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1991 in music

List of notable events in music that took place in the year 1991.

Contents

January–March

  • 15 January – A new all-star rendition of the John Lennon song "Give Peace a Chance" is released, featuring Yoko Ono, Lenny Kravitz, Peter Gabriel, Alannah Myles, Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt and many more, billed as "The Peace Choir". The single has been rushed to market in response to the imminent Gulf War.
  • 16 January – The sixth annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is held in New York. The event goes forward despite a tense atmosphere due to the President's announcement of the Gulf War the same evening. The inductees are Ike & Tina Turner, Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, LaVern Baker, The Byrds, The Impressions, Wilson Pickett and Howlin' Wolf.
  • 18 January – Three people are crushed to death during an AC/DC concert in Salt Lake City, Utah, when audience members rush the stage.
  • 18–27 January – The massive nine-day festival Rock in Rio II is held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The headliners are Prince, INXS, Guns N' Roses, New Kids on the Block, George Michael and Happy Mondays.
  • 19 January – Janet Jackson with seventh single from Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814, "Love Will Never Do (Without You)", making her the only artist to have seven singles from the same album chart in the top five.
  • 27 January – Whitney Houston sings "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl. The recording is then released and becomes a hit single.
  • 31 January – DJ Magazine is founded.
  • 27 February – James Brown is granted an early parole and released from jail, following his arrest after a high-speed car chase through two states in 1989. Pop Will Eat Itself documented the affair with their song, "Not Now James, We're Busy".
  • 28 February – Hollywood's Record Plant Studios recording studio closes down. Among the albums recorded at the Record Plant were The Eagles' Hotel California, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours and Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life.
  • 11 March – Janet Jackson signs a $30 million (US) contract with Virgin Records, making her the highest paid female recording artist ever.
  • 16 March – Seven members of country music singer Reba McEntire's band and her road manager are killed when their private plane crashes in California, near the U.S.-Mexico border. McEntire travels on a separate plane.
  • 20 March
  • Michael Jackson signs a contract with Sony for 1 billion dollars.
  • Eric Clapton's four-year-old son, Conor, dies after falling 49 stories from a New York City apartment window, which would inspire Clapton to write the hit single "Tears in Heaven".
  • 24 March – The Black Crowes are dropped as the opening act of ZZ Top's tour for repeatedly insulting the tour's sponsor, Miller Beer.
  • 27 March – New Kids on the Block star Donnie Wahlberg is arrested in Louisville, Kentucky for allegedly setting his hotel room on fire.
  • 28 March – George Harrison, Phil Collins and others attend funeral services for Eric Clapton's late son, Conor.
  • April–June

  • 28 April – Bonnie Raitt marries actor Michael O'Keefe in New York.
  • 4 May – The Eurovision Song Contest 1991 is held in Rome, Italy and, after a highly controversial voting segment, Sweden's Fångad av en stormvind by Carola is declared the winner.
  • 7 May – In Macon, Georgia, a judge dismisses a wrongful death lawsuit against Ozzy Osbourne. The suit was filed by a local couple that believed their son was inspired to attempt suicide by Osbourne's music.
  • 10 May – Truth or Dare, a documentary chronicling singer Madonna's 1990 Blond Ambition Tour, is released to theatres.
  • 24 May – Guns N' Roses kick off their 26 months world Use Your Illusion Tour in Alpine Valley in East Troy.
  • 25 May – The Billboard 200 album chart starts incorporating electronically monitored sales data provided by Nielsen SoundScan, thus beginning what chart aficionados tag as the "SoundScan era".
  • 28 May – The Smashing Pumpkins releases their debut album Gish, establishing the band as one of the most important of the alternative scene.
  • 7 June – ABC revives the late-night rock performance series In Concert.
  • 21 June – The Mérida State Symphony Orchestra is founded in Venezuela.
  • 28 June – Paul McCartney's classical composition, the Liverpool Oratorio, receives its première at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.
  • July–September

