1987

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Jan

3

  • Alex Campbell (61) dies in Denmark of alcohol-related causes
  • Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

10

  • Marion Hutton (67) dies in Kirkland, WA of cancer

13

  • Alexander Goehr’s Symphony with Chaconne for orchestra premiered in Manchester

15

  • Ray Bolger (83) dies in Los Angeles of bladder cancer
  • Luciano Berio’s Formazioni for orchestra premiered in Amsterdam

17

  • Isang Yun’s Quintet for flute and strings premiered on Radio France

20

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Dowland: Farewell – A Fancye for sextet & Winterfold for mezzo-soprano and septet premiered in London
  • Isang Yun’s Concerto for violin and orchestra no.2 premiered in Stuttgart (complete version)

23

  • Toru Takemitsu’s Handmade Proverbs: Four Pop Songs for six male voices premiered in Tokyo

24

  • Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley has the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Jack Your Body

25

  • Emil Hlobil (85) dies in Prague

26

  • Olivier Messiaen’s Petites Esquisses d’oiseaux for piano premiered in Paris
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Jalons for 14 instruments premiered in Paris

30

  • David Del Tredici’s Tattoo premiered in Amsterdam
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Tattoo premiered in Amsterdam

31

  • Marcus Mumford born (Anaheim, CA) English folk singer, songwriter, guitarist, drummer. Member of Mumford and Sons.

releases

  • Hüsker Dü – Could You Be The One / Everytime (Warner Bros)
  • Smiths – Shoplifters Of The World Unite / Half A Person (Rough Trade UK)
  • Tyree – I Fear The Night (Underground)
  • Nanci Griffith – Lone Star State of Mind (MCA)
  • Microdisney – Crooked Mile (Virgin UK)
  • Public Enemy – Yo! Bum Rush the Show (Def Jam)
  • Steve Reich – Sextet / Six Marimbas (Nonesuch)
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne and Cong Su – The Last Emperor (Virgin UK) Soundtrack to Bernardo Bertolucci’s film
  • Thin White Rope – Moonhead (Frontier)
  • Univers Zéro – Heatwave (Cuneiform)
Nanci Griffith b.1953

Nanci Griffith b.1953

Feb

2

  • Alfred Lion (78) dies in San Diego, CA of heart failure
  • Spike Hughes (78) dies in Ringmer, Sussex

4

  • Liberace (67) dies in Palm Springs, CA of AIDS-related pneumonia

7

  • Madonna has the Billboard number one single for one week with Open Your Heart 

8

  • Richard Barrett’s Temptation premiered in London

9

  • Isang Yun’s Impression for chamber orchestra premiered in Frankfurt

10

  • Dobrin Petkov (63) dies in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

11

  • John Malachi (67) dies in Washington, DC of heart failure

14

  • Bola Sete (53) dies in Greenbrae, CA of lung cancer
  • Bon Jovi have the Billboard number one single for the first of four weeks with Livin’ on a Prayer

18

  • Dmitri Kabalevsky (82) dies in Moscow

20

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Magma for orchestra premiered in Stuttgart

21

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Walzer 2: Drängender Walzer for orchestra premiered in Frankfurt

24

  • The 29th Grammy Awards are held in Los Angeles. Steve Winwood wins record of the year for Higher Love and Paul Simon wins album of the year for Graceland. Other winners include John Barry, Al Green, Miles Davis, Anita Baker, James Brown, Prince, Tina Turner and Eurythmics.

25

  • Andrzej Panufnik’s Symphony No.9, Sinfonia della speranza premiered in London

28

  • Jonathan Lloyd’s Airs and Graces for violin premiered in London

releases

  • Danny Wilson – Mary’s Prayer / Monkey’s Shiny Day (Virgin)
  • Go-Betweens – Right Here / When People Are Dead (Beggars Banquet UK)
  • Kraftwerk – The Telephone Call / Der Telefon Anruf (EMI UK)
  • Madonna – La Isla Bonita / instrumental (Sire)
  • Microdisney – Town To Town / Little Town In Ireland (Virgin UK)
  • Prince – Sign O The Times / La La La He He Hee (Paisley Park)
  • Rhythm Is Rhythm – Nude Photo EP (Transmat) Derrick May
  • Wedding Present – My Favourite Dress / Every Mother’s Son / Never Said (Reception UK)
  • Crucifucks – Wisconsin (Alternative Tentacles)
  • Guided by Voices – Devil Between My Toes (Schwa)
  • Half Man Half Biscuit – Back Again in the DHSS (Probe Plus UK)
  • Hüsker Dü – Warehouse: Songs & Stories (Warner Bros)
  • Last Exit – Noise of Trouble (Enemy) recorded live in Tokyo on 3 & 5 Oct 1986
  • Melvins – Gluey Porch Treatments (Alchemy)
  • Up for a Bit With the Pastels (Glass UK)
  • Smiths – The World Won’t Listen (Rough Trade UK) Compilation of b sides, demos etc
  • Triffids – Calenture (Island UK)

