1988 in Music History

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Events in Music

Events 1 - 30 of 30

Jan 25th - 15th American Music Awards: Anita Baker, Paul Simon & Whitney Houston
Jan 25th - George Harrison releases "When We Was Fab"
Jan 26th - "Phantom of the Opera" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 4,000+ perfs
Mar 2nd - 30th Grammy Awards: Graceland, Joshua Tree, Jody Watley
Mar 17th - "Les Miserables" opens at Det Norske Teatret, Oslo
Mar 21st - 23rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Hank Williams Jr, Randy Travis, and Reba McEntire win
Mar 25th - "Les Miserables" opens at Chunichi Theatre, Nagoya, Japan
Mar 27th - Ice Dance Championship at Budapest won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)
Mar 30th - 2nd Soul Train Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston win
Apr 9th - "Les Miserables" opens at Umeda-Koma Theatre, Osaka
Apr 14th - "Mail" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 36 performances
Apr 18th - Barbra Streisand records "Warm All Over"
Apr 21st - Barbra Streisand records "You'll Never Know"
Apr 30th - 33rd Eurovision Song Contest: Celine Dion for Switzerland wins singing "Ne partez pas sans moi" in Dublin
Singer Celine DionSinger Celine Dion May 14th - "Mail" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 36 performances
May 21st - "Fat" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #99
Jun 1st - "Les Miserables" opens at Shubert Theatre, LA
Jun 4th - 42nd Tony Awards: M Butterfly & Phantom of the Opera win
Jun 6th - 22nd Music City News Country Awards: Randy Travis & Statler Brothers
Jun 13th - George Harrison releases "This is Love"
Jul 8th - Rockers Jonathan "Chico" & Robert DeBarge indicted on drug trafficking
Jul 8th - Stevie Wonder announces he will run for mayor of Detroit in 1992
Jul 9th - Jessye Norman begins recording Bizet's "Carmen"
Sep 7th - 5th MTV Video Music Awards: INXS wins
Sep 15th - "Les Miserables" opens at Raimund Theatre, Vienna
Sep 16th - Fish leaves rock group Marillion
Composer Georges BizetComposer Georges Bizet Oct 10th - 22nd Country Music Association Award: Highway 101, K T Oslin win
Oct 20th - "Les Miserables" opens at Forrest Theatre, Phila
Oct 22nd - Elton John sells out Madison Square Garden for a record 26th time
Nov 20th - "Les Miserables" opens a Bus & Truck tour in Tampa

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 50 of 50

Jan 5th - Pauline, French singer
Jan 7th - Haley Bennett, American Singer and Actress
Jan 8th - Adam T. Siska, American musician
Jan 14th - Jordy, French singer
Jan 14th - Mikalah Gordon, American singer
Jan 18th - Ronald Guglielmone Jr., American singer-songwriter
Jan 21st - William Johansson, Swedish composer
Jan 26th - Mia Rose, British-Portuguese singer
Feb 6th - Allison Holker, American dancer
Feb 7th - Ai Kago, Japanese singer
Feb 14th - Asia Nitollano, American dancer, Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll winner
Feb 14th - Quentin Mosimann, Swiss singer, winner of Star Academy France 7
Singer RihannaSinger Rihanna (Feb 20th) Feb 20th - Rihanna, Barbadian singer
Feb 28th - Markéta Irglová, Czech songwriter and actress
Mar 2nd - Keith Jack, British singer and actor
Apr 29th - Younha, Korean pop singer
May 2nd - Lara Liang, Taiwanese-American Singer
May 5th - Brooke Hogan, American singer
May 5th - Skye Sweetnam, Canadian singer and songwriter
May 5th - Adele [Adele Laurie Blue Adkins], English singer (Rolling in the Deep, Someone Like You), born in Tottenham, London,
May 7th - Natalie Mejia, member of the American R&B/Pop group Girlicious
May 24th - Billy Gilman, American singer
May 31st - Hope Partlow, American Singer
Jun 1st - Nami Tamaki, Japanese pop singer
Singer-songwriter AdeleSinger-songwriter Adele (May 5th) Jun 14th - Kevin Michael McHale, American singer
Jun 16th - Keshia Chante, Canadian singer
Jun 16th - Leeland Dayton Mooring, American musician (Leeland)
Jun 23rd - Isabella Leong Lok-Sze, Hong Kong singer, actress and model
Jun 28th - Lacey Schwimmer, American dancer
Jul 7th - Kaci Brown, American singer
Jul 12th - Melissa O'Neil, Canadian singer
Jul 20th - Julianne Hough, American ballroom dancer
Jul 28th - Ayla Brown, American singer
Aug 2nd - Brittany Hargest, American singer (Jump5)
Aug 14th - Shahd Barmada, Syrian singer
Aug 21st - Louise Setara, English singer-songwriter
Aug 21st - Paris Bennett, American singer and finalist on American Idol (season 5)
Aug 25th - Raymond Quinn, English singer
Sep 16th - Teddy Geiger, American singer
Sep 22nd - Bethany Dillon, American musician
Sep 26th - Mark Simpson, English clarinetist and composer
Sep 28th - Esmée Denters, Dutch singer
Sep 29th - Justin Nozuka, singer/songwriter
Oct 5th - Bahar Kızıl, German Singer (Monrose)
Oct 7th - Stacy DuPree, American musician (Eisley)
Oct 20th - Risa Niigaki, Japanese singer (Morning Musume)
Nov 28th - Christopher Stringini, American singer
Dec 14th - Vanessa Hudgens, American singer and actress
Dec 23rd - Eri Kamei, Japanese singer
Dec 30th - Leon Jackson, Scottish singer

