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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1986.

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January 30

January 30

January 30 is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 335 days remain until the end of the year.

Cleveland

Cleveland

Cleveland, officially the City of Cleveland, is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the county seat of Cuyahoga County. Located in the northeastern part of the state, it is situated along the southern shore of Lake Erie, across the U.S. maritime border with Canada and approximately 60 miles west of Pennsylvania.

February 25

February 25

February 25 is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 309 days remain until the end of the year.

28th Annual Grammy Awards

28th Annual Grammy Awards

The 28th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 25, 1986, at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles. They recognized accomplishments by musicians from the previous year, 1985.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Los Angeles, often referred to by its initials L.A., is the largest city in the state of California and the second most populous city in the United States after New York City, as well as one of the world's most populous megacities. Los Angeles is the commercial, financial, and cultural center of Southern California. With a population of roughly 3.9 million as of 2020, Los Angeles is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic and cultural diversity, Hollywood film industry, and sprawling metropolitan area. The city of Los Angeles lies in a basin in Southern California adjacent to the Pacific Ocean extending through the Santa Monica Mountains and into the San Fernando Valley. It covers about 469 square miles (1,210 km2), and is the seat of Los Angeles County, which is the most populous county in the United States with an estimated 9.86 million as of 2022.

Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers

Kenneth Ray Rogers was an American singer, songwriter, and actor. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013. Rogers was particularly popular with country audiences but also charted more than 120 hit singles across various genres, topping the country and pop album charts for more than 200 individual weeks in the United States alone. He sold more than 100 million records worldwide during his lifetime, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. His fame and career spanned multiple genres: jazz, folk, pop, rock, and country. He remade his career and was one of the most successful cross-over artists of all time.

No Jacket Required

No Jacket Required

No Jacket Required is the third solo studio album by English drummer and singer-songwriter Phil Collins. It was originally released on 25 January 1985 or 18 February 1985 on Virgin, Atlantic and WEA. It features guest backing vocalists, including Helen Terry, Peter Gabriel and Sting. Some of the songs, like "Don't Lose My Number" and "Sussudio", were based around improvisation. Other songs, like "Long Long Way to Go", had a political message. "One More Night", "Sussudio", "Don't Lose My Number" and "Take Me Home" were released as singles, with corresponding music videos. All four singles were top-ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with "Sussudio" and "One More Night" reaching number one. The three singles that were released in the UK all reached the top 20 on the UK charts. Many of the songs, including "Take Me Home" and "Long Long Way to Go", have been featured in episodes of Miami Vice and Cold Case, and "The Man with the Horn" was re-written and re-recorded for the episode "Phil the Shill". "We Said Hello Goodbye" was remixed for the film Playing for Keeps.

Grammy Award for Album of the Year

Grammy Award for Album of the Year

The Grammy Award for Album of the Year is presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales, chart position, or critical reception." Album of the Year is the most prestigious award category at the Grammys, and it is one of the general field awards alongside Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year, presented annually since the 1st Annual Grammy Awards in 1959. Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon and Taylor Swift are the biggest winners of the award, with each of them having won it three times.

Grammy Award for Record of the Year

Grammy Award for Record of the Year

The Grammy Award for Record of the Year is presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to sales or chart position." The Record of the Year award is one of the four "General Field" categories at the awards presented annually since the 1st Annual Grammy Awards in 1959.

Grammy Award for Song of the Year

Grammy Award for Song of the Year

The Grammy Award for Song of the Year is an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards. The Song of the Year award is one of the four most prestigious categories at the awards, presented annually since the 1st Grammy Awards in 1959. According to the 54th Grammy Awards description guide, the award is presented:to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position.

Grammy Award for Best New Artist

Grammy Award for Best New Artist

The Grammy Award for Best New Artist has been awarded since 1959. Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were handed out, for records released in the previous year. The award was not presented in 1967. The official guidelines are as follows: "For a new artist who releases, during the Eligibility Year, the first recording which establishes the public identity of that artist." Note that this is not necessarily the first album released by an artist; for example, Shelby Lynne won the award in 2001 after having already released six albums over 13 years.

March 8

March 8

March 8 is the 67th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 298 days remain until the end of the year.

