On This Day

January 1988 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 10 "Don't Get God Started" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 86 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 16 George Harrison's "Got My Mind Set On You" tops the Billboard charts

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Jan 17 "Teddy & Alice" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 77 performances
  • Jan 20 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Beach Boys; The Beatles; The Drifters; Bob Dylan; The Supremes; Woody Guthrie; Leadbelly; Les Paul; and Berry Gordy, Jr.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 25 15th American Music Awards: Anita Baker; Paul Simon; & Whitney Houston win

  • Jan 25 George Harrison releases "When We Was Fab"
  • Jan 26 "Phantom of the Opera" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 4,000+ performances
  • Jan 28 South African Mbongeni Ngema's musical "Sarafina!" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 597 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 5 Pauline [Vasseur] French pop singer-songwriter ("Allô le monde"), born in Lens, Pas-de-Calais, France
  • Jan 7 Haley Bennett, American singer & actress, born in Fort Myers, Florida
  • Jan 8 Adam T. Siska, American musician
  • Jan 14 Jordy [Lemoine], French singer, youngest singer (4 years) to have a #1, born in Paris, France
  • Jan 14 Mikalah Gordon, American pop singer, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jan 16 FKA Twiggs [Tahliah Barnett], English singer-songwriter (LP1), born in Cheltenham, England
  • Jan 18 Ronnie Day [Ronald Guglielmone Jr.], American singer-songwriter (Nine Sleepless Nights), born in Redwood City, California
  • Jan 21 William C. Woxlin, Swedish ambient and electronic music composer, born in Borlänge, Sweden
  • Jan 26 Mia Rose, British-Portuguese pop singer, born in Wimbledon, London

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 4 Lily Laskine, French harpist, dies at 94
  • Jan 29 Bantcho Bantchevsky, US opera singer, commits suicide
  • Jan 29 Rogier van Otterloo, Dutch composer and conductor, dies at 46