include Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Neville Brothers, Spin Doctors, Gin Blossoms, John Conlee, Kris Kristofferson, Al Hirt, and Pete Fountain

  • Sep 28 "Cats" 5,000th Broadway performance, joining "A Chorus Line" and "Oh! Calcutta!" in the 5,000 club
  • Oct 2 "Show Boat" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC

Music History

Oct 4 Keith Moore is charged with stealing $5,000,000 from Sting

Music Awards

Oct 5 28th Country Music Association Award: Vince Gill & Pam Tillis wins

Music Concert

Oct 17 Billy Joel performs opening concert at Cleveland's Gund Arena

  • Oct 22 "Philadelphia, Here I Come" closes at Criterion NYC after 52 performances

Album Release

Oct 25 Reprise Records releases "Turbulent Indigo", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 15th studio album; wins Grammy Award for Best Pop Album

Music Concert

Oct 29 Pink Floyd finishes their final concert tour with a show at Earls Court in London, England

  • Oct 31 "Creep" single released by TLC – their 1st US No.1 (Billboard Song of the Year 1995)
  • Oct 31 American jam band Phish performs The Beatles "White Album" as a musical costume during a show at the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, New York.
  • Nov 15 "Glass Menagerie" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 57 performances
  • Nov 17 Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Christopher Hampton's musical "Sunset Boulevard" opens at Minskoff Theater, NYC; runs for 977 performances, wins 7 Tony Awards
  • Nov 20 "Flying Karamzov Brothers..." opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 50 performances
  • Nov 20 "Shadow Box" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 49 performances

Album Release

Nov 29 "My Life" second studio album by Mary J. Blige is released (Billboard Music Award Top R&B Album 1995)

  • Nov 30 Beatles' 1st album in 25 years, "Live at the BBC", is released in Britain
  • Dec 1 Rober Schumanns 2nd Symphony premieres in London

Music History

Dec 1 Rapper Tupac Shakur convicted on sexual assault charge, and later sentenced to up to 4 1/2 years in prison

  • Dec 2 Andrew Lloyd Webber admitted to hospital for ulcer treatment
  • Dec 4 Tony Kushner's drama "Angels in America: Perestroika" closes at Walter Kerr Theater, NYC, after 216 performances, and 3 Tony Awards
  • Dec 4 Tony Kushner's drama "Angels in America: Millennium Approach" closes at Walter Kerr Theater, NYC, after 367 performances, and 4 Tony Awards, and a Pulitzer Prize

Music Awards

Dec 7 5th Billboard Music Awards: Ace of Base & Mariah Carey win

  • Dec 8 "What's Wrong With this Picture?" opens at Circle in Sq NYC for 12 per
  • Dec 13 "The Hits" 2nd compilation album by Garth Brooks is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1995)
  • Dec 15 "A Tuna Christmas" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 20 performances

Music History

Dec 16 Davy Jones (The Monkees), charged with DWI

  • Dec 18 Stand-up comedy revue "Comedy Tonight" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 9 performances
  • Dec 18 Donald Margulies' comic play "What's Wrong With This Picture?" closes at Circle in Square, NYC, after 12 performances
  • Dec 22 "Christmas Carol" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 18 performances
  • Dec 25 "Comedy Tonight" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 8 performances

Music History

Dec 28 American country singer Tammy Wynette admitted to the hospital with bile duct infection