Albums released

January–March

Date Album Artist Notes
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1 Atomizer Big Black -
New Trails Riders in the Sky -
2 Different Light The Bangles US
13 Premonition Peter Frampton -
18 Made to Be Broken Soul Asylum -
21 The Eyeball Show (Live In Japan) The Residents & Snakefinger -
27 Album Public Image Ltd. -
Does Humor Belong in Music? Frank Zappa Live
28 Seventh Star Black Sabbath -
? The Best of 10 Years – 32 Superhits Boney M. UK
Gap Band 8 The Gap Band -
Heyday The Church -
Tuff Enuff The Fabulous Thunderbirds -
Walking Through Fire April Wine -
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1 The Big Picture Michael W. Smith -
War Games Grave Digger -
3 Mean Business The Firm -
4 Control Janet Jackson -
10 Live in New York City John Lennon Live 1972
The Ultimate Sin Ozzy Osbourne -
13 Clairvoyance Screaming Trees Debut
Precious Moments Jermaine Jackson -
17 Balance of Power Electric Light Orchestra Germany
Fatal Portrait King Diamond -
18 Lives in the Balance Jackson Browne -
21 King of America Elvis Costello -
22 Cinema Nazareth -
28 Pretty In Pink Various Artists Soundtrack
Greed Swans -
? Marilyn Martin Marilyn Martin -
Samhain III: November-Coming-Fire Samhain -
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1 Gut Level Music Altar Boys -
3 Master of Puppets Metallica -
5 Guitar Town Steve Earle -
11 Headed for the Future Neil Diamond -
12 Twitch Ministry -
14 Rrröööaaarrr Voivod -
17 Black Celebration Depeche Mode -
19 Who's Got the 10½? Black Flag -
20 Rapture Anita Baker -
24 5150 Van Halen -
Dirty Work The Rolling Stones -
Please Pet Shop Boys -
27 Innocent Eyes Graham Nash -
30 From Luxury to Heartache Culture Club -
31 Parade Prince and the Revolution -
? 9½ Weeks Various Artists Soundtrack
Big World Joe Jackson Live
Born Sandy Devotional The Triffids -
Candy Apple Grey Hüsker Dü -
Finyl Vinyl Rainbow Live + B-Side
Flaunt It Sigue Sigue Sputnik -
Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express The Go-Betweens -
Little Miss Dangerous Ted Nugent -
Monster Walks the Winter Lake David Thomas
& The Wooden Birds
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The Pack Is Back Raven -
Shot in the Dark Great White -

April–June

Date Album Artist Notes
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1 Book of Love Book of Love Debut album
New Kids on the Block New Kids on the Block -
The Way It Is Bruce Hornsby & the Range -
7 Absolute Beginners Various Artists Soundtrack
Animal Magic The Blow Monkeys -
9 The Other Side of Life The Moody Blues -
14 In Visible Silence Art of Noise -
Turbo Judas Priest -
Victorialand Cocteau Twins -
15 Love Zone Billy Ocean -
18 Rembrandt Pussyhorse Butthole Surfers -
21 Raised on Radio Journey -
Russian Roulette Accept -
Tinderbox Siouxsie and the Banshees -
28 Winner in You Patti LaBelle -
30 The Final Frontier Keel -
? Big & Beautiful Fat Boys -
Cendres de Lune Mylène Farmer -
Classics Live I and II Aerosmith Live
Cocker Joe Cocker -
Like a Rock Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band -
Pleasure to Kill Kreator -
Rendez-Vous Jean Michel Jarre -
Ship of Fools Tuxedomoon -
Strength in Numbers 38 Special -
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3 Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire Bonnie Tyler -
5 Poolside Nu Shooz -
6 Standing on a Beach The Cure Compilation
7 Tom Cochrane & Red Rider Red Rider -
12 Sleight of Hand Joan Armatrading -
13 Top Gun Various Artists Soundtrack
19 Animal Boy The Ramones -
So Peter Gabriel -
23 Look What the Cat Dragged In Poison Debut
Who Made Who AC/DC Soundtrack
26 Emerson, Lake & Powell Emerson, Lake & Powell -
The Final Countdown Europe -
Home of the Brave Laurie Anderson Soundtrack
27 Raising Hell Run-D.M.C. -
31 The Final Wham! -
? Evol Sonic Youth -
Live In Brussels 02/1986 Blaine L. Reininger Live
Melvins Melvins EP
Mistrial Lou Reed -
Moonlight Shadows The Shadows -
Obsessed by Cruelty Sodom Debut album
Truthdare Doubledare Bronski Beat -
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1 Into the Light Chris de Burgh -
2 A Kind of Magic Queen -
Wonderland Erasure -
3 Belinda Belinda Carlisle -
5 Afternoons in Utopia Alphaville -
6 Invisible Touch Genesis -
Storms of Life Randy Travis -
9 Night Songs Cinderella Debut
10 Epicus Doomicus Metallicus Candlemass -
11 The Thin Red Line Glass Tiger -
13 Criminal Tango Manfred Mann's Earth Band -
14 Destiny Chaka Khan -
15 If You Swear, You'll Catch No Fish SNFU -
16 Change of Address Krokus -
The Queen Is Dead The Smiths -
21 Frantic Romantic Jermaine Stewart -
23 Bambini Forever Righeira -
Every Beat of My Heart Rod Stewart -
Solitude/Solitaire Peter Cetera -
24 Time's Incinerator Soul Asylum -
30 The Divine Punishment Diamanda Galás -
Fight for the Rock Savatage -
Revenge Eurythmics -
True Blue Madonna -
The Twelve Inch Mixes Spandau Ballet Compilation
? As Close as You Think Kevin Ayers -
Back in the High Life Steve Winwood -
Bend Sinister The Fall -
Crowded House Crowded House -
Daring Adventures Richard Thompson -
Emerald City Teena Marie -
Gift The Sisterhood -
Home and Abroad The Style Council Live
Intermission Dio Live
Let the Snakes Crinkle Their Heads to Death Felt -