  • 2 July
  • Launch of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music.
  • During the Use Your Illusion Tour, Axl Rose assaults a member of the audience watching the show on camera, after security fails to respond to the singer's orders to confiscate the camera. After the attack, Rose angrily stomps off stage saying, "Thanks to the lame-ass security, I'm goin' home!"
  • 13 July – Pianist Keith Jarrett records his Vienna Concert at the Vienna Staatsoper.
  • 18 July – Perry Farrell launches the first Lollapalooza tour as a farewell for his just-dissolved band, Jane's Addiction. Other acts appearing on the tour include Siouxsie and the Banshees, Nine Inch Nails, Rollins Band, Fishbone and Rage Against The Machine.
  • 12 August – Metallica releases their most successful album, Metallica (also called "The Black Album"). Something of a departure from the thrash metal sound they helped pioneer, it becomes one of the best-selling albums of all time
  • 15 August – Paul Simon's Concert in the Park takes place in Central Park. The free concert is broadcast live on HBO.
  • 20 August – The six-day International Pop Underground Convention opens in Olympia, Washington.
  • 27 August
  • Pearl Jam releases their debut album, Ten. While initially slow to sell, it became No. 2 on the Billboard charts within a year and has since become certified thirteen times Platinum in the United States.
  • Dr. Dre pleads no contest to charges that he beat up a woman at a West Hollywood nightclub. Dr. Dre is sentenced to 24 months probation.
  • 3 September - Primal Scream releases Screamadelica.
  • 17 September – Rock band Guns N' Roses release their first full length follow up to their debut album Appetite for Destruction in the form of the double album Use Your Illusion I & Use Your Illusion II. Both go on to sell a combined excess of 1.3 million on their first week of sale in the USA alone.
  • 23 September - Bryan Adams releases his sixth album Waking up the Neighbours produced by Mutt Lange, achieving diamond status in his native Canada for the second time.
  • 24 September – Seattle-based band Nirvana releases their second album Nevermind, that in the beginning of 1992 replaces Michael Jackson's album Dangerous at number one on the Billboard charts. Nevermind would then make the Grunge movement explode and become one of the most famous rock albums of all time. It is considered the emblem of the Generation X. Blood Sugar Sex Magik, the Red Hot Chili Peppers album, was also released on this date. The hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest also released their second album, The Low End Theory, on this day.
  • October–December

  • 3 November – A free tribute concert is held at Golden Gate Park in memory of concert promoter Bill Graham, killed in a helicopter crash three weeks earlier at the age of 60. Performers include Santana, Grateful Dead, Journey and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
  • 7 November
  • Bryan Adams's 16-week stay at the top of the UK Singles Chart with "Everything I Do (I Do It For You)" is finally ended by U2 single "The Fly", having already set a new record for the longest consecutive stay at the top of the UK Singles Chart.
  • Izzy Stradlin quits Guns N' Roses.
  • Frank Zappa's children, Dweezil and Moon, announce to an audience in New York that their father is unable to attend the tribute concert to his music because he is seriously ill with prostate cancer.
  • 14 November – The new Michael Jackson music video "Black or White" premieres simultaneously in 27 different countries to an audience of 500 million people. Controversy is immediately generated by the video's last four minutes in which Jackson smashes windows, vandalizes a car and causes a building to explode, as well as suggestively grabs his crotch repeatedly while dancing.
  • 19 November
  • U2 releases album Achtung Baby.
  • Luis Miguel releases Romance which revitalized the popularity of boleros in the 1990s.
  • 24 November – Freddie Mercury, lead singer of Queen, dies from AIDS-related complications at the age of 45. The same day, Eric Carr, formerly of KISS, also dies from complications of heart cancer.
  • 26 November – Michael Jackson releases his worldwide hit album Dangerous.
  • 30 November – Following in the steps of the Billboard 200, the Billboard Hot 100 also begins a new era by incorporating and merging electronically measured sales and airplay data from SoundScan and BDS respectively.
  • 1 December
  • A Carnegie Hall Christmas Concert, featuring Kathleen Battle and Frederica von Stade, a jazz band led by Wynton Marsalis, and orchestra and chorus conducted by André Previn, is recorded for television.
  • George Harrison plays Yokohama, Japan. The brief Japanese tour with Eric Clapton marks his first set of formal concert performances since 1974.
  • 4 December – The Judds give their final concert performance as a duo.
  • 31 December – The twentieth annual New Year's Rockin' Eve special airs on ABC, with appearances by Boyz II Men, Simply Red, Vanessa L. Williams, Another Bad Creation, Restless Heart, Michael Bivins and Barry Manilow.
  • Also in 1991

  • Aerosmith signs a new deal with Sony Music worth an estimated $30 million.
  • The Rolling Stones sign a new contract with Virgin Records.
  • Country music legend Kenny Rogers starts his restaurant chain, "Kenny Rogers Roasters".
  • Tupac Shakur's solo career begins with his first album, 2Pacalypse Now. Six-year-old Qa'id Walker-Teal is shot dead by a stray bullet during a confrontation between Tupac's entourage and a rival group.
  • Approximate date – Mangue Bit is originated in Recife, Brazil.
  • Bands formed

  • See Musical groups established in 1991
  • Bands disbanded

  • See Musical groups disestablished in 1991
  • Bands reformed

  • The Knack
  • Procol Harum
  • Biggest hit singles

    The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1991.

