Events in Music in 1990

  • Jan 10 "Les Miserables" opens at Mechanic Theatre, Baltimore

Hall of Fame

Jan 17 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Hank Ballard; Bobby Darin; The Four Seasons; The Four Tops; The Kinks; The Platters; Simon and Garfunkel; The Who; Louis Armstrong; Charlie Christian; Ma Rainey; Gerry Goffin and Carole King; and Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland

Music Awards

Jan 22 17th American Music Awards: Paula Abdul & Bobby Brown win

  • Feb 6 Steve Briers of Wales recites entire lyrics of Queen's album "A Night At The Opera" in 9 minutes 58.44 seconds backwards!
  • Feb 9 40th Berlin International Film Festival: "Music Box" and "Larks on a String" win the Golden Bear (tie)

Music Concert

Feb 12 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held in Beverly Hills, California; performers include: Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, Don Henley, and Bruce Hornsby

Grammy Awards

Feb 21 "The Batman Theme" by Danny Elfman wins Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition at 32nd Annual Grammy Awards

  • Feb 21 32nd Grammy Awards: "Wind Beneath My Wings"; "Nick of Time" win
  • Feb 23 “Hold On” single released by En Vogue (Billboard Song of the Year 1990)
  • Feb 25 On a BBC taped interview, rock star Stevie Nicks breaks down, saying that she will never have children & no man can stand her for long
  • Feb 27 "Hold On" single released by Wilson Phillips (Billboard Song of the Year 1990)

Soul Train Music Awards

Mar 14 4th Soul Train Music Awards: Soul II Soul, Janet Jackson win

Music History

Mar 20 Singer Gloria Estefan fractures her spine when a truck hits her tour bus near Scranton, Pennsylvania

  • Mar 21 "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 149 performances
  • Mar 22 "Grapes of Wrath" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 188 performances
  • Mar 25 "Lettice & Lovage" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 284 performances
  • Apr 1 It becomes illegal in Salem Oregon to be within 2 feet of nude dancers
  • Apr 4 Gloria Estefan released from hospital after her accident

Farm Aid Concert

Apr 7 Farm Aid IV concert at Hoosier Dome (Indianapolis, Indiana features Bonnie Raitt, John Mellencamp, John Hiatt, Carl Perkins, Arlo Guthrie, Garth Brooks, Bruce Hornsby, Elton John, Lou Reed, Taj Mahal, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Willie Nelson, Iggy Pop, and others [1]

  • Apr 8 "Aspects of Love" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 377 performances
  • Apr 9 World's largest bunny hop at Radio City Music Hall (NYC)

Music History

Apr 12 James Brown moves to a work-release center after serving 15 months of 6 year sentence for weapon and drug related convictions

Theater Premiere

Apr 16 August Wilson's play "The Piano Lesson", starring Charles S. Dutton, opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC for 320 performances

  • Apr 22 "Truly Blessed" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 33 performances

Music Awards

Apr 25 25th Academy of Country Music Awards: George Strait, Clint Black, and Kathy Mattea win

  • Apr 26 "Accomplice" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 52 performances
  • Apr 28 Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban's "A Chorus Line" closes at Shubert Theater, NYC after 6,137 performances
  • Apr 29 "Change in the Heir" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • May 1 "Prelude to a Kiss" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC
  • May 2 "Some Americans Abroad" opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 62 performances

Music History

May 4 Angela Bowie reveals that ex-husband David slept with Mick Jagger

  • May 5 35th Eurovision Song Contest: Toto Cutugno for Italy wins singing "Insieme: 1992" in Zagreb
  • May 10 "Zoya's Apartment" opens at Circle in Square Theater NYC for 45 performances

Music History

May 12 Nora Dunn and Sinead O'Connor boycott "Saturday Night Live" to protest Andrew Dice Clay's hosting which was perceived as sexist; the show uses a time delay for the third time in its history

  • May 13 "Change in the Heir" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • May 15 "Cemetery Club" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theatre NYC for 56 performances

Television Finale

May 19 "Elvis" TV Drama about early life of Elvis Presley last airs on ABC

  • May 20 "Truly Blessed" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 33 performances
  • Jun 1 "Cemetery Club" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theatre NYC after 56 performances
  • Jun 2 "Turtle Power" by Partners In Kryme hits #13
  • Jun 4 24th Music City News Country Awards: Ricky Van Shelton & Patty Loveless win

Music History

Jun 7 Michael Jackson enters St. John's Hospital and Health Center, near his home, for chest pains after a dance rehearsal and exercise session

  • Jun 9 Michael Jackson is hospitalized with inflamed rib cartilage, in California
  • Jun 9 Red Hot Organization releases music album "Red Hot + Blue" featuring contemporary pop stars (including U2; Annie Lennox; Thompson Twins; Sinéad O'Connor; Tom Waits) performing songs of Cole Porter to raise awareness and money to fight AIDS/HIV
  • Jun 10 "Accomplice" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC after 52 performances
  • Jun 10 Musical "Meet Me In St Louis", based on the 1944 film, closes at Gershwin Theater, NYC, after 253 performances
  • Jun 10 Rap group 2 Live crew members arrested in Florida for obscenity

