1990 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 10 "Les Miserables," opens at Mechanic Theatre, Baltimore
  • Jan 17 5th Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Awards: Bobby Darin
  • Jan 17 Kinks inducted into Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 22 17th American Music Awards: Paula Abdul & Bobby Brown win

Singer & Judge of American Idol Paula Abdul
Singer & Judge of American Idol
Paula Abdul
  • Feb 6 Steve Briers of Wales recited the entire lyrics of Queen's album "A Night At The Opera" in 9 minutes & 58.44 seconds backwards!
  • Feb 9 40th Berlin International Film Festival: "Music Box" and "Larks on a String" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Feb 21 32nd Grammy Awards: Wind Beneath My Wings, Nick of Time wins
  • Feb 25 On a BBC taped interview, rock star Stevie Nicks breaks down, saying that she will never have children & no man can stand her for long
  • Mar 10 Ice Dance Championship at Halifax won by Klimova & Ponomarenko (URS)

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 14 4th Soul Train Music Awards: Soul II Soul, Janet Jackson win

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Mar 20 Singer Gloria Estefan breaks her collarbone in a bus accident

  • Mar 21 "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 149 performances
  • Mar 22 "Grapes of Wrath" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 188 performances
  • Mar 25 "Lettice & Lovage" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 284 performances
  • Apr 1 It becomes illegal in Salem Oregon to be within 2 feet of nude dancers
  • Apr 4 Gloria Estefan released from hospital after her accident
  • Apr 8 "Aspects of Love" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 377 performances
  • Apr 9 World's largest bunny hop at Radio City Music Hall (NYC)

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Apr 12 James Brown moves to a work-release center after serving 15 months

Singer James Brown
James Brown
  • Apr 16 "Piano Lesson" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC for 320 performances
  • Apr 22 "Truly Blessed" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 33 performances
  • Apr 25 25th Academy of Country Music Awards: George Strait, Clint Black, and Kathy Mattea win
  • Apr 26 "Accomplice" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 52 performances
  • Apr 28 "Chorus Line" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 6,137 performances
  • Apr 29 "Change in the Heir" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • May 1 "Prelude to a Kiss" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC
  • May 2 "Some Americans Abroad" opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 62 performances
  • May 5 35th Eurovision Song Contest: Toto Cutugno for Italy wins singing "Insieme: 1992" in Zagreb
  • May 10 "Zoya's Apartment" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 45 performances

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May 12 Nora Dunn & Sinead O'Connor boycott "Saturday Night Live" to protest Andrew "Dice" Clay's hosting

Singer-Songwriter Sinead O'Connor
Sinead O'Connor
  • May 13 "Change in the Heir" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • May 15 "Cemetery Club" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • May 20 "Truly Blessed" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 33 performances
  • Jun 1 "Cemetery Club" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • Jun 4 24th Music City News Country Awards: R Van Shelton & Patty Loveless
  • Jun 6 2nd International Rock Awards

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Jun 7 Michael Jackson hospitalized for chest pains

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Jun 9 Michael Jackson is hospitalized with inflamed rib cartilage
  • Jun 10 "Accomplice" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC after 52 performances
  • Jun 10 "Meet Me in St Louis" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 253 performances
  • Jun 10 Rap group 2 Live crew members arrested in Fla for obscenity

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Jun 11 UN appoints Olivia Newton-John environmental ambassador

  • Jun 13 "Les Miserables" opens at S Alberta Jubilee Centre, Calgary
  • Jun 17 "Some Americans Abroad" closes at Vivian Beaumont NYC after 62 performances
  • Jun 17 "Zoya's Apartment" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 45 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

