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 5 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announces Cleveland, Ohio chosen as the site of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum
  • 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 American singer and actress calls David Letterman an a**hole on his "Late Night" TV program (NBC)

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

Birthdays in Music

  • May 5 Théo Ceccaldi, French jazz violinist, viola player, and composer, (Tricollectif), born in Pithiviers, France
  • May 6 Cindy Daniel, Québécois singer, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • May 7 Matt Helders, English musician and drummer (Arctic Monkeys), born in Sheffield, England
  • May 7 Frances Quinlan, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Hop Along; Likewise), born in New Jersey
  • May 18 Adam Bałdych, Polish jazz violinist, contemporary classical composer, and music producer, born in Gorzów Wielkopolski, Poland
  • May 20 Yolanda "LaLa" Brown, American R&B singer ("S.E.X"), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2007)
  • May 21 Myra [Quintana], Mexican-American pop singer ("Miracles Happen (When You Believe)") , born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 24 Mark Ballas, American professional dancer (Dancing with the Stars), born in Houston, Texas
  • May 29 Valy Hedjasi, Afghan pop singer, born in Maschhad, Iran
  • May 31 Sopho Khalvashi, Georgian pop-electronic singer, born in Batumi, Adjara, Georgian SSR

Weddings in Music

  • May 3 Actress-singer Annette Funicello (43) weds harness racing horse breeder and trainer Glen Holt

LoveWedding of Interest

May 10 Tommy Lee drummer of Motley Crue marries Heather Locklear

Rock Star and Drummer Tommy Lee
Rock Star and Drummer
Tommy Lee
  • May 16 "King Crimson" founder and guitarist Robert Fripp (40) weds British actress and rock singer Toyah Wilcox (27) at Church of St. Mary, St. Cuthurga and All Saints in Witchampton, England

LoveWedding of Interest

May 24 American country singer Garth Brooks (24) weds songwriter Sandy Mahl; divorce in 2001

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 organist, conductor, and composer, dies at 78
  • May 30 Hank Mobley, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 55