On This Day

Events in Music in 1995

  • Jan 1 "Glass Menagerie" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 57 performances
  • Jan 1 "Shadow Box" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • Jan 1 "A Tuna Christmas" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 20 performances
  • Jan 7 "Christmas Carol" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC after 18 performances
  • Jan 7 "Passion" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 280 performances
  • Jan 8 "Guys & Dolls" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 1143 performances

Hall of Fame

Jan 12 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Allman Brothers Band; Al Green; Janis Joplin; Led Zeppelin; Martha and the Vandellas; Neil Young; Frank Zappa; The Orioles; Paul Ackerman

  • Jan 17 "Carousel" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 322 performances
  • Jan 20 "Love! Valor! Compassion!" opens at Walter Kerr NYC for 276 performances
  • Jan 30 22nd American Music Awards: Boyz II Men & Ace of Base win
  • Jan 30 Kevin Eubanks officially becomes band leader of "The Tonight Show"
  • Feb 2 "Molière Comedies" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 56 performances

Album Release

Feb 7 Bluegrass and country musician Alison Krauss releases her compilation album "Now that I've Found You"

Album Release

Feb 7 "The Woman in Me" second studio album by Shania Twain is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1996)

  • Feb 9 "Heiress" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 340 performances

Music History

Feb 9 Irish music and dance show "Riverdance" first opens in Dublin, Ireland with lead dancer Michael Flatley

  • Feb 23 "Uncle Vanya" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 29 performances

Grammy Awards

Mar 1 37th Grammy Awards: All I Want to Do, Streets of Philadelphia, Sheryl Crow

  • Mar 2 "Smokey Joe's Cafe" opens at Virginia Theater NYC
  • Mar 10 Chiel Meijering's "St Louis Blues" premieres in Arnhem
  • Mar 13 9th Soul Train Music Awards: Boyz II Men, Anita Baker win
  • Mar 19 "Translations" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 25 performances
  • Mar 19 "Uncle Vanya" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 29 performances

Music Single

Mar 20 Beatles song, "Baby It's You", with late John Lennon as lead singer, released, 1st Fab Four single in nearly 10 years

  • Mar 23 "How To Succeed in Business..." opens at R Rodgers NYC for 548 performances
  • Mar 26 "Defending the Caveman" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 671 performances
  • Mar 26 "Moliere Comedies" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 56 performances

Music Single

Mar 27 "Back for Good" single released by British boy band Take That, reaches No. 1 in 31 countries

  • Mar 30 "Arcadia" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC for 204 performances
  • Apr 6 "Having Our Say" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 308 performances
  • Apr 9 "Translations" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 25 performances
  • Apr 10 "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • Apr 25 "Month in the Country" opens at Roundabout Theater NYC for 79 performances
  • Apr 27 "Indiscretions" opens at Ethel Barrymore Theater NYC for 221 performances
  • Apr 30 "Blood Brothers" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 839 performances
  • Apr 30 "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 24 performances
  • Apr 30 "The Rose Tattoo" opens at Circle in the Square Theater NYC for 80 performances
  • May 1 "On the Waterfront" opens at Atkinson Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • May 1 "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)" single released by John Michael Montgomery (Billboard Song of the Year 1995)
  • May 2 "Hamlet" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 121 performances
  • May 3 "My Thing of Love" opens at Beck Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • May 7 "On the Waterfront" closes at Atkinson Theater NYC after 8 performances

Music Awards

May 10 30th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alan Jackson and Reba McEntire win

  • May 13 40th Eurovision Song Contest: Secret Garden for Norway wins singing "Nocturne" in Dublin
  • May 14 "My Thing of Love" closes at Beck Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • May 28 "An Inspector Calls" closes at Royale Theater, NYC, after 454 performances

Theatrical Finale

Jun 4 "Jackie Mason: Politically Incorrect" closes at Golden Theater, NYC, after 347 performances

  • Jun 5 29th Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson & Reba McEntire win
  • Jun 8 "Buttons on Broadway" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 40 performances
  • Jun 10 "Month in the Country" closes at Roundabout Theater NYC after 79 performances

Album Release

Jun 13 Björk releases her 2nd art pop solo album "Post"

Album Release

Jun 13 "Jagged Little Pill", 3rd studio album by Alanis Morissette is released (Grammy Award Album of the Year, 1996)

  • Jun 15 "Chronicles of a Death Foretold" opens at Plymouth NYC for 55 performances
  • Jun 17 "Who's Tommy" closes at St James Theater NYC after 899 performances

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 23 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Oasis, Pulp, and The Cure headline; other performers include Sinéad O'Connor, Tanita Tikaram, Simple Minds, War, Indigo Girls, and Jeff Buckley

  • Jul 1 "Kiss of the Spider Woman" closes at Broadhurst theater, NYC, after 906 performances
  • Jul 2 "The Rose Tattoo" closes at Circle in the Square NYC after 80 performances
  • Jul 9 Revival of P. G. Wodehouse's adaptation of Ferenc Molnár' s comic play "The Play's The Thing" opens at Criterion Theater, NYC; runs for 75 performances

