April 1986 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Apr 10 "Big Deal" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 70 performances

Music Awards

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 Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields' musical "Sweet Charity" starring Gwen Verdon, opens at the Minskoff Theatre, NYC; runs for 368 performances, and wins a Tony Award for choreographer Bob Fosse

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 1 Hillary Scott, American singer and songwriter (Lady A), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Apr 8 Erika Sawajiri, Japanese actress, model and singer, born in Nerima, Tokyo, Japan
  • Apr 9 Brian Larsen, American musician and record producer, born in Laurel, Maryland
  • Apr 27 Elena Risteska, Macedonian pop singer and songwriter (Ninanalna; Million Dollar Player), born in Skopje, Macedonia, Yugoslavia (now North Macedonia)
  • Apr 28 George [Nozuka], Canadian-Japanese R&B singer-songwriter ("Talk To Me"), born in New York City

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 1 Erik Bruhn, Danish dancer (National Ballet of Canada), dies at 57
  • 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 singer and songwriter ("The Greatest Love Of All"), dies of breast cancer at 37
  • Apr 13 Johnny Dollar, American country & rockabilly singer, commits suicide at 53
  • Apr 15 Tim McIntire, American actor (Brubaker; Stand By Your Man), singer-songwriter, and musician (Funzone), dies of congestive heart failure at 41
  • Apr 17 Teddy Kotick, American jazz double bassist (Phil Woods; Charlie Parker; Bill Evans), dies of a brain tumor at 57
  • Apr 19 Dag Wirén, Swedish composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 23 Harold Arlen [Hyman Arluck], American popular song composer ("Over the Rainbow"; "It's Only A Paper Moon"; "Stormy Weather"), dies of cancer at 81