Derrick May b.1963

Mar

1

  • Freddie Green (75) dies in Las Vegas

3

  • Danny Kaye (73) dies in Los Angeles following a heart attack

7

  • The Beastie Boys have the Billboard number one album for the first of seven weeks with Licensed to Ill

12

  • Claude-Michel Schönberg’s musical Les Misérables opens on Broadway (6,680 performances)

13

  • Gerald Moore (87) dies in Penn, Buckinghamshire
  • Fela Sowande (81) dies in Ravenna, OH
  • Bryan Adams’ Heat of the Night becomes the first single to be commercially released on cassette

20

  • Norman Harris (39) dies in Philadelphia of cardio-vascular disease
  • John Tavener’s Ikon of St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne for chorus premiered in Durham

21

  • Paul Hindemith’s Wohltemperiert for orchestra premiered in Berlin
  • Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Architectonics II for clarinet, cello and piano premiered in Tallinn
  • U2 have the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with The Joshua Tree

25

  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s Hommage à T.S. Eliot & Ein Walzerspass nach Johann Strauss premiered in Cologne

26

  • Eugen Jochum (84) dies in Munich
  • Witold Lutoslawski’s Not for You for voice and piano premiered in Kraków
  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Were You but a Dream? for voice and piano premiered in Kraków

27

  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Song of Cherubim for chorus premiered in Washington, DC

28

  • Maria von Trapp (82) dies in Morrisville, VT of heart failure

30

  • Herbie Hancock’s music for Bertrand Tavernier’s film Round Midnight wins the best original score Oscar at the 59th Academy Awards
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s opera Die Hamletmaschine premiered in Mannheim, lib. Heiner Müller

releases

  • Deacon Blue – Dignity / Riches (Columbia)
  • Depeche Mode – Strangelove / Pimpf (Mute)
  • Fleetwood Mac – Big Love / You and I, Part I (Warner Bros)
  • Laibach – Geburt Einer Nation / Leben Heißt Leben (Mute UK)
  • McCarthy – Frans Hals / The Fall (Pink UK)
  • Men They Couldn’t Hang – Ghosts of Cable Street / Dream Machine (MCA UK)
  • Pogues & the Dubliners – The Irish Rover / The Rare Ould Mountain Dew  (Stiff)
  • Public Enemy – Public Enemy #1 EP (Def Jam)
  • Scratch Acid – Berserker EP (Touch and Go)
  • Throwing Muses – Chains Changed EP (4AD UK)
  • U2 – With or Without You / Luminous Times (Hold On to Love) / Walk to the Water (Island)
  • Anthrax – Among the Living (Island) 
  • Boogie Down Productions – Criminal Minded (B-Boy)
  • Anthony Braxton – Five Compositions (Quartet) 1986 (Black Saint)
  • Butthole Surfers – Locust Abortion Technician (Touch & Go)
  • Green On Red – The Killer Inside Me (Mercury)
  • Laibach – Opus Dei (Mute UK)
  • Penguin Cafe Orchestra – Signs of Life (Editions EG UK)
  • Prince – Sign o the Times (Paisley Park)
  • Siouxsie and the Banshees – Through the Looking Glass (Polydor UK) Covers album
  • U2 – The Joshua Tree (Island)
  • Tom Verlaine – Flash Light (IRS)

Erkki-Sven Tüür b.1959

Apr

2

  • Buddy Rich (69) dies in Los Angeles of a brain tumour

3

  • Benjamin Britten’s Now sleeps the crimson petal for tenor, horn and strings premiered in London
  • Robin Holloway’s Inquietus for orchestra premiered in London
  • Toru Takemitsu’s I Hear the Water Dreaming for flute and orchestra premiered in Indianapolis

5

  • John Cage’s Haikai for gamelan premiered in Toronto
  • Philip Glass’s Concerto for violin and orchestra premiered in New York

7

  • Maxine Sullivan (75) dies in New York

8

  • Robert Simpson’s Symphony No.9 premiered in Poole
  • Isang Yun’s In Balance for harp premiered in Hamburg

10

  • Elliott Carter’s A Celebration of Some 100 x 150 Notes for orchestra premiered in Houston
  • Anthony Payne’s A 1940’s Childhood premiered in London
  • Isang Yun’s Kontraste for violin premiered in Hamburg

