December 1986 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Dec 1 Paul McCartney releases "Only Love Remains"

  • Dec 27 "Les Miserables" opens at Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 2 Tal Wilkenfeld, Australian musician (Jeff Beck, Prince), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Dec 8 Kate Voegele, American folk-pop-rock singer songwriter, guitarist, and mandolin player, born in Bay Village, Ohio
  • Dec 10 Natti Nastasha [Natalia Gutiérrez Batista], Dominican singer (Sin Pijama), born in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
  • Dec 24 Edward Southall, British composer, born in Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • Dec 27 Metrik [Tom Mundell], British electronic dance music producer and re-mixer ("Freefall"; "Gravity"; “Chasing Sunrise”), born in London, England

Ellie Goulding (36 years old)

Dec 30 English singer and songwriter ("Lights", "Anything Could Happen"), born in Hereford, England

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 1 Horace Heidt, American 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

Desi Arnaz (1917-1986)

Dec 2 Cuban-American singer ("Babalú"), bandleader, actor (I Love Lucy - "Ricky Riccardo"), and television producer (The Untouchables),r, dies of lung cancer at 69

  • Dec 3 Bob Howard [Joyner], American swing jazz singer and pianist (Sing it Again), dies at 80
  • Dec 5 Carmol Taylor, country songwriter, dies at 53 of cancer
  • Dec 10 Kate Wolf [Allen], American folk singer-songwriter ("Love Still Remains"; "Across the Great Divide"), dies of leukemia at 44
  • Dec 15 Serge Lifar, Russian-French dancer, choreographer (Paris Opera Ballet), dies at 81
  • Dec 16 Marcel Quinet, Belgian pianist and composer (Vague et Sillon), dies at 71
  • Dec 22 Celius Dougherty, American pianist and composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 27 Lars-Erik Larsson, Swedish composer (God in Disguise (Förklädd gud, Op. 24); Linden), and pedagogue (Stockholm Conservatory; Uppsala University), dies of complications from diabetes at 78
  • Dec 29 John Antill, Australian composer (Corroboree; New Guinea Patrol), dies at 82
  • Dec 30 Jiri Jaroch, Czech composer, dies at 66
  • Dec 31 Lester Trimble, American composer, music critic and educator, dies at 63