Dateline: Events/Week of January 15, 1990 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Big trouble in the Soviet Union - At least 25 are dead in the Armenian quarter of Baku after massive rioting. Leaders from neighboring Armenia warn that it could mean a civil war.
Armenian-Azerbaijani fighting escalates into open warfare and the Soviet Union declares a state of emergency.
Washington D.C. mayor Marion Barry is arrested by FBI agents and local police on charges of purchasing crack cocaine from undercover operative. Barry has been dogged by accusations of drug abuse for the past several years.
Longest criminal trial in history - In California – Ray Buckey and his mother, Peggy McMartin Buckey are found not guilty of molesting children at their family-run McMartin Pre-School near Los Angeles.
Soviet army troops open fire on Azerbaijan militants on the streets of Baku. It’s the Kremlin’s first use of deadly force against its people since last April.
Peggy McMartin Buckey, acquitted of molestation charges in the famed McMartin Pre-school case, files a multi-million-dollar federal lawsuit, alleging that her civil rights were violated by the county of Los Angeles, the City of Manhattan Beach (CA) and others.
Mayor Marion Barry, his political career jeopardized by his cocaine-possession arrest, plans to enter a substance abuse treatment program.
First Lady Barbara Bush says that women should be able to service in combat as long as they have the physical strength to match their ability to shoot and fly as well as men.
Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie/Hollywood news – January 15, 1990
George Lucas testifies in Canada, saying that the “Jedi” Ewoks characters were his own ideas – not stolen. That the short furry creatures called Ewoks in the 1983 film “Return of the Jedi” evolved from a script written by him and were designed partially – with the Lucas’ family dog in minds. Lucas has been accused of stealing the name and concept for the Ewoks from a Calgary writer.
Passing – Barbara Stanwyck (82) – career spanned some 60 years.
Passing – Candy Jones – model of the 1940’s and talkshow host with her late husband, Long John Nebel.
Suicide – Onetime child actor Rusty Hamer, best known for “Make Room For Daddy.” He was 42… of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Tom Cruise and actress-wife Mimi Rogers end their nearly three-year marriage.
Sports news – January 15, 1990
In Atlantic City – George Foreman stops Gerry Cooney in the 2nd round.
Television news – January 15, 1990
Fox TV announces an expansion to 5 nights this fall.
Speaking at a television convention, Geraldo Rivera says he went to far last year. He won sensationalism attention last year by having his nose broken in an onstage fracas between a white supremacist and a black guest. He says he strayed and wants to steer his show back to more mainstream.
Monday night television listings/TV guide – week of January 15, 1990
CBS – Major Dad, Famous Teddy, Murphy Brown, Designing Women, Newhart, Doctor Doctor, Pat Sajak
NBC – Alf, Hogan Family, Movie, Tonight Show
McGyver, Movie, Nightline
Fox - 21 Jump Street, Alien Nation
PBS – Nature, Eyes on the Prize II Martin
On MacGyiver – MacGyver teaches a troubled student the value of an education.
On Murphy Brown – Miles’ brother gets together with Murphy.
On Pat Sajak – Jerry Lee Lewis guests.
Music news – January 15, 1990
The video for rap artist Public Enemy’s “Welcome to the Terrordome” is released exclusively with an instrumental backing track, after lyrics from the single reignited charges of anti-Semitism against the group. Leader Chuck D claims that the controversy over the lyrics “the so-called chosen” and “still they got me like Jesus,” which some have construed as attacking Jews, had nothing to do with the decision.
Not getting along – Singer Richard Marx and MTV’s Adam Curry. They had a spat while Curry was interviewing him on the channel.
Heavy Metal – Sebastian Bach of Skid Row is getting a lot of attention. He’s almost a regular on MTV’s “Top 20 Countdown.” Now, MTV is airing footage from the group’s December 27 Springfield (MA) concert where he was struck by a bottle hurled from someone in the audience. Enraged, he through the bottle back into the audience while shouting obscenities, injuring a 17-year-old girl. He was arrested after the show for assault, battery, and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and mayhem.
Queen Latifah debuts her first album – “All Hail The Queen” which melds rap, reggae, R&B and house.
RCA’s country division says it will be out of the vinyl business in a matter of months. Only radio stations will be serviced promotional 45-rpm vinyl records and some albums will have limited vinyl runs – but that will be it.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame 5th Induction ceremony – Inductees were The Four Seasons, Hank Ballard, Bobby Darin, Platters, the Who, Simon & Garfunkel, the Kinks and the Four Tops.
Elton John and Paula Abdul team for a new Diet Coke commercial. Catch it this week.
Baby Bruce - Bruce Springsteen’s girlfriend/back-up singer Patty Scialfa is expecting. No date has been announced.
Radio news – January 15, 1990
Syndicated morning show a good idea? David Hartman, former co-host of “Good Morning America” is pitching an idea of a national morning radio show. The plan for the Hartman show dates to last spring when Satellite Music Network and Hartman formulated a plan to develop the “best morning TV show on radio.” The project was shelved after ABC’s acquisition of SMN and has been on hold during the transitional period. Hartman and his agent talked to other distributors, but so far, no luck. The feeling is that radio stations want to keep their local morning shows due to revenue and ratings. Some exceptions – Howard Stern is having success on WYSP (Philly) and recently, the ratings at Washington’s WJFK have come up. Also, the Jim Zippo show on Satellite Music Network’s Gold channel is extremely high profile and is carried on 200 stations. (This would be another trend in the 90’s with shows such as Bob and Tom, Mark and Brian, Howard Stern and many others). Hartman never saw his idea/show come to fruition.