    Top hits

  • "3 a.m. Eternal" – The KLF (#1 FIN, UK, #3 GER)
  • "À nos actes manqués" – Fredericks, Goldman, Jones (#8 FR)
  • "Addams Groove" – MC Hammer (#4 IRL, UK)
  • "Alive" – Pearl Jam (#9 AUS)
  • "All the Man That I Need" – Whitney Houston (#1 US, CAN)
  • "All This Time" – Sting (#1 CAN, #5 US, #7 NOR)
  • "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" - Monty Python (#1 IRL, #2 AUS, #3 GER, UK)
  • "Always There" - Incognito & Jocelyn Brown (#6 UK, #2 NLD. #8 SWI)
  • "Any Dream Will Do" - Jason Donovan (#1 UK)
  • "Baby Baby" – Amy Grant (#1 US, #2 CAN, NZ, UK)
  • "Bacardi Feeling (Summer Dreamin')" - Kate Yanai (#1 AUT, GER, #2 SWI)
  • "Baila Me" – Gipsy Kings (#5 NLD, #7 BE, #10 AUT)
  • "Beauty and the Beast" – Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson (#2 CAN, #8 NZ, #9 US)
  • "Buenos Amigos" - Alvaro Torres & Selena (#1 US Latin)
  • "The Big L." – Roxette (#9 IRL, #10 SWE)
  • "Black or White" - Michael Jackson
  • "Bohemian Rhapsody" – Queen (#1 UK, IRL, NLD, #5 AUS)
  • "Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter" – Iron Maiden (#1 UK, FIN, #5 IRL)
  • "Calling Elvis" – Dire Straits (#1 POL, #2 BE, NOR, SWI)
  • "Can't Stop This Thing We Started" – Bryan Adams (#1 CAN, #2 NLD, US)
  • "Can't Let Go" – Mariah Carey (#2 US, #3 CAN)
  • "Caribbean Blue" – Enya (#8 IRL)
  • "Change" – Lisa Stansfield (#2 IT, #6 SP, #7 NLD)
  • "Chorus" – Erasure (#1 ARG, SING, #3 UK)
  • "Colour of Love" – Snap! (#3 IT, #4 AUT, SWI, #6 SWE)
  • "Coming Out of the Dark" – Gloria Estefan (#1 US, CAN, SP, #4 JAP)
  • "Crazy" – Seal (#1 BE, NLD, SWE, SWI)
  • "Cream" – Prince (#1 US, #2 AUS, #3 NOR, SWI)
  • "Crucified" – Army of Lovers (#1 BE, #2 NLD, #3 AUT)
  • "Cry for Help" – Rick Astley (#4 CAN, #7 UK, US)
  • "Danca Tago-Mago" - Kaoma
  • "Deep, Deep Trouble" – The Simpsons (#1 IRL, #7 UK, #10 NZ)
  • "Désenchantée" – Mylène Farmer (#1 FR, #9 CAN)
  • "Dizzy" – Vic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff (#1 UK)
  • "Do the Bartman" – The Simpsons (#1 AUS, IRL, NZ, NOR, UK)
  • "Do You Remember?" – Phil Collins (#4 US)
  • "Do Anything" – Natural Selection (#2 US)
  • "Don't Cry" – Guns N' Roses (#1 FIN, IRL, #2 NZ, NOR)
  • "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" – George Michael & Elton John (#1 CAN, FR, IT, NLD, NOR, SWI, UK, US)
  • "Emotions" – Mariah Carey (#1 CAN, US, #3 NZ)
  • "Enter Sandman" – Metallica (#1 FIN, #2 NOR, #4 POL, #5 UK)
  • "Esperança do Natal" - Chico & Roberta (#3 FR)
  • "Every Heartbeat" – Amy Grant (#2 US, #7 CAN)
  • "Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)" – Rozalla (#2 BE, CAN, NLD, SP, #3 SWI, #6 GER, SWE, UK)
  • "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" - Bryan Adams
  • "Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)" - Roxette
  • "Finally" – CeCe Peniston (#2 UK, #5 US, IRL, #6 NLD)
  • "The Fly" – U2 (#1 AUS, IRL, NZ, NOR, SP, UK)
  • "From a Distance" – Bette Midler (#6 UK, #8 AUS)
  • "Future Love Paradise" - Seal (#6 NLD, #7 SWI, #8 IRL, #9 NOR)
  • "Get Here" – Oleta Adams (#5 UK, US)
  • "Get Ready for This" – 2 Unlimited (#2 AUS, SP, UK, #3 IRL)
  • "Gett Off" – Prince (#4 UK, #8 AUS)