July–September

Date Album Artist Notes
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1 Music from the Edge of Heaven Wham! US
6 QR III Quiet Riot -
7 Eat 'Em and Smile David Lee Roth -
Made in U.S.A. The Beach Boys Compilation
Oh, My God! Doug E. Fresh Debut
9 The Bridge Billy Joel -
14 Knocked Out Loaded Bob Dylan -
Rage for Order Queensrÿche -
The Seer Big Country -
15 Through the Barricades Spandau Ballet -
22 The Collection Amy Grant Compilation
Word Up! Cameo -
25 The 2 Live Crew Is What We Are 2 Live Crew -
Lightning Strikes Loudness -
28 Landing on Water Neil Young -
Lifes Rich Pageant R.E.M. -
Rat in the Kitchen UB40 -
? 54–40 54-40 -
Bring on the Night Sting Live
Color in Your Life Missing Persons -
East of Midnight Gordon Lightfoot -
GTR GTR -
Montana Cafe Hank Williams Jr. -
No Guru, No Method, No Teacher Van Morrison -
Should the World Fail to Fall Apart Peter Murphy -
Sound of Confusion Spacemen 3 -
Sub Pop 100 Various Artists Compilation
Then & Now... The Best of The Monkees The Monkees Compilation + 3 new recordings
True Confessions Bananarama -
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2 Vinnie Vincent Invasion Vinnie Vincent Invasion -
5 Dancing on the Ceiling Lionel Richie -
9 Dancing Undercover Ratt -
Orgasmatron Motörhead -
11 Now That's What I Call Music 7 Various Artists -
13 Feel My Power MC Hammer -
18 ABBA Live ABBA Live
Kicking Against the Pricks Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds -
Silk & Steel Five Star -
Slippery When Wet Bon Jovi -
True as Steel Warlock -
19 Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. Dwight Yoakam -
25 Graceland Paul Simon -
Press to Play Paul McCartney -
26 In the Army Now Status Quo -
? Camper Van Beethoven Camper Van Beethoven -
Fahrenheit Toto -
High Priest of Love Zodiac Mindwarp EP
In the Pines The Triffids -
Nasty Nasty Black 'N Blue -
Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine Daryl Hall -
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1 Reivax au Bongo Hector Zazou -
2 Emotional Jeffrey Osborne -
5 Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse Skinny Puppy -
8 Bouncing off the Satellites The B-52's -
Crash The Human League -
11 The Sport of Kings Triumph -
13 Gone to Earth David Sylvian -
15 Blood & Chocolate Elvis Costello and the Attractions -
Express Love and Rockets -
This Side of Paradise Ric Ocasek -
True Colors Cyndi Lauper -
True Stories Talking Heads -
19 Give Me the Reason Luther Vandross -
Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? Megadeth -
20 Fore! Huey Lewis and the News -
Filigree & Shadow This Mortal Coil -
22 Constrictor Alice Cooper -
23 Break Every Rule Tina Turner -
Third Stage Boston -
26 Vigilante Magnum -
29 Brotherhood New Order -
Chicago 18 Chicago -
The Pacific Age Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark -
Somewhere in Time Iron Maiden -
? The Age of Quarrel Cro-Mags -
Another View The Velvet Underground Outtakes compilation
Back to the Street Petra -
Blind Before I Stop Meat Loaf -
Dangerous Games Alcatrazz -
Duotones Kenny G -
Fields of Fire Corey Hart -
Forever Breathes the Lonely Word Felt -
Inside the Electric Circus W.A.S.P. -
Menace to Society Lizzy Borden -
Talking with the Taxman About Poetry Billy Bragg -