Ross Wilson re-signs with Z-100, but he caught a lot of kidding after an ad appeared about his job availability. Wilson says he placed the ad during a period when his renewal talks with Z100 had stalemated. Rival morning show Gary Bryan & Linda Energy over at WPLJ made, some light of it as did Howard Stern.
Speaking of Gary Bryan, looks like his syndicated “Hot 30” countdown show is dead. Bryan, who does mornings at ABC-owned WPLJ, was to have the show syndicated by rival Westwood One, but ABC won’t allow that.
Turtles Mark Volman & Howard Kaylan, aka Flo and Eddie are now doing afternoons at classic rock WXRK.
Top-40 ratings decline - Ratings for WHTZ (Z-100) are down sharply – 5.7-4.3 as is WPLJ from a 3.5 to a 3.0. Easy WPAT is #1 in New York with a 5.1. In Los Angeles – Top-40/dance KPWR is up to a 6.2 but top-40 KIIS fell 6.4-5.4.
In Tampa – the rival between WFLZ and WRBQ (Q 105) is intense. Q-105 has asked WFLZ to stop distributing “Screw the Q” T-shirts because it used Q-105’s logo.
Bob Dearborn – a Chicago vet is back in town, this time on adult standards WJJD.
Top music albums – January 15, 1990
… But Seriously – Phil Collins
Girl You Know It’s True – Milli Vanilli
Storm Front – Billy Joel
Forever Your Gil – Paula Abdul
Pump – Aerosmith
Full Moon Fever – Tom Petty
Hangin’ Tough – New Kids On The Block
Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 – Janet Jackson
Cosmic Thing – B-52’s
Cry Like A Rainstorm, Howl Like The Wind – Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
Dance!… Ya Know It! – Bobby Brown
Dr. Feelgood – Motley Crue
Steel Wheels – Rolling Stones
Back On The Block – Quincy Jones
Repeat Offender – Richard Marx
Journeyman – Eric Clapton
Heart of Stone – Cher
Slip of the Tongue – Whitesnake
Keep On Movin’ – Soul II Sol
Soul Provider – Michael Bolton
Live – Kenny G.
News Kids On The Block – New Kids On The Block
Tender Lover – Baby Face
Presto – Rush
As Nasty As They Wanna Be – 2 Live Crew
Trash – Alice Cooper
Crossroads – Tracy Chapman
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – January 15, 1990
How Am I Supposed To Live Without You – Michael Bolton
Everything – Jody Watley
Another Day In Paradise – Phil Collins
Pump Up The Jam – Technotronic
Downtown Train – Rod Stewart
Just Between You And Me – Lou Gramm
Rhythm Nation – Janet Jackson
Love Song – Tesla
Free Fallin’ Tom Petty
When The Night Comes – Joe Cocker
Swing The Mood – Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers
Janie’s Got A Gun – Aerosmith
Peace In Our Time – Eddie Money
Don’t Know Much – Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
Opposites Attract – Paula Abdul
Just Like Jesse James – Cher
This One’s For The Children – New Kids On The Block
Tender Lover – Babyface
I’ll Be Good To You – Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles & Chaka Khan
Tell Me Why – Expose
Back To Life – Soul II Soul
Dangerous – Roxette
We Didn’t Start The Fire – Billy Joel
Top Country Music Hit Singles – January 15, 1990
Nobody’s Home – Clint Black
My Arms Stay Open All Night – Tanya Tucker
It Ain’t Nothin’ – Keith Whitley
Southern Star – Alabama
Statue of a Fool – Rick Van Shelton
It’s You Again – Skip Ewing
When I Could Come Home To You – Steve Wariner
That Just About Does It – Vern Gosdin
Start All Over Again – The Desert Rose Band
Out Of Your Shoes – Lorrie Morgan
On Second Thought – Eddie Rabbit
On Man Woman – The Judds
Many A Long A Lonesome Highway – Rodney Crowell
Top Jazz – January 15, 1990
Waiting For Spring – David Benoit
On Fire – Michel Camilo
Music From When Harry Met Sally – Harry Connick Jr.
My Favorite Songs: The Last Great Concert – Chet Baker
Mood Indigo – Frank Morgan
Pittsburgh – Ahmad Jamal
The Fabulous Baker Boys – Soundtrack
Top Contemporary Jazz – January 15, 1990
Back on the Block – Quincy Jones
Time Out Of Mind – Grover Washington Jr.
Rich and Poor – Randy Crawford
Live – Kenny G.
Migration – Dave Grusin
Happy Anniversary, Charlie Brown – Various Artist
At Last – Lou Rawls
Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – January 15, 1990
Love and Anger – Kate Bush
House – Psychedelic Furs
No Myth – Michael Penn
Ouija Board, Ouija Board – Morrissey
Standing There – The Creatures
Babydoll – Laurie Anderson
Where Do We Go From Heaven – Mighty Lemon Drops
Roam – B-52’s
Blues From A Gun – The Jesus and Mary Chain
Cuts You Up – Peter Murphy
Proud To Fall – Ian McCulloch
Don’t Let Me Down Gently – The Wonder Stuff
Top pop hit music singles in Britain – January 15, 1990
Hangin’ Tough – New Kids on The Block
Get A Life – Soul II Soul
When You Come Back to Me – Jason Donovan
Touch Me – 49ers
Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid II
The Magic Number – De La Soul
Got To Get – Rob N Raz
Lambada - Kaoma
Dear Jessie – Madonna
Top Children’s videos – January 15, 1990
The Land Before Time
Teen Mutant Ninja Turtles: Killer Pizzas
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Frosty the Snowman
Teen Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Shredder…
Teen Mutant Ninja Turtles: Hot Rodding…
Top movies – January 15 1990
Born on the Fourth of July
War of the Roses
Tango & Cash
Back to the Future II
Look Who’s talking
We’re No Angels
All Dogs Go To Heaven