On This Day

May 1986 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 3 31st Eurovision Song Contest: Sandra Kim for Belgium wins singing "J'aime la vie" in Bergen
  • May 10 "Rock Me Amadeus" by Falco hits #1 on UK pop chart
  • May 17 "Chicken Song" by Spitting Image hits #1 on the UK pop chart
  • May 18 "Singin' in the Rain" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 367 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 22 Cher calls David Letterman an asshole on Late Night on NBC

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman

Birthdays in Music

  • May 6 Cindy Daniel, Québécois singer, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • May 7 Matt Helders, English musician and drummer for the rock band Arctic Monkeys, born in Sheffield, England
  • May 20 LaLa Brown, American singer (d. 2007)
  • May 21 Myra, Mexican-American singer
  • May 24 Mark Ballas, American professional dancer (Dancing with the Stars), born in Houston, Texas
  • May 29 Valy Hedjasi, Afghan singer
  • May 31 Sopho Khalvashi, Georgian musical artist

Weddings in Music

  • May 3 Actress-singer Annette Funicello (43) weds harness racing horse breeder and trainer Glen Holt
  • May 10 Tommy Lee drummer of Motley Crue marries Heather Locklear

LoveWedding of Interest

May 24 Country singer Garth Brooks marries songwriter Sandy Mahl

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks

Deaths in Music

  • May 1 Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer, dies at 69
  • May 5 John William Haussermann Jr., American composer, dies at 76
  • May 5 Rui Coelho, Portuguese composer, dies at 94
  • May 7 Jeffrey Mylett, American actor and songwriter, dies at 36
  • May 17 Jack Waldman, American jazz and rock keyboardist and avant garde composer dies of HIV related illness at 33
  • May 18 John Bubbles Sublett, American tap dancer (Black & Bubbles), dies at 84
  • May 19 Jimmy Lyons, American musician (b. 1931)
  • May 20 Bernard Naylor, English Canadian composer, dies at 78
  • May 30 Hank Mobley, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 55