1989 in Music History

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Events in Music

Events 1 - 42 of 42

Jan 30th - 16th American Music Awards: Randy Travis & George Michael wins
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)
Mar 2nd - Madonna's "Like a Prayer" premieres on worldwide Pepsi commercial
Mar 15th - "Les Miserables" opens at Royal Alexandra Theatre Toronto
Mar 19th - Ice Dance Championship at Paris won by M Klimova & S Ponomarenko (USSR)
Mar 25th - "Les Miserables" opens at Auditorium Theatre, Chicago
Apr 10th - 24th Academy of Country Music Awards: Hank Williams Jr, George Strait, and K.T. Oslin win
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 perfs
Apr 22nd - "Welcome to the Club" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 12 perfs
May 6th - 34th Eurovision Song Contest: Riva for Yugoslavia wins singing "Rock Me" in Lausanne
Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartneyMusician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney 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
May 24th - Weird Al Yankovic records his UHF soundtrack
May 25th - Weird Al Yankovic records "She Drives Like Crazy"
May 31st - 1st International Rock Awards
May 31st - 1st presentation of rock n roll Elvis awards
Jun 5th - 23rd Music City News Country Awards: R Van Shelton & Randy Travis
Jun 5th - Paul McCartney releases "Flowers in the Dirt"
Jun 13th - Jerry Lee Lewis gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Jun 14th - Singer-songwriter Carol King gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame
Jun 30th - "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre Muzyczyny, Gdynia
Jul 5th - Rod Stewart hits his head while on stage & knocks himself out
Jul 17th - Paul McCartney releases "This One"
Singer Rod StewartSinger Rod Stewart Jul 28th - NASA's Lewis Research Center, Cleve, announce new high-temperature superconductors able to operate at 33 to 37 Gigahertz
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
Sep 29th - Glenn Frey joins Don Henley on-stage (for 1st time since 1981)
Oct 9th - 23rd Country Music Association Award: George Strait, Kathy Mattea wins
Oct 12th - Musical "Buddy" with Paul Hipp premieres in London
Oct 19th - Astor Piazzolla & Wm Finn's musical "Dangerous Games" premieres in NYC
Oct 23rd - George Harrison releases "Best of Dark Horse 1976-89" album
Nov 1st - "Les Miserables" opens at Curran Theatre, SF
Singer-Songwriter George HarrisonSinger-Songwriter George Harrison Nov 5th - "Threepenny Opera" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 65 perfs
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 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 31st - "Threepenny Opera" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 65 perfs

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 37 of 37

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)
Singer Chris BrownSinger Chris Brown (May 5th) May 5th - Chris Brown, American R&B singer, born in Tappahannock, Virginia
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 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
Singer-songwriter Taylor SwiftSinger-songwriter Taylor Swift (Dec 13th) Dec 13th - Taylor Swift, Reading, Pennsylvania, American singer/songwriter (Our Song)
Dec 22nd - Jordin Sparks, American singer and American Idol winner

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 45 of 45

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
Jazz Guitarist Tiny GrimesJazz Guitarist Tiny Grimes (Mar 4th) Mar 4th - Tiny Grimes, American jazz and R&B guitarist (b. 1916)
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, drummer (Echo & the Bunnyman), dies
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)
Composer and Lyricist Irving BerlinComposer and Lyricist Irving Berlin (Sep 22nd) Sep 22nd - Irving Berlin, composer (God Bless America), dies at 101
Sep 30th - Virgil Thomson, US composer/critic (4 saints in 3 acts), dies at 92
Oct 12th - Franco, [Francis Luambo/"Makiadi"], Zaire composer/music, dies at 51
Oct 31st - Conrad Beck, 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, composer, dies at 78
Dec 23rd - Josef Alexander, composer, dies at 82
Dec 26th - Lennox Berkeley, composer, dies at 86

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