June 1986 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jun 1 40th Tony Awards: "I'm Not Rappaport" (play) & "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" (musical) win

Album Release

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

#1 in the Charts

Jun 7 Madonna's single "Live to Tell" goes #1

  • Jun 8 "Big Deal" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 70 performances

Music City News Awards

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

  • Jun 13 City of Berlin, Germany dedicates Léon Jessel Platz, a small town square, in memory of composer killed - at age 70 - by the Gestapo in 1943

Music Concert

Jun 15 Amnesty International "Conspiracy of Hope" tour concludes with mega-concert 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 & Mary; and The Hooters

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 20 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: The Cure, Psychedelic Furs, and Level 42 headline; other performers include: Simply Red, Madness, Ruby Turner, Amazulu, Lloyd Cole, Black Uhuru, The Wailers Band, Loudon Wainwright III, John Martyn, The Housemartins, The Waterboys, The Pogues, Gil Scott-Heron, Robert Cray Band, and Christy Moore

  • Jun 21 "Living on Video" by Trans-X peaks at #61
  • Jun 21 "Vienna Calling" by Falco peaks at #18

Film Release

Jun 27 Jim Henson's fantasy film "Labyrinth" written by Terry Jones, starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly is released in the US

Birthdays in Music

  • Jun 2 (Zsuzsanna) "ZZ" Ward, American blues-rock and R&B singer-songwriter (Put the Gun Down), born in Abington, Pennsylvania
  • 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 performance artist, 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

Bob Dylan

Jun 4 Legendary singer Bob Dylan (45) weds his backup singer Carolyn Dennis (32) ; divorce in 1992

  • Jun 7 Australian "Air Supply" guitarist Graham Russell (35) weds fan Jodi Varble (21)

Bob Geldof & Paula Yates

Jun 21 The Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof (34) weds broadcaster and writer Paula Yates (27) in Las Vegas

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

Benny GoodmanBenny Goodman (1909-1986)

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

Alan Jay LernerAlan Jay Lerner (1918-1986)

Jun 14 American Tony and Academy Award-winning lyricist (with Frederick Loewe - My Fair Lady; Gigi; Camelot), and screenwriter, 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"; "When The Moon Comes Over The Mountain"), radio star, and NHL Philadelphia Flyers good luck charm, dies of respiratory arrest 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 (Otis W.) "Joe" Maphis, American session and country music guitarist ("Dim Lights"), dies of lung cancer at 75
  • Jun 27 Zoltán Gárdonyi, Hungarian composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 29 Dusolina Giannini, Italian-American dramatic soprano (New York Metropolitan Opera, 1935-42), and teacher, dies at 83