Jun 22 Billy Joel performs a concert at Yankee Stadium

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel
  • Jul 4 2 Live Crew release "Banned in the USA" the lyrics quote Star Spangled Banner & Gettysburg Address
  • Jul 12 "Les Miserables," opens at National Theatre, Washington
  • Jul 21 Pink Floyds' "Wall" is performed where Berlin Wall once stood
  • Jul 25 "Les Miserables" opens at Princess Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver
  • Aug 1 "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 149 performances
  • Aug 3 "Little Night Music" opens at New York State Theater NYC for 11 performances
  • Sep 1 "Heidi Chronicles" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 621 performances
  • Sep 1 "Jerome Robbins' Broadway" closes at Imperial NYC after 634 performances
  • Sep 2 "Grapes of Wrath" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 188 performances
  • Sep 6 7th MTV Video Music Awards: Sinead O'Connor wins
  • Sep 7 "Street Scene" opens at NY State Theater NYC for 6 performances
  • Sep 12 "Les Miserables," opens at Cirkus Theater, Stockholm
  • Sep 27 Dee Dee Ramone arrested on marijuana possession

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Sep 28 Marvin Gaye gets a star on Hollywood's walk of fame

Singer Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye
  • Sep 29 "Love & Affection" by Nelson peaks at #1 on pop singles chart
  • Sep 29 "Street Scene" closes at NY State Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • Oct 2 "Michael Feinstein in Concert" opens at Golden NYC for 30 performances
  • Oct 3 Florida record store owner Charles Freeman is found guilty of obsenity, for selling 2 Live Crew rap records
  • Oct 4 "Stand Up Tragedy" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • Oct 8 24th Country Music Association Award: George Strait wins
  • Oct 11 "Miser" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 93 performances
  • Oct 16 "Stand Up Tragedy" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 13 performances

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Oct 17 "Jackie Mason - Brand New" opens at Neil Simon NYC for 216 performances

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Oct 17 "Les Miserables" opens at Imperial Theatre, NY & His Majesty's Theatre, Perth

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Oct 17 Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong drops out of school to pursue a career in music

  • Oct 18 "Once on this Island" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 469 performances
  • Oct 25 "Les Miserables" opens again at Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia
  • Oct 27 "Michael Feinstein in Concert" closes at Golden NYC after 30 performances
  • Nov 1 "Oh, Kay!" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 77 performances
  • Nov 4 "Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story" opens at Shubert NYC for 225 performances
  • Nov 7 "Little Night Music" closes at New York State NYC after 11 performances
  • Nov 7 "Those Were The Days" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 126 performances
  • Nov 8 "6 Degrees of Separation" opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 496 performances
  • Nov 11 "Shadowlands" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 169 performances
  • Nov 18 "Fiddler on the Roof" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 241 performances
  • Nov 19 Pop duo Milli Vanilli are stripped of their Grammy Award after it is learned they did not sing on their award-winning "Girl You Know Its True" album
  • Nov 26 1st Billboard Music Awards: M.C. Hammer & Janet Jackson win
  • Nov 29 "Shogun - The Musical" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • Dec 13 "Peter Pan" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 45 performances

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Dec 14 Louis Jordan's revue "Five Guys Named Moe" premieres in London

Musician Louis Jordan
Louis Jordan
  • Dec 23 "Lettice & Lovage" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 284 performances
  • Dec 30 "Miser" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 93 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 8 Maci Wainwright, American singer
  • Jan 30 Eiza Gonzalez, Mexican actress/singer
  • Feb 1 Laura Marling, British singer-songwriter
  • Feb 3 Sean Kingston, American reggae rapper
  • Mar 21 Mandy Capristo, German Singer (Monrose)
  • May 14 Emily Samuelson, American ice dancer
  • May 29 Dave Morton, American guitarist
  • Jun 27 Aselin Debison, Canadian singer
  • Jul 24 Evan James Springsteen, American rocker and Bruce Springsteen's son, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 27 Cheyenne Kimball, American musician
  • Jul 28 Soulja Boy, American rapper
  • Aug 14 Jaydee Bixby, Canadian singer
  • Aug 26 Lil' Chris, British singer
  • Sep 7 Tanja Kolbe, German ice dancer
  • Sep 20 Marilou, Quebec pop singer
  • Oct 23 Stevie Brock, American singer
  • Oct 31 James Charles Lewis aka Lil' JJ, American actor/singer
  • Nov 7 Matt Corby, Australian singer
  • Nov 13 Jibbs, American rapper
  • Nov 14 Jessie Jacobs, Australian actress and singer (d. 2008)
  • Dec 9 LaFee, German singer
  • Dec 20 JoJo, American singer
  • Dec 23 Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, American actress, model, and singer
  • Dec 28 David Archuleta, American Idol runner-up, American Singer

