1986 in Music

Events in Music


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" premieres 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

Music releaseAlbum Release

Nov 15 Beastie Boys release their debut album "Licensed to Ill" - 1st No. 1 rap album on Billboard charts

Rocker Adam Yauch
Rocker
Adam Yauch
  • 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.

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 3 Lloyd Polite, American R&B singer
  • Jan 5 Teppei Koike, Japanese actor and singer
  • Jan 6 Alex Turner, English musician (Arctic Monkeys), born in High Green, Sheffield
  • Jan 21 Coffin Joe, English drummer (The Horrors)
  • Jan 26 Matt Heafy, American musician (Trivium)
  • Jan 30 Sam Duckworth, British singer-songwriter
  • Feb 19 Maria Mena, Norwegian singer
  • Feb 21 Charlotte Church, Welsh singer,-songwriter born in Llandaff, Wales
  • Feb 23 Holly Brook, American musician, born in Mazomanie, Wisconsin
  • Feb 23 Kazuya Kamenashi, Japanese pop star (KAT-TUN), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Feb 25 Danny Saucedo, Swedish singer
  • Feb 26 Crystal Kay, Japanese singer
  • Mar 3 Stacie Orrico, American singer
  • Mar 12 Danny Jones, English singer (McFly), born in Bolton
  • Mar 20 Dean Geyer, Australian singer/actor
  • Mar 28 J-Kwon [Jerrell Jones], American rapper (Tipsy), born in St. Louis, Missouri

Person of interestLady Gaga

Mar 28 Lady Gaga [Stefani Germanotta], American singer-songwriter (Bad Romance), born in New York City

Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Singer-Songwriter
Lady Gaga
  • Mar 30 Beni Arashiro, Japanese singer
  • Mar 31 Cveta Majtanović, Serbian singer, winner of Pop Idol.
  • Apr 1 Hillary Scott, American singer and songwriter (Lady Antebellum), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Apr 8 Erika Sawajiri, Japanese actress, model and singer
  • Apr 9 Brian Larsen, American musician and record producer
  • Apr 27 Elena Risteska, Macedonian singer
  • Apr 28 George Nozuka, Canadian Singer/Songwriter
  • May 6 Cindy Daniel, Quebec singer
  • May 7 Matt Helders, English musician, drummer for Arctic Monkeys
  • May 20 LaLa Brown, American singer (d. 2007)
  • May 21 Myra, Mexican-American singer
  • May 24 Mark Ballas, professional dancer
  • May 29 Valy Hedjasi, Afghan singer
  • May 31 Sopho Khalvashi, Georgian musical artist
  • Jun 9 Kary Ng, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • Jun 15 Stjepan Hauser, Croatian cellist (2Cellos), born in Pula, Croatia
  • Jun 24 Solange Knowles, American singer
  • Jun 25 Aya Matsuura, Japanese singer
  • Jun 26 Casey Desmond, American singer
  • Jun 27 Drake Bell, American actor, voice actor, and musician, born in Newport Beach, California
  • Jun 28 Kellie Pickler, American singer
  • Jun 29 Austin Drage, English singer (The X Factor), born in London, England
  • Jul 4 Takahisa Masuda, Japanese singer
  • Jul 9 Kiely Williams, American singer and actress
  • Jul 14 Dan Smith, English singer (Bastille), born in London
  • Jul 17 Dana, Korean singer and actress (TSZX)

Person of interestChristina Perri

Aug 19 Christina Perri, American singer-songwriter (So You Think You Can Dance), born in Bensalem, Pennsylvania