October–December

Date Album Artist Notes
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1 Eye of the Zombie John Fogerty -
2 Whites Off Earth Now!! Cowboy Junkies Debut album
6 The Dark Metal Church -
Scoundrel Days A-ha -
7 Reign in Blood Slayer -
United Commodores -
13 Count Three & Pray Berlin -
Rock the Nations Saxon -
14 Mosaic Wang Chung -
17 Better Than Heaven Stacy Q -
Dreamtime The Stranglers -
20 Liverpool Frankie Goes To Hollywood -
Whiplash Smile Billy Idol -
Whispering Jack John Farnham Australia
21 Polka Party! "Weird Al" Yankovic -
Stars & Hank Forever! The Residents -
23 Blah-Blah-Blah Iggy Pop -
24 Radio Musicola Nik Kershaw -
To Hell with the Devil Stryper -
25 Back in Black Whodini -
One to One Howard Jones -
27 Aretha Aretha Franklin -
Skylarking XTC -
31 Beyond the Gates Possessed -
Pearls of Passion Roxette Canada, Sweden Only Release
? Alive and Screamin' Krokus Live
Can't Hold Back Eddie Money -
Fame and Fortune Bad Company -
Greetings from Timbuk3 Timbuk3 -
London 0 Hull 4 The Housemartins -
No. 10, Upping St. Big Audio Dynamite -
Repossessed Kris Kristofferson -
Shake You Down Gregory Abbott -
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1 Medusa Clan of Xymox -
3 Another Step Kim Wilde -
Christmas with The Jets The Jets Christmas
Forever Kool & the Gang -
Leather Jackets Elton John -
Menlove Ave. John Lennon -
Your Funeral... My Trial Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds -
4 Get Close The Pretenders -
They Might Be Giants They Might Be Giants -
Trilogy Yngwie Malmsteen -
5 Raw, Uncut and X-Rated Too Short -
9 Stand Tall Killer Dwarfs -
10 Live/1975–85 Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band Live Box Set
Morbid Visions Sepultura -
The Whole Story Kate Bush Compilation
11 Heartbeat Don Johnson
15 Jazz from Hell Frank Zappa -
Licensed to Ill Beastie Boys -
Live Alive Stevie Ray Vaughan Live
17 Darkness Descends Dark Angel -
Infected The The -
Think Visual The Kinks -
Saint of the Pit Diamanda Galás -
20 Holy Money Swans -
21 Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know Dead or Alive -
Notorious Duran Duran -
24 August Eric Clapton -
Now That's What I Call Music 8 Various Artists -
Utter Madness Madness Compilation
? 3.V Zebra -
The 20 Greatest Christmas Songs Boney M. Compilation/Remix
Between Two Fires Paul Young -
Brighter Than a Thousand Suns Killing Joke -
Chronicle, Vol. 2 Creedence Clearwater Revival -
Deep in the Heart of Nowhere Bob Geldof -
The Doctor Cheap Trick -
Famous Blue Raincoat Jennifer Warnes Canada
Hot Together Pointer Sisters -
I Against I Bad Brains -
No More the Fool Elkie Brooks -
Power Kansas -
Strange Charm Gary Numan -
Strong Persuader Robert Cray -
Trick or Treat Fastway Soundtrack
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1 Live Magic Queen Live
5 Anything The Damned -
8 Hot, Cool & Vicious Salt-N-Pepa -
Mechanical Resonance Tesla -
9 Good Music Joan Jett and the Blackhearts -
16 Electric Café Kraftwerk -
Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide Guns N' Roses Live EP
? Chris Isaak Chris Isaak -
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Venom Live
What Do You Know, Deutschland? KMFDM -

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Atomizer (album)

Atomizer (album)

Atomizer is the debut full-length album by American punk rock group Big Black released in 1986.

