On This Day

Events in Music in 1988

  • Jan 10 "Don't Get God Started" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 86 performances

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Jan 16 George Harrison's "Got My Mind Set On You" tops the Billboard charts

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Jan 17 "Teddy & Alice" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 77 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 25 15th American Music Awards: Anita Baker, Paul Simon & Whitney Houston

  • Jan 25 George Harrison releases "When We Was Fab"
  • Jan 26 "Phantom of the Opera" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 4,000+ performances
  • Jan 28 South African Mbongeni Ngema's musical "Sarafina!" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 597 performances

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Feb 25 Bruce Springsteen's "Tunnel of Love" Tour begins in Worcester, Massachusetts

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Singer-Songwriter
Bruce Springsteen
  • Mar 2 30th Grammy Awards: "Graceland"; "Joshua Tree"; Jody Watley win
  • Mar 17 "Les Miserables" opens at Det Norske Teatret, Oslo

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 21 23rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Hank Williams Jr, Randy Travis, and Reba McEntire win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
Country Singer Reba McEntire
Country Singer
Reba McEntire
Country Music Singer Randy Travis
Country Music Singer
Randy Travis
  • Mar 24 "Gospel at Colonus" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 61 performances
  • Mar 25 "Les Miserables" opens at Chunichi Theatre, Nagoya, Japan
  • Mar 29 "Oba Oba" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 46 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 30 2nd Soul Train Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston win

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Singer Whitney Houston
Singer
Whitney Houston
  • Apr 9 "Les Miserables" opens at Umeda-Koma Theatre, Osaka

  • Apr 11 Royal Concert building in Amsterdam reopens

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Apr 11 60th Academy Awards: "The Last Emperor", Michael Douglas & Cher win

Actor Michael Douglas
Actor
Michael Douglas
Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher
  • Apr 14 "Mail" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 36 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

Apr 18 Barbra Streisand records "Warm All Over"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Apr 26 1st TNN Viewers choice awards-Randy Travis wins in 5 categories

Country Music Singer Randy Travis
Country Music Singer
Randy Travis
  • Apr 28 "Chess" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 68 performances

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Apr 30 33rd Eurovision Song Contest: Celine Dion for Switzerland wins singing "Ne partez pas sans moi" in Dublin

Singer Celine Dion
Singer
Celine Dion
  • May 1 "Romance/Romance" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 297 performances
  • May 8 "Oba Oba" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • May 12 "Carrie" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • May 14 "Mail" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • May 15 "Carrie" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • May 15 "Gospel at Colonus" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 61 performances
  • May 21 "Da'Butt" by EU hits #35

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May 21 "Fat" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #99

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • Jun 1 "Les Miserables" opens at Shubert Theatre, LA
  • Jun 4 "Cabaret" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 262 performances
  • Jun 4 42nd Tony Awards: "M Butterfly" and "Phantom of the Opera" win
  • Jun 6 22nd Music City News Country Awards: Randy Travis & Statler Brothers

  • Jun 11 "Everything Your Heart Desires" by Daryl Hall & John Oates peaks at #3
  • Jun 11 "Rooty Toot Toot" by John Cougar Mellencamp peaks at #61

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Jun 11 "We All Sleep Alone" by Cher peaks at #14

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher

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Jun 14 Woman sues Chuck Berry for $5,000,000, alleges he hit her

Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Chuck Berry
Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Chuck Berry
  • Jun 14 "Guy" debut album by Guy is released
  • Jun 25 "Chess" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 68 performances
  • Jul 8 Rockers Jonathan "Chico" & Robert DeBarge indicted on drug trafficking

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Jul 8 Stevie Wonder announces he will run for mayor of Detroit in 1992

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder

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Jul 9 Jessye Norman begins recording Bizet's "Carmen"

Composer Georges Bizet
Composer
Georges Bizet

Music concertMusic Concert

Jul 13 Sting performs his 1st Rain Forest benefit concert

Singer and Actor Sting
Singer and Actor
Sting
  • Aug 15 "Ain't Misbehavin'" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 176 performances
  • Sep 7 5th MTV Video Music Awards: INXS wins
  • Sep 9 "Look Away" single released by Chicago (Billboard Song of the Year 1989)
  • Sep 15 "Les Miserables" opens at Raimund Theatre, Vienna
  • Sep 16 Fish leaves rock group Marillion

Music releaseAlbum Release

Sep 19 Bon Jovi release their 4th album "New Jersey" - most top ten hits of any rock/glam metal album (5)

Rock guitarist Richie Sambora
Rock guitarist
Richie Sambora
  • Sep 20 "Loving Proof" 2nd studio album by Ricky Van Shelton is released (Billboard Song of the Year 1989)
  • Oct 10 22nd Country Music Association Award: Highway 101, K. T. Oslin win
  • Oct 13 Concert at Masada ends Israel's 40th-anniversary festival
  • Oct 15 Amnesty International's Global Concert Tour ends in Buenos Aires
  • Oct 16 "Smile Jamaica" concert for Hurricane Gilbert victims held in London
  • Oct 17 Traveling Wilburys release "Volume 1", featuring the single "Handle With Care"

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Oct 22 Elton John sells out Madison Square Garden for a record 26th time

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • Oct 27 "Les Miserables" opens at Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia
  • Nov 9 "Prince of Central Park" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Nov 20 "Les Miserables" opens a Bus & Truck tour in Tampa
  • Nov 25 Chuck Berry pays $250 fine to resolve NYC assault charges
  • Dec 26 "Legs Diamond" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 64 performances