13

  • Ervin Nyiregyházi (84) dies in Los Angeles of colon cancer

14

  • Karl Höller (79) dies in Miesbach, Germany

17

  • Carlton Barrett (36) shot dead outside his home in Kingston, Jamaica

20

  • Steve Reich’s Six Marimbas premiered in New York

24

  • John Tavener’s Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis for chorus premiered in Cambridge

25

  • George Benjamin’s Antara premiered in Paris
  • Madonna has the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with La Isla Bonita
  • Luigi Nono’s Caminantes…Ayacucho for alto, bass flute, organ, two choirs, orchestra and electronics premiered in Munich
  • U2 have the Billboard number one album for the first of nine weeks with The Joshua Tree

27

  • Thea Musgrave’s For the Time Being: Advent for chorus and narrator premiered in London
  • Alfred Schnittke’s Epilogue from Peer Gynt for chorus and orchestra premiered in Hamburg

28

  • Henryk Górecki’s My Vistula, Grey Vistula for chorus & Broad Waters for chorus premiered in Poznan
  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Veni Creator for chorus premiered in Madrid

30

  • Morton Feldman’s For Stefan Wolpe for chorus and two vibraphones premiered in Madison, WN

releases

  • Cure – Why Can’t I Be You? / A Japanese Dream (Fiction)
  • Jesus & Mary Chain – April Skies / Kill Surf City (Blanco Y Negro UK)
  • David Bowie – Never Let Me Down (EMI)
  • Faith No More – Introduce Yourself (Slash) 
  • Fleetwood Mac – Tango in the Night (Warner Bros)
  • Happy Mondays – Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out) (Factory)
  • Dembo Konte & Kausu Kuyateh ‎– Tanante (Rogue UK)
  • Meat Puppets – Mirage (SST)
  • The Mekons Honky Tonkin’ (Sin UK)
  • Arvo Pärt – Arbos (ECM Germany)
  • Suzanne Vega – Solitude Standing (A&M)
  • Wire – The Ideal Copy (Mute UK)

Dembo Konte & Kausu Kuyateh

May

1

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Endless Parade for trumpet, vibraphone and strings premiered in Zürich

2

  • Robin Holloway’s Organ Fantasy premiered in Eton

3

  • Paul Butterfield (44) dies in Los Angeles following a heart attack
  • Dalida (54) dies in Paris from a deliberate overdose of barbiturates
  • Mikis Theodorakis’s Symphony no.4 Choral Odes premiered in Athens

6

  • David Matthews’s The Flaying of Marsyas op.42 premiered in London

12

  • Victor Feldman (53) dies in Los Angeles following an asthma attack

13

  • Phil Moore (69) dies in Los Angeles
  • Alfred Schnittke’s Trio Sonata for chamber orchestra premiered in Moscow

16

  • U2 have the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with With or Without You

22

  • Mario Zafred (65) dies in Rome

28

  • Bernard H. Haggin (86) dies in New York
  • Henryk Górecki’s Aria for tuba, piano, tam-tam and bass drum premiered in Salzburg

29

  • Phyllis Tate (76) dies in London
  • Avet Terterian’s Symphony No.7 premiered in Yerevan, Armenia

31

  • Otto Luening’s Suite for Horn premiered in New York

releases

  • Crowded House – Don’t Dream It’s Over / That’s What I Call Love (Capitol UK)
  • Eric B & Rakim – I Know You Got Soul (4th & Broadway)
  • House Of Love – Shine On / Love / Flow (Creation UK)
  • Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) / Moment of Truth (Arista)
  • Alexander O’Neal – Fake / A Broken Heart Can Mend (Tabu)
  • Prince – If I Was Your Girlfriend / Shockadelica (Paisley Park)
  • Rhythm Is Rhythm – Strings Of Life EP (Transmat) Derrick May
  • Rites Of Spring – All Through A Life EP (Dischord)
  • U2 – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For / Spanish Eyes / Deep in the Heart (Island)
  • Suzanne Vega – Luka / Night Vision (A&M)
  • Cure – Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me (Fiction)
  • Deacon Blue – Raintown (Columbia)
  • Slovenly – Riposte (SST)
  • Yello – One Second (Mercury)

Suzanne Vega b.1959

Jun

2

  • Sammy Kaye (77) dies in New York
  • Andrés Segovia (94) dies in Madrid

4

  • Pierre Boulez’s Initiale for brass premiered in Houston
  • Madonna begins her first world tour in Osaka. It runs until September, visiting eight countries
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Compresenze for orchestra premiered in Cologne

6

  • Dmitri Klebanov (79) dies in Kharkiv, Ukraine
  • Whitney Houston has the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) (1st week of 2)
  • Simple Minds have the UK number one album for one week with Live In The City Of Light

