Events in Music in 1986

Music History

Jan 1 American singer Barbra Streisand and hairdresser/film producer Jon Peters' romantic relationship ends

#1 in the Charts

Jan 18 AIDS charity record "That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder, hits #1

Music History

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

Hall 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

Music 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
  • Feb 2 "Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood" closes at Ritz NYC after 13 performances

Album Release

Feb 10 "John Lennon: Live in NYC" album is released posthumously

  • Feb 16 "Uptown... It's Hot!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 24 performances

Album Release

Mar 3 "Master of Puppets", the third studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica, is released

  • Mar 6 After losing all appeals, American rock singer David Crosby begins serving 5 year sentence for drug and weapons convictions in Texas state prison

Music Single

Mar 8 The Young Ones and Cliff Richard release new version of single "Living Doll" for Comic Relief charity

  • Mar 22 "On My Own" single released by Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald (Billboard Song of the Year 1986)
  • Mar 22 Heart's "These Dreams" single goes #1

Music History

Mar 26 Geffen records signs Guns & Roses

  • Mar 29 Beatle records officially go on sale in Russia
  • Mar 30 "Tango Argentino" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 198 performances
  • Apr 10 "Big Deal" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 70 performances

Music Awards

Apr 14 21st Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, George Strait, and Reba McEntire win

  • Apr 20 "Jerry's Girls" closes at St James Theater NYC after 139 performances
  • Apr 27 Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields' musical "Sweet Charity" starring Gwen Verdon, opens at the Minskoff Theatre, NYC; runs for 368 performances, and wins a Tony Award for choreographer Bob Fosse
  • 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

Music History

May 22 American singer and actress Cher calls David Letterman an a**hole on his "Late Night" TV program (NBC)

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 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 & 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

Farm Aid Concert

Jul 4 Farm Aid II benefit concert held in Manor, Texas; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Waylon Jennings, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Nicolette Larson, Los Lobos, and Steve Earle [1]

Music History

Jul 7 It is reported that Boy George is being treated for heroin addiction

Album Release

Jul 9 Columbia Records releases "The Bridge", singer-songwriter Billy Joel's tenth studio album

Music Single

Jul 14 Paul McCartney releases single "Press", from the album "Press To Play"

Music History

Aug 1 Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia is released from hospital after a 3 week coma

  • Aug 7 "Honky Tonk Nights" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Aug 8 Texas paroles American rock singer David Crosby from state prison, 5 months into his 5 year prison sentence for drug and weapons convictions; he credits the respite with helping him to break his cocaine addiction
  • Aug 9 "Honky Tonk Nights" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Aug 10 "Me & My Girl" opens at Marquis Theater, NYC; runs for 1420 performances
  • Aug 16 "Papa Don't Preach" goes #1 for 2 weeks
  • Aug 16 Madonna's "True Blue" album goes #1 for 5 weeks & her single
  • Aug 17 Rioting at DMC concert at Long Beaxh (California) Convention Center - 40 injured

Album Release

Aug 18 American rock band Bon Jovi release their 3rd album "Slippery When Wet" (Billboard's top selling album of 1987)

  • Aug 21 Stephen Schwartz and Charles Strouse's musical "Rags" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater, NYC; runs for 4 performances, receives 6 Tony Award nominations
  • Aug 23 Stephen Schwartz and Charles Strouse's musical "Rags" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater, NYC, after 4 performances; nominated for 6 Tony Awrads
  • Aug 25 Warner Bros. releases Paul Simon's seventh solo album "Graceland", a blend of pop, African, zydeco, and rock music; wins Grammy for album of the year, 1987 and sells over 16 million copies

Music History

Aug 28 American rock singer Tina Turner's star unveiled at Hollywood's Walk of Fame; Hollywood, California

Film Premiere

Sep 19 3-D short film "Captain EO" with Michael Jackson premieres at Disney theme parks

  • Sep 26 Run-DMC is the 1st rap group to hit the top 10 with "Raising Hell"
  • Sep 27 "Give Me Wings" single released by Michael Johnson (Billboard Song of the Year 1987)

Music Premiere

Oct 9 Stage musical "Phantom of the Opera" premieres in London, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and starring Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman; runs for 13,629 performances

  • Oct 13 20th Country Music Association Award: Reba McEntire wins
  • Oct 16 "Raggedy Ann" opens at Nederlander Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Oct 19 "Flamenco Puro" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 40 performances
  • Oct 19 "Raggedy Ann" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Oct 22 John Forster and Lee Holdridge's musical "Into the Light", starring Dean Jones opens at Neil Simon Theater, NYC ; runs for 6 performances
  • Oct 26 "Into the Light" closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • Oct 27 Paul McCartney releases single "Pretty Little Head"
  • Nov 3 John Lennon "Menlove Avenue" album released posthumously
  • Nov 6 "Just Like the First Time" second studio album by Freddie Jackson is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1987)
  • Nov 8 "Song & Dance" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 474 performances

Album Release

Nov 10 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band "Live/1975-85", a 5 LP box set of concert recordings

Album Release

Nov 15 Beastie Boys release their debut album "Licensed to Ill" - 1st No. 1 rap album on Billboard charts

  • Nov 17 "Oh Coward!" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • Nov 24 "Smile" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • Nov 30 "Flamenco Puro" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 40 performances
  • Dec 1 Paul McCartney releases "Only Love Remains"
  • Dec 27 "Les Miserables" opens at Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.