June 1989 in Music History

Events in Music

Tony Awards

Jun 4 43rd Tony Awards: "The Heidi Chronicles" (play) and "Jerome Robbins' Broadway" (musical) win

Music City News Awards

Jun 5 23rd Music City News Country Awards: Ricky Van Shelton & Randy Travis win

Album Release

Jun 5 Paul McCartney releases "Flowers in the Dirt", his eighth solo studio album, featuring the Elvis Costello collaboration "My Brave Face"

Music History

Jun 13 Piano playing rock singer Jerry Lee Lewis gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Music History

Jun 14 "You've Got A Friend" singer-songwriter Carole King gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

Film Premiere

Jun 16 "Ghostbusters II", American supernatural comedy film sequel, directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd premieres

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 16 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Elvis Costello, Van Morrison, and Suzanne Vega headline; other performers include: Bhundu Boys, Fairground Attraction, Hothouse Flowers, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens, Yossou N'Dour, Pixies, The Proclaimers, Throwing Muses, The Waterboys, Lucinda Williams, Womack & Womack, and Flaco Jiménez

  • Jun 18 "Starmites" closes at Criter Ctr SR Theater NYC after 60 performances
  • Jun 30 "Great Balls of Fire!" a quasi-biographical drama film starring Dennis Quaid as rockabilly pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis premieres; Lewis hates the film and the book from which it is sourced, but praises Quaid's performance
  • Jun 30 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre Muzyczyny in Gdynia, Poland

Birthdays in Music

  • Jun 8 Gary Wilson, Scottish Musician
  • Jun 10 Alexandra Stan, Romanian dance music singer-songwriter (Mr. Saxobeat), born in Constanța, Romania
  • Jun 13 Lisa Tucker, American singer and actress (American Idol), born in Anaheim, California
  • Jun 18 Renee Olstead, American singer and actress
  • Jun 25 Sam Ryder, English singer-songwriter ("Space Man" - Eurovision 2022), born in Maldon, England

Weddings in Music

  • Jun 2 Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman (52) weds Mandy Smith (18); divorced in 1993
  • Jun 3 Country singer Rebe McEntire weds her manager Narvel Blackstone at Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Divorces in Music

Courtney Love

Jun 15 Singer-songwriter Courtney Love (24) divorces vocalist James Moreland only 4 months after getting married

Deaths in Music

  • Jun 3 Scott Ross, American-French harpsichordist (recorded all 555 sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti), dies of AIDS related pneumonia at 38
  • Jun 4 Andor Kovács, Hungarian classical guitarist, and composer, dies at 60
  • Jun 4 Václav Kašlík, Czech opera composer (Krakatit), conductor, and director, dies at 71
  • Jun 9 Rashid Behbudov, Azerbaijani singer and actor, dies of kidney disease at 73
  • Jun 12 Lou Monte {Scaglione], Italian-American novelty song singer-songwriter (Peppino the Italian Mouse; Dominick the Donkey), dies at 72
  • Jun 12 Peter Baden, Norwegian composer, organist and music critic, dies at 80
  • Jun 14 Pete de Freitas, British drummer (Echo & the Bunnyman), dies in a motorcycle accident at 27
  • Jun 22 Bengt Johansson, Finnish composer, dies at 74
  • Jun 22 Henri Sauguet [Poupard], French organist and composer (Symphonie Expiatoire), dies at 88