9

  • Monique Haas (77) dies in Paris

10

  • Alfred Schnittke’s Quasi una sonata for violin and chamber orchestra premiered in Milan

11

  • Alexander Lokshin (66) dies in Moscow
  • David Diamond’s A Cantata for Hope premiered in New York
  • Witold Lutoslawski’s Fanfare for CUBE for brass quintet premiered in Cambridge

12

  • Morton Feldman’s For Samuel Beckett for chamber ensemble premiered in Amsterdam

13

  • Gavin Bryars’s The Old Tower of Löbenicht premiered in London
  • Whitney Houston has the UK number one album for the first of six weeks with Whitney

15

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s String Quartet no.1 premiered in Hamburg

18

  • Kid Thomas Valentine (91) dies in New Orleans

19

  • Frederick Delius’s Sakuntala for tenor and orchestra premiered in York, text H. Drachmann
  • (to 21st) The 1987 Glastonbury Festival is held at Worthy Farm, Somerset featuring Van Morrison, New Order, Courtney Pine, Husker Du and Bhundu Boys

20

  • Arthur Butterworth’s Bassoon Concerto op.77 premiered in Giggleswick, Yorks
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Guitar Sonata premiered in Kirkwall
  • Nancy Van de Vate’s Distant Worlds premiered in Krakow

21

  • Abram Chasins (83) dies in New York of cancer
  • Steve Reich’s New York Counterpoint for clarinet and ensemble premiered in Tallahassee

22

  • Fred Astaire (88) dies in Los Angeles of pneumonia

24

  • Jackie Gleason (71) dies of cancer in Lauderhill, FL

25

  • John Ness Beck (56) dies in Columbus, OH of cancer
  • Boudleaux Bryant (67) dies in Nashville

26

  • Henk Badings (80) dies in Maarheeze, Netherlands

27

  • Whitney Houston has the Billboard number one album  for the first of eleven weeks with Whitney and the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)
  • Jonathan Lloyd’s Symphony no.3 for chamber orchestra premiered in Bracknell, Berks
  • Thea Musgrave’s The Golden Echo I for horn and tape premiered in Provo, UT

28

  • Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Sonata no.1 & Sonata no.2 for violin and piano premiered in Munich

29

  • Elizabeth Cotten (92) dies in Syracuse, NY
  • Alexander Goehr’s Two Imitations of Baudelaire for chorus premiered in London

30

  • Federico Mompou (94) dies in Barcelona of respiratory failure

releases

  • Big Black – Headache EP (Touch & Go)
  • Hüsker Dü – Ice Cold Ice / Gotta Letta (Warner)
  • Pet Shop Boys – It’s A Sin / You Know Where You Went Wrong (Parlophone UK)
  • Phuture – Acid Trax EP (Trax)
  • Public Enemy – You’re Gonna Get Yours EP (Def Jam)
  • Replacements – Alex Chilton / Election Day (Sire)
  • Stone Roses – Sally Cinammon / Here It Comes (Revolver UK)
  • Yello – The Rhythm Divine / Dr. Van Steiner (Mercury)
  • Dead Kennedys – Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death (Alternative Tentacles) Collection of singles, B sides etc
  • Einstürzende Neubauten – Fünf auf der nach oben offenen Richterskala (Some Bizzare UK)
  • French Frith Kaiser Thompson – Live, Love, Larf & Loaf (Demon UK)
  • Go-Betweens – Tallulah (Beggars Banquet UK)
  • Whitney Houston – Whitney (Arista)
  • The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu – 1987 (What the Fuck Is Going On?) (The Sound of Mu) Withdrawn due to use of unauthorised samples
  • Proclaimers – This Is the Story (Chrysalis)
  • Skinny Puppy – Cleanse Fold and Manipulate (Nettwerk Canada)
  • Sonic Youth – Sister (SST)
  • Suicidal Tendencies – Join the Army (Caroline)
  • Young Gods (Product Inc)

Phuture – Acid Trax

Jul

1

  • Snakefinger (38) dies in Linz, Austria following a heart attack

4

  • Morton Feldman’s Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello premiered in Middelburg
  • Pet Shop Boys have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with It’s A Sin

5

  • John Tavener’s Eis thanaton for soprano, bass and two chamber groups premiered in Cheltenham

8

  • Judith Weir’s opera A Night at the Chinese Opera premiered in Cheltenham

10

  • John Hammond Sr. (76) dies in New York following a series of strokes
  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Fanfare for Will for brass premiered in London

17

  • Howard McGhee (69) dies in New York

19

  • Nicola Benedetti born (West Kilbride, Scotland) Scottish classical violinist.
  • Henryk Górecki’s Totus Tuus for chorus premiered in Warsaw

20

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Danse for orchestra premiered in Montpellier

