On This Day

Events in Music in 1989

  • Jan 2 "Superwoman" single released by Karyn White (Billboard Song of the Year 1989)
  • Jan 8 "42nd Street" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 3,486 performances
  • Jan 8 "Starlight Express" closes at Gershwin Theater in NYC after 761 performances
  • Jan 14 "Romance/Romance" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 297 performances
  • Jan 15 "Ain't Misbehavin'" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 176 performances

Hall of Fame

Jan 18 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Dion; Otis Redding; The Rolling Stones; The Temptations; Stevie Wonder; The Ink Spots; Bessie Smith; The Soul Stirrers; and Phil Spector

  • Jan 26 "Black & Blue" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 829 performances

Music Single

Feb 18 "A Better Man" single released by Clint Black (Billboard Song of the Year 1989)

  • Feb 19 "Legs Diamond" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 64 performances
  • Feb 22 31st Grammy Awards: Don't Worry Be Happy, Faith, Tracy Chapman
  • Feb 22 1st Spanish commercial on network TV (Pepsi-Cola-CBS Grammy Award)

Music History

Feb 26 "Jerome Robbins' Broadway" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 634 performances

Music History

Mar 2 Madonna's "Like a Prayer" premieres on worldwide Pepsi commercial

  • Mar 8 "Heidi Chronicles" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 621 performances
  • Mar 15 "Les Miserables" opens at Royal Alexandra Theatre Toronto
  • Mar 17 "Chu Chem" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 44 performances
  • Mar 25 "Les Miserables" opens at Auditorium Theatre, Chicago

Music Awards

Apr 10 24th Academy of Country Music Awards: Hank Williams Jr, George Strait, and K.T. Oslin win

  • Apr 12 3rd Soul Train Music Awards: Anita Baker, Bobby Brown win
  • Apr 13 "Welcome to the Club" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Apr 22 "Welcome to the Club" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Apr 27 "Starmites" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 60 performances
  • May 2 "Killin' Time" debut album by Clint Black is released (Billboard Album of the Year, 1990)
  • May 6 34th Eurovision Song Contest: Riva for Yugoslavia wins singing "Rock Me" in Lausanne

Sports History

May 8 Paul McCartney releases remake of "Ferry Cross the Mersey" in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool football fans

  • May 9 "Saratina!" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 597 performances
  • May 15 "Chu Chem" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 44 performances

Music Recording

May 24 Weird Al Yankovic records three tracks for his UHF soundtrack

Music City News Awards

Jun 5 23rd Music City News Country Awards: Ricky Van Shelton & Randy Travis win

  • Jun 5 Paul McCartney releases "Flowers in the Dirt", his eighth solo studio album, featuring the Elvis Costello collaboration "My Brave Face"

Music History

Jun 13 Jerry Lee Lewis gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

  • Jun 14 Singer-songwriter Carol King gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

Film Premiere

Jun 16 "Ghostbusters II" directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murry and Dan Aykroyd premieres

  • Jun 18 "Starmites" closes at Criter Ctr SR Theater NYC after 60 performances
  • Jun 30 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre Muzyczyny in Gdynia, Poland

Music History

Jul 5 British singer Rod Stewart hits his head while on stage and knocks himself out

  • Jul 14 Jessye Norman sings French national anthem, La Marseillaise at the Place de la Concorde, Paris, to celebrate 200th anniversary of the French Revolution
  • Jul 17 Paul McCartney releases single "This One", form hos album "Flowers In The Dirt"

Album Release

Jul 28 Gloria Estefan releases her debut solo album "Cuts Both Ways"

Oh! Calcutta! - The Bare Facts

Aug 6 "Oh! Calcutta!" revival closes at Edison Theater NYC after 5959 performances, Broadway’s longest-running musical revue

Musical Finale

Sep 1 Revival of Cole Porter's musical "Anything Goes" closes at Beaumont Theater, NYC, after 804 performances

Musical Finale

Sep 3 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Into the Woods" closes at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 764 performances and 3 Tony Award wins

  • Sep 6 6th MTV Video Music Awards: Living Colour wins
  • Sep 13 "Les Miserables" opens at Fisher Theatre, Detroit

Album Release

Sep 19 "Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814" 4th studio album by Janet Jackson is released (Grammy Award Best Long Form Music Video 1990, Billboard Album of the Year 1990)

Music Premiere

Sep 20 Musical "Miss Saigon," premieres in London, created by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil

Music History

Sep 29 Glenn Frey joins Eagles bandmate Don Henley on stage, for 1st time since 1981

  • Oct 9 23rd Country Music Association Award: George Strait, Kathy Mattea win
  • Oct 12 Musical "Buddy" with Paul Hipp premieres in London
  • Oct 19 Astor Piazzolla and William Finn's musical "Dangerous Games" premieres at Nederlander Theater NYC
  • Oct 21 "Dangerous Games" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 4 performances

Album Release

Oct 23 George Harrison releases "Best of Dark Horse 1976-89" album

  • Nov 1 "Les Miserables" opens at Curran Theatre, San Francisco
  • Nov 2 Musical "Meet Me In St Louis", based on the 1944 film, opens at Gershwin Theater, NYC; runs for 253 performances
  • Nov 5 Revival of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weil's "Threepenny Opera" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 65 performances
  • Nov 11 Don Sebesky and Gloria Nissenson's musical "Prince of Central Park", starring Jo Anne Worley, closes at Belasco Theater, NYC, after 4 performances
  • Nov 12 George Forrest's musical "Grand Hotel" opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC; runs for 1018 performances and wins 5 Tony Awards
  • Nov 13 Paul McCartney releases "Figure of 8" & "Ou Est Le Soleil"
  • Nov 15 "Few Good Men" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 497 performances
  • Nov 16 "Gypsy" opens at St James Theater NYC for 477 performances
  • Nov 27 George Harrison releases "Cheer Down" & "Poor Little Girl"

Album Release

Nov 28 Queen Latifah releases her debut hip hop album "All Hail the Queen" featuring single "Ladies First"

  • Dec 7 C Coleman & D Zippel's musical "City of Angels" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 9 "Les Miserables" opens at Princess Theatre, Melbourne
  • Dec 11 Cy Coleman and David Zippel's musical "City of Angels" opens at Virginia Theater, NYC; runs for 878 performances, wins 6 Tony Awards and 8 Drama Desk Awards

Music History

Dec 25 Leonard Bernstein conducts Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in East Berlin's Schauspielhaus to celebrate fall of the Berlin Wall. Broadcast worldwide to audience of 100 million.

  • Dec 31 "Me & My Girl" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 1420 performances
  • Dec 31 "Threepenny Opera" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 65 performances