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June 1986 in Music History

Events in Music

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 6 "Storms of Life" debut album by Randy Travis is released (Billboard Album of the Year, 1987)

Country Music Singer Randy Travis
Country Music Singer
Randy Travis

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

Music awardsMusic City News Awards

Jun 9 20th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers & Loretta Lynn win

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Singer-songwriter
Loretta Lynn

Music concertMusic Concert

Jun 15 Amnesty International "Conspiracy of Hope" tour concludes with megaconcert at Giants Stadium in Rutherford, New Jersey; participants include: U2; Sting; Bryan Adams; Peter Gabriel; Lou Reed; Neville Brothers; Joan Baez; Joan Armatrading; Joni Mitchell; The Police; Jackson Browne; Yoko Ono; Miles Davis; Peter, Paul & AMry; and The Hooters

Rock Vocalist Peter Gabriel
Rock Vocalist
Peter Gabriel
Singer Bryan Adams
Singer
Bryan Adams
Singer Joni Mitchell
Singer
Joni Mitchell
  • Jun 21 "Living on Video" by Trans-X peaks at #61
  • Jun 21 "Vienna Calling" by Falco peaks at #18

Birthdays in Music

  • Jun 9 Kary Ng, Hong Kong pop singer (Cookies), and actress, born in British Hong Kong
  • Jun 15 Stjepan Hauser, Croatian cellist (2Cellos), born in Pula, Croatia
  • Jun 24 Solange Knowles, American Grammy award winning R&B singer-songwriter ("Cranes In The Sky"'; "I Decided"), and dancer, born in Houston, Texas
  • Jun 25 Aya Matsuura, Japanese singer, born in Himeji, Hyōgo, Japan
  • Jun 26 Casey Desmond, American pop singer, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jun 27 Drake Bell, American actor (Drake and Josh), musician ("Terrific"), and convict, born in Newport Beach, California
  • Jun 28 Kellie Pickler, American country music singer (Best Days of Your Life), born in Albemarle, North Carolina
  • Jun 29 Austin Drage, English singer (The X Factor), born in London, England

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

Deaths in Music

  • Jun 2 Daniel Sternefeld, Belgian conductor and composer (Elegie), dies at 80
  • Jun 3 Arthur Charles Ernest Hoérée, Belgian-French composer, dies at 89

Person of interestBenny Goodman

Jun 13 Benny Goodman, American clarinetist and bandleader (King of Swing), dies at 77

Clarinetist and Bandleader Benny Goodman
Clarinetist and Bandleader
Benny Goodman
  • Jun 14 Alan Jay Lerner, American Tony and Academy Award winning lyricist (Lerner & Loewe - My Fair Lady; Gigi; Camelot), dies of lung cancer at 67
  • Jun 16 Maurice Duruflé, French organist (St. Etienne-du-Mond, 1929-75), composer (Requiem, Op. 9), and teacher (Paris Conservatory, 1943-70), dies at 84
  • Jun 17 Kate Smith, American singer ("God Bless America"), dies at 78
  • Jun 21 Assi Rahbani, Lebanese composer, with his lyricist brother, Mansour (Biya el-Khawatim - The Ring Seller), dies at 63
  • Jun 22 Matti Rautio, Finnish classical composer (The Blue Heron), dies at 64 
  • Jun 27 Zoltán Gárdonyi, Hungarian composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 27 (Otis W.) "Joe" Maphis, American session and country music guitarist ("Dim Lights"), dies of lung cancer at 75