Big Black

Big Black

Big Black was an American punk rock band from Evanston, Illinois, active from 1981 to 1987. Founded by singer and guitarist Steve Albini, the band's initial lineup also included guitarist Santiago Durango and bassist Jeff Pezzati, both of Naked Raygun. In 1985, Pezzati was replaced by Dave Riley, who played on Big Black's two full-length studio albums, Atomizer (1986) and Songs About Fucking (1987).

New Trails

New Trails

New Trails is a studio recording by the Western band Riders in the Sky, released in 1986. It is available as a single CD.

Riders in the Sky (band)

Riders in the Sky (band)

Riders in the Sky is an American Western music and comedy group which began performing in 1977. The band has released more than 40 full length albums, starred in a self-titled television series on CBS lasting two seasons, wrote and starred in an NPR syndicated radio drama Riders Radio Theater, and appeared in television series and films including as featured contributors to Ken Burns' Country Music. Their family-friendly style also appeals to children, exemplified in their recordings for Disney and Pixar. They have won two Grammy Awards and have written and performed music for major motion pictures, including "Woody's Roundup" from Toy Story 2 and Pixar's short film, For the Birds. The band also recorded full length companion albums for Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc.

Different Light

Different Light

Different Light is the second studio album by American pop rock band the Bangles, released in January 1986. The album's Top 40 sound was a departure from their earlier 1960s-style rock'n'roll sound. It is their most successful album, reaching number two on the Billboard 200 and producing five charting singles, including the Billboard top two hits "Manic Monday" and "Walk Like an Egyptian". It is also the first album in which bassist Michael Steele sings lead vocals on some tracks.

Premonition (Peter Frampton album)

Premonition (Peter Frampton album)

Premonition is the ninth studio album by English musician Peter Frampton and the follow up to 1982's The Art of Control. This album featured Frampton's hit from the 1980s, "Lying" and the single "All Eyes on You".

Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton

Peter Kenneth Frampton is an English musician and songwriter. He was previously associated with the rock bands Humble Pie and the Herd. As a solo artist, he has released several albums, including his international breakthrough album, the live release Frampton Comes Alive!, which spawned several hit singles and has earned 8× Platinum in the United States to date. He has also worked with Ringo Starr, the Who's John Entwistle, David Bowie, and both Matt Cameron and Mike McCready from Pearl Jam, among others.

Made to Be Broken

Made to Be Broken

Made to Be Broken is the second full-length album by Soul Asylum. It was released on January 18, 1986. It was the first of the three albums released by Soul Asylum in 1986.

Does Humor Belong in Music? (album)

Does Humor Belong in Music? (album)

Does Humor Belong in Music? is a live album by Frank Zappa.

Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa

Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, composer, and bandleader. His work is characterized by nonconformity, free-form improvisation, sound experiments, musical virtuosity and satire of American culture. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, pop, jazz, jazz fusion, orchestral and musique concrète works, and produced almost all of the 60-plus albums that he released with his band the Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. Zappa also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. He is considered one of the most innovative and stylistically diverse musicians of his generation.

Seventh Star

Seventh Star

Seventh Star is the twelfth studio album by English heavy metal band Black Sabbath. Released in January 1986, it features founding guitarist Tony Iommi alongside musicians Geoff Nicholls, Eric Singer, and Dave Spitz, playing keyboards, drums, and bass, respectively, and Glenn Hughes, ex-Trapeze vocalist, as lead singer. The album was the group's first release without bassist and primary lyricist Geezer Butler, who left the band in 1984 after the Born Again tour. It was originally written, recorded, and intended to be the first solo album by Iommi. Because of the pressures from Warner Bros. Records and the prompting of band manager Don Arden, the record was billed as Black Sabbath featuring Tony Iommi. Later releases label the album as simply by Black Sabbath. Despite the issues behind the release's production, it earned moderate commercial success, reaching #27 in the UK and #78 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath were an English rock band formed in Birmingham in 1968 by guitarist Tony Iommi, drummer Bill Ward, bassist Geezer Butler and vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. They are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970) and Master of Reality (1971). The band had multiple line-up changes following Osbourne's departure in 1979 and Iommi is the only constant member throughout their history.

