1989 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 8 "42nd Street" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 3,486 performances
  • Jan 8 "Starlight Express" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 761 performances
  • Jan 14 "Romance/Romance" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 297 performances
  • Jan 15 "Ain't Misbehavin'" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 176 performances
  • Jan 26 "Black & Blue" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 829 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 30 16th American Music Awards: Randy Travis & George Michael wins

Rock Vocalist George Michael
Rock Vocalist
George Michael
  • Feb 19 "Legs Diamond" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 64 performances
  • Feb 22 31st Grammy Awards: Don't Worry Be Happy, Faith, Tracy Chapman
  • Feb 22 1st Spanish commercial on network TV (Pepsi-Cola-CBS Grammy Award)
  • Feb 26 "Jerome Robbins' Broadway" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 634 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 2 Madonna's "Like a Prayer" premieres on worldwide Pepsi commercial

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
  • Mar 8 "Heidi Chronicles" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 621 performances
  • Mar 15 "Les Miserables" opens at Royal Alexandra Theatre Toronto
  • Mar 17 "Chu Chem" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 44 performances
  • Mar 19 Ice Dance Championship at Paris won by M Klimova & S Ponomarenko (USSR)
  • Mar 25 "Les Miserables" opens at Auditorium Theatre, Chicago

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 10 24th Academy of Country Music Awards: Hank Williams Jr, George Strait, and K.T. Oslin win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
  • Apr 12 3rd Soul Train Music Awards: Anita Baker, Bobby Brown win
  • Apr 13 "Welcome to the Club" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Apr 22 "Welcome to the Club" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Apr 27 "Starmites" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 60 performances
  • May 6 34th Eurovision Song Contest: Riva for Yugoslavia wins singing "Rock Me" in Lausanne

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 8 Paul McCartney releases remake of "Ferry Cross the Mersey" in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 95 Liverpool football fans

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • May 9 "Saratina!" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 597 performances
  • May 15 "Chu Chem" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 44 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

May 24 Weird Al Yankovic records his UHF soundtrack

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • May 25 Weird Al Yankovic records "She Drives Like Crazy"
  • May 31 1st International Rock Awards
  • May 31 1st presentation of rock 'n' roll Elvis awards
  • Jun 5 23rd Music City News Country Awards: R Van Shelton & Randy Travis
  • Jun 5 Paul McCartney releases "Flowers in the Dirt"

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Jun 13 Jerry Lee Lewis gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Country Singer Jerry Lee Lewis
Country Singer
Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Jun 14 Singer-songwriter Carol King gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame
  • Jun 18 "Starmites" closes at Criter Ctr SR Theater NYC after 60 performances
  • Jun 30 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre Muzyczyny, Gdynia

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Jul 5 Rod Stewart hits his head while on stage & knocks himself out

Singer Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart
  • Jul 17 Paul McCartney releases "This One"
  • Jul 28 NASA's Lewis Research Center, Cleve, announce new high-temperature superconductors able to operate at 33 to 37 Gigahertz
  • Aug 6 "Oh! Calcutta!" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 5959 performances
  • Sep 1 "Anything Goes" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 804 performances
  • Sep 3 "Into the Woods" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 764 performances
  • Sep 6 6th MTV Video Music Awards: Living Colour wins
  • Sep 13 "Les Miserables" opens at Fisher Theatre, Detroit
  • Sep 20 Musical "Miss Saigon," premieres in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 29 Glenn Frey joins Don Henley on-stage (for 1st time since 1981)

Rock Vocalist Glenn Frey
Rock Vocalist
Glenn Frey
  • Oct 9 23rd Country Music Association Award: George Strait, Kathy Mattea wins
  • Oct 12 Musical "Buddy" with Paul Hipp premieres in London
  • Oct 19 "Dangerous Games" opens at Nederlander Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Oct 19 Astor Piazzolla & Wm Finn's musical "Dangerous Games" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 21 "Dangerous Games" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 4 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

