On This Day

January 1990 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 10 "Les Miserables" opens at Mechanic Theatre, Baltimore

Hall of Fame

Jan 17 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Hank Ballard; Bobby Darin; The Four Seasons; The Four Tops; The Kinks; The Platters; Simon and Garfunkel; The Who; Louis Armstrong; Charlie Christian; Ma Rainey; Gerry Goffin and Carole King; and Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

Music Awards

Jan 22 17th American Music Awards: Paula Abdul & Bobby Brown win

Singer & Judge of American Idol Paula Abdul
Singer & Judge of American Idol
Paula Abdul

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 8 Maci Wainwright, American singer, born in Edmond, Oklahoma
  • Jan 14 Grant Gustin, American actor & singer (The Flash), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Jan 30 Eiza Gonzalez, Mexican actress & singer, born in Mexico City, Mexico

Divorces in Music

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Jan 3 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (41) divorces singer/dancer Sarah Brightman (29) after almost 7 years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 2 Vladimir Ussachevsky, Manchurian-American composer (Creation), dies at 78
  • Jan 3 Arthur Gold, American pianist, half of Gold and Fizdale duo (b. 1917)
  • Jan 12 Paul Amadeus Pisk, composer, dies at 96
  • Jan 17 Fritz "Freddie" Brocksieper, German big band jazz drummer, and bandleader, dies at 77
  • Jan 18 Melanie Appleby, rocker (Mel & Kim), dies of liver cancer at 23
  • Jan 19 Semprini, English musician (b. 1908)
  • Jan 20 Miloslav Istvan, composer, dies at 61
  • Jan 20 Hayedeh, Persian singer (b. 1942)
  • Jan 23 [Piet] "Peter" Sweval, American rock bassist (Looking Glass - "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" ; Starz - "Cherry Baby"), dies of AIDS at 42
  • Jan 23 (Larken) Allen Collins, American southern rock guitarist, and songwriter (Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Free Bird"; "Gimme Three Steps"; Rossington-Collins Band - "Don't Misunderstand Me"), dies from chronic pneumonia, a complication of the paralysis suffered in a drunk driving accident, at 37