On This Day

January 1986 in Music History

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 1 Barbra Streisand & Jon Peters relationship breaks up

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Jan 18 AIDS charity record "That's What Friends are For" hits #1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 23 "Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 13 performances

Broadway Composer Jerome Kern
Broadway Composer
Jerome Kern

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 23 Inaugural class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Chuck Berry; James Brown; Ray Charles; Sam Cooke; Fats Domino; The Everly Brothers; Buddy Holly;. Jerry Lee Lewis; Elvis Presley; Little Richard; Robert Johnson; Jimmie Rodgers; Jimmy Yancey; Alan Freed; John Hammond; and Sam Phillips

Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson
Singer and guitarist
Robert Johnson

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

  • Jan 28 "Uptown... It's Hot!" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 24 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 2 Trombone Shorty [Troy Andrews], American jazz musician and producer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jan 3 Lloyd Polite, American R&B singer
  • Jan 5 Teppei Koike, Japanese actor & singer, born in Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Jan 6 Alex Turner, English musician (Arctic Monkeys), born in High Green, Sheffield
  • Jan 20 Kevin Parker, Australian singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer (Tame Impala - The Slow Rush), born in Sydney
  • Jan 21 "Coffin" Joe [Spurgeon], British rock drummer (The Horrors), born in Clare, England
  • Jan 26 Matt Heafy, American-Japanese musician (Trivium), born in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan
  • Jan 30 Sam Duckworth, British singer-songwriter, born in Essex, England

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 2 Benny Payne, American jazz pianist (Cab Calloway; Billy Daniels Show), dies at 78
  • Jan 2 Herbert Magidson, American lyricist, winner of first Academy Award for Best Original Song ("The Continental"; "Gone With The Wind"; "The Masquerade Is Over"), dies at 79
  • Jan 3 Jens Bjerre, Danish composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 4 Phil Lynott, Irish rock musician (Thin Lizzy), dies of an overdose at 36 [1]
  • Jan 8 Pierre Fournier, French cellist (b. 1906)
  • Jan 8 Mansel Treharne Thomas, Welsh composer, dies at 76
  • Jan 9 Lucia Chase, American ballerina and co-founder of American Ballet Theater, dies at 88
  • Jan 10 Joe Farrell, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 48
  • Jan 14 Daniel Balavoine, French singer-songwriter, dies in a helicopter crash at 33
  • Jan 24 Gordon MacRae, American singer and actor (Oklahoma!, Carousel), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • Jan 30 Ticker Freeman, American pianist (Dinah Shore Show), dies at 74