Events in Music in 1986

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 1 Barbra Streisand & Jon Peters relationship breaks up

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Jan 18 AIDS charity record "That's What Friends are For" hits #1
  • Jan 23 "Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 13 performances

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 23 1st induction of Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame (Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Domino, Everly Bros, Buddy Holly, J L Lewis & Elvis Presley)

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly
Singer James Brown
Singer
James Brown

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 27 13th American Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Huey Lewis & C Gayle

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
  • Jan 28 "Uptown... It's Hot!" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • Feb 2 "Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood" closes at Ritz NYC after 13 performances
  • Feb 16 "Uptown... It's Hot!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 24 performances
  • Feb 25 28th Grammy Awards: We Are the World, Sade, Phil Collins wins
  • Mar 6 Ken Ludwig's "Lend me a Tenor" premieres in London

Music releaseMusic Single

Mar 8 The Young Ones and Cliff Richard release new version of single "Living Doll" for Comic Relief charity

  • Mar 22 Heart's "These Dreams" single goes #1
  • Mar 26 Geffen records signs Guns & Roses
  • Mar 29 Beatle records officially go on sale in Russia
  • Mar 30 "Tango Argentino" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 198 performances
  • Apr 10 "Big Deal" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 70 performances
  • Apr 14 21st Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, George Strait, and Reba McEntire win
  • Apr 20 "Jerry's Girls" closes at St James Theater NYC after 139 performances
  • Apr 27 "Sweet Charity" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 368 performances
  • May 3 31st Eurovision Song Contest: Sandra Kim for Belgium wins singing "J'aime la vie" in Bergen
  • May 18 "Singin' in the Rain" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 367 performances

Music release#1 in the Charts

Jun 7 Madonna's single "Live to Tell" goes #1

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
  • Jun 8 "Big Deal" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 70 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 9 20th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers & Loretta Lynn

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Singer-songwriter
Loretta Lynn
  • Aug 1 Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia release from hospital after 3 week coma
  • Aug 7 "Honky Tonk Nights" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Aug 9 "Honky Tonk Nights" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Aug 10 "Me & My Girl" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 1420 performances
  • Aug 16 Madonna's "True Blue" album goes #1 for 5 weeks & her single
  • Aug 21 "Rags" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Aug 23 "Rags" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 4 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 28 Tina Turner's star unveiled in Hollywood

Singer Tina Turner
Singer
Tina Turner

Music releaseAlbum Release

Sep 1 Paul McCartney releases "Press to Play" album

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 19 "Captain EO" with Michael Jackson premieres

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Sep 26 RUN-DMC is 1st rap group to hit top 10 (Raisin' Hell)
  • Oct 9 "Phantom of the Opera" premeires in London
  • Oct 13 20th Country Music Association Award: Reba McEntire wins
  • Oct 16 "Raggedy Ann" opens at Nederlander Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Oct 19 "Flamenco Puro" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 40 performances
  • Oct 19 "Raggedy Ann" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 5 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 22 "Into the Light" opens at Neil Simon Theater NYC for 6 performances

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Oct 26 "Into the Light" closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • Oct 27 Paul McCartney release "Pretty Little Head"
  • Nov 8 "Song & Dance" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 474 performances
  • Nov 17 "Oh Coward!" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • Nov 24 "Smile" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • Nov 30 "Flamenco Puro" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 40 performances
  • Dec 1 Paul McCartney releases "Only Love Remains"
  • Dec 27 "Les Miserables" opens at Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.