Music History

Jun 11 UN appoints British-​Australian singer Olivia Newton-John as environmental ambassador

Album Release

Jun 12 "Mariah Carey" debut album by Mariah Carey is released

  • Jun 13 "Les Miserables" opens at S Alberta Jubilee Centre, Calgary
  • Jun 16 "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer peaks at #8
  • Jun 17 "Some Americans Abroad" closes at Vivian Beaumont NYC after 62 performances
  • Jun 17 "Zoya's Apartment" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 45 performances

Music History

Jun 21 Little Richard [Penniman] gets a star on Hollywood's Walk Of Fame

Music Concert

Jun 22 Billy Joel performs a concert at Yankee Stadium, New York City

  • Jun 22 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: The Cure, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo headline; other performers include Sinead O'Connor, Neville Brothers, Ry Cooder, Del Amitri, Flaco Jiminez, Hothouse flowers, and World Party

Music History

Jun 23 Police find marijuana at Chuck Berry's home

  • Jul 4 2 Live Crew release "Banned in the USA" the lyrics quote Star Spangled Banner and Gettysburg Address

Music Concert

Jul 7 1st 'Three Tenors' concert featuring Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti at Baths of Caracalla in Rome; recording becomes world's best-selling classical record

  • Jul 12 "Les Miserables," opens at National Theatre, Washington, DC

Music Concert

Jul 21 Pink Floyd's "The Wall" is performed where the Berlin Wall once stood; charity concert led by Roger Waters, with guests Cyndi Lauper, Joni Mitchell, The Scorpions,; Sinéad O'Connor, Bryan Adams, The Band, Van Morrison, The Hooters, and others

  • Jul 25 "Les Miserables" opens at Princess Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver
  • Aug 1 "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 149 performances
  • Aug 1 British pop-reggae band UB40 deported from Seychelles after being arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession
  • Aug 3 "Little Night Music" opens at New York State Theater NYC for 11 performances
  • Aug 13 American soul singer Curtis Mayfield becomes paralyzed from neck down after stage lighting equipment falls on him at an outdoor concert at Wingate Field in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York; although unable to perform live, he continued to compose, sing, and record
  • Aug 27 "No Fences" second studio album by Garth Brooks is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1991)
  • Sep 1 "Heidi Chronicles" closes at Plymouth Theater, NYC, after 621 performances

Theatrical Finale

Sep 1 "Jerome Robbins' Broadway" closes at Imperial theater, NYC. after 634 performances

Theatrical Finale

Sep 2 Frank Galati's adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel "The Grapes of Wrath" closes at Cort Theater, NYC. after 188 performances

Music History

Sep 7 New York City Opera's production of Kurt Weill and Langston Hughes' "Street Scene" opens at NY State Theater, NYC; runs for 6 performances

  • Sep 12 "Les Miserables," opens at Cirkus Theater, Stockholm
  • Sep 27 Dee Dee Ramone arrested on marijuana possession in Washington Square Park, NYC

Music History

Sep 28 Marvin Gaye gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

  • Sep 29 "Love & Affection" by Nelson peaks at #1 on pop singles chart
  • Sep 29 "Street Scene" closes at NY State Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • 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

Album Release

Oct 5 Columbia Records releases "Interiors", the seventh studio album by American singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash. produced by Cash herself

  • 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

Album Release

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

  • 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

Music Premiere

Nov 1 Revival of George and Ira Gershwin's musical "Oh, Kay!" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater, NYC; runs for 77 performances

  • Nov 4 "Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story" opens at Shubert Theatre, NYC; runs for 225 performances

Album Release

Nov 6 "I'm Your Baby Tonight" 3rd studio album by Whitney Houston is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1991)

  • Nov 7 "Little Night Music" closes at New York State NYC after 11 performances
  • Nov 7 "Those Were The Days" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 126 performances
  • Nov 8 "6 Degrees of Separation" opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 496 performances

Music Single

Nov 8 Musician Chris Isaak releases single "Wicked Game"

Music History

Nov 11 William Nicholson's drama "Shadowlands", based on the life of C.S. Lewis, opens at Brooks Atkinson Theatre, NYC; runs for 169 performances and wins a Tony Award

  • Nov 18 "Fiddler on the Roof" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 241 performances
  • Nov 19 Pop duo Milli Vanilli are stripped of their Grammy Award after it is learned they did not sing on their award-winning "Girl You Know Its True" album
  • Nov 26 1st Billboard Music Awards: M.C. Hammer & Janet Jackson win
  • Nov 29 "Shogun - The Musical" opens at Marquis Theater, NYC; runs for 72 performances
  • Dec 13 Musical "Peter Pan", starring Cathy Rigby, opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 45 performances

Music History

Dec 14 Louis Jordan's revue "Five Guys Named Moe" premieres in London

  • Dec 23 Comedy "Lettice & Lovage" closes at Barrymore Theater, NYC after 284 performances
  • Dec 30 "Miser" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 93 performances