  • "G.L.A.D" - Kim Appleby
  • "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" – C+C Music Factory (#3 US)
  • "Good Vibrations" – Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch (#1 US, #1 SWI, #2 NOR)
  • "The Grease Megamix" - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (#1 AUS, SP, #3 NLD, UK)
  • "Give it Away" – Red Hot Chili Peppers (#9 UK)
  • "Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)" – Crystal Waters (#1 NLD, IT, SP, SWI)
  • "Here We Go (Let's Rock & Roll)" – C+C Music Factory (#3 US, #4 SP, #9 NZ)
  • "Hold You Tight" – Tara Kemp (#3 US)
  • "I Adore Mi Amor – Color Me Badd (#1 US, #8 CAN, NZ)
  • "I Don't Wanna Cry" – Mariah Carey (#1 US, #2 CAN)
  • "I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)" – Hi-Five (#1 US)
  • "I Love Your Smile" – Shanice (#1 NLD, #2 CAN, US, UK)
  • "Innuendo" – Queen (#1 UK, #3 SWI, #4 NLD, IRL, IT)
  • "I Touch Myself" – Divinyls (#1 AUS, #4 US, #8 IRL)
  • "I Wanna Sex You Up" – Color Me Badd (#1 NZ, UK, #2 US)
  • "I Wonder Why" - Curtis Stigers (#5 UK, #9 US)
  • "It Ain't Over 'til It's Over" – Lenny Kravitz (#2 CAN, US)
  • "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" – Boyz II Men (#2 US)
  • "I've Been Thinking About You" – Londonbeat (#1 AUS, AUT, BE, CAN, FIN, GER, IT, NLD, SP, SWE, SWI, US)
  • "Joyride" - Roxette
  • "Just A Groove" - Nomad (#6 NLD, #10 BE, SWI)
  • "Just the Way It Is, Baby – The Rembrandts (#6 GER, #9 AUT, FR)
  • "Kiss Them for Me" - T'Pau (#1 UK, #2 US)
  • "Last Train to Trancentral" – The KLF
  • "Learning to Fly" – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (#1 FIN, #2 UK, NLD, #4 GER, NOR)
  • "Let's Talk About Sex" – Salt-n-Pepa (#1 AUS, AUT, BE, NLD, SWI)
  • "Let There Be Love" – Simple Minds (#4 NLD, #5 IRL, #6 UK)
  • "Losing My Religion" - R.E.M.
  • "Love and Understanding" – Cher (#6 AUT, #7 IRL, #9 BE, NLD)
  • "Love Is a Wonderful Thing" - Michael Bolton (#2 CAN, #4 US)
  • "Love... Thy Will Be Done" – Martika (#1 AUS, #4 NZ, #7 CAN)
  • "Love to Hate You" – Erasure (#4 FIN, SWE, UK, #5 IRL, #6 AUT)
  • "Mea Culpa (Part II)" - Enigma (#4 FR, #7 GER, IT, SP)
  • "Mega Mix" - Snap! (#5 NLD, SWI, #7 NZ, #10 SP)
  • "More Than Words" – Extreme (#1 BE, CAN, NLD, NZ, US)
  • "The Motown Song" – Rod Stewart (#1 CAN, #10 US)
  • "Motownphilly" – Boyz II Men (#3 US)
  • "Move Any Mountain" - The Shamen (#4 UK, SWI, #5 FIN, #8 BE)
  • "Move That Body" – Technotronic (#3 IRL, #10 SWI)
  • "Mysterious Ways" – U2 (#1 IRL, #3 AUS, NZ)
  • "No Son of Mine" – Genesis (#1 CAN, #3 GER, #4 NOR)
  • "Now That We Found Love" – Heavy D & the Boyz (#2 NL, SWE, UK, #4 GER, SWI)
  • "O.P.P." – Naughty by Nature (#4 CAN, #6 SWI, US)
  • "Obsession" – Army of Lovers (#2 SWE, #5 FIN, SWI, #7 GER)
  • "The One and Only" – Chesney Hawkes (#1 UK, AUT, #2 SWE)
  • "One More Try" – Timmy T (#1 US, #2 NLD, #5 SWE)
  • "Qui a le droit... (live)" – Patrick Bruel (#1 FR)
  • "Pandora's Box" – OMD (#7 AUT, SWE, UK)
  • "Piece of My Heart" – Tara Kemp (#7 US)
  • "Place In This World" - Michael W. Smith (#6 US)
  • "Promise Me" – Beverley Craven (#2 BE, #3 UK, #6 FR)
  • "Radio Song" – R.E.M. (#5 IRL)
  • "Ride Like the Wind" - East Side Beat (#3 UK, #4 BE, IRL, #6 NLD)
