1988 in Music

Events in Music

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 21 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 24 "Gospel at Colonus" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 61 performances
  • Mar 25 "Les Miserables" opens at Chunichi Theatre, Nagoya, Japan
  • Mar 27 Ice Dance Championship at Budapest won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)
  • Mar 29 "Oba Oba" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 46 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 30 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 9 "Les Miserables" opens at Umeda-Koma Theatre, Osaka
  • Apr 14 "Mail" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 36 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

Apr 18 Barbra Streisand records "Warm All Over"

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

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

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

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

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • Jun 1 "Les Miserables" opens at Shubert Theatre, LA
  • Jun 4 "Cabaret" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 262 performances
  • Jun 4 42nd Tony Awards: M Butterfly & Phantom of the Opera win
  • Jun 6 22nd Music City News Country Awards: Randy Travis & Statler Brothers
  • Jun 13 George Harrison releases "This is Love"
  • Jun 25 "Chess" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 68 performances
  • Jul 8 Rockers Jonathan "Chico" & Robert DeBarge indicted on drug trafficking

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

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder

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

Composer Georges Bizet
Composer
Georges Bizet
  • Aug 15 "Ain't Misbehavin'" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 176 performances
  • Sep 7 5th MTV Video Music Awards: INXS wins
  • Sep 15 "Les Miserables" opens at Raimund Theatre, Vienna
  • Sep 16 Fish leaves rock group Marillion
  • Oct 10 22nd Country Music Association Award: Highway 101, K T Oslin win
  • Oct 17 Traveling Wilbury's 1st release "Handle With Care"

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

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

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 5 Pauline, French singer
  • Jan 7 Haley Bennett, American Singer and Actress
  • Jan 8 Adam T. Siska, American musician
  • Jan 14 Jordy [Lemoine], French singer, youngest singer (4 years) to have a #1, born in Paris
  • Jan 14 Mikalah Gordon, American singer
  • Jan 18 Ronald Guglielmone Jr., American singer-songwriter
  • Jan 21 William Johansson, Swedish composer
  • Jan 26 Mia Rose, British-Portuguese singer
  • Feb 6 Allison Holker, American dancer
  • Feb 7 Ai Kago, Japanese singer
  • Feb 14 Asia Nitollano, American dancer, Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll winner
  • Feb 14 Quentin Mosimann, Swiss singer, winner of Star Academy France 7

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 20 Rihanna, Barbadian singer

Singer Rihanna
Singer
Rihanna
  • Feb 28 Markéta Irglová, Czech songwriter and actress
  • Mar 2 Keith Jack, British singer and actor
  • Apr 29 Younha, Korean pop singer
  • May 2 Lara Liang, Taiwanese-American Singer
  • May 5 Brooke Hogan, American singer
  • May 5 Skye Sweetnam, Canadian singer and songwriter

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

Singer-songwriter Adele
Singer-songwriter
Adele
  • May 7 Natalie Mejia, member of the American R&B/Pop group Girlicious
  • May 24 Billy Gilman, American singer
  • May 31 Hope Partlow, American Singer
  • Jun 1 Nami Tamaki, Japanese pop singer
  • Jun 14 Kevin Michael McHale, American singer
  • Jun 16 Keshia Chante, Canadian singer
  • Jun 16 Leeland Dayton Mooring, American musician (Leeland)
  • Jun 23 Isabella Leong Lok-Sze, Hong Kong singer, actress and model
  • Jun 28 Lacey Schwimmer, American dancer
  • Jul 7 Kaci Brown, American singer
  • Jul 12 Melissa O'Neil, Canadian singer
  • Jul 20 Julianne Hough, American ballroom dancer
  • Jul 28 Ayla Brown, American singer
  • Aug 2 Brittany Hargest, American singer (Jump5)
  • Aug 14 Shahd Barmada, Syrian singer
  • Aug 18 G-Dragon [Kwon Ji-Yong], Korean rapper (Big Bang), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Aug 21 Louise Setara, English singer-songwriter
  • Aug 21 Paris Bennett, American singer and finalist on American Idol (season 5)
  • Aug 25 Raymond Quinn, English singer
  • Sep 16 Teddy Geiger, American singer
  • Sep 22 Bethany Dillon, American musician
  • Sep 26 Mark Simpson, English clarinetist and composer
  • Sep 28 Esmée Denters, Dutch singer
  • Sep 29 Justin Nozuka, singer/songwriter
  • Oct 5 Bahar Kızıl, German Singer (Monrose)
  • Oct 7 Stacy DuPree, American musician (Eisley)
  • Oct 20 Risa Niigaki, Japanese singer (Morning Musume)
  • Nov 28 Christopher Stringini, American singer
  • Dec 14 Vanessa Hudgens, American singer and actress
  • Dec 23 Eri Kamei, Japanese singer
  • Dec 30 Leon Jackson, Scottish singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 21 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 24 Musician Mick Fleetwood (40) weds model Sara Recor

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Musician Robert Smith
Musician
Robert Smith