Weddings in Music

  • Apr 28 Guns & Roses' Axl marries Erin Everly (annulled same year)

HeartWedding of Interest

May 12 Singer Patti Page (62) weds Jerry Filiciotto

Singer Patti Page
Patti Page

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 1 Country singer-songwriter Hank Williams Jr (41) weds model Mary Jane Thomas at a Congregational church near his ranch in Missoula, Montana

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 17 Record producer Berry Gordy (60) weds Grace Easton

Record Company Owner Berry Gordy
Record Company Owner
Berry Gordy

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 15 Rocker Rod Stewart marries supermodel Rachel Hunter

Singer Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jan 3 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (41) divorces singer/dancer Sarah Brightman (29) after almost 7 years of marriage

  • Apr 1 Guns & Roses' Duff divorces Mandy Brix, lead singer for Lame Flames

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 2 Vladimir Alexis Ussachevsky, Manchuria composer (Creation), dies at 78
  • Jan 3 Arthur Gold, American pianist, half of Gold and Fizdale duo (b. 1917)
  • Jan 12 Paul Amadeus Pisk, composer, dies at 96
  • Jan 18 Melanie Appleby, rocker (Mel & Kim), dies of liver cancer at 23
  • Jan 19 Semprini, English musician (b. 1908)
  • Jan 20 Miloslav Istvan, composer, dies at 61
  • Jan 20 Hayedeh, Persian singer (b. 1942)
  • Jan 23 Allen Collins, guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies of pneumonia at 37
  • Feb 7 Jimmy Van Heusen, composer (Call Me Irresponsible), dies at 77
  • Feb 8 Del Shannon, American rock musician and songwriter (Runaway), commits suicide at 55
  • Feb 14 Tony Holiday, German singer
  • Feb 24 Johnnie Ray, singer (Cry), dies of liver failure at 61
  • Feb 26 Cornell Gunther, US musician (Coasters, Poison Ivy), dies at 53
  • Feb 26 Scott Jarvis, musician (Great Expectationa), dies
  • Mar 7 Max Neuhaus, American percussionalist and composer (sound sculptures), dies of cancer at 50
  • Mar 13 Karl M√ľnchinger, German conductor (b. 1915)
  • Mar 16 Ernst Bacon, American composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 17 Rick Grech, rocker (Blind Faith, Traffic), dies at 44
  • Mar 18 Robin Harris, actor (House Party, Mo' Better Blues), dies at 36
  • Mar 19 Andrew Wood, American singer (Mother Love Bone) (b. 1966)
  • Apr 3 Sarah Vaughn, jazz singer, dies of lung cancer at 66
  • Apr 14 Thurston Harris, American singer (b. 1931)
  • Apr 25 Dexter Gordon, Jazz saxophonist, dies of kidney failure at 67
  • Apr 29 Floyd Butler, American soul singer (Friends of Distinction), dies at 52
  • May 2 William Levi Dawson, composer, dies at 90
  • May 9 Luigi Nono, Italian composer (Intolleranza), dies at 66
  • May 14 Andre Ameller, composer, dies at 78
  • May 16 Sammy Davis Jr, singer/actor (Golden Boy), dies at 64
  • May 22 Rocky Graziano, boxer/writer/actor (Mr Rock & Roll), dies at 71 of heart failure
  • Jun 2 Robert Noyce, co-inventor (semi-conductor)/founder (Intel), dies
  • Jun 3 Stiv Bators, American musician (The Dead Boys) (b. 1949)
  • Jun 11 Clyde McCoy, jazz trumpeter (wah wah sound), dies at 86
  • Jun 14 Erna Berger, German soprano (b. 1900)
  • Jun 16 Eva Turner, British soprano, dies
  • Jun 25 Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Australian composer (Triad), dies at 77
  • Jul 2 Snooky Lanson, singer, dies at 76
  • Jul 7 Cazuza, Brazilian poet, singer and composer (b. 1958)
  • Jul 15 Troy Dixon, rapper (Trouble T-Roy of Heavy D), dies at 22 of a fall
  • Jul 16 Sidney Torch, English composer, conductor and organist (b. 1908)
  • Jul 18 Gerry Boulet, Quebec rock singer (b. 1946)
  • Jul 23 Joe Turner, jazz pianist, dies of cardiac arrest at 82
  • Jul 23 Robert Sommer, singer, dies of liver failure at 42
  • Jul 26 Brent Mydland, rock keyboardist/vocalist (Grass Roots), dies at 38
  • Jul 27 Bobby Day, rocker (Rockin' Robin), dies of cancer at 58
  • Jul 27 Bobby Day, American singer (b. 1928)
  • Aug 15 Viktor Tsoi, Russian musician (b. 1962)
  • Aug 17 Pearl Bailey, actress (Landlord)/singer, dies of heart attack at 72
  • Aug 18 Grethe Ingmann, Danish singer (b. 1938)
  • Aug 23 David Rose, composer (Holiday for Strings, Stripper), dies at 80