Oct 23 George Harrison releases "Best of Dark Horse 1976-89" album

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • Nov 1 "Les Miserables" opens at Curran Theatre, SF
  • Nov 2 "Meet Me in St Louis" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 253 performances
  • Nov 5 "Threepenny Opera" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 65 performances
  • Nov 11 "Prince of Central Park" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Nov 12 George Forest's musical "Grand Hotel" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 1018 performances
  • Nov 13 Paul McCartney releases "Figure of 8" & "Ou Est Le Soleil"
  • Nov 15 "Few Good Men" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 497 performances
  • Nov 16 "Gypsy" opens at St James Theater NYC for 477 performances
  • Nov 27 George Harrison releases "Cheer Down" & "Poor Little Girl"
  • Dec 7 C Coleman & D Zippel's musical "City of Angels" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 9 "Les Miserables" opens at Princess Theatre, Melbourne
  • Dec 11 "City of Angels" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 878 performances
  • Dec 31 "Me & My Girl" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 1420 performances
  • Dec 31 "Threepenny Opera" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 65 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 13 Triinu Kivilaan, Estonian singer
  • Jan 25 Sheryfa Luna, French singer
  • Jan 30 Khleo Thomas, American actor and rapper
  • Feb 1 Hurricane Chris, American rapper
  • Feb 9 Gia Farrell, American singer
  • Feb 21 Corbin Bleu, American actor and singer
  • Feb 23 Evan Bates, American ice dancer
  • Feb 27 Kelly Breeding, American singer from B5
  • Feb 28 Zhang Liyin, Chinese R&B singer
  • Mar 1 Sonya Kitchell, American singer
  • Mar 25 Alyson Michalka, American actress/singer
  • Mar 28 Afrikan Boy, a Nigerian rapper
  • Apr 8 Hitomi Takahashi, Japanese singer
  • Apr 19 Fiona MacGillivray, Canadian vocalist (The Cottars)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 5 Chris Brown, American R&B singer, born in Tappahannock, Virginia

Singer Chris Brown
Chris Brown
  • May 11 Ace Hood, American rapper
  • May 30 Kevin Covais, American singer
  • Jun 8 Gary Wilson, Scottish Musician
  • Jun 13 Lisa Tucker, American singer
  • Jun 18 Renee Olstead, American singer and actress
  • Jul 5 Joseph King, American musician (Canvas)
  • Jul 10 Sameer Gadhia, American musician (Young the Giant)
  • Jul 13 Sayumi Michishige, Japanese singer (Morning Musume)
  • Aug 4 Jessica Mauboy, Australian singer (Young Divas)
  • Aug 15 Belinda [Belinda Peregrín Schüll], Mexican singer, songwriter and actress, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Aug 15 Tiffanie Anderson, American singer, dancer
  • Aug 15 Joe Jonas, American singer (Jonas Brothers)
  • Aug 19 Romeo, American rapper
  • Sep 2 Ishmeet Singh Sodhi, Indian Playback Singer (d. 2008)
  • Sep 15 Chetan Ramlu, New Zealand musician
  • Oct 1 Brie Larson [Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers], actress (Room), singer and director, born in Sacramento, California
  • Oct 4 Lil Mama, American rapper
  • Nov 2 Katelyn Tarver, American singer
  • Nov 3 Paula DeAnda, American singer
  • Nov 11 Reina Tanaka, Japanese pop singer
  • Nov 20 Tyga, American rapper

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 13 Taylor Swift, American singer/songwriter (Our Song), born in Reading, Pennsylvania

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
  • Dec 22 Jordin Sparks, American singer and American Idol winner, born in Phoenix, Arizona

Weddings in Music

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 14 Singer-songwriter Courtney Love (24) weds vocalist James Moreland

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Courtney Love
  • Feb 17 Whitesnake's rocker David Coverdale weds actress Tawny Kitaen
  • Apr 29 Rock band Bon Jovi lead singer Jon Bon Jovi (27) weds Dorothea Hurley (26) at Graceland Chapel in Las Vegas
  • Jun 2 Rolling Stones Bill Wyman marries Mandy Smith
  • Jun 3 Country singer Rebe McEntire weds her manager Narvel Blackstone at Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe, Nevada
  • Aug 23 "The Cars" lead singer and guitarist Ric Ocasek (40) weds model Paulina Porizkova (24)

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 4 Tennis star Bjorn Borg (33) weds rock singer Loredana Berte (39) in a civil wedding

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Sep 16 Singer Natalie Cole marries record producer Andre Fisher

