On This Day

January 1987 in Music History

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 Aretha Franklin is the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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
  • Jan 21 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Coasters; Eddie Cochran; Bo Diddley; Aretha Franklin; Marvin Gaye; Bill Haley; B.B. King; Clyde McPhatter; Ricky Nelson; Roy Orbison; Carl Perkins; Smokey Robinson; Joe Turner; Muddy Waters; Jackie Wilson; Louis Jordan; T-Bone Walker; Hank Williams; Leonard Chess; Ahmet Ertegun; Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller; and Jerry Wexler

Music awardsMusic Awards

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


Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 2 Syesha Mercado, American pop and soul singer, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut

Person of interestCynthia Erivo

Jan 8 Cynthia Erivo, British actress (Harriet Tubman) and singer-songwriter, born in London, England

Actress Cynthia Erivo
Actress
Cynthia Erivo
  • Jan 9 Paolo Nutini, Scottish rock singer & songwriter (Sunny Side Up), born in Paisley, United Kingdom
  • Jan 15 Aria C Jalali, American rock musician, born in California
  • Jan 23 Felicia Brandström, Swedish singer, born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 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

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 3 Singer and former Miss America Vanessa Williams (23) marries Ramon T. Hervey in NYC; divorce 1997

Singer and Actress Vanessa Williams
Singer and Actress
Vanessa Williams
  • Jan 9 Sir Rudolph Bing (of NY Met Opera) marries Lady Carroll Douglass

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 14 Alton Purnell, American Dixieland jazz pianist, and singer, dies at 75
  • 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 16 Robert De Kers [Keersmaeker], Belgian jazz trumpeter and bandleaders, dies at 80
  • Jan 18 George Thalben-Ball, Australian-English organist (Birmingham City Organist, 1949-83), and composer (Elegy), dies at 90
  • Jan 19 Fred Lohse, German composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 25 Emil Hlobil, Czech composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 29 Ivo Lhotka-Kalinski, Yugoslav composer, dies at 73