Biggest hit singles

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1986.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart entries
1 Falco "Rock Me Amadeus" 1985 Austria UK 1 – Mar 1986, US BB 1 – Feb 1986, Canada 1 – Dec 1985, Sweden 1 – Aug 1985, Sweden (alt) 1 – Sep 1985, Austria 1 – May 1985, Germany 1 – Jun 1985, Republic of Ireland 1 – Apr 1986, New Zealand 1 for 5 weeks Mar 1986, France 2 – Nov 1985, Switzerland 2 – Jun 1985, Netherlands 3 – May 1986, South Africa 3 of 1986, Norway 6 – Apr 1986, Italy 18 of 1985, US CashBox 19 of 1986, Poland 24 – Jun 1985, POP 29 of 1986, US BB 30 of 1986, Germany 50 of the 1980s, RYM 63 of 1985, Scrobulate 65 of 80s, KROQ 74 of 1986
2 Madonna "Papa Don't Preach" 1986 United States UK 1 – Jun 1986, US BB 1 – Jul 1986, Sweden 1 – Aug 1986, Norway 1 – Jul 1986, Italy 1 of 1986, Republic of Ireland 1 – Jun 1986, Australia 1 for 6 weeks Mar 1987, Netherlands 2 – Jun 1986, Switzerland 2 – Jul 1986, Poland 2 – Aug 1986, Germany 2 – Jul 1986, Austria 4 – Aug 1986, Australia 9 of 1986, US CashBox 18 of 1986, US BB 19 of 1986, POP 35 of 1986, 37 in 2FM list, RYM 43 of 1986, Germany 215 of the 1980s, Acclaimed 761
3 Berlin "Take My Breath Away" 1986 United States UK 1 – Oct 1986, US BB 1 – Jul 1986, Netherlands 1 – Sep 1986, Sweden 1 – Sep 1986, Republic of Ireland 1 – Oct 1986, Oscar in 1986, Switzerland 2 – Oct 1986, Germany 3 – Sep 1986, Austria 4 – Nov 1986, Norway 4 – Oct 1986, Poland 4 – Nov 1986, Australia 6 of 1986, POP 7 of 1986, US BB 13 of 1992, RYM 16 of 1986, US CashBox 21 of 1986, Italy 37 of 1986, TOTP 37, Scrobulate 80 of 80s, OzNet 251, Germany 310 of the 1980s
4 Pet Shop Boys "West End Girls" 1985 United Kingdom UK 1 – Nov 1985, US BB 1 – Mar 1986, Norway 1 – Jan 1986, New Zealand 1 for 4 weeks Feb 1986, US CashBox 2 of 1986, Switzerland 2 – Jan 1986, Netherlands 3 – Jan 1986, Sweden 3 – Jan 1986, Germany 3 – Jan 1986, Austria 5 – Feb 1986, France 7 – Oct 1985, KROQ 11 of 1984, Poland 14 – Jan 1986, RYM 15 of 1985, US BB 16 of 1986, South Africa 18 of 1986, Scrobulate 32 of 80s, POP 43 of 1986, Germany 232 of the 1980s, WXPN 478, OzNet 694, Acclaimed 890

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Falco (musician)

Falco (musician)

Johann "Hans" Hölzel, better known by his stage name Falco, was an Austrian singer and musician.

Rock Me Amadeus

Rock Me Amadeus

"Rock Me Amadeus" is a song recorded by Austrian musician Falco, for his third studio album, Falco 3 (1985). The single was made available for physical sale in 1985 in German-speaking Europe, through A&M. "Rock Me Amadeus" was written by Falco along with Dutch music producers Bolland & Bolland. To date, the single is the only German language song to peak at number one of the Billboard Hot 100, which it did on 29 March 1986.

Austria

Austria

The Republic of Austria, commonly just Austria, is a country in the southern part of Central Europe, lying in the Eastern Alps. It is a federation of nine states, one of which is the capital, Vienna, the most populous city and state. A landlocked country, Austria is bordered by Germany to the northwest, the Czech Republic to the north, Slovakia to the northeast, Hungary to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. The country occupies an area of 83,871 km2 (32,383 sq mi) and has a population of 9 million.

Madonna

Madonna

Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Referred to as the "Queen of Pop", Madonna is noted for her continual reinvention and versatility in music production, songwriting, and visual presentation. She has pushed the boundaries of artistic expression in mainstream music, while maintaining control over every aspect of her career. Her works, which incorporate social, political, sexual, and religious themes, have generated both controversy and critical acclaim. A prominent cultural figure crossing the 20th and 21st centuries, Madonna remains one of the most "well-documented figures of the modern age", with a broad amount of scholarly reviews and literature works on her, as well as an academic mini subdiscipline devoted to her named Madonna studies.

