Events in Music in 1987

  • Jan 3 "Oh Coward!" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • Jan 3 "Smile" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • Jan 20 Rhino Records 1st #1, Billy Vera & Beaters' "At This Moment"

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Jan 21 B.B. King donates his 7,000 record collection to the University of Mississippi

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 21 Muddy Waters is inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame"

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 26 14th American Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie & Alabama

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
Singer Lionel Richie
Singer
Lionel Richie

Music release#1 in the Charts

Feb 7 Madonna's "Open Your Heart" single goes #1

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
  • Feb 19 "Stardust" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 102 performances
  • Feb 24 29th Grammy Awards: Higher Love, Graceland, Bruce Hornsby wins
  • Feb 26 1st release of Beatles compact discs
  • Mar 12 "Les Miserables" opens at Broadway/Imperial NYC for 4000+ performances
  • Mar 13 Ice Dance Championship at Cincinnati won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)
  • Mar 15 "Starlight Express" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 761 performances
  • Mar 15 "Sweet Charity" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 368 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 24 1st Soul Train Music Awards: Janet Jackson, Luther Vandross win

  • Apr 2 "Mikado" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 46 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 6 22nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Hank Williams Jr, Randy Travis, and Reba McEntire win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
  • Apr 15 "Barbara Cook: A Concert..." opens at Ambassador NYC for 13 performances
  • Apr 26 "Barbara Cook: A Concert" closes at Ambassador NYC after 13 performances
  • May 3 "Mikado" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • May 9 32nd Eurovision Song Contest: Johnny Logan for Ireland wins singing "Hold Me Now" in Brussels
  • May 16 "Mystery of Edwin Drood" closes at Imperial NYC after 608 performances

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May 16 Weird Al Yankovic performs live at 72nd National Orange Show

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • May 17 "Stardust" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 102 performances

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May 29 Michael Jackson attempts to buy Elephant Man's remains

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Jun 7 41st Tony Awards: Fences & Les Miserables win
  • Jun 8 21st Music City News Country Awards: Randy Travis
  • Jun 19 Ben & Jerry Ice Cream & Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia announce new Ice Cream flavor, Cherry Garcia
  • Jun 28 "Dreamgirls" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 177 performances
  • Jul 1 WHN-AM in NY City changes call letters to WFAN (now WEVD) replacing WHN's country music, WYNY-FM adopts country music format

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Jul 13 Federal judge throws out Bette Midler's $10 million suit against Ford Motor Co, who used a sound alike voice for their TV commercials

Actress/Singer Bette Midler
Actress/Singer
Bette Midler
  • Jul 17 "Les Miserables" opens at Imperial Theatre, Tokyo
  • Jul 31 Guns & Roses song "Appetite for Destruction" is released
  • Aug 9 "Les Miserables" opens at Cameri Theatre, Tel Aviv
  • Aug 14 "Les Miserables" opens at Rock Theatre, Szeged, Hungary
  • Aug 22 Madonna's "Who's That Girl" single goes #1
  • Aug 25 Madonna sings in Rotterdam
  • Sep 11 4th MTV Video Music Awards: Peter Gabriel wins
  • Sep 14 'Les Miserables' opens at Rock Theatre, Vigzinhaz Budapest
  • Sep 20 "Big River" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 1005 performances
  • Sep 29 "Didn't We Almost Have It All," by Whitney Houston hits #1
  • Oct 1 "Roza" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Oct 12 21st Country Music Association Award: Hank William Jr wins

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Oct 12 George Harrison releases "Got My Mind Set On You"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Oct 15 "Late Nite Comic" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Oct 17 "Late Nite Comic" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Oct 19 "Anything Goes" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 804 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

Oct 20 Geffen records release their first album, Donna Summer's "The Wanderer"

Singer Donna Summer
Singer
Donna Summer
  • Oct 22 "Cabaret" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 262 performances
  • Oct 29 "Don't Get God Started" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 86 performances
  • Nov 2 George Harrison releases "Cloud 9" & McCartney releases "All the Best"
  • Nov 5 "Into the Woods" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 764 performances
  • Nov 5 Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine's musical "Into the Stars," premieres
  • Nov 11 "Roza" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Nov 12 "Teddy & Alice" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 77 performances
  • Nov 14 "La Cage aux Folles" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 1761 performances

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Nov 16 Paul McCartney releases "Once Upon a Long Ago"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Nov 17 The Madonna compilation album "You Can Dance" is released
  • Nov 27 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre Royal, Sydney
  • Nov 29 "Dreamgirls" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 177 performances
  • Dec 15 First National US Tour of "Les Miserables" opens at Shubert Theatre, Boston
  • Dec 19 Bruins' Linseman & Blues' Doug Gilmore score goals, 2 seconds apart

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Dec 20 "Nuts" with Barbra Streisand premieres

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Dec 26 "Les Miserables" opens at National Theatre of Iceland, Reykjavik