October 1987 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Oct 1 "Roza" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 12 performances

Music Single

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

Film Release

Oct 9 "Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll" documentary film directed by Taylor Hackford of 1986 concerts celebrating rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry is released

Album Release

Oct 10 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's 8th studio album "Tunnel of Love"

  • Oct 12 21st Country Music Association Award: Hank William Jr wins

Music Single

Oct 12 George Harrison releases single "Got My Mind Set On You", becomes his third solo #1 hit, and the last chart-topper by any of the Beatles

  • Oct 15 Allan Knee and Brian Gari's musical "Late Nite Comic" opens at Ritz Theater, NYC; runs 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
  • Oct 22 American composer John Adams's first opera, "Nixon in China", premieres at the Houston Grand Opera, in Houston, Texas
  • Oct 22 Revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's "Cabaret" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 262 performances

Music Premiere

Oct 27 Peter Shaffer's musical "Lettice & Lovage" premieres in London

  • 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

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 1 Hiroki Aiba, Japanese actor and singer (The Prince Of Tennis), born in Funabashi, Chiba, Japan
  • Oct 1 Michaela Coel, English actress, filmmaker and singer (Chewing Gum), born in London, England
  • Oct 8 Aya Hirano, Japanese voice actress and singer, born in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Oct 18 Zac Efron, American actor (17 Again), and singer (High School Musical; The Greatest Showman), born in San Luis Obispo, California,
  • Oct 21 Dean Lewis, Australian singer-songwriter ("Waves", "Be Alright"), born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Oct 23 Faye [Hamlin], Swedish pop singer ("Play"), born in Stockholm
  • Oct 23 Seo In-Guk, South Korean singer-songwriter and actor (The Master's Sun), born in Ulsan, South Korea
  • Oct 28 Frank Ocean [Christopher Breaux], American singer-songwriter ("Thinkin' 'Bout You"), born in Long Beach, California
  • Oct 29 Makoto Ogawa, Japanese pop singer (Morning Musume), born in Kashiwazaki, Japan
  • Oct 29 Tove Lo, Swedish singer-songwriter ("Sunshine Kitty"), born in Helsingborg, Sweden

Weddings in Music

Joe Cocker

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

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 9 Guru Gopinath, Indian classical dancer, dies at 79
  • Oct 13 Kishore Kumar, Indian singer and actor, dies at 58
  • Oct 14 Rodolfo Halffter, Spanish composer, and music critic, dies at 86
  • Oct 16 Dana Suesse, American musician and songwriter ("You Ought To Be In Pictures"), dies at 77
  • Oct 19 Jacqueline du Pre, British cellist, dies from complications of multiple sclerosis at 42
  • Oct 29 Woody Herman, American jazz clarinetist and composer (Thundering Herd), dies at 74