On This Day

Events in Music in 1987

  • Jan 3 "Oh Coward!" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • Jan 3 "Smile" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 48 performances

Hall of Fame

Jan 3 Aretha Franklin is the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

  • Jan 20 Rhino Records 1st #1, Billy Vera & Beaters' "At This Moment"

Music History

Jan 21 B.B. King donates his 7,000 record collection to the University of Mississippi

Hall of Fame

Jan 21 Muddy Waters is inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame"

Hall of Fame

Jan 21 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Coasters; Eddie Cochran; Bo Diddley; Aretha Franklin; Marvin Gaye; Bill Haley; B.B. King; Clyde McPhatter; Ricky Nelson; Roy Orbison; Carl Perkins; Smokey Robinson; Joe Turner; Muddy Waters; Jackie Wilson; Louis Jordan; T-Bone Walker; Hank Williams; Leonard Chess; Ahmet Ertegun; Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller; and Jerry Wexler

  • Feb 7 "Ronnies Rap" by Ron & DC Crew peaks at #93

#1 in the Charts

Feb 7 Madonna's "Open Your Heart" single goes #1

Music History

Feb 15 1982 Masters champion Craig Stadler is disqualified from Andy Williams Open for kneeling on a towel to make a shot

  • Feb 19 "Stardust" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 102 performances
  • Feb 24 29th Grammy Awards: Higher Love, Graceland, Bruce Hornsby wins
  • Feb 26 1st release of Beatles compact discs

Album Release

Mar 9 U2 release their fifth album "The Joshua Tree" (Grammy for Best Album 1988)

  • Mar 12 "Les Miserables" opens at Broadway/Imperial NYC for 4000+ performances
  • Mar 15 "Starlight Express" opens at Gershwin Theater in NYC for 761 performances
  • Mar 15 "Sweet Charity" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 368 performances

Soul Train Music Awards

Mar 24 1st Soul Train Music Awards: Janet Jackson, Luther Vandross win

  • Apr 2 "Mikado" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 46 performances

Music History

Apr 4 "Always & Forever" second studio album by Randy Travis (Billboard Album of the Year 1988)

  • Apr 15 "Barbara Cook: A Concert" opens at Ambassador NYC for 13 performances
  • Apr 26 "Barbara Cook: A Concert" closes at Ambassador NYC after 13 performances
  • May 3 "Mikado" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • May 9 32nd Eurovision Song Contest: Johnny Logan for Ireland wins singing "Hold Me Now" in Brussels
  • May 16 "Mystery of Edwin Drood" closes at Imperial NYC after 608 performances

Music History

May 16 Weird Al Yankovic performs live at 72nd National Orange Show

  • May 17 "Stardust" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 102 performances

Music History

May 29 Michael Jackson attempts to buy Elephant Man's remains

  • Jun 7 41st Tony Awards: Fences & Les Miserables win
  • Jun 8 21st Music City News Country Awards: Randy Travis wins
  • Jun 28 "Dreamgirls" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 177 performances
  • Jul 1 WHN-AM in NY City changes call letters to WFAN (now WEVD) replacing WHN's country music, WYNY-FM adopts country music format
  • Jul 11 Heart's "Alone" single goes #1 for 3 weeks

Music History

Jul 13 Federal judge throws out Bette Midler's $10 million suit against Ford Motor Co, who used a sound alike voice for their TV commercials

Music Single

Jul 13 Kylie Minogue releases her debut single "Locomotion"

Music History

Jul 15 Boy George barred from British TV show, he may be a bad influence

  • Jul 17 "Les Miserables" opens at Imperial Theatre, Tokyo

Album Release

Jul 21 Guns & Roses debut album "Appetite for Destruction" is released, and becomes the best-selling debut album of all time with more than 30 million copies sold

Agreement of Interest

Jul 29 Ben & Jerry's and Jerry Garcia agree on new flavor: Cherry Garcia

  • Aug 9 "Les Miserables" opens at Cameri Theatre, Tel Aviv
  • Aug 14 "Les Miserables" opens at Rock Theatre, Szeged, Hungary

Album Release

Aug 16 Bon Jovi release their 3rd album "Slippery When Wet" (Billboard's top selling album of 1987)

  • Sep 14 'Les Miserables' opens at Rock Theatre, Vigzinhaz Budapest

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 19 Farm Aid III held in Lincoln, Nebraska; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, John Denver, and Joe Walsh

  • Sep 20 "Big River" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 1005 performances
  • Sep 29 "Didn't We Almost Have It All," by Whitney Houston hits #1

Music Concert

Sep 30 Roy Orbison and friends (including James Burton; Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, and k.d. lang) film performance at the Ambassador Hotel's Coconut Grove nightclub in Los Angeles, California for Cinemax

  • Oct 1 "Roza" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 12 performances

Music Single

Oct 6 "Faith" single released by George Michael (Billboard Song of the Year 1988)

  • Oct 10 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's 8th studio album "Tunnel of Love"
  • Oct 12 21st Country Music Association Award: Hank William Jr wins

Music Single

Oct 12 George Harrison releases single "Got My Mind Set On You", becomes his third solo #1 hit, and the last chart-topper by any of the Beatles

  • Oct 15 Allan Knee and Brian Gari's musical "Late Nite Comic" opens at Ritz Theater, NYC; runs for 4 performances
  • Oct 17 "Late Nite Comic" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Oct 19 "Anything Goes" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 804 performances
  • Oct 22 Revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's "Cabaret" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 262 performances

Music Premiere

Oct 27 Peter Shaffer's musical "Lettice & Lovage" premieres in London

Music Premiere

Nov 5 Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's fairytale musical "Into the Woods" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC; runs for 764 performances, wins 3 Tony Awards and 5 Drama Desk Awards

  • Nov 11 "Roza" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Nov 12 "Teddy & Alice" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 77 performances

Music History

Nov 13 Sonny & Cher perform together for the final time, singing "I Got You Babe" on 'Late Night with David Letterman' (NBC)

  • Nov 14 "La Cage aux Folles" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 1761 performances

Music History

Nov 16 Paul McCartney releases "Once Upon a Long Ago"

  • Nov 17 The Madonna compilation album "You Can Dance" is released
  • Nov 24 "Make It Last Forever" debut album by Keith Sweat is released (Billboard Song of the Year 1988)
  • Nov 27 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre Royal, Sydney
  • Nov 29 Revival of Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen's musical ."Dreamgirls" closes at Ambassador Theater, NYC, after 177 performances

Film Premiere

Dec 11 Martin Ritt's dramatic film "Nuts", starring Barbra Streisand and Richard Dreyfus premieres

  • Dec 15 First National US Tour of "Les Miserables" opens at Shubert Theatre, Boston

Music History

Dec 22 Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx overdoses from heroin

  • Dec 26 "Les Miserables" opens at National Theatre of Iceland, Reykjavik