1996 in music
1995 in music,
other events of 1996,
1997 in music and the
list of 'years in music'.
- January 16 - Jamaican authorities open fire on Jimmy Buffett's seaplane, mistaking it for a drug trafficker's plane. U2 singer Bono was also on the plane, but neither singer was injured.
- January 18 - Lisa Marie Presley files for divorce from Michael Jackson.
- January 28 - Chris Isaak makes a guest appearance on the television show Friends.
- January 29 - Garth Brooks refuses to accept his American Music Award[?] for "Favorite Overall Artist". Brooks says that Hootie and the Blowfish had done more for music that year than he did.
- February 4 - Former Milli-Vanilli member Rob Pilatus[?] is hospitalized when a man hits him over the head with a baseball bat in Hollywood, California. Pilatus was attempting to steal the man's car.
- February 14 - The Artist Formerly Known As Prince marries backup singer Mayte Garcia[?]
- February 20 - Snoop Doggy Dogg and his bodyguard are acquitted of first degree murder. The jury deadlocks on voluntary manslaughter charges and a mistrial is declared.
- March 13 - Ramones fans riot in Buenos Aires, Argentina after waiting all night for concert tickets only to find out that the show had been sold out.
- March 18 - The Sex Pistols announce that they are reuniting for a 20th anniversary tour.
- March 28 - Phil Collins announces that he is leaving Genesis to focus on his solo career.
- April 3 - M.C. Hammer files for bankruptcy.
- April 4 - The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir[?] and Jerry Garcia's widow, Deborah, scatter part of Garcia's ashes in the Ganges River in India.
- April 15 - The remaining part of Jerry Garcia's ashes are scattered near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California.
- April 24 - This Train[?], Rick Elias, Jimmy A, Phil Keaggy, Carolyn Arends[?], Third Day[?] & Ashley Cleveland[?] perform a tribute concert for Rich Mullins at Nashville's Cafe Milano. Speakers included Reunion Records[?] executive Terry Hemmings[?], record producer Reed Arvin, disc jockey Jon Rivers[?], & author Brennan Manning.
- May 8 - In Los Angeles, California, a judge rules against Tommy Lee and wife actress Pamela Anderson Lee in their attempt to keep Penthouse magazine from publishing still photos taken from an X-rated home movie which was stolen from their home.
- June - The Offspring records Ixnay On The Hombre, which will be a blockbuster album on February 4, 1997.
- July - The Smashing Pumpkins drummer, Jimmy Chaimberland[?], is arrested for possession of a controlled substance. The remaining members of the Smashing Pumpkins fire Chaimberland because they said his "insidious battle with drugs and alcohol" had nearly ruined everything for the band.
- Sheryl Crow's self titled album is banned from Wal-Mart stores because of the lyric "Watch out sister, watch out brother/watch our children while they kill each other/with a gun they bought at Wal-Mart Discount Stores".
- Dashboard Confessional[?] forms
- Linkin Park forms
- Orgy's forms
- Coal Chamber's career begins
- Jay-Z's musical career begins
- Poison reunites
- Singer Tori Amos is sued when a man crashes his car after being distracted by a billboard advertising her album; the billboard featured a photo of Amos breastfeeding a piglet.
- Amos's single "Caught a Lite Sneeze" becomes the first song offered as a free digital download by a major record label.
- February 20 - Toru Takemitsu, composer
- March 4 - Minnie Pearl[?] (84)
- March 15 - Olga Rudge[?] (101), violinist
- March 22 - Don Murray[?], The Turtles
- April 18 - Bernard Edwards[?], Chic, pneumonia
- June 15 - Ella Fitzgerald, jazz singer
- July 17 - Marcel Dadi[?] 45, French country and western guitarist died in the crash of TWA flight 800
- July 29 - Jason Thirsk[?], bass member of Pennywise
- August 13 - David Tudor, pianist and composer
- September 13 - Tupac Shakur, rapper, poet, actor
- November 30 - Tiny Tim, musician