1990 – Sinead O’Connor was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Nothing Compares 2 U.’ Her version of the Prince penned song was also a No.1 hit in 18 other countries.
1990 – Cornell Gunter, former lead tenor for the Coasters, is murdered in Las Vegas, Nev. He is 53. “Yakety Yak,” the group’s only No. 1 hit, was released during Gunter’s four years with the Coasters.
1990 – On this day in 1990, Milli Vanilli producer Frank Farian publicly admits that Fabrice Morvan and Rob Pilatus never sang a note on their eponymous debut album. Later: The people at the Grammy organization would ask for the awarded grammy’s back! Later on one of the singers commits suicide from the shame.
1990 – Johnnie Ray, known as the “Prince of Wails” for his 1950s ballads, dies in Los Angeles of liver failure. Age 63. His biggest hit is “Just Walking in the Rain,” a No. 2 song in 1956.
1990 – Bob Dylan unexpectedly joins Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman and David Crosby to sing “Mr. Tambourine Man” at a Los Angeles tribute to the late Roy Orbison. It is the first time in 25 years that the three former Byrds perform together onstage.
1990 – Milli Vanilli are awarded the Best New Artist Grammy. It would take until the following November for producer Frank Farian to confess that the duo of Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus never actually sang a single note on their recordings, causing the award to be withdrawn.
1990 – Emma Anderson admits in an interview that her band Lush is the “Most hated band in London.”
1990 – Rock’s most despised ex-husband of Singer Tina Turner, Ike Turner, is jailed for four years on cocaine charges.
1990 – The Rolling Stones played the first of ten nights at the Korakuen Dome, Tokyo, Japan. The shows were seen by over 500,000 fans, making the band $20 million (£11.76 million).
1990 – Paula Abdul started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Opposites Attract’, her fourth US No.1, a No.2 hit in the UK.
1990 – Guitarist Eric Clapton finishes an 18-show stand at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The performances, which began Jan. 18, included three different bands, a 60-piece orchestra and blues jams with Robert Cray.
1990 – Nirvana set out on a short west coast tour opening for Dinosaur Jr. at the Pine Street Theater, Portland, Oregon.