Singer-Songwriter Christina Perri
Singer-Songwriter
Christina Perri
  • Aug 23 Neil Cicierega, American cartoonist and musician
  • Aug 26 Cassie, American singer
  • Aug 27 Mario, American R&B singer
  • Aug 29 Lea Michele [Sarfati], American actress and singer (Glee), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Aug 30 Ryan Ross, American guitarist and lyricist (Panic at the Disco)
  • Sep 7 Spectacular Blue Smith, American musician (Pretty Ricky)
  • Sep 12 Emmy Rossum, American actress and singer
  • Sep 14 Ai Takahashi, Japanese singer (Morning Musume)
  • Sep 21 Faris Rotter, English vocalist (The Horrors)
  • Sep 24 Leah Dizon, model, singer and Japanese television
  • Oct 1 Sayaka, Japanese singer
  • Oct 4 Yuridia, Mexican singer
  • Oct 15 Lee Donghae, Korean singer (a member of super junior)
  • Oct 21 Christopher Uckermann, Actor, and singer in the Latin pop group RBD
  • Oct 24 Aubrey Graham, Canadian actor and rapper
  • Nov 2 Erika Jo, American country music singer, born in Angleton, Texas
  • Nov 4 Alexz Johnson, Canadian singer and actress
  • Nov 5 BoA [Kwon Boa], South Korean singer, born in Gyeonggi-do
  • Nov 12 Evan Yo, Taiwanese pop singer
  • Nov 15 Jeffree Star, American model, fashion designer, make-up artist and singer-songwriter
  • Nov 20 Aaron Yan, Taiwanese singer and actor
  • Nov 20 Oli Sykes, English musician
  • Nov 20 Jared Followill, American alternative-rock backing vocalist and musician (Kings of Leon), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Nov 25 Katie Cassidy, American singer and actress
  • Dec 2 Tal Wilkenfeld, Australian musician (Jeff Beck, Prince), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Dec 8 Kate Voegele, American musician
  • Dec 24 Edward Southall, British composer
  • Dec 30 Ellie Goulding, English singer and songwriter (Lights, Anything Could Happen), born in Hereford, England

Weddings in Music

  • Feb 1 Singer Diana Ross marries Norwegian businessman Arne Naess in Switzerland
  • May 3 Actress-singer Annette Funicello (43) weds harness racing horse breeder and trainer Glen Holt
  • May 10 Tommy Lee drummer of Motley Crue marries Heather Locklear

HeartWedding of Interest

May 24 Country singer Garth Brooks marries songwriter Sandy Mahl

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 4 Legendary singer Bob Dylan (45) weds his backup singer Carolyn Dennis (32)

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • Jun 7 Air Supply guitarist Graham Russell weds Jodi Varble

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 21 The Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof (34) weds broadcaster and writer Paula Yates (27) in Las Vegas

Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist Bob Geldof
Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist
Bob Geldof
  • Jul 27 "Say Anything" director Cameron Crowe (29) weds "Heart" guitarist Nancy Wilson (32)

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 18 "Fleetwood Mac" member Christine McVie (43) weds keyboardist Eduardo Quintela

