1990 in Music

Events in Music

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

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

Singer & Judge of American Idol Paula Abdul
Singer & Judge of American Idol
Paula Abdul
  • Feb 6th 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 9th 40th Berlin International Film Festival: "Music Box" and "Larks on a String" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Feb 21st 32nd Grammy Awards: Wind Beneath My Wings, Nick of Time wins
  • Feb 25th 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 10th Ice Dance Championship at Halifax won by Klimova & Ponomarenko (URS)

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

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

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

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

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

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May 12th 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 13th "Change in the Heir" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • May 15th "Cemetery Club" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • May 20th "Truly Blessed" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 33 performances
  • Jun 1st "Cemetery Club" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • Jun 4th 24th Music City News Country Awards: R Van Shelton & Patty Loveless
  • Jun 6th 2nd International Rock Awards

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Jun 7th Michael Jackson hospitalized for chest pains

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

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Jun 11th UN appoints Olivia Newton-John environmental ambassador

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

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Jun 22nd Billy Joel performs a concert at Yankee Stadium

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Oct 18th "Once on this Island" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 469 performances
  • Oct 25th "Les Miserables" opens again at Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia
  • Oct 27th "Michael Feinstein in Concert" closes at Golden NYC after 30 performances
  • Nov 1st "Oh, Kay!" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 77 performances
  • Nov 4th "Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story" opens at Shubert NYC for 225 performances
  • Nov 7th "Little Night Music" closes at New York State NYC after 11 performances
  • Nov 7th "Those Were The Days" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 126 performances
  • Nov 8th "6 Degrees of Separation" opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 496 performances
  • Nov 11th "Shadowlands" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 169 performances
  • Nov 18th "Fiddler on the Roof" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 241 performances
  • Nov 19th 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 26th 1st Billboard Music Awards: M.C. Hammer & Janet Jackson win
  • Nov 29th "Shogun - The Musical" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • Dec 13th "Peter Pan" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 45 performances

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

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

Birthdays in Music

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

Weddings in Music

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

HeartWedding of Interest

May 12th Singer Patti Page (62) weds Jerry Filiciotto

Singer Patti Page
Patti Page

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 1st 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 17th Record producer Berry Gordy (60) weds Grace Easton

Record Company Owner Berry Gordy
Record Company Owner
Berry Gordy

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 15th Rocker Rod Stewart marries supermodel Rachel Hunter

Singer Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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

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

Deaths in Music

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

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Aug 27th 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 6th Tom Fogerty, rocker (Creedence Clearwater), dies of tuberculosis at 48

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

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

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