January 1988 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Concert

Jan 3 Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night premieres on Cinemax; concert performance includes James Burton; Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, and k.d. lang)

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

#1 in the Charts

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

  • Jan 17 "Teddy & Alice" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 77 performances

Theatrical Finale

Jan 17 Herb Gardner's stage comedy "I'm Not Rappaport", starring Judd Hirsch and Cleavon Little, closes at the Booth Theatre, NYC, after 891 performances, winning 3 Tony Awards

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Jan 20 3rd 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 Premiere

Jan 26 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Charles Hart's musical "Phantom of the Opera", directed by Hal Prince and starring Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman, opens at Majestic Theater, NYC ; runs for 13,981 performances, winning 7 Tony Awards, and becoming Broadway's longest-running shows

  • Jan 28 South African Mbongeni Ngema and Hugh Masakala's musical "Sarafina!", based on the Soweto Uprising against apartheid, opens at the Cort Theater, NYC; runs for 597 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 2 Mandy Harvey, American jazz and pop singer-songwriter, profoundly deaf since age 18, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jan 5 Pauline [Vasseur] French pop singer-songwriter ("Allô le monde"), born in Lens, Pas-de-Calais, France
  • Jan 8 Adam T. Siska, American rock bassist (The Academy Is...), born in the US Virgin Islands
  • 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 15 Skrillex [Sonny Moore], American Grammy Award-winning dance music DJ and record producer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 16 FKA Twiggs [Tahliah Barnett], English singer-songwriter (LP1), born in Cheltenham, England
  • Jan 18 Ronnie Day [Guglielmone], 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 4 Predrag Milošević Serbian pianist, conductor, composer (Simfonijeta), and pedagogue, dies at 83
  • Jan 29 Bantcho Bantchevsky, Bulgarian-American singer, commits suicide during a performance of at the Metropolitan Opera at 81
  • Jan 29 Rogier van Otterloo, Dutch composer and conductor, dies at 46