On This Day

August 1986 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Aug 1 Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia is released from hospital after a 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; runs for 1420 performances
  • Aug 16 "Papa Don't Preach" goes #1 for 2 weeks

#1 in the Charts

Aug 16 Madonna's "True Blue" album goes #1 for 5 weeks & her single

  • Aug 17 Rioting at DMC concert at Long Beaxh (California) Convention Center - 40 injured
  • Aug 21 "Rags" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Aug 23 Stephen Schwartz and Charles Strouse's musical "Rags" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater, NYC, after 4 performances; nominated for 6 Tony Awrads
  • Aug 25 Warner Bros. releases Paul Simon's seventh solo album "Graceland", a blend of pop, African, zydeco, and rock music; wins Grammy for album of the year, 1987 and sells over 16 million copies

Music History

Aug 28 American rock singer Tina Turner's star unveiled at Hollywood's Walk of Fame; Hollywood, California


Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 14 Young Deuces [Rudy Strong], American hip-hop artist, and rapper (Streetz-n-Young Deuce; Son Of A Soldier), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Christina Perri

Aug 19 Christina Perri, American singer-songwriter ("Jar Of Hearts"), born in Bensalem, Pennsylvania

  • Aug 23 Neil Cicierega, American cartoonist and musician, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 26 Cassie [Ventura], American singer (Me & U) and actress, born in New London, Connecticut
  • Aug 27 Mario [Barrett], American R&B singer ("Let Me Love You"), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Aug 28 Florence Welch, British blues and swing jazz singer (Florence and the Machine), born in London, England
  • 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), born in Las Vegas,Nevada

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 13 Caterina Jarboro, African-American opera singer and 1st black female performer to sing on opera stage in US, dies at 88
  • Aug 15 Richard E. Holz, American composer for brass band (Salvation Army), dies at 74
  • Aug 16 John Hurley, songwriter (Son of a Preacher Man), dies at 45
  • Aug 20 Thad Jones, American jazz trumpeter, dies of cancer at 63
  • Aug 30 Otto Mortensen, Danish composer and musicologist, dies at 79