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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…

Charlotte’s Web


Charlotte’s Webb

Teen Mutant Ninja Turtles: Hot Rodding…


Top movies – January 15 1990

Born on the Fourth of July

War of the Roses

Tango & Cash


Little Mermaid

Steel Magnolias

Back to the Future II

Christmas Vacation

Look Who’s talking


Harlem Nights


Family Business


We’re No Angels

All Dogs Go To Heaven

The Bear

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