January 1989 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 2 "Superwoman" single released by Karyn White (Billboard Song of the Year 1989)
  • Jan 8 "42nd Street" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 3,486 performances
  • Jan 8 "Starlight Express" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 761 performances
  • Jan 14 "Romance/Romance" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 297 performances
  • Jan 15 "Ain't Misbehavin'" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 176 performances
  • Jan 26 "Black & Blue" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 829 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 30 16th American Music Awards: Randy Travis and George Michael win

Pop Superstar George Michael
Pop Superstar
George Michael

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 13 Triinu Kivilaan, Estonian singer
  • Jan 25 Sheryfa Luna, French R&B singer, born in Évreux, France
  • Jan 30 Khleo Thomas, American actor and rapper

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 5 Philip Herschkowitz, Romanian composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 8 Johnny Jordaan, [Jan van Musscher], Dutch folk singer, dies at 64
  • Jan 10 Donald Voorhees, American conductor (Bell Telephone Hour), dies at 85
  • Jan 20 Halsey Stevens, American composer (Triskelion), dies at 80
  • Jan 21 Billy [Dorothy] Tipton, American jazz pianist/saxophonist/bandleader, dies at 74
  • Jan 27 Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor [Okey Ka Fairy Ko!], dies at 70
  • Jan 31 Yasushi Akutagawa, Japanese composer (Orpheus of Hiroshima, Ellora Symphony), dies at 63