21

  • Oliver Knussen’s The Wild Rumpus for orchestra premiered in London

23

  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s String Quartet no.2 premiered in Kuhmo, Finland

24

  • Dick Wellstood (59) dies in Palo Alto, CA following a heart attack

25

  • Madonna has the UK number one single for one week  with Who’s That Girl
  • Colin Matthews’s Monody – Sonata No.6 premiered in Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Toru Takemitsu’s Signals from Heaven I: Day Signal for brass premiered in Tokyo

27

  • Colin Matthews’s ballet Pursuit premiered in London
  • Arvo Pärt’s Arbos for eight brass and percussion premiered in Aptos, CA
  • Anthony Payne’s Consort Music premiered in London

releases

  • Madonna – Who’s That Girl / White Heat (Sire)
  • New Order – True Faith / 1963 (Factory UK)
  • Prince – U Got the Look / Housequake (Paisley Park)
  • Replacements – Can’t Hardly Wait / Cool Water (Sire)
  • Spacemen 3 – Transparent Radiation EP (Glass UK)
  • Big Black – Songs About Fucking (Touch & Go)
  • Dead Can Dance – Within the Realm of a Dying Sun (4AD UK)
  • Dinosaur Jr – You’re Living All Over Me (SST)
  • Echo & the Bunnymen (WEA)
  • Eric B & Rakim – Paid in Full (4th & Broadway)
  • Marianne Faithfull – Strange Weather (Island)
  • Grateful Dead – In the Dark (Arista)
  • Guns ‘n’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction (Geffen)
  • Kronos Quartet – White Man Sleeps (Nonesuch)
  • LL Cool J – Bigger and Deffer (Def Jam)
  • Alexander O’Neal – Hearsay (Tabu) 
  • Lee Ranaldo – From Here > Infinity (SST)
  • Replacements – Pleased to Meet Me (Sire)
  • 10,000 Maniacs – In My Tribe (Elektra)
  • Neil Young – Life (Geffen)

Big Black – Songs About Fucking

Aug

1

  • Joe Liggins (72) dies in Los Angeles following a stroke
  • Bob Seger has the Billboard number one single for one week with Shakedown

2

  • Iannis Xenakis’s A r. (Hommage à Ravel) for piano premiered in Montpellier

3

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Montags-Gruß no.55 premiered in Siena

8

  • U2 have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

11

  • Toru Takemitsu’s Nostalghia: In Memory of Andrei Tarkowskij for violin and string orchestra premiered in Edinburgh

14

  • Vincent Persichetti (72) dies in Philadelphia of lung cancer

15

  • Michael Jackson with Siedah Garrett have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with I Just Can’t Stop Loving You

17

  • Gary Chester (62) dies

21

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Kassandra for baritone, strings and percussion premiered in Gibellina, Italy

22

  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s String Quartet no.3 premiered in Edinburgh
  • Charles Koechlin’s Pastorale for flute, clarinet and piano & Pièce de flûte premiered in St Louis, MO
  • Madonna has the Billboard number one single for one week with Who’s That Girl
  • John Tavener’s Many Years for baritone and chorus premiered in Frinton-on-Sea, Essex

23

  • Ernst Krenek’s Streichtrio in zwölf Stationen premiered in Ossiach, Austria

25

  • Amy MacDonald born (Bishopbriggs) Scottish pop and folk singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, drummer.

27

  • Scott La Rock (25) dies in New York during an operation after being shot in the neck
  • The ‘Penis Landscape’ trial of Jello Biafra is ended with charges dismissed after the jury remains unable to decide a verdict

28

  • Vivian Fine’s Dancing Winds premiered in Salt Springville, NY

29

  • Rick Astley has the UK number one single for the first of five weeks with Never Gonna Give You Up
  • Def Leppard have the UK number one album for one week with Hysteria
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Splitter for orchestra premiered in Berlin