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 3 "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 29 Bantcho Bantchevsky, US opera singer, commits suicide
  • Jan 29 Rogier van Otterloo, Dutch composer/conductor, dies at 46
  • Feb 14 Frederick Loewe, US composer (My Fair Lady), dies at 84
  • Feb 15 Frederick [Fritz] Loewe, composer, dies
  • Feb 24 Memphis Slim, [John Len Chatman] American blues musician ("Every Day I Have the Blues"), dies at 72
  • Mar 6 Konstantin Iliev, composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 8 Henryk Szeryng, Polish-born violinist (b. 1918)

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

Singer and TV Host Andy Gibb
Singer and TV Host
Andy Gibb
  • Mar 10 William Brocklesby Wordsworth, composer, dies at 79
  • Mar 17 Nikolas Asimos, Greek counter-culture composer and singer (b. 1949)
  • Mar 20 Gil Evans, Canadian/US jazz composer (Out of the Cool), dies at 75
  • Mar 31 Talib Rasul Hakim, composer, dies at 48
  • Apr 7 Cesar Bresgen, Austrian composer/organist, dies at 74
  • Apr 9 Brook Benton, singer (Just a Matter of Time), dies at 56 of meningitis
  • Apr 9 Dave Prater, rocker (Sam & Dave), dies in a car crash at 50
  • Apr 14 Herbert Reynolds Inch, composer, dies at 83
  • Apr 14 Johan Franco, composer, dies at 79
  • Apr 15 Youri Egorov, Soviet classical pianist (b. 1954)
  • Apr 25 Boris Kremenliev, composer, dies at 76
  • Apr 25 Carolyn Franklin, singer/songwriter/son of Aretha, dies at 43
  • Apr 28 B. W. Stevenson, American country singer (b. 1949)
  • Apr 29 Jan Kapr, Czech composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 30 James McCracken, US tenor, dies at 61
  • May 13 Chet Baker, jazz trumpeter, fell to death out of a hotel window at 59
  • May 22 Dennis Day, tenor/comedian (Jack Benny Show, Danny Boy), dies at 71
  • May 27 Melvin J "Cy" Oliver, US jazz composer/orchestra leader, dies at 77
  • Jun 12 Marcel Poot, Belgian baron/composer, dies at 87
  • Jun 19 Zdenek Blazek, composer, dies at 83
  • Jun 22 Dennis Day, actor/tenor (Jack Benny Show), dies of ALS at 71
  • Jun 22 Jesse Ed Davis, Native American guitarist, dies of a drug overdose at 43
  • Jun 25 Hillel Slovak, Israeli-born musician (Anthym/What Is This?, Red Hot Chili Peppers) (b. 1962)
  • Jul 1 Hellmuth Christian Wolff, composer, dies at 82
  • Jul 1 Lex van Delden, Dutch composer/writer, dies at 68
  • Jul 18 Nico, US model/pop singer (Velvet Underground), dies at 43
  • Jul 22 Luigi Lucioni, Italian, landscape painter (opera stars), dies at 87
  • Jul 29 Pete Drake, American pedal steel guitarist and producer, dies at 55
  • Aug 2 Roger Vuataz, composer, dies at 90
  • Aug 9 Giacinto Scelsi, Italian composer (b. 1905)
  • Aug 11 Jean-Pierre Ponnele, opera director (Carmina Burana), dies at 56
  • Aug 12 Jean-Michel Basquiat, US musician/graffiti painter (Gray, SAMO), dies
  • Aug 14 Roy Buchanan, American blues guitarist, dies at 48
  • Aug 14 Robert Calvert, South African-British writer and musician (Hawkwind), dies of a heart attack at 43
  • Aug 16 Milton Adolphus, composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 26 Carlos Paião, Portuguese singer (b. 1957)
  • Aug 28 Hazel Dawn, US singer/actress (Under Clover, Margie), dies at 98
  • Sep 22 Rezso Sugar, Hungarian composer, dies at 68
  • Sep 23 Arwel Hughes, composer, dies at 79
  • Oct 7 Billy Daniels, singer, dies of cancer at 73
  • Oct 8 Ernst Hermann Meyer, composer, dies at 82
  • Oct 19 Son House, American musician (b. 1902)
  • Nov 11 William Ifor Jones, Welsh conductor & organist (b. 1900)
  • Nov 13 Antal Dorati, Hungarian/US conductor/composer, dies at 82
  • Nov 13 Jaromír Vejvoda, Czech composer (b. 1902)
  • Nov 27 Karel Horky, Czech composer, dies at 79
  • Dec 2 Tata Giacobetti, Italian singer and lyricist (Quartetto Cetra)
  • Dec 6 Bill Harris, US guitarist (Clovers-Love Potion No 9), dies at 63
  • Dec 6 Roy Orbison, American musician (Pretty Woman), dies of a massive heart attack at 52
  • Dec 8 Herbert "Tubo" Rhoad, US singer (Persuasions-Good news), dies at 44
  • Dec 16 Sylvester, American singer (b. 1948)
  • Dec 22 Tucker Smith, singer/dancer (Cool-West Side Story), dies