On This Day

June 1988 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jun 1 "Les Miserables" opens at Shubert Theatre, LA
  • Jun 4 Revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's "Cabaret" closes at Imperial Theater, NYC, after 262 performances
  • Jun 4 42nd Tony Awards: "M Butterfly" and "Phantom of the Opera" win

Music awardsMusic City News Awards

Jun 6 22nd Music City News Country Awards: Randy Travis & Statler Brothers win

Country Music Singer Randy Travis
Country Music Singer
Randy Travis
  • Jun 11 "Everything Your Heart Desires" by Daryl Hall & John Oates peaks at #3
  • Jun 11 "Rooty Toot Toot" by John Cougar Mellencamp peaks at #61

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 11 "We All Sleep Alone" by Cher peaks at #14

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher
  • Jun 11 Freedomfest - Mandela addresses Wembley Stadium London

Music concertMusic Concert

Jun 11 Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert includes Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, Dire Straits, Stevie Wonder, Tracy Chapman, Hugh Masekela & Miriam Makeba, Youssou N’Dour, Peter Gabriel, Al Green, Joan Armatrading; Jessye Norman, and The Eurythmics at Wembley Stadium, London; broadcast to 67 countries with estimated audience of 600 million

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
Rock Vocalist Peter Gabriel
Rock Vocalist
Peter Gabriel
Singer Whitney Houston
Singer
Whitney Houston

Music releaseMusic Single

Jun 13 George Harrison releases single "This Is Love"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 14 Woman sues Chuck Berry for $5,000,000, alleges he hit her

Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Chuck Berry
Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Chuck Berry
  • Jun 14 "Guy" debut album by Guy is released
  • Jun 21 American rock band The Rascals begin their 1st tour in 20 years
  • Jun 25 "Chess" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 68 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jun 1 Nami Tamaki, Japanese pop singer
  • Jun 1 Christine and the Queens [Héloïse Letissier], French singer-songwriter (Chaleur humaine), born in Nantes, France
  • Jun 14 Kevin Michael McHale, American singer
  • Jun 16 Keshia Chante, Canadian singer
  • Jun 16 Leeland Dayton Mooring, American musician (Leeland)
  • Jun 23 Isabella Leong Lok-Sze, Hong Kong singer, actress and model
  • Jun 28 Lacey Schwimmer, American dancer (So You Think You Can Dance), born in Redland, California

Weddings in Music

  • Jun 19 Danny Spitz, heavy metal artist (Anthrax), weds Valerie

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jun 17 Bruce Springsteen separates from Julianne Phillips

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Singer-Songwriter
Bruce Springsteen

Deaths in Music

  • Jun 4 Allan Reuss, American jazz, big band, and session guitarist (Benny Goodman; Glenn Miller; Mildred Bailey), dies at 72
  • Jun 12 Marcel Poot, Belgian baron and composer, dies at 87
  • Jun 19 Zdeněk Blažek, Czech composer and music theorist (Verchovina), dies at 83
  • Jun 22 Dennis Day [Owen Patrick Eugene McNulty], Irish-American tenor ("Danny Boy"), and comedian (Jack Benny Show), dies of ALS at 72
  • Jun 22 Jesse Ed Davis, Native American session and touring guitarist (Taj Mahal; Concert for Bangladesh; The Faces), dies of a drug overdose at 43
  • Jun 24 Hibari Misora [Kazue Katō], Japanese pop singer ("Kawa no nagare no yō ni" - Like the Flow of the River), dies of heart failure at 52
  • Jun 25 Hillel Slovak, Israeli musician (Anthym/What Is This?, Red Hot Chili Peppers) (b. 1962)