Rock vocalist Christine McVie
Rock vocalist
Christine McVie

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 3 Jens Bjerre, Danish composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 4 Phil Lynott, Irish rock musician (Thin Lizzy), dies of an overdose at 36
  • Jan 8 Pierre Fournier, French cellist (b. 1906)
  • Jan 10 Joe Farrell, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 48
  • Jan 14 Daniel Balavoine, French singer (b. 1952)
  • Jan 24 Gordon MacRae, American singer and actor (Oklahoma!, Carousel), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • Jan 30 Ticker Freeman, pianist (Dinah Shore Show), dies at 74
  • Feb 1 Dick James, Beatles' music publisher (1962-70), dies in London at 58
  • Feb 7 Armand Preud'homme, Flemish organist/lyricist, dies at 81
  • Feb 10 Uncle Art Satherley, British-American record producer (1968 Acad of Country Music Award), dies at 96
  • Feb 12 Guy Douglas Hamilton Warrack, composer, dies at 86
  • Feb 20 Francisco Paolo Mignone, composer, dies at 88
  • Mar 4 Richard Manuel, Canadian rock vocalist and pianist (The Band), commits suicide at 42
  • Mar 4 Howard Greenfield, American songwriter (b. 1936)
  • Mar 11 Sonny Terry, American bind Piedmont blues musician, dies at 74
  • Mar 14 Benno Ammann, composer, dies at 81
  • Mar 14 Jozef Kresanek, composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 22 Mark Dinning, American singer (b. 1933)
  • Mar 31 O'Kelly Isley, American singer (Isley Brothers), dies of heart attack at 48
  • Apr 3 Peter Pears, English tenor (Death in Venice), dies at 75
  • Apr 8 Yukiko Okada, Japanese idol singer, dies at 18
  • Apr 10 Linda Creed, American songwriter (b. 1948)
  • Apr 13 Johnny Dollar, American country and rockabilly singer, commits suicide at 53
  • Apr 19 Dag Ivar Wiren, composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 23 Harold Arlen [Hyman Arluck], American composer (Over the Rainbow), murdered at 81
  • May 1 Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer (b. 1916)
  • May 5 Jon William Haussermann Jr, composer, dies at 76
  • May 5 Rui Coelho, Portuguese composer, dies at 94
  • May 18 John Bubbles Sublett, tap dancer (Black & Bubbles), dies at 84
  • May 19 Jimmy Lyons, American musician (b. 1931)
  • May 20 Bernard Naylor, English Canadian composer, dies at 78
  • May 30 Hank Mobley, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 55
  • Jun 2 Daniel Sternefeld, Belgian conductor/composer (Elegie), dies at 80
  • Jun 3 Arthur Charles Ernest Hoérée, Belgian-French composer, dies at 89
  • Jun 13 Benny Goodman, clarinetist/bandleader (King of Swing), dies at 77
  • Jun 14 Alan Jay Lerner, American lyricist (Lerner & Loewe-My Fair Lady), dies at 67
  • Jun 16 Maurice Duruflé, French composer and organist (b. 1902)
  • Jun 17 Kate Smith, singer (God Bless America), dies in Raleigh NC at 78
  • Jun 21 Assi Rahbani, Lebanese composer and author (b. 1923)
  • Jun 27 Joe Maphis, American country music guitarist dies aged 65
  • Jul 3 Rudy Vallee, singer (Vagabond Dreams), dies at 84
  • Jul 4 Flor Peeters, Flemish baron/organist/composer, dies at 83
  • Jul 23 Jouko Paavo Kalervo Tolonen, Finnish composer, dies at 73
  • Jul 27 Leroy Holmes, orchestra leader (Tonight Show, 1956-57), dies at 72
  • Jul 29 Gordon Mills, British songwriter (Tom Jones - "Its not Unusual"), dies of cancer at 51
  • Jul 31 Theodore "Teddy" Wilson, US jazz pianist/arranger, dies at 73
  • Aug 13 Caterina Jarboro, African-American opera singer and 1st black female performer to sing on opera stage in US, dies at 88
  • Aug 16 John Hurley, song writer (Son of a Preacher Man), dies at 45
  • Aug 20 Thad Jones, jazz trumpeter, dies of cancer at 63
  • Aug 30 Otto Mortensen, composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 7 Vladimir Alexandrovich Vlasov, composer, dies at 83
  • Sep 27 Cliff Burton, American rock bassist (Metallica), dies in bus crash at 24
  • Sep 28 Robert Helpmann, Australian actor, choreographer and dancer (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Don Quixote), dies at 77
  • Oct 16 Arthur Grumiaux, Belgian violinist, dies at 65
  • Oct 30 Andrzej Markowski, composer, dies at 62
  • Nov 1 Sippie Wallace, blues singer, dies at 88
  • Nov 3 Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis [Edward F. Davis], American jazz saxophonist (Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band), dies of cancer at 65
  • Nov 5 Bobby Nunn, American singer (The Robins, The Coasters) dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Nov 6 Elisabeth Grümmer, Alsatian soprano (b. 1911)
  • Nov 7 Tracy Pew, Australian musician (The Birthday Party) (b. 1957)
  • Nov 8 Beatrice Kay, singer/actress (Sister Sue-Calvin & the Col), dies at 78
  • Nov 13 Rudolf Schock, German opera/operetta singer, dies at 71
  • Nov 15 Alexandre Tansman, Polish composer (Dyptique), dies at 89
  • Nov 22 Robert Sutton Whitney, composer, dies at 82
  • Nov 26 Scatman Crothers [Benjamin], American actor, singer, dancer and musician (Chico and the Man, The Shining), dies at 76
  • Dec 1 Horace Heidt, orchestra leader (Swift Show Wagon), dies at 85
  • Dec 1 [Irving] Lee Dorsey, American pop and R&B singer (Working in the Coal Mine), dies at 61
  • Dec 5 Carmol Taylor, country songwriter, dies at 53 of cancer
  • Dec 10 Kate Wolf, folksinger (Back Roads), dies of leukemia at 44
  • Dec 15 Serge Lifar, Russian-French dancer, choreographer (Paris Opera Ballet), dies at 81
  • Dec 22 Celius Dougherty, composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 27 Lars-Eric Vilner Larsson, composer, dies at 78
  • Dec 29 John Antill, Australian composer (Corroboree), dies at 82
  • Dec 30 Jiri Jaroch, Czech composer, dies at 66
  • Dec 31 Lester Albert Trimble, composer, dies at 63