  • "Right Here, Right Now" – Jesus Jones (#2 US)
  • "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)" – De La Soul (#1 FIN, SWI, #2 NLD)
  • "Rescue Me" – Madonna (#3 UK, IRL, #9 US)
  • "Rhythm of My Heart" – Rod Stewart (#1 CAN, IRL, #2 AUT)
  • "Romantic" – Karyn White (#1 US)
  • "Rush" – Big Audio Dynamite II (#1 AUS, NZ)
  • "Rush Rush" – Paula Abdul (#1 CAN, US, #2 AUS)
  • "Saga Africa" – Yannick Noah (#2 FR)
  • "Sailing on the Seven Seas" – OMD (#3 UK, #9 GER)
  • "Saltwater" - Julian Lennon (#6 UK)
  • "Secret Love" - Bee Gees (#2 AUT, GER, #5 BE, UK)
  • "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" – P.M. Dawn (#1 NZ, US)
  • "Senza una donna" – Zucchero & Paul Young (#1 BE, IT, NOR, SWE)
  • "Send Me An Angel" – Scorpions (#3 POL, #4 NLD, SWE, #5 GER)
  • "Shiny Happy People" – R.E.M. (#2 IRL, #5 CAN, #6 UK)
  • "Shocked" - Kylie Minogue (#1 SLO, #2 IRL, #6 SA, UK)
  • "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" – Cher (#1 AUT, IRL, NOR, UK)
  • "Should I Stay or Should I Go" – The Clash (#1 UK, #2 IRL, NZ, #3 BE, NLD, NOR, POL)
  • "The Show Must Go On" – Queen (#2 FR, #3 POL, #7 GER, NLD)
  • "Sit Down" – James (#2 UK)
  • "Smells Like Teen Spirit" – Nirvana (#1 BE, FR, NZ, SP, #2 GER, NOR)
  • "Someday" – Mariah Carey (#1 CAN, US)
  • "Something Got Me Started" – Simply Red (#5 AUT, NLD, IT, #6 SWI)
  • "Spending My Time" – Roxette (#9 GER, IT)
  • "Stars" – Simply Red (#8 UK)
  • "Strike It Up" – Black Box (#4 NLD, #8 IRL, US)
  • "Summertime" – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (#4 US, #5 NZ)
  • "That's What Love Is For" – Amy Grant (#7 US)
  • "The Promise of a New Day" - Paula Abdul (#1 US, CAN)
  • "There's No Other Way" – Blur (#8 UK)
  • "There Will Never Be Another Tonight" – Bryan Adams (#2 CAN)
  • "These Are the Days of Our Lives" – Queen
  • "Things That Make You Go Hmmm..." – C+C Music Factory (#2 NZ, #4 UK, US)
  • "Too Legit to Quit" – MC Hammer (#4 NZ, #5 US, #6 UK)
  • "Touch Me (All Night Long)" – Cathy Dennis (#2 US, #5 UK, #9 CAN)
  • "Twist and Shout" – Deacon Blue (#10 UK)
  • "Unbelievable" – EMF (#1 US, #3 SWI, UK)
  • "Under the Bridge" – Red Hot Chili Peppers (#1 AUS, BE, NLD, #2 NZ)
  • "Unfinished Sympathy" - Massive Attack (#1 NLD, #9 SWI)
  • "Unforgettable - Natalie Cole & Nat King Cole (#2 AUS, #7 NZ, #10 IRL)
  • "The Unforgiven" – Metallica (#2 GR, #9 POL)
  • "Walking in Memphis" – Marc Cohn (#7 IRL)
  • "We Should Be Together" – Cliff Richard (#9 IRL, #10 UK)
  • "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby" – John Farnham + Jimmy Barnes (#3 AUS, #6 NZ)
  • "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" - Diana Ross (#1 IRL, #2 UK)
  • "What Time Is Love?" – The KLF (#5 UK, #6 GER)
  • "What Comes Naturally" – Sheena Easton (#3 AUS)
  • "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" – Celine Dion (#4 NOR, US, #6 CAN)
  • "Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You)" – Pet Shop Boys (#2 FIN, IRL, SP, #3 SWI, #4 UK)
  • "Wind of Change" - Scorpions
  • "You" – Ten Sharp (#1 FR, NOR, SWE)
  • "You Could Be Mine" – Guns N' Roses (#1 FIN, IRL, NZ, SP)
  • Top best albums of the year

