1989 in Music

Events in Music

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

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

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

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 10th 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 12th 3rd Soul Train Music Awards: Anita Baker, Bobby Brown win
  • Apr 13th "Welcome to the Club" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Apr 22nd "Welcome to the Club" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Apr 27th "Starmites" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 60 performances
  • May 6th 34th Eurovision Song Contest: Riva for Yugoslavia wins singing "Rock Me" in Lausanne

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May 8th 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 9th "Saratina!" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 597 performances
  • May 15th "Chu Chem" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 44 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

May 24th Weird Al Yankovic records his UHF soundtrack

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic

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

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

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

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

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

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

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

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

Birthdays in Music

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Weddings in Music

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jun 15th 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 8th Johnny Jordaan, [Jan van Musscher], Dutch folk singer, dies at 64
  • Jan 21st Billy Tipton, American musician (b. 1914)
  • Jan 27th Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor (b. 1918)
  • Jan 31st Yasushi Akutagawa, composer, dies at 63
  • Feb 4th Kenneth "Jethro" Burns, country singer (Homer & Jethro), dies at 69
  • Feb 5th Joe Raposa, composer/songwriter (Sesame Street), dies at 51
  • Feb 6th Osbourne Ruddock, Jamaican Dub music performer (b. 1941)
  • Feb 26th Roy Eldridge, American jazz trumpet player, dies at 78

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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 22nd 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 30th Virgil Thomson, US composer/critic (4 saints in 3 acts), dies at 92
  • Oct 3rd Del Wool [Adelaide Hazelwood], American country musician, dies at 69
  • Oct 12th Franco, [Francis Luambo/"Makiadi"], Zaire composer/music, dies at 51
  • Oct 31st Conrad Beck, Swiss composer, dies at 88
  • Nov 5th Barry Sadler, singer (Green Berets), murdered at 49 in Murfreesboro Tn
  • Nov 5th Vladimir Horovitz, Ukrainian/US pianist, dies at 85
  • Nov 17th Emerson Buckley, composer, dies at 73
  • Nov 28th Jo[hanne M Bos-]Vincent, Dutch soprano (Songs for Life), dies at 91
  • Nov 29th Ann Burton, [Anna Rafalowicz], singer, dies at 56
  • Dec 1st Alvin Ailey, US choreographer (Blues Suite, Revelations), dies at 58
  • Dec 5th John M Pritchard, British conductor, dies at 68
  • Dec 6th Sammy Fain, composer, dies at 87
  • Dec 21st Jan Cikker, Slovak composer, dies at 78
  • Dec 23rd Josef Alexander, composer, dies at 82
  • Dec 26th Lennox Berkeley, composer, dies at 86