Papa Don't Preach

Papa Don't Preach

"Papa Don't Preach" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Madonna for her third studio album True Blue (1986). The song was written by Brian Elliot with additional lyrics by Madonna, who produced it alongside Stephen Bray. Furthermore, it was included in the compilation albums The Immaculate Collection (1990) and Celebration (2009). Musically, "Papa Don't Preach" combines pop and classical styling, with lyrics that talk about teenage pregnancy, and the choices that come with it. The teen gossip Elliot would hear outside his recording studio inspired him to write it.

United States

United States

The United States of America, commonly known as the United States or informally America, is a country in North America. It consists of 50 states, a federal district, five major unincorporated territories, nine Minor Outlying Islands, and 326 Indian reservations. It is the third-largest country by both land and total area. The United States shares land borders with Canada to its north and with Mexico to its south. It has maritime borders with the Bahamas, Cuba, Russia, and other nations. With a population of over 331 million, it is the third most populous country in the world. The national capital is Washington, D.C., and the most populous city and financial center is New York City.

Berlin (band)

Berlin (band)

Berlin is an American new wave band formed in Los Angeles in 1978. The band gained commercial success in the 1980s with singles including "The Metro", "Sex ", "No More Words" and the chart-topping "Take My Breath Away" from the 1986 film Top Gun, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. The group disbanded right after reaching global success. The best-known lineup consisted of singer Terri Nunn, bass guitarist and vocalist John Crawford, keyboardist David Diamond, guitarist Ric Olsen, keyboardist Matt Reid, and drummer Rob Brill.

Take My Breath Away

Take My Breath Away

"Take My Breath Away" is a song written by Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock for the 1986 film Top Gun, performed by American new wave band Berlin. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 1986.

Pet Shop Boys

Pet Shop Boys

The Pet Shop Boys are an English synth-pop duo formed in London in 1981. Consisting of primary vocalist Neil Tennant and keyboardist Chris Lowe, they have sold more than 50 million records worldwide, and were listed as the most successful duo in UK music history in the 1999 edition of The Guinness Book of Records.

West End Girls

West End Girls

"West End Girls" is a song by English synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys. Written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, the song was released twice as a single. The song's lyrics are concerned with class and the pressures of inner-city life which were inspired partly by T. S. Eliot's poem The Waste Land. It was generally well received by contemporary music critics and has been frequently cited as a highlight in the duo's career.

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain, is a country in Europe, off the north-western coast of the continental mainland. It comprises England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands within the British Isles. Northern Ireland shares a land border with the Republic of Ireland; otherwise, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea, the English Channel, the Celtic Sea and the Irish Sea. The total area of the United Kingdom is 242,495 square kilometres (93,628 sq mi), with an estimated 2020 population of more than 67 million people.

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Absolute Beginners (David Bowie song)

Absolute Beginners (David Bowie song)

"Absolute Beginners" is a song written and recorded by English singer-songwriter David Bowie. Released on 3 March 1986, it was the theme song to the 1986 film of the same name.

David Bowie

David Bowie

David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer-songwriter and actor. A leading figure in the music industry, he is regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Bowie was acclaimed by critics and musicians, particularly for his innovative work during the 1970s. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, and his music and stagecraft had a significant impact on popular music.

All Cried Out (Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam song)

All Cried Out (Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam song)

"All Cried Out" is a song recorded by American band Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam that appeared on their 1985 album Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force. The song became a major hit, reaching number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in October 1986. It was also a major hit on the US R&B singles chart, peaking at number three.

All I Ask of You

All I Ask of You

"All I Ask of You" is a song from the 1986 English musical The Phantom of the Opera, between characters Christine Daaé and Raoul, originally played on stage by Sarah Brightman and Steve Barton, respectively. It was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe, and solely produced by Lloyd Webber. An operatic pop piece, its lyrics serve as dialogue between the two characters and discuss themes such as commitment and romance. Like Lloyd Webber's song "The Music of the Night", "All I Ask of You" was compared to the music found in Giacomo Puccini's 1910 opera La fanciulla del West.

Cliff Richard

Cliff Richard

Sir Cliff Richard is an English singer who holds both British and Barbadian citizenship. He has total sales of over 21.5 million singles in the United Kingdom and is the third-top-selling artist in UK Singles Chart history, behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley.

All I Need Is a Miracle