On This Day

Events in Music in 1990

  • Jan 10 "Les Miserables" opens at Mechanic Theatre, Baltimore
  • Jan 17 The Who, Simon & Garfunkel, 4 Seasons, the Four Tops, Hank Ballard, the Platters, and The Kinks inducted into Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

Singer & Judge of American Idol Paula Abdul
Singer & Judge of American Idol
Paula Abdul
  • 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)
  • Feb 21 32nd Grammy Awards: Wind Beneath My Wings, Nick of Time wins

Music awardsGrammy Awards

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

Composer Danny Elfman
Composer
Danny Elfman
  • 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)

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

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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

Music concertMusic 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

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
Rocker Iggy Pop
Rocker
Iggy Pop
  • 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)

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

Singer James Brown
Singer
James Brown
  • 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 awardsMusic Awards

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

Country Singer Clint Black
Country Singer
Clint Black
  • 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

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

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
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

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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

Singer-Songwriter Sinead O'Connor
Singer-Songwriter
Sinead O'Connor
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
Actor Phil Hartman
Actor
Phil Hartman
  • May 13 "Change in the Heir" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • May 15 "Cemetery Club" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 56 performances

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

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

  • May 20 "Truly Blessed" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 33 performances
  • Jun 1 "Cemetery Club" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater 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

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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

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 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

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

Singer and Actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and Actress
Olivia Newton-John

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey
  • 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

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Jun 21 Little Richard gets a star on Hollywood's walk of fame

Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer Little Richard
Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer
Little Richard

Music concertMusic Concert

Jun 22 Billy Joel performs a concert at Yankee Stadium

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel

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Jun 23 Police find marijuana at Chuck Berry's home

Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Chuck Berry
Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Chuck Berry
  • Jul 4 2 Live Crew release "Banned in the USA" the lyrics quote Star Spangled Banner and Gettysburg Address

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jul 6 "Jetsons the Movie" by Hanna-Barbera with Tiffany Darwish, premieres

Animator Joseph Barbera
Animator
Joseph Barbera
Animator William Hanna
Animator
William Hanna
Pop and Rock Singer Tiffany Darwish
Pop and Rock Singer
Tiffany Darwish

Music concertMusic Concert

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

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
Opera Singer and Conductor Plácido Domingo
Opera Singer and Conductor
Plácido Domingo
Opera Singer José Carreras
Opera Singer
José Carreras
  • Jul 12 "Les Miserables," opens at National Theatre, Washington

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Jul 21 Pink Floyd's "The Wall" is performed where the Berlin Wall once stood

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
  • 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 3 "Little Night Music" opens at New York State Theater NYC for 11 performances
  • Aug 27 "No Fences" 2nd 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
  • Sep 1 "Jerome Robbins' Broadway" closes at Imperial NYC after 634 performances
  • Sep 2 "Grapes of Wrath" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 188 performances
  • Sep 6 7th MTV Video Music Awards: Sinead O'Connor wins
  • Sep 7 "Street Scene" opens at NY State Theater NYC for 6 performances
  • Sep 12 "Les Miserables," opens at Cirkus Theater, Stockholm
  • Sep 27 Dee Dee Ramone arrested on marijuana possession

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

Singer Marvin Gaye
Singer
Marvin Gaye
  • 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 obsenity, for selling 2 Live Crew rap records

  • Oct 4 "Stand Up Tragedy" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • Oct 8 24th Country Music Association Award: George Strait wins

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Oct 9 Radio stations around world play "Imagine" honoring John Lennon

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Thalía
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
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

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Oct 17 "Jackie Mason - Brand New" opens at Neil Simon NYC for 216 performances

Comedian Jackie Mason
Comedian
Jackie Mason
  • Oct 17 "Les Miserables" opens at Imperial Theatre, NY & His Majesty's Theatre, Perth

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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
  • Nov 1 "Oh, Kay!" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 77 performances
  • Nov 4 "Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story" opens at Shubert NYC for 225 performances

Music releaseAlbum 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 releaseMusic Single

Nov 8 Musician Chris Isaak releases single "Wicked Game"

Singer Chris Isaak
Singer
Chris Isaak
  • Nov 11 "Shadowlands" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 169 performances
  • 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 for 72 performances
  • Dec 13 Musical "Peter Pan", starring Cathy Rigby, opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 45 performances

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

Musician Louis Jordan
Musician
Louis Jordan
  • 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