unk

  • The E-mu SP 1200 sampler is launched

releases

  • Big Black – He’s A Whore / The Model (Touch & Go)
  • Fleetwood Mac – Little Lies / Ricky (Warner Bros)
  • Go-Betweens – Bye Bye Pride / The House That Jack Kerouac Built (Beggars Banquet UK)
  • MARRS – Pump Up The Volume / Anitina (4AD UK) One-off collaboration between AR Kane and Colourbox with David Dorrell and CJ Mackintosh on turntables
  • Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield – What Have I Done To Deserve This / A New Life (Parlophone UK)
  • Smiths – Girlfriend In A Coma / Work Is A Four Letter Word (Rough Trade UK)
  • Sugarcubes – Birthday (One Little Indian UK)
  • Swans – New Mind / I’ll Swallow You (Product inc)
  • U2 – Where the Streets Have No Name / Silver and Gold / Sweetest Thing (Island)
  • Aerosmith – Permanent Vacation (Geffen)
  • Bodines – Played (Magnet UK)
  • Cabaret Voltaire – Code (EMI UK)
  • Def Leppard – Hysteria (Mercury)
  • Michael Jackson – Bad (Epic)
  • Jesus and Mary Chain – Darklands (Blanco y Negro UK)
  • Napalm Death – Scum (Earache UK)
  • New Order – Substance (Factory UK) Compilation of singles and B-sides, some re-edited and remixed
  • Oyster Band – Wide Blue Yonder (Cooking Vinyl UK)
  • Throwing Muses – The Fat Skier (4AD UK)
  • Tom Waits – Franks Wild Years (Island UK)

The Sugarcubes

Sep

3

  • Morton Feldman (61) dies in Buffalo, NY of pancreatic cancer
  • Anthony Payne’s Alleluias and Hockets premiered in London

5

  • Wolfgang Fortner (79) dies in Heidelberg

6

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Les Hoquets du Gardien de la Lune for orchestra premiered in London

7

  • Anthony Payne’s Half-Heard in the Stillness premiered in Loughborough, Leics

10

  • Henryk Górecki’s Miserere for chorus premiered in Wloclawek, Poland

11

  • Peter Tosh (32) shot and killed during a robbery of his house in Kingston, Jamaica

12

  • Michael Jackson has the UK number one album for the first of five weeks with Bad

14

  • Toru Takemitsu’s Signals from Heaven II: Night Signal for brass premiered in Glasgow

16

  • Maurice Ravel’s Matinée en Provence for soprano, chorus and orchestra premiered in Turin

17

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Tracées for orchestra premiered in Paris
  • Isang Yun’s Symphony no.5 for baritone and orchestra premiered in Berlin

18

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ Resurrection premiered in Darmstadt

21

  • Jaco Pastorius (35) dies from brain injuries sustained in a fight with a Miami club bouncer on 11 Sep 1987

23

  • O. B. McClinton (47) dies in Nashville, TN of stomach cancer
  • Bob Fosse (60) dies in Washington, DC following a heart attack

26

  • Whitney Houston has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Didn’t We Almost Have It All
  • Michael Jackson has the Billboard number one album for the first of six weeks with Bad

27

  • Charles Wuorinen’s Galliard for chamber orchestra premiered in Cleveland, OH

29

  • Sebastian Peschko (77) dies in Celle, Germany
  • Colin Matthews’s Five Duos for cello and piano premiered in London

releases

  • Belinda Carlisle – Heaven Is a Place on Earth / We Can Change (MCA)
  • House Of Love – Real Animal / Plastic / Nothing To Me (Creation UK)
  • Michael Jackson – Bad / I Can’t Help It (Epic)
  • Alexander O’Neal – Criticize / A Broken Heart Can Mend (Tabu)
  • REM – The One I Love / Maps And Legends (IRS)
  • Bruce Springsteen – Brilliant Disguise / Lucky Man (Columbia)
  • Vaselines – Son of a Gun / Rory Rides Me Raw / You Think You’re a Man (53rd & 3rd UK)
  • Art of Noise – In No Sense Nonsense (China UK)
  • Depeche Mode – Music for the Masses (Mute)
  • Housemartins – The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death (Go Discs UK)
  • Jane’s Addiction (Triple X) recorded live in Los Angeles on 26 Jan 1987
  • Van Morrison – Poetic Champions Compose (Mercury)
  • Opal – Happy Nightmare Baby (SST)
  • Pet Shop Boys – Actually (Parlophone UK)
  • Pink Floyd – A Momentary Lapse of Reason (EMI)
  • Steve Reich – Drumming (Nonesuch)
  • REM – Document (IRS)
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto – Neo Geo (Epic)
  • Smiths – Strangeways, Here We Come (Rough Trade UK)
  • Spacemen 3 – The Perfect Prescription (Glass UK)

Peter Tosh 1944-87

Oct

1

  • Galina Ustvolskaya’s Symphony No. 3 “Jesus Messiah, Save Us” premiered in St Petersburg

2

  • Colin Matthews’s Eleven Studies in Velocity for piano premiered in London

3

  • Hans Gál (97) dies in Edinburgh
  • M/A/R/R/S have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Pump Up The Volume
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Konzert for piano and eight instruments premiered in Vienna

4

  • Karel Albert (86) dies in Liedekerke, Belgium
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s opera Oedipus premiered in Berlin, lib. Sophocles, Friedrich Nietzsche and Heiner Müller
  • The tabulation of the UK chart is computerized and the day of unveiling changed from Tuesday to Sunday

