1987 – L.A.’s Coconut Grove plays host to an all-star gathering as Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits, and Elvis Costello join Roy Orbison onstage to tape a TV special. The evening’s proceedings are eventually released as A Black and White Night.
1987 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Didn’t We Almost Have It All,” Whitney Houston.
1987 – U2 played the first of two nights at Madison Square Garden in New York City during their Joshua Tree world tour.
1987 – Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson are guests on the television game show “$10,000 Pyramid.”
1987 – David Bowie ran out of steam in 1987 when “Never Let Me Down” became his last single to chart in that decade. It only made it as high as number 27 in the U.S. while in the U.K. it stalled at number 34. It was the second single from the album of the […]
1987 – Bassist Jaco Pastorius of Blood, Sweat & Tears dies after being beaten up in Florida. He had been trying to break in to Fort Lauderdale’s Midnight Club. He was 35.
1987 – Pink Floyd release A Momentary Lapse of Reason. The comeback album is the band’s first since the departure of Roger Waters and the subsequent lawsuit over the use of the band name. A Momentary Lapse of Reason is Pink Floyd’s 1987 album, the band’s first release after the departure of Roger Waters from […]
1987 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” Michael Jackson with Siedah Garrett.
1987 – In the U.S., the Ritchie Valens revival doesn’t bring him back, but it does put Los Lobos’ version of “La Bamba” at the top of the singles chart.
1987 – Peter Tosh, a former member of Bob Marley’s Wailers, is shot and killed during a robbery at his home in Kingston, Jamaica.
1987 – Lorne Greene – Ben Cartwright in Bonanza and a singer who scored a No. 1 hit with “Ringo” in 1964 – dies of cardiac arrest.
1987 – A Roger Waters-less Pink Floyd kick off their Momentary Lapse of Reason tour in Ottawa. Relations between Waters, who left the band in 1983, and the other three had reached such a state that the ex-bassist threatened to sue promoters if the band played under the Floyd name.