    All albums have been named albums of the year for their hits in the charts.

    1. Nirvana – Nevermind
    2. Pearl Jam – Ten
    3. My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
    4. U2 – Achtung Baby
    5. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik
    6. Metallica – Metallica
    7. Primal Scream – Screamadelica
    8. Slint – Spiderland
    9. A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory
    10. Massive Attack – Blue Lines
    11. Talk Talk - Laughing Stock
    12. Michael Jackson – Dangerous

    Published popular music

  • "Dreamland" w. Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman m. Dave Grusin
  • "Look Around" w. Betty Comden & Adolph Green m. Cy Coleman from the musical The Will Rogers Follies
  • Classical music

  • John Corigliano – Symphony No. 1
  • George Crumb – Easter Dawning for carillon
  • Mario Davidovsky – Simple Dances for flute, two percussion, piano, and cello
  • Joël-François Durand – un feu distinct for flute, clarinet, piano, violin and cello
  • Lorenzo Ferrero
  • Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
  • Parodia, for chamber ensemble
  • Zaubermarsch, for small orchestra
  • Sofia Gubaidulina
  • Gerade und ungerade (Чет и нечет) for seven percussionists, including cymbalom
  • Silenzio for bayan, violin, and cello
  • Angelo Gilardino
  • Musica per l'Angelo della Melancholia, for guitar
  • Variazioni sulla Fortuna, for guitar
  • Karel Goeyvaerts
  • Opbouw (Construction), for orchestra
  • De Zang van Aquarius, version for symphony orchestra
  • Jan Klusák – Stesk po Mozartovi
  • Ulrich Leyendecker – Symphony No. 3
  • Witold Lutosławski – Chantefleurs et Chantefables
  • Kaija Saariaho – ...à la Fumée
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen –
  • Elufa, for flute and basset horn, with electronic music ad lib., 9. ex Nr. 64
  • Freia, for flute ex 9½ Nr. 64
  • Joan Tower – Concerto for Orchestra
  • Opera

  • John Adams – The Death of Klinghoffer, first performance on 19 March at the Théatre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels, Belgium
  • Harrison Birtwistle – Gawain, first performance on 30 May at the Royal Opera House, London
  • Daniel Catán – Rappaccini’s Daughter (La hija de Rappaccini)
  • John Corigliano – The Ghosts of Versailles
  • Meredith Monk – Atlas
  • Musical theater

  • Miss Saigon (Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil) – Broadway production opened at the Broadway Theatre on 11 April and ran for 4097 performances
  • The Secret Garden – Broadway production opened at the St. James Theatre on 25 April and ran for 706 performances
  • Song of Singapore – off-Broadway production opened at the Irving Plaza on 7 May and ran for 459 performances
  • Will Rogers Follies – Broadway production opened at the Palace Theatre on 1 May and ran for 983 performances
  • Musical films

  • Beauty and the Beast (animated feature)
  • The Commitments
  • The Five Heartbeats
  • For the Boys
  • Kilukkam
  • Stepping Out
  • Stones at the Max
  • El Acompañamiento
  • Thalapathi
  • Births