5

  • Luigi Nono’s Decouvrir la subversion: Hommage à Edmond Jabes for alto, bass, reciter, tuba, horn, flute and electronics premiered in Paris
  • Isang Yun’s My Land, My People, a Korean cantata for soloists, chorus and orchestra premiered in Pyongyang

7

  • Brian Ferneyhough’s String Quartet no.3 premiered in Paris
  • Steve Reich’s The Four Sections for orchestra premiered in San Francisco

10

  • Elena Firsova’s cantata Earthly Life premiered in London

15

  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Songs of Sea and Sky for clarinet and piano premiered in New Haven, CT

16

  • Hans-Jürgen von Bose’s Other Echoes Inhabit the Garden for oboe and orchestra premiered in Donaueschingen
  • George Rochberg’s Symphony no.6 premiered in Pittsburgh

17

  • The Bee Gees have the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with You Win Again
  • Luigi Nono’s Post-Prae-Ludium no.1: Donau for tuba and electronics premiered in Donaueschingen
  • Bruce Springsteen has the UK number one album for one week with Tunnel of Love

18

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Klangbeschreibung I for three orchestral groups; Klangbeschreibung II Innere Grenze for four solo voices, five brass and six percussionists & Klangbeschreibung III for orchestra premiered in Donaueschingen

19

  • Jacqueline du Pré (42) dies in London from multiple sclerosis

20

  • Carlos Lara Bareiro (73) dies in Buenos Aires
  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s Irish Rhapsody no.3 for orchestra premiered in Belfast

22

  • John Adams’ opera Nixon in China premiered in Houston, lib. Goodman
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Protokoll-ein Traum for six cellos premiered in Graz

24

  • Michael Jackson has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Bad
  • Sting has the UK number one album for one week with Nothing Like The Sun

25

  • Willis “Gator” Jackson (55) dies in New York  following heart surgery

27

  • Thea Musgrave’s Monologues of Mary, Queen of Scots for soprano and orchestra premiered in Stirling

29

  • Woody Herman (74) dies in Los Angeles
  • Philip Glass’s The Light for orchestra premiered in Cleveland

30

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Unbenannt II for orchestra premiered in Tokyo

31

  • Fleetwood Mac have the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with Tango In The Night

releases

  • Eric B & Rakim – Paid In Full (Seven Minutes of Madness – The Coldcut Remix) / Paid in Full / Eric B is on the Cut (4th & Broadway)
  • Coldcut – Beats And Pieces / That Greedy Beat (Ahead Of Our Time UK)
  • Cure – Just Like Heaven / Snow in Summer (Fiction)
  • Fall – Hit The North parts 1 and 2 (Beggars Banquet UK)
  • Guns ‘n’ Roses – Welcome to the Jungle / Mr. Brownstone (Geffen)
  • Jesus & Mary Chain – Darklands EP (Blanco Y Negro UK)
  • McCarthy – Well Of Loneliness / Antiamericancretin (September UK)
  • Microdisney – Singer’s Hampstead Home / She Only Gave In To Anger (Virgin UK)
  • Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning / Gunbarrel Highway (Columbia)
  • Pet Shop Boys – Rent / I Want A Dog (Parlophone UK)
  • Proclaimers – Letter From America / version (Chrysalis)
  • Smiths – I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish / Pretty Girls Make Graves (Rough Trade UK)
  • Triffids – Bury me Deep In Love / Baby Can I Walk You Home (Island UK)
  • American Music Club – Engine (Frontier)
  • Bats – Daddy’s Highway (Flying Nun New Zealand)
  • Chills – Brave Words (Flying Nun New Zealand)
  • Steve Earle – Exit 0 (MCA) 
  • Gun Club – Mother Juno (Red Rhino UK)
  • INXS – Kick (Atlantic)
  • Salif Keita – Soro (Mango)
  • McCarthy – I Am a Wallet (September UK)
  • Meat Puppets – Huevos (SST)
  • Negativland – Escape From Noise (SST) 
  • Pixies – Come On Pilgrim (4AD UK)
  • Rollins Band – Life Time (Texas Hotel)
  • Márta Sebestyén – Muzsikás (Hannibal)
  • Sepultura – Schizophrenia (Cogumelo Brazil)
  • Bruce Springsteen – Tunnel of Love (Columbia)
  • Mark Stewart (Mute UK)
  • Swans – Children of God (Caroline)
  • David Sylvian – Secrets of the Beehive (Virgin UK)
  • Wedding Present – George Best (Reception UK)

Jacqueline du Pré 1945-87

Nov

5

  • Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint for electric guitar and tape premiered in New York

