1987 in Music

Events in Music

  • 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

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 3 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts 1st female artist, Aretha Franklin

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • Jan 20 Rhino Records 1st #1, Billy Vera & Beaters' "At This Moment"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 and Singer Bette Midler
Actress and 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

Music releaseAlbum Release

Aug 16 Bon Jovi release their 3rd album "Slippery When Wet" (Billboard's top selling album of 1987)

Rock guitarist Richie Sambora
Rock guitarist
Richie Sambora
  • Aug 22 Madonna's "Who's That Girl" single goes #1
  • Aug 25 Madonna sings in Rotterdam
  • Aug 31 Michael Jackson's "Bad" video premieres on CBS TV
  • 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

Music releaseMusic Single

Oct 6 "Faith" single released by George Michael (Billboard Song of the Year 1988)

Pop Superstar George Michael
Pop Superstar
George Michael

Music releaseAlbum Release

Oct 10 Bruce Springsteen releases his 9th album "Tunnel of Love"

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Singer-Songwriter
Bruce Springsteen
  • Oct 12 21st Country Music Association Award: Hank William Jr wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • Oct 30 "Faith" debut album by George Michael is released
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 2 Syesha Mercado, American singer
  • Jan 8 Cynthia Erivo, British actress and singer-songwriter, born in London, England
  • Jan 9 Paolo Nutini, Scottish singer/songwriter
  • Jan 15 Aria C Jalali, American musician
  • Jan 23 Felicia Brandström, Swedish singer
  • Jan 27 Katy Rose, American pop singer
  • Jan 31 Tyler Hubbard, American country musician (Florida Georgia Line), born in Monroe, Georgia
  • Jan 31 Marcus Mumford, British singer-songwriter (Mumford and Sons), born in Orange County, California
  • Feb 10 Choi Si Won, Korean singer (Super Junior), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Feb 14 Julia Savicheva, Russian singer
  • Feb 24 Chieko Kawabe, Japanese singer, model and actress
  • Feb 25 Eva Avila, Canadian singer
  • Feb 26 Juliet Simms, Guitarist and vocals for the band Automatic Loveletter
  • Mar 1 Sammie Bush, Boyton Beach Florida, American R&B singer ("I Like It")
  • Mar 1 Kesha Rose Sebert, American pop singer (Tik Tok), born in LA, CA
  • Mar 9 Lil' Bow Wow [Shad Gregory Moss], American rapper and actor (Beware of Dogs), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Mar 11 Tomethy Furse, British bassist (The Horrors)
  • Mar 26 Yui, Japanese musician
  • Apr 3 Julie Sokolow, American film director and musician, born in Holmdel, New Jersey
  • Apr 9 Jesse McCartney, American actor and singer
  • Apr 10 Hayley Westenra, New Zealand soprano and UNICEF ambassador, born in Christchurch, New Zealand

Person of interestJoss Stone

Apr 11 Joss Stone, English singer-songwriter (The Soul Sessions), born in Dover, Kent

Singer Joss Stone
Singer
Joss Stone
  • Apr 12 Brendon Urie, American musician (Panic! at the Disco), born in St. George, Utah
  • Apr 16 Milton J Cross, American TV announcer (Met Opera Auditions of the Air), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 16 Neil Haskell, American contemporary dancer (SYTYCD season 3 finalist), born in Clarence Center, New York
  • Apr 18 Sandra Lyng Haugen, Norwegian singer
  • May 2 Nana Kitade, Japanese singer and songwriter, born in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
  • May 4 Anjeza Shahini, Albanian singer (The Image of You), born in Tirana, Albania
  • May 5 Marija Šestić, Bosnian singer
  • May 15 Jennylyn Mercado, Filipina actress and singer
  • May 24 Dominika Kasprzycka, Polish singer
  • Jun 1 Mike Protich, American rock musician (Red Sun Rising),
  • Jun 2 Darin Zanyar, Swedish Singer
  • Jun 3 Lalaine, American actress and singer
  • Jun 6 Kyle Falconer, Scottish musician
  • Jun 11 TiA, Japanese R&B singer

Person of interestDiana DeGarmo

Jun 16 Diana DeGarmo, American singer (American Idol) and actress (The Young and the Restless), born in Birmingham, Alabama

  • Jun 21 Kim Ryeowook, Korean pop singer
  • Jul 6 Kate Nash, English singer/songwriter
  • Jul 11 Shigeaki Kato, Japanese idol singer (NEWS)
  • Jul 20 Brent Wilson, former bassist for Panic At The Disco
  • Jul 20 Nicola Benedetti, Scottish classical violinist, born in West Kilbride, North Ayrshire
  • Jul 29 Sabra Johnson, American dancer
  • Aug 19 Anaïs Lameche, Swedish singer (Play)
  • Aug 21 Kim Kibum, South Korean actor and singer, one of the member of Korean boy band Super Junior, born in Seoul
  • Aug 23 Nikki Gil, Filipina actress, host and singer
  • Aug 25 Liu Yifei, Chinese actress and singer, born in Wuhan, China
  • Aug 25 Luka Šulić, Slovenian-Croatian cellist (2Cellos), born in Maribor, Slovenia
  • Sep 1 Daniel "Dann" Hume, New Zealand musician (Evermore), born in Feilding, New Zealand
  • Sep 2 Spencer Smith, American musician (Panic at the Disco)
  • Sep 6 Ramiele Malubay, American singer
  • Sep 16 Travis Wall, American Dancer/Dance Instructor
  • Sep 18 Jinkx Monsoon [Jerick Hoffer], American drag queen, actor and singer (RuPaul's Drag Race season 5 winner), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Sep 20 Jack Lawless, American drummer for the Jonas Brothers
  • Sep 26 Rosie Munter, Swedish singer (Play)

