1989 – Steve Rubell dies. He was the mastermind behind Studio 54, and was played by Mike Myers in the movie of the same name. Steve was born in Brooklyn to a lower-middle class family, typical in Brooklyn in the 1940’s and 1950’s. The five foot five Rubell was known for his charming personality all […]
1989 – Ringo Starr kicks off his first-ever solo tour with the All-Starr Band, featuring Joe Walsh, Billy Preston, and Clarence Clemons.
1989 – After stacks of money are found inside James Brown’s cell, the troubled Soul Brother No. 1 is moved from a minimum-security jail to a medium-security one. It was good to be the godfather of soul! hacha
1989 – Jefferson Airplane re-form. Paul Kantner, Marty Balin, and Grace Slick are joined by Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, who left the Airplane to play with Hot Tuna.
1989 – Pink Floyd perform in Venice on a floating stage. Seems like a good idea. But the 200,000 people who gather to see them end up causing damage to the city’s bridges and make marble crumble from centuries-old buildings.
1989 – Cyndi Lauper’s video for “My First Night Without You” premieres. It’s the first closed-captioned clip.
1989 – Alice Cooper releases his comeback single “Poison.” It later goes to No. 7, his biggest hit since 1972’s “School’s Out.”
1989 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “If You Don’t Know Me by Now,” Simply Red.
1989 – The Monkees receive their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1989 – Rod Stewart is knocked unconscious after hitting his head onstage.