On This Day

Events in Music in 1998

  • Jan 3 "Side Show," closes at Richard Rodgers NYC after 91 performances
  • Jan 3 American "Hee Haw" banjo player Grandpa Jones suffers a stroke

Musical Finale

Jan 4 Second successful revival of by Stephen Sondheim's musical "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum", starring Nathan Lane, closes at St James, NYC, after 715 performances and 1 Tony Award

  • Jan 4 Anton Chekov's dramatic play "Ivanov", translated and adapted by David Hare, closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater, NYC, after 51 performances
  • Jan 4 Jeffrey Stock and Susan Birkenhead's musical "Triumph of Love" closes at Royale Theater, NYC, after 85 performances
  • Jan 11 "Proposals" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 76 performances
  • Jan 12 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Eagles; Fleetwood Mac; Mamas and Papas; Lloyd Price; Santana; Gene Vincent; "Jelly Roll" Morton; and Allen Toussaint
  • Jan 13 "Patti LaBelle On Broadway" opens at St James Theater NYC
  • Jan 18 Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens, and Terrence McNally's musical "Ragtime" opens at Ford Theater, NYC; runs for 834 performances
  • Jan 25 Musical "Grease" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 1,503 performance
  • Jan 25 "Patti LaBelle On Broadway" closes at St James Theater NYC
  • Jan 26 25th American Music Awards: Spice Girls & Babyface win
  • Jan 29 "Capeman," opens at Marquis Theater NYC
  • Jan 29 Singers Bobby Brown found guiilty of DWI in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Jan 30 Paul Simon's musical "The Capeman" premieres at the Marquis Theatre, NYC; runs for 68 performances
  • Feb 1 "Street Corner Symphony" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 79 performances
  • Feb 12 "Freak" opens at Cort Theater NYC

Music History

Feb 18 Andrea Bocelli makes his operatic debut as Rodolfo in "La bohème" at the Teatro Comunale in Cagliari

  • Feb 22 "King & I" closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 781 performances

Knighthood

Feb 24 Elton John knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London

Music History

Feb 25 Pamela Lee has husband Tommy Lee arrested on battery charges

  • Feb 25 40th Grammy Awards: "Sunny Came Home" best song, Paula Cole best new artist
  • Feb 28 "View From the Bridge" closes at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Mar 1 "Art" opens at Royale Theater NYC

Music History

Mar 9 Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment signs then unknown rapper Eminem

  • Mar 12 "The Sound of Music" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC

Music History

Mar 15 Revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's "Cabaret", starring Alan Cumming and Natasha Richardson, opens at Club Expo Theater, NYC; runs for 2,377 performances and wins 4 Tony Awardses

Music Awards

Apr 22 33rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and George Strait win

  • May 9 43rd Eurovision Song Contest: Dana International for Israel wins singing "Diva" in Birmingham
  • May 19 Rapper DMX releases his debut studio album"It's Dark and Hell Is Hot", debuts at No. 1 Billboard 2000 Chart

Music City News Awards

Jun 15 32nd Music City News Country Awards: Neal McCoy, Lorrie Morgan & Billy Ray Cyrus win

  • Jun 21 "Don't Be Cruel" second studio album by Bobby Brown is released (Grammy Award Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, 1990)

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 26 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Primal Scream, Blur, and Pulp headline; other performers include Bob Dylan, Tony Bennett, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Tori Amos, The Foo Fighters, and Hothouse Flowers

Music Single

Aug 3 Irish band Boyzone release their best-selling single "No Matter What" composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman

Album Release

Aug 25 "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" debut album by Lauryn Hill is released (5 Grammy Awards including Album of the Year, Billboard Album of the Year 1998)

  • Sep 23 32nd Country Music Association Award: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood & George Strait win

Album Release

Sep 29 Mercury Records releases Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach's collaborative album "Painted from Memory"

Album Release

Sep 29 Reprise Records releases "Taming The Tiger", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 16th studio album

Farm Aid Concert

Oct 3 Farm Aid 11 held in Tinley Park, Illinois; performers include Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Phish, Steve Earle, Wilco, and Del McCoury Band

Music Single

Oct 23 Britney Spears releases her debut single "Baby One More Time"

  • Oct 31 American jam band Phish performs The Velvet Underground's "Rock and Roll" as a musical costume during a show at the Thomas & Mack Center at the University of Nevada in Paradise, Nevada
  • Nov 3 "400 Degreez" 3rd studio album by Juvenile is released (Billboard no. 1 year end Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums 1999)

Music History

Nov 17 Whitney Houston releases "My Love is Your Love"

Album Release

Nov 17 Mariah Carey releases album "#1's"