Person of interestHilary Duff

Sep 28 Hilary Duff, actress and singer (Lizzie McGuire), born in Houston, Texas

Actress/Singer Hilary Duff
Actress/Singer
Hilary Duff
  • Sep 30 Denise Laurel, Filipine actress and singer
  • Sep 30 Aida Garifullina, Russian soprano (Operalia 2013), born in Kazan, Russia
  • Oct 1 Hiroki Aiba, Japanese actor, singer
  • Oct 18 Zac Efron, American actor (High School Musical, 17 Again), born in San Luis Obispo, California,
  • Oct 23 Faye Hamlin, Swedish singer (Play)
  • Oct 28 Frank Ocean [Christopher Breaux], American singer-songwriter (Thinkin Bout You), born in Long Beach, California
  • Oct 29 Makoto Ogawa, Japanese singer
  • Nov 4 T.O.P. [Choi Seung-hyun], Korean singer-songwriter (Big Bang) and actor, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Nov 5 Kevin Jonas, American guitarist, member of the Jonas Brothers
  • Nov 24 Megan Mullins, American singer
  • Nov 24 Sabi, American pop singer-songwriter (You Make Me Feel...), born in Inglewood, California
  • Nov 30 Dougie Poynter, British singer and bassist (McFly)
  • Dec 2 Teairra Mari, American R&B singer
  • Dec 7 Aaron Carter, American singer and actor
  • Dec 11 Natalia Gordienko, Moldovan singer and dancer
  • Dec 18 Ayaka, Japanese singer

Weddings in Music

  • Jan 3 Singer/Miss America Vanessa Williams marries Ramon T Hervey in NYC
  • Jan 9 Sir Rudolph Bing (of NY Met Opera) marries Lady Carroll Douglass
  • May 16 Rocker David Crosby weds Jan Dance in LA

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 7 "Magnum, P.I." actor Tom Selleck (42) weds actress and dancer Jillie Mack (29) in Incline Village, Nevada

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 11 Rock and blues singer Joe Cocker (43) weds Pam Baker

Rocker Joe Cocker
Rocker
Joe Cocker

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 16 Actress Lisa Bonet marries singer Lenny Kravitz

Musician Lenny Kravitz
Musician
Lenny Kravitz

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 6 Domingo Santa Cruz Wilson, Chilean composer, dies at 87
  • Jan 7 Larry Carr, pianist (Flight to Rhythm), dies at 72
  • Jan 10 Marion Hutton, American actress and singer (Glenn Miller Orchestra), dies at 67
  • Jan 11 Albert Ferber, Swiss-English pianist (b. 1911)
  • Jan 15 Dolores Hawkins, singer (Guy Mitchell Show), dies at 58
  • Jan 15 Ray Bolger, American actor and dancer (The Wizard of Oz), dies at 83
  • Jan 19 Fred Lohse, German composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 25 Emil Hlobil, Czech composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 29 Ivo Lhotka-Kalinski, composer, dies at 73
  • Feb 2 Patrick "Spike" Hughes, British jazz musician (Cinderella), dies at 78

Person of interestLiberace

Feb 4 Liberace, pianist (Liberace Show, Evil Chandell-Batman), dies at 67

Pianist Liberace
Pianist
Liberace
  • Feb 14 Bola Sete, guitarist, dies at 63
  • Feb 15 Jimmy Holiday, American singer (Baby I Love You), dies at 42
  • Feb 15 Osmo Uolevi Lindeman, composer, dies at 57
  • Feb 18 Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky, composer, dies at 82
  • Feb 20 Ivan Brkanovic, composer, dies at 80
  • Feb 25 James Coco, American character actor and singer (Only When I Laugh, Man of La Mancha, Murder by Death), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Feb 28 Nora Kaye, US ballet dancer, dies at 67
  • Mar 13 Finn Videro, Danish organist and composer, dies at 80
  • Mar 13 Gerald Moore, England, pianist (Am I Too Loud), dies at 87
  • Mar 20 Norman Harris, guitarist (O'Jays), dies at 39 of heart failure
  • Mar 21 Robert Preston [Meservey], American actor (Music Man, Mame, Last Starfighter), dies of lung cancer at 68
  • Mar 23 Dean Paul Martin, musician/tennis pro, killed in plane crash at 29
  • Mar 26 Eugen Jochum, German conductor (b. 1902)
  • Mar 27 Bruno Kiefer, German-born Brazilian composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 28 Maria Augusta Trapp, singer (Trapp Family Singers), dies at 82

Person of interestBuddy Rich

Apr 2 Buddy Rich, drummer/orchestra leader (Away We Go), dies at 69

Jazz Drummer/Band Leader Buddy Rich
Jazz Drummer/Band Leader
Buddy Rich
  • Apr 3 Hans Gál, Austrian-British composer, dies at 97
  • Apr 7 Maxine Sullivan [Marietta Williams], American jazz vocalist and performer (Going Places), dies following a seizure at 75
  • Apr 14 Karl Holler, composer, dies at 79
  • Apr 17 Carlton Barrett, Jamaican reggae drummer ("No Woman No Cry"), dies at 36
  • Apr 20 Antony Tudor, English dancer and choreographer (Amer Ballet Theater) dies at 78
  • Apr 26 Shankar, Of Noted Bollywood Music Director Duo Shankar-Jaikishan (b. 1922)
  • May 3 Dalida [Yolande Christina Gigliotti], Egyptian-born Italian French singer, commits suicide at 54
  • May 4 Paul Butterfield, singer/harmonica player, dies of drug abuse at 44
  • May 12 Victor Feldman, British jazz pianist and drummer, dies at 53 of a heart attack
  • May 22 Mario Zafred, composer, dies at 65
  • May 23 Karel Albert, Flemish composer (Marieken van Nymeghen), dies at 86
  • May 24 Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold, British actress (Gigi, Music Man), dies at 89
  • May 30 Turk Murphy, jazz trombonist, dies at 71
  • Jun 2 Andres Segovia, Spanish composer/guitarist, dies at 94
  • Jun 2 Sammy Kaye, American orchestra leader (Swing and Sway With Sammy Kaye)), dies of cancer at 77
  • Jun 8 Yogi Horton, drummer (Luther Vandross), commits suicide at 33

Person of interestFred Astaire

Jun 22 Fred Astaire, American tap dancer, presenter and actor (Easter Parade, Swingtime), dies at 88

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
  • Jun 25 Boudleaux Bryant, American country music and pop songwriter (Rocky Top, Love Hurts, Bye Bye Love), dies at 67
  • Jun 30 Federico Mompou, Spanish composer, dies at 94
  • Jul 1 Snakefinger, British-born musician (b. 1949)
  • Jul 10 John H. Hammond, American music producer, critic and activist, discovered Billie Holiday, dies at 76
  • Jul 15 Jack O'Hagan, cricketer and composer (Our Don Bradman), dies at 88
  • Jul 26 Joe Liggins, American pianist and vocalist (The Honeydripper), dies at 71
  • Aug 5 Zygmunt Mycielsky, composer, dies at 79
  • Aug 13 Vincent Persichetti, American composer (Sibyl), dies at 72
  • Aug 17 Gary Chester [Cesario Gurciullo], drummer (Monkees, Lovin' Spoonful) and drum instructor, dies at 62
  • Aug 23 Siegfried Borris, composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 29 Archie Campbell, American country music comedian (b. 1914)
  • Sep 3 Morton Feldman, US composer, dies at 61
  • Sep 11 Peter Tosh, Jamaican reggae musician (The Wailers), shot dead in Jamaica at 42
  • Sep 11 Ludovic Feldman, Romanian composer, dies at 94
  • Sep 21 Jaco Pastorius, American jazz musician and bass guitarist (Weather Report), dies at 35
  • Sep 22 Louis Kentner, Hungarian-British composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 23 Bob Fosse, choreographer (All the Jazz), dies at 62
  • Sep 23 O. B. McClinton, American country singer (Man needs a woman), dies at 47
  • Oct 9 Guru Gopinath, Indian classical dancer (b. 1908)
  • Oct 13 Kishore Kumar, Indian singer and actor, dies at 58
  • Oct 14 Rodolfo Halffter, composer, dies at 86
  • Oct 16 Dana Suesse, songwriter (You Ought to be in Pictures), dies at 75
  • Oct 19 Jacqueline du Pre, British cellist, dies at 42
  • Oct 29 Woody Herman, American bandleader/composer (Thundering Herds), dies at 74
  • Nov 6 Zohar Argov, Israeli singer (b. 1955)
  • Nov 16 Zubir Said, Singaporean composer who composed Singapore's national anthem (b. 1907)
  • Nov 17 Irene Wicker, singer/actress (Singing Lady), dies at 81
  • Nov 22 Ted Taylor, rock vocalist, dies
  • Nov 26 Emmanuel Bondeville, composer, dies at 89
  • Nov 28 Paul Arma, Hungarian-French composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 5 "Fat" Larry James, US drummer (Fat Larry's Band-Zoom), dies at 38
  • Dec 10 Jascha Heifetz, Russian violinist, dies at 86
  • Dec 12 Louis de Meester, composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 12 Enrique Jorrín, Cuban musician and composer (b. 1926)
  • Dec 12 Truman "Pinky" Tomlin, American singer and actor (Sing While You're Able, With Love and Kisses), dies from a heart attack at 80
  • Dec 18 Conny Plank, German record producer and musician, dies at 47
  • Dec 22 Leonidas Zoras, composer, dies at 82