6

  • James MacMillan’s The Road to Ardtalla for sextet premiered in Manchester
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Adagio for strings premiered in Tauberbischofsheim, Germany
  • Charles Wuorinen’s String Quartet no.3 premiered in Hanover, NH

7

  • Bruce Springsteen has the Billboard number one album for one week with Tunnel of Love

8

  • Isang Yun’s Duetto concertante for oboe, cello and orchestra premiered in Rotweil

12

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Little Quartet no.2 for string quartet premiered in Canton, NY

13

  • Harold Vick (51) dies in New York following a heart attack
  • Otto Luening’s Suite for Baroque Flute premiered in Poughkeepsie, NY

14

  • John Cale’s Falklands Suite premiered in Amsterdam
  • David Matthews’s Etude premiered in Bristol

15

  • Nancy Van de Vate’s Concerto No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra premiered in Pittsburg, KS

17

  • Iannis Xenakis’s XAS for saxophone quartet premiered in Lille

19

  • Zygmunt Krauze’s The Underground River premiered in Metz

20

  • Isang Yun’s Tapis for string quintet premiered in Mannheim

21

  • John Cage’s Organ2 / ASLSP for organ premiered in Metz

22

  • Carl Orff’s Dithyrambi for chorus and instruments premiered in Munich

23

  • Alton Adams (98) dies in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

26

  • Emmanuel Bondeville (89) dies in Paris

28

  • Charles Koechlin’s String Quartet no.2 premiered in Lüneburg
  • Luigi Nono’s No hay caminos, hay que caminar…Andrej Tarkovskij for seven choruses and orchestra premiered in Tokyo

29

  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s Et exspecto for bayan premiered in Moscow

30

  • Scrappy Lambert (86) dies in Los Angeles

releases

  • Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere / When I See You Again (Warner Bros)
  • Michael Jackson – The Way You Make Me Feel / instrumental (Epic)
  • My Bloody Valentine – You Made Me Realize / Slow (Creation UK)
  • Pogues – Fairytale Of New York / Battle March Medley (EMI UK)
  • Prince – I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man / Hot Thing (Paisley Park)
  • Public Enemy – Rebel Without A Pause EP (Def Jam)
  • Durutti Column – The Guitar and Other Machines (Factory UK)
  • fIREHOSE – If’n (SST)
  • Hafler Trio – A Thirsty Fish (Touch UK)
  • George Harrison – Cloud Nine (Dark Horse)
  • Laibach – Krst pod Triglavom: Baptism (Walter Ulbricht Schallfolien Germany)
  • Loop – Heaven’s End (Head UK)
  • Neurosis – Pain of Mind (Alchemy)
  • Robbie Robertson (Geffen)
  • Yo La Tengo – New Wave Hot Dogs (Twin Tone)

My Bloody Valentine – You Made Me Realize

Dec

2

  • Myrta Silva (70) dies in Arecibo, Puerto Rico of Alzheimer’s disease

5

  • Belinda Carlisle has the Billboard number one single for one week with Heaven is a Place on Earth

8

  • John Tavener’s Acclamation for chorus premiered in Canterbury

9

  • Will Shatter (31) dies in San Francisco from a heroin overdose

10

  • Jascha Heifetz (86) dies in Los Angeles

12

  • Clifton Chenier (62) dies in Lafayette, LA of kidney disease
  • Slam Stewart (73) dies in Binghamton, NY of heart failure
  • John Cage’s Europeras I & II premiered in Frankfurt

18

  • Warne Marsh (61) dies following a heart attack during a show in Los Angeles
  • Conny Plank (47) dies in Cologne of cancer

19

  • Helmut Lachenmann’s Dust premiered in Stuttgart
  • Pet Shop Boys have the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with Always On My Mind

22

  • John Tavener’s God Is with Us for male voice, chorus and organ by John Tavener premiered in Winchester

26

  • Leslie Thompson (86) dies in London

releases

  • Depeche Mode – Behind the Wheel / Route 66 (Mute)
  • New Order – Touched By The Hand Of God (Factory UK)
  • Pet Shop Boys – Always On My Mind / Do I Have To? (Parlophone UK)
  • Public Enemy – Bring The Noise EP (Def Jam UK)
  • Joe Smooth – The Promised Land (DJ International)
  • Miles Davis & Marcus Miller – Siesta (Warner Bros)
  • Guided by Voices – Sandbox (Halo)
  • Live Skull – Dusted (Homestead)
  • Wim Mertens / Glenn Branca – The Belly of an Architect OST (Crépuscule Belgium)
  • Prince – The Black Album (Warner Bros)

Conny Plank 1940-87

date unknown

releases

  • Jan Garbarek – All Those Born With Wings (ECM)
  • Zakir Hussain – Making Music (ECM)

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