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Aug 27 Stevie Ray Vaughan, American blues guitarist, dies in a helicopter crash at 35

Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan
Musician, Singer and Songwriter
Stevie Ray Vaughan

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Sep 6 Tom Fogerty, rocker (Creedence Clearwater), dies of tuberculosis at 48

Rocker Tom Fogerty
Tom Fogerty
  • Sep 14 Wime de Craene, Flemish chansonnier/composer, dies
  • Sep 16 Steve Condos, tap dancer, dies of heart attack at 71
  • Sep 19 Werner Janssen, US composer (New Years Eve in NY), dies at 91
  • Oct 3 Eleanor Steber, eminent American soprano dies in Langhorne, PA
  • Oct 8 B.J. Wilson, English musician (Procol Harum) (b. 1947)
  • Oct 14 Leonard Bernstein, composer, dies of heart attack at 72
  • Oct 16 Art Blakey, jazz drummer (Jazz Messengers), dies of cancer at 71
  • Oct 16 Jorge Bolet, Cuban-American classical pianist (b. 1914)
  • Oct 27 Xavier Cugat, Spanish-born musician (b. 1900)
  • Nov 5 Bobby Nunn, US bassist (Coasters-Down in Mexico), dies at about 65
  • Nov 10 Lisa Kirk, US Broadway-singer, dies
  • Nov 10 Ronnie Dyson, US singer (Salvation-I Don't Wanna Cry), dies at 40
  • Nov 12 Nico Haak, Dutch singer (Foxy Foxtrot), dies
  • Nov 18 Peter Schilperoort, saxophonist/clarinetist, dies
  • Nov 24 Bulent Arel, Turkish-born electronic composer, dies at 72

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Dec 2 Aaron Copland, American composer (Billy the Kid, Fanfare for Common Man), dies at 90

Composer Aaron Copland
Aaron Copland
  • Dec 7 Delecta "Dee" Clark, US singer (Raindrops), dies at 52
  • Dec 7 Peter Mieg, Swiss composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 8 Pony Sherrell Metcalf, NY, singer, dies of heart attack
  • Dec 18 Paul Tortelier, composer, dies at 76
  • Dec 22 Cecil Effinger, composer, dies at 76
  • Dec 28 Kiel Martin, actor (Det LaRue-Hill Street Blues), dies of cancer at 46