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 56 of 56

Jan 29th - Bantcho Bantchevsky, US opera singer, commits suicide
Jan 29th - Rogier van Otterloo, Dutch composer/conductor, dies at 46
Feb 14th - Frederick Loewe, US composer (My Fair Lady), dies at 84
Feb 15th - Frederick [Fritz] Loewe, composer, dies
Feb 24th - Memphis Slim, [John Len Chatman] American blues musician ("Every Day I Have the Blues"), dies at 72
Mar 6th - Konstantin Iliev, composer, dies at 63
Mar 8th - Henryk Szeryng, Polish-born violinist (b. 1918)
Singer and TV Host Andy GibbSinger and TV Host Andy Gibb (Mar 10th) Mar 10th - Andy Gibb, singer, dies of heart infection at 30
Mar 10th - William Brocklesby Wordsworth, composer, dies at 79
Mar 17th - Nikolas Asimos, Greek counter-culture composer and singer (b. 1949)
Mar 20th - Gil Evans, Canadian/US jazz composer (Out of the Cool), dies at 75
Mar 31st - Talib Rasul Hakim, composer, dies at 48
Apr 7th - Cesar Bresgen, Austrian composer/organist, dies at 74
Apr 9th - Brook Benton, singer (Just a Matter of Time), dies at 56 of meningitis
Apr 9th - Dave Prater, rocker (Sam & Dave), dies in a car crash at 50
Apr 14th - Herbert Reynolds Inch, composer, dies at 83
Apr 14th - Johan Franco, composer, dies at 79
Apr 15th - Youri Egorov, Soviet classical pianist (b. 1954)
Apr 25th - Boris Kremenliev, composer, dies at 76
Apr 25th - Carolyn Franklin, singer/songwriter/son of Aretha, dies at 43
Apr 28th - B. W. Stevenson, American country singer (b. 1949)
Apr 29th - Jan Kapr, composer, dies at 74
Apr 30th - James McCracken, US tenor, dies at 61
May 13th - Chet Baker, jazz trumpeter, fell to death out of a hotel window at 59
May 22nd - Dennis Day, tenor/comedian (Jack Benny Show, Danny Boy), dies at 71
May 27th - Melvin J "Cy" Oliver, US jazz composer/orchestra leader, dies at 77
Jun 12th - Marcel Poot, Belgian baron/composer, dies at 87
Jun 19th - Zdenek Blazek, composer, dies at 83
Jun 22nd - Dennis Day, actor/tenor (Jack Benny Show), dies of ALS at 71
Jun 25th - Hillel Slovak, Israeli-born musician (Anthym/What Is This?, Red Hot Chili Peppers) (b. 1962)
Jul 1st - Hellmuth Christian Wolff, composer, dies at 82
Jul 1st - Lex van Delden, Dutch composer/writer, dies at 68
Jul 18th - Nico, US model/pop singer (Velvet Underground), dies at 43
Jul 22nd - Luigi Lucioni, Italian, landscape painter (opera stars), dies at 87
Aug 2nd - Roger Vuataz, composer, dies at 90
Aug 9th - Giacinto Scelsi, Italian composer (b. 1905)
Aug 11th - Jean-Pierre Ponnele, opera director (Carmina Burana), dies at 56
Aug 12th - Jean-Michel Basquiat, US musician/graffiti painter (Gray, SAMO), dies
Aug 14th - Roy Buchanan, American blues guitarist, dies at 48
Aug 16th - Milton Adolphus, composer, dies at 75
Aug 26th - Carlos Paião, Portuguese singer (b. 1957)
Aug 28th - Hazel Dawn, US singer/actress (Under Clover, Margie), dies at 98
Sep 23rd - Arwel Hughes, composer, dies at 79
Oct 7th - Billy Daniels, singer, dies of cancer at 73
Oct 8th - Ernst Hermann Meyer, composer, dies at 82
Oct 19th - Son House, American musician (b. 1902)
Nov 11th - William Ifor Jones, Welsh conductor & organist (b. 1900)
Nov 13th - Antal Dorati, Hungarian/US conductor/composer, dies at 82
Nov 13th - Jaromír Vejvoda, Czech composer (b. 1902)
Nov 27th - Karel Horky, composer, dies at 79
Dec 2nd - Tata Giacobetti, Italian singer and lyricist (Quartetto Cetra)
Dec 6th - Bill Harris, US guitarist (Clovers-Love Potion No 9), dies at 63
Dec 6th - Roy Orbison, singer (Pretty Woman), dies of massive heart attack at 52
Dec 8th - Herbert "Tubo" Rhoad, US singer (Persuasions-Good news), dies at 44
Dec 16th - Sylvester, American singer (b. 1948)
Dec 22nd - Tucker Smith, singer/dancer (Cool-West Side Story), dies

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