  • 9 January - 3LAU, American DJ and producer
  • 12 January – Pixie Lott, British singer
  • 28 January – CJ Harris, American singer
  • 1 February – Martha Heredia, Dominican singer
  • 10 February – Ceng De Ping, Taiwanese singer
  • 11 February – Never Shout Never (Christofer Ingle), American musician
  • 12 February – Casey Abrams, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 17 February – Ed Sheeran, British singer-songwriter
  • 4 March – Diandra Newlin, American actress, singer, and model
  • 6 March – Tyler, The Creator, American rapper and record producer
  • 8 March – Devon Werkheiser, American actor and musician
  • 11 March – Qian Lin, Chinese singer
  • 16 March – Wolfgang Van Halen, American bassist
  • 28 March – Amy Bruckner, American actress and singer
  • 3 April – Hayley Kiyoko, actress, singer and dancer
  • 8 April – Andrea Ross, American singer and actress
  • 10 April – Amanda Michalka, American singer and actress
  • 15 April – Daiki Arioka, Japanese singer (Hey! Say! JUMP)
  • 18 April – Joey Gaydos, American actor and guitarist
  • 28 April – Aleisha Allen, American actress and singer
  • 17 May – Daniel Curtis Lee, American actor and rapper
  • 19 May – Jordan Pruitt, American singer
  • 23 May – Lena Meyer-Landrut, German singer
  • 24 May – Erika Umeda, Japanese singer
  • 27 May – Channii, Dutch singer-songwriter
  • 29 May – Kristen Alderson, American actress and singer
  • 31 May – Azealia Banks, American rapper, singer and songwriter
  • 16 June – Joe McElderry, British singer
  • 23 June – Katie Armiger, American singer
  • 28 June – Seohyun, member of South Korean pop girl group Girls' Generation
  • 9 July – Mitchel Musso, American actor and musician
  • 10 July – María Chacón, Mexican actress and singer
  • 12 July - Dexter Roberts, American singer
  • 17 July - Mann, American rapper
  • 29 July – Miki Ishikawa, American actress and singer
  • 30 July – Diana Vickers, British singer
  • 13 August – Dave Days, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 21 August – Tess Gaerthé, Dutch singer and actress
  • 9 September – Hunter Hayes, American country singer
  • 4 October – Nicolai Kielstrup, Danish singer
  • 15 October – Gabriella Cilmi, Australian singer-songwriter
  • 17 October – Brenda Asnicar, Argentine actress and singer
  • 31 October – Jordan-Claire Green, American actress and musician
  • 22 November – Saki Shimizu, Japanese singer
  • 25 November – Kevin Woo, American-South Korean singer and dancer (U-KISS and Xing)
  • 7 December – Dori Sakurada, Japanese actor and singer
  • 13 December – Jay Greenberg, American composer
  • 19 December – Declan Galbraith, British singer
  • 24 December – Louis Tomlinson, British singer in the band One Direction
  • Deaths

