1988 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 10th "Don't Get God Started" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 86 performances
  • Jan 17th "Teddy & Alice" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 77 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 25th 15th American Music Awards: Anita Baker, Paul Simon & Whitney Houston

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston

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Jan 25th George Harrison releases "When We Was Fab"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • Jan 26th "Phantom of the Opera" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 4,000+ performances
  • Jan 28th "Saratina!" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 597 performances
  • Mar 2nd 30th Grammy Awards: Graceland, Joshua Tree, Jody Watley
  • Mar 17th "Les Miserables" opens at Det Norske Teatret, Oslo

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 21st 23rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Hank Williams Jr, Randy Travis, and Reba McEntire win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
  • Mar 24th "Gospel at Colonus" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 61 performances
  • Mar 25th "Les Miserables" opens at Chunichi Theatre, Nagoya, Japan
  • Mar 27th Ice Dance Championship at Budapest won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)
  • Mar 29th "Oba Oba" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 46 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 30th 2nd Soul Train Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston win

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
  • Apr 9th "Les Miserables" opens at Umeda-Koma Theatre, Osaka
  • Apr 14th "Mail" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 36 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

Apr 18th Barbra Streisand records "Warm All Over"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

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Apr 30th 33rd Eurovision Song Contest: Celine Dion for Switzerland wins singing "Ne partez pas sans moi" in Dublin

Singer Celine Dion
Celine Dion
  • May 1st "Romance/Romance" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 297 performances
  • May 8th "Oba Oba" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • May 12th "Carrie" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • May 14th "Mail" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • May 15th "Carrie" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • May 15th "Gospel at Colonus" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 61 performances
  • May 21st "Da'Butt" by EU hits #35

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May 21st "Fat" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #99

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • Jun 1st "Les Miserables" opens at Shubert Theatre, LA
  • Jun 4th "Cabaret" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 262 performances
  • 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"
  • Jun 25th "Chess" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 68 performances
  • Jul 8th Rockers Jonathan "Chico" & Robert DeBarge indicted on drug trafficking

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Jul 8th Stevie Wonder announces he will run for mayor of Detroit in 1992

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder

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Jul 9th Jessye Norman begins recording Bizet's "Carmen"

Composer Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet
  • Aug 15th "Ain't Misbehavin'" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 176 performances
  • 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
  • Oct 10th 22nd Country Music Association Award: Highway 101, K T Oslin win
  • Oct 17th Traveling Wilbury's 1st release "Handle With Care"

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Oct 22nd Elton John sells out Madison Square Garden for a record 26th time

Singer Elton John
Elton John
  • Oct 27th "Les Miserables" opens at Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia
  • Nov 9th "Prince of Central Park" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Nov 20th "Les Miserables" opens a Bus & Truck tour in Tampa
  • Dec 26th "Legs Diamond" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 64 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 5th Pauline, French singer
  • Jan 7th Haley Bennett, American Singer and Actress
  • Jan 8th Adam T. Siska, American musician
  • Jan 14th Jordy [Lemoine], French singer, youngest singer (4 years) to have a #1, born in Paris
  • 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

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Feb 20th Rihanna, Barbadian singer

Singer Rihanna
  • 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

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May 5th Adele [Adele Laurie Blue Adkins], English singer (Rolling in the Deep, Someone Like You), born in Tottenham, London,

Singer-songwriter Adele
  • 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
  • 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

Weddings in Music

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 21st Actor Dudley Moore (53) weds actress Brogan Lane at the Little Chapel of the West in Las Vegas

Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician Dudley Moore
Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician
Dudley Moore

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 24th Musician Mick Fleetwood (40) weds model Sara Recor

Musician Mick Fleetwood
Mick Fleetwood
  • Jun 19th Danny Spitz, heavy metal artist (Anthrax), weds Valerie

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 12th Country singer John Denver (44) weds actress Cassandra Delaney

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 13th Musician Robert Smith (29) weds Mary Poole in UK

Musician Robert Smith
Robert Smith

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 3rd "Princess of Rock and Roll" Lisa Marie Presley (20) weds musician Danny Keough (23) at the Church of Scientology

Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley

Deaths in Music

  • 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)

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Mar 10th Andy Gibb, singer, dies of heart infection at 30

Singer and TV Host Andy Gibb
Singer and TV Host
Andy Gibb
  • 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, Czech 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 22nd Jesse Ed Davis, Native American guitarist, dies of a drug overdose at 43
  • 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, Czech 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, American musician (Pretty Woman), dies of a 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