Music Concert

Jul 9 Jerry Garcia's unexpectedly final concert with The Grateful Dead, at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Album Release

Jul 11 Shaggy releases his third studio album "Bombastic" (Grammy Award Best Reggae Album)

  • Jul 16 "Buttons on Broadway" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 40 performances
  • Jul 16 "Chronicles of a Death Foretold" closes at Plymouth NYC after 55 performances
  • Jul 23 "Hamlet" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 121 performances
  • Aug 6 "Damn Yankees" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 510 performances

Music Single

Aug 8 "Gangster's Paradise" single released by Coolio (Billboard Song of the Year 1995)

  • Aug 14 "Battle of Brit Pop" rival bands Oasis (Roll with It) and Blur (Country House) release singles on the same day
  • Aug 20 "The Play's the Thing" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 75 performances

Theatrical Finale

Aug 27 Tom Stoppard's comedic play "Arcadia" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater, NYC, after 204 performances

  • Sep 1 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum opens in Cleveland, Ohio

Television Debut

Sep 4 Cult TV series "Xena: Warrior Princess" starring Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor debuts in the US

Video Music Awards

Sep 7 12th MTV Video Music Awards: TLC, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, & Madonna win

Photography

Sep 12 INXS' Michael Hutchence pleads guilty to punching a photographer

  • Sep 17 "Love! Valor! Compassion!" closes at Walter Kerr NYC after 276 performances

Music History

Sep 24 Emillio & Gloria Estefan's boat hits & kills a jet skier

  • Sep 28 Singer Bobby Brown escapes injury in gun battle

Farm Aid Concert

Oct 1 Farm Aid VIII held in Louisville, Kentucky; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Hootie and the Blowfish, Dave Matthews Band, John Conlee, and Steve Earle

  • Oct 2 "Moon Over Buffalo" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 308 performances
  • Oct 2 British band Oasis release their second studio album "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?", sells record 347,000 copies 1st week
  • Oct 4 29th Country Music Association Award: Krauss Jackson win
  • Oct 5 "Company" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 68 performances
  • Oct 10 "Garden District" opens at Circle in the Sq Theater NYC
  • Oct 12 "Patti LuPone on Broadway" opens at Walter Kerr NYC for 46 performances
  • Oct 19 Revival of Jerry Herman's musical "Hello Dolly!", starring Carol Channing, opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 118 performances
  • Oct 22 "Swinging On a Star" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 97 performances
  • Oct 25 "Victor/Victoria" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 738 performances

Knighthood

Oct 25 Singer Cliff Richard receives his knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II, - 1st rock star to be knighted

  • Oct 29 Return engagement of Bill Irwin and Dacid Shiner's "Fool Moon" opens at Ambassador Theater, NYC; runs for 81 performances
  • Oct 31 American jam band Phish performs The Who's "Quadrophenia" as a musical costume during a show at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois

Music History

Nov 1 Revival of William Shakespeare's "Tempest" opens at Broadhurst Theater, NYC; runs for 71 performances

  • Nov 2 "Busker Alley" premieres at St James Theatre, NY
  • Nov 2 "Sacrilege" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • Nov 4 "Indiscretions" closes at Ethel Barrymore Theater NYC after 221 performances
  • Nov 9 "Danny Gans on Broadway" opens at Neil Simon Theater NYC
  • Nov 15 "Master Class" opens at Golden Theater NYC for 601 performances
  • Nov 19 "Beatle Anthology" premieres on ABC-TV
  • Nov 19 "Sacrilege" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 21 performances
  • Nov 19 "School for Scandal" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 23 performances
  • Nov 20 "Beatles' Anthology, Vol 1" released
  • Nov 20 "Racing Demon" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • Nov 21 New double Beatle CD released with new song "Free as a Bird"

Album Release

Nov 21 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's 11th studio album "The Ghost of Tom Joad"; wins Grammy Award for best Contemporary Folk Album

  • Nov 25 "Patti LuPone on Broadway" closes at Walter Kerr NYC after 46 performances
  • Nov 29 "Garden District" closes at Circle in the Square Theater, NYC
  • Dec 3 Revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical "Company" closes at Criterion Theater, NYC, after 68 performances
  • Dec 3 "Holiday" opens at Circle in Square Theater, NYC; runs for 49 performances
  • Dec 6 6th Billboard Music Awards: TLC & Hootie & The Blowfish win

Music History

Dec 6 Michael Jackson collapses while rehearsing for an HBO special

  • Dec 7 American rock band The Grateful Dead break up
  • Dec 8 Krzysztof Penderecki conducts the Munich Philharmonic for the premiere of his Symphony No. 3
  • Dec 14 Musical "Les Miserables" opens at Cable Hall, Helsinki
  • Dec 17 "School after Scandal" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 23 performances
  • Dec 20 "Paul Roebson" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 14 performances
  • Dec 31 "Danny Gans on Broadway" closes at Neil Simon NYC
  • Dec 31 "Having Our Say" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • Dec 31 "Heiress" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 340 performances
  • Dec 31 "Paul Roebson" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 14 performances
  • Dec 31 "Racing Demon" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • Dec 31 "Tempest" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 71 performances