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jun 15 Singer-songwriter Courtney Love (24) divorces vocalist James Moreland only 4 months after getting married

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Courtney Love

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 8 Johnny Jordaan, [Jan van Musscher], Dutch folk singer, dies at 64
  • Jan 21 Billy Tipton, American musician (b. 1914)
  • Jan 27 Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor (b. 1918)
  • Jan 31 Yasushi Akutagawa, composer, dies at 63
  • Feb 4 Kenneth "Jethro" Burns, country singer (Homer & Jethro), dies at 69
  • Feb 5 Joe Raposa, composer/songwriter (Sesame Street), dies at 51
  • Feb 6 Osbourne Ruddock, Jamaican Dub music performer (b. 1941)
  • Feb 26 Roy Eldridge, American jazz trumpet player, dies at 78

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 4 Tiny Grimes, American jazz and R&B guitarist (b. 1916)

Jazz Guitarist Tiny Grimes
Jazz Guitarist
Tiny Grimes
  • Mar 10 Doc Green, American singer (The Drifters), dies at 54
  • May 9 Keith Whitley, country singer (Don't Close Your Eyes), dies at 33
  • May 10 Woody Shaw, American jazz musician (b. 1944)
  • May 12 Marcelle de Manziarly, composer, dies at 89
  • May 15 John Waldo Green, composer, dies at 80
  • May 15 Johnny Green, American songwriter (b. 1908)
  • May 22 Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist (b. 1953)
  • May 29 John Cipollina, American musician (Quicksilver Messenger Service) (b. 1943)
  • May 30 Zinka Milanov, Met Opera Diva, dies of a stroke at 83
  • Jun 4 Vaclav Kaslik, Czech opera composer/conductor, dies at 71
  • Jun 9 Rashid Behbudov, Azerbaijani singer and actor (b. 1915)
  • Jun 12 Peter Conrad Baden, composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 12 Lou Monte, American singer (b. 1917)
  • Jun 14 Pete de Freitas, British drummer (Echo & the Bunnyman), dies in a motorcycle accident at 27
  • Jun 22 Bengt Viktor Johansson, composer, dies at 74
  • Jul 5 Ernesto Halffter, composer, dies at 84
  • Jul 16 Herbert von Karajan, Austrian conductor, dies at 81
  • Aug 1 John Ogdon, English pianist/composer, dies at 52
  • Aug 21 Raul Seixas, Brazilian singer (b. 1945)
  • Aug 23 Helen le Clerq, Dutch dancer, dies
  • Aug 25 Gunnar Johnsen Berg, composer, dies at 80
  • Sep 14 Dámaso Pérez Prado, Cuban musician (b. 1916)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 22 Irving Berlin [Israel Isidore Baline], American composer and lyricist considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history (God Bless America, White Xmas), dies at 101

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • Sep 26 Arnold Shaw, American writer on popular music and composer, dies at 80
  • Sep 30 Virgil Thomson, US composer/critic (4 saints in 3 acts), dies at 92
  • Oct 3 Del Wool [Adelaide Hazelwood], American country musician, dies at 69
  • Oct 12 Franco, [Francis Luambo/"Makiadi"], Zaire composer/music, dies at 51
  • Oct 31 Conrad Beck, Swiss composer, dies at 88
  • Nov 5 Barry Sadler, singer (Green Berets), murdered at 49 in Murfreesboro Tn
  • Nov 5 Vladimir Horovitz, Ukrainian/US pianist, dies at 85
  • Nov 17 Emerson Buckley, composer, dies at 73
  • Nov 28 Jo[hanne M Bos-]Vincent, Dutch soprano (Songs for Life), dies at 91
  • Nov 29 Ann Burton, [Anna Rafalowicz], singer, dies at 56
  • Dec 1 Alvin Ailey, US choreographer (Blues Suite, Revelations), dies at 58
  • Dec 5 John M Pritchard, British conductor, dies at 68
  • Dec 6 Sammy Fain, composer, dies at 87
  • Dec 6 Gabor Jodal, Romanian composer, dies at 76
  • Dec 21 Jan Cikker, Slovak composer, dies at 78
  • Dec 23 Josef Alexander, composer, dies at 82
  • Dec 26 Lennox Berkeley, composer, dies at 86