On This Day

Events in Music in 1988

Music Concert

Jan 3 Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night premieres on Cinemax; concert performance includes James Burton; Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, and k.d. lang)

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

#1 in the Charts

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

  • Jan 17 "Teddy & Alice" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 77 performances

Hall of Fame

Jan 20 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Beach Boys; The Beatles; The Drifters; Bob Dylan; The Supremes; Woody Guthrie; Leadbelly; Les Paul; and Berry Gordy, Jr.

Music Awards

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

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

Music History

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

Grammy Awards

Mar 2 30th Grammy Awards: Record of the year - Paul Simon "Graceland"; Album of the Year - U2 "The Joshua Tree"; Jody Watley Best New Artist

  • Mar 17 "Les Miserables" opens at Det Norske Teatret, Oslo

Album Release

Mar 23 Geffen Records releases "Chalk Mark In A Rain Storm", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 13th studio album

  • 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
  • Apr 9 "Les Miserables" opens at Umeda-Koma Theatre, Osaka
  • Apr 11 Royal Concert building in Amsterdam reopens

Academy Awards

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

  • Apr 14 "Mail" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 36 performances

Film and TV Awards

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

Music Premiere

Apr 28 Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, and Tim Rice's musical "Chess" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 68 performances

Music History

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

  • May 1 "Romance/Romance" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 297 performances
  • May 8 Brazilian musical revue "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 Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford's musical "Carrie", based on Stephen King's novel, 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

Music History

May 21 Weird Al Yankovic's "Fat" (a parody of Michael Jackson's "Bad") hits #99

  • Jun 1 "Les Miserables" opens at Shubert Theatre, LA
  • Jun 4 Revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's "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 win
  • 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

Music History

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

  • Jun 11 Freedomfest - Mandela addresses Wembley Stadium London

Music Concert

Jun 11 Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert includes Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, Dire Straits, Stevie Wonder, Tracy Chapman, Hugh Masekela & Miriam Makeba, Youssou N’Dour, Peter Gabriel, Al Green, Joan Armatrading; Jessye Norman, and The Eurythmics at Wembley Stadium, London; broadcast to 67 countries with estimated audience of 600 million

Music History

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

  • Jun 14 "Guy" debut album by Guy is released
  • Jun 21 American rock band The Rascals begin their 1st tour in 20 years

Musical Finale

Jun 25 Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, and Tim Rice's musical "Chess" closes at Imperial Theater, NYC, after 68 performances

Music History

Jul 7 Hungarian state funeral for composer Béla Bartók in Budapest, 42 years after his death with his remains relocated from New York

  • Jul 8 Rockers Jonathan "Chico" & Robert DeBarge indicted on drug trafficking

Music History

Jul 8 Stevie Wonder announces he will run for mayor of Detroit in 1992; he does not follow through

Music History

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

Music Concert

Jul 13 Sting performs his 1st Rain Forest benefit at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC

Album Release

Aug 8 Rap group N.W.A. release their debut studio album "Straight Outta Compton"

  • Aug 15 "Ain't Misbehavin'" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 176 performances
  • Sep 2 Amnesty International's Human Rights Now! tour begins in Wembley Stadium, London
  • 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

Album Release

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

  • Sep 20 "Loving Proof" second 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 "Human Rights Now!" Concert Tour ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Oct 16 "Smile Jamaica" concert for Hurricane Gilbert victims held in London
  • Oct 17 Traveling Wilburys release debut album "Volume 1", featuring the single "Handle With Care"; pseudonymous band members include Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Tom Petty

Music Concert

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

  • Oct 27 "Les Miserables" opens at Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia
  • Nov 9 Don Sebesky and Gloria Nissenson's musical "Prince of Central Park", starring Jo Anne Worley opens at Belasco Theater, NYC; runs 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