On This Day

October 1990 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Oct 2 "Michael Feinstein in Concert" opens at Golden NYC for 30 performances
  • Oct 3 Florida record store owner Charles Freeman is found guilty of obscenity, for selling 2 Live Crew rap records
  • Oct 4 "Stand Up Tragedy" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • Oct 8 24th Country Music Association Award: George Strait wins

Radio History

Oct 9 Radio stations around world play "Imagine" honoring John Lennon on what would have been his 50th birthday

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Album Release

Oct 10 Mexican singer and actress Thalia releases her debut album "Thalía"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Thalía
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Thalía
  • Oct 11 "Miser" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 93 performances
  • Oct 16 "Stand Up Tragedy" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 13 performances

Music History

Oct 17 "Jackie Mason - Brand New" opens at Neil Simon Theater, NYC; runs for 216 performances

Comedian Jackie Mason
Comedian
Jackie Mason
  • Oct 17 "Les Miserables" opens at Imperial Theatre, NY & His Majesty's Theatre, Perth

Music History

Oct 17 Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong drops out of school to pursue a career in music

  • Oct 18 "Once on this Island" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 469 performances
  • Oct 25 "Les Miserables" opens again at Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia
  • Oct 27 "Michael Feinstein in Concert" closes at Golden NYC after 30 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 23 Stevie Brock, American pop singer, born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Oct 31 Lil JJ [James Charles Lewis], American actor (Just Jordan) and singer ("Party Boi"), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Oct 31 Johanna Söderberg, Swedish pop-country-folk singer-songwriter (First Aid Kit - "Emmylou"), born in Enskede, Sweden

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 1 Andrzej Krzanowski, Polish classical composer and accordionist (The Wind Carries the Echo Across a Wood Clearing), dies at 49
  • Oct 3 Eleanor Steber, American soprano (Metropolitan Opera, 1940-61), dies following unsuccessful heart surgery at 74
  • Oct 8 B.J. Wilson, British session and touring rock drummer (Procol Harum, 1967-77; Joe Cocker), dies of drug overdose complications and pneumonia at 43

Leonard Bernstein

Oct 14 Leonard Bernstein, American conductor and composer (West Side Story), dies of heart attack at 72

Conductor and Composer Leonard Bernstein
Conductor and Composer
Leonard Bernstein
  • Oct 16 Art Blakey, American jazz drummer (Jazz Messengers), dies of cancer at 71
  • Oct 16 Jorge Bolet, Cuban-born American pianist known for his performances of the work of Franz Liszt, dies at 75
  • Oct 27 Xavier Cugat, Spanish-American bandleader, dies at 90