1987 – Influential big band conductor Woody Herman dies of cardiac arrest. He was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award earlier in the year.
1987 – That great TV show Miami Vice officially jumps the shark (i.e., is no longer great), when Sheena Easton guest-stars as Sonny Crockett’s fiancee tonight.
1987 – Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia begins a sold-out two-week solo residency on Broadway.
1987 – David Bowie played the first of two nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California on the North American leg of The Glass Spider Tour.
1987 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Lost in Emotion,” Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam.
1987 – Chuck Berry receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame the same day that Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll, a documentary about a Berry tribute concert organized by Keith Richards, premieres. Leonard Maltin says of the film, “Whitewashes Berry’s womanizing and early 1960s jail term, but his hot temper is much in […]
1987 – Whitney Houston has the No. 1 single in America with “Didn’t We Almost Have It All.” At No. 7 are Heart with “Who Will You Run To.”
1987 – Brenda Lee Day was declared in her home town of Lithonia, Georgia and a street was named after her.
1987 – Oklahoman R&B belter Ted Taylor (“Be Ever Wonderful”) dies in a car crash in Lake Charles, La. He was 53.