  • 1 January – Buck Ram, American singer and songwriter (The Platters), 83
  • 8 January – Steve Clark, guitarist of Def Leppard, 30 (overdose of codeine)
  • 14 January – Chitragupta, film composer, 73
  • 20 January – Stan Szelest American keyboard player (The Band), 47
  • 6 February – Danny Thomas, singer and actor, 79
  • 9 February – James Cleveland, gospel singer, 59
  • 13 February – Flaviano Labò, operatic tenor, 64
  • 17 February – Gitta Alpár, operatic soprano, 88
  • 20 February – Isabelle Delorme, pianist, composer and music teacher, 90
  • 21 February – Margot Fonteyn, ballerina, 71
  • 26 February – Slim Gaillard, jazz musician, 75
  • 2 March – Serge Gainsbourg, singer and songwriter, 62 (heart attack)
  • 13 March – Jimmy McPartland, 83, jazz musician
  • 14 March
  • Jerome Doc Pomus, songwriter, 65
  • Howard Ashman, lyricist, 40 (AIDS-related)
  • 15 March – Bud Freeman, jazz musician, 84
  • 18 March – Dezider Kardoš, Slovak composer, 76
  • 21 March – Leo Fender, inventor of the electric guitar, 81
  • 25 March – Eileen Joyce, pianist, 83
  • 1 April – Martha Graham, 96, American dancer and choreographer
  • 4 April – Louis Guglielmi, 75, French composer
  • 7 April
  • Henry Glover, American songwriter, producer and trumpet player, 69
  • Ruth Page, American dancer and choreographer, 92
  • 8 April – Per Yngve Ohlin, aka 'Dead', vocalist of Mayhem, 22 (suicide)
  • 13 April – Wilhelm Lanzky-Otto, horn virtuoso, 82
  • 17 April – Jack Yellen, 98, American lyricist
  • 18 April – Barry Rogers, 55, American jazz and salsa trombonist
  • 20 April – Steve Marriott, singer, songwriter and guitarist (Small Faces and Humble Pie), 44 (killed in house fire)
  • 21 April – Willi Boskovsky, conductor, 81
  • 23 April – Johnny Thunders, rock guitarist and singer, 38 (drug-related)
  • 26 April
  • Leo Arnaud, composer, 86
  • Carmine Coppola, flautist and composer, 80
  • 28 April – Ken Curtis, American singer and actor, 74
  • 29 April – Gonzaguinha, Brazilian singer and composer, 45 (car accident)
  • 3 May – Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Egyptian singer and composer (b. 1907)
  • 8 May
  • Jean Langlais, composer, 84
  • Rudolf Serkin, pianist, 88
  • 9 May? – Yanka Dyagileva, poet and singer, 24 (drowned)
  • 19 May – Odia Coates, singer, 49 (breast cancer)
  • 23 May – Wilhelm Kempff, pianist and composer, 95
  • 24 May
  • Dirk Schoufs, a member of Belgian Band Vaya Con Dios (AIDS-related)
  • Gene Clark, singer-songwriter (The Byrds), 46 (heart attack)
  • 27 May – Leopold Nowak, musicologist, 86
  • 1 June – David Ruffin, singer (The Temptations), 50 (overdose of cocaine)
  • 4 June – MC Trouble, rapper, 20 (epileptic seizure)
  • 6 June – Stan Getz, US saxophonist, 64
  • 9 June – Claudio Arrau, pianist, 88
  • 14 June – Joy Finzi, founder of the Finzi Trust, 84
  • 5 July – Camarón de la Isla, flamenco singer, 41 (lung cancer)
  • 6 July – Herminio Giménez, composer, 86
  • 11 July – Honorata de la Rama, singer, 89
  • 15 July – Bert Convy, American game show host, actor, and singer, 57 (brain tumor)
  • 28 August – Vince Taylor, rock and roll singer, 52 (cancer)
  • 4 September
  • Charlie Barnet, US bandleader, 77
  • Dottie West, American country singer, 58 (car accident)
  • 8 September – Alex North, composer, 80
  • 17 September
  • Zino Francescatti, violinist, 89
  • Rob Tyner, lead singer of MC5, 46 (heart attack)
  • 20 September – Tom Anderson, Shetland fiddler
  • 25 September – Sydney MacEwan, singer of traditional Scottish and Irish songs, 82
  • 28 September
  • Miles Davis, jazz trumpeter and composer, 65 (stroke)
  • Eugène Bozza, composer, 86
  • 6 October – Igor Talkov, Russian singer/songwriter, 34 (murdered)
  • 9 October – Roy Black, 48, singer and actor (heart failure)
  • 16 October – Ole Beich, guitarist and bassist, 36 (drowned)
  • 17 October – Tennessee Ernie Ford, country musician, 72
  • 25 October – Bill Graham, rock concert promoter, 60 (helicopter crash)
  • 27 October – Sir Andrzej Panufnik, Polish composer, 75
  • 31 October
  • Joseph Papp, Broadway producer, 70
  • Garvin Bushell, multi-instrumentalist
  • 2 November – Mort Shuman, songwriter, 54 (complications following a liver operation)
  • 3 November – Chris Bender, R&B singer, 19 (murdered)
  • 8 November – Frances Faye, singer, 79
  • 11 November – Morton Stevens, film composer, 62
  • 15 November – Jacques Morali, disco composer, 44 (AIDS)
  • 24 November
  • Freddie Mercury, singer, 45 (AIDS)
  • Eric Carr, drummer, 41 (cancer)
  • 10 December – Headman Shabalala, member of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, 46 (shot)
  • 13 December – Stuart Challender, conductor, 44 (AIDS-related)
  • 22 December - Édouard Woolley, tenor, actor, composer and music educator
  • Awards

  • Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees: Felice and Boudleaux Bryant
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees: LaVern Baker, The Byrds, John Lee Hooker, The Impressions, Wilson Pickett, Jimmy Reed and Ike and Tina Turner
  • 1991 Grammy Awards
  • 1991 MTV Video Music Awards
  • Eurovision Song Contest 1991
  • Kumar Sanu – Filmfare Best Male Playback Award
  • 33rd Japan Record Awards
  • References

    1991 in music Wikipedia


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