August 1987 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Aug 1 Music video channel MTV Europe launches, with Elton John throwing the switch; "Money For Nothing" Dire Straits is the first video presented

  • Aug 9 "Les Miserables" opens at Cameri Theatre, Tel Aviv
  • Aug 14 "Les Miserables" opens at Rock Theatre, Szeged, Hungary

#1 in the Charts

Aug 22 Madonna's "Who's That Girl" single goes #1

Television Premiere

Aug 31 Michael Jackson's "Bad" video, directed by Martin Scorcese, premieres during TV special "Michael Jackson: The Magic Returns" on CBS

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 9 Noonie Bao [Jonnali Mikaela Parmenius], Swedish pop songwriter and singer, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Aug 19 Anaïs Lameche, Swedish pop singer (Play), born in the French Alps
  • Aug 21 Kibum [Kim Ki-bum], South Korean actor (Rainbow Romance), and pop singer (Super Junior, 2003-06), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Aug 23 Nikki Gil, Filipina actress, host and singer, born in Manila, Philippines
  • Aug 25 Liu Yifei, Chinese actress and singer, born in Wuhan, China
  • Aug 25 Luka Šulić, Slovenian-Croatian cellist (2Cellos), born in Maribor, Slovenia

Weddings in Music

Dave Stewart

Aug 1 Bananarama's Siobhan Fahey (30) marries Eurythmics Dave Stewart (34); divorce in 1996

Tom Selleck

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

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 1 Pola Negri [Apolonia Chalupec], Polish-American stage and silent and sound screen actress (Forbidden Paradise; Madame Bovary), and singer, dies of pneumonia and a brain tumor at 92
  • Aug 4 Kenny Price, American country singer ("Walking on New Grass"; "Happy Tracks"), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Aug 5 Zygmunt Mycielski, Polish composer, music writer and editor (Ruch Muzyczny, 1957-68), dies at 79 [1]
  • Aug 13 Vincent Persichetti, American composer (Sibyl), dies at 72
  • Aug 17 Gary Chester [Cesario Gurciullo], Italian-American sessiondrummer (Monkees; Lovin' Spoonful) and drum instructor, dies at 62
  • Aug 23 Siegfried Borris, German composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 27 Charlie Smalls, American Tony Award-winning composer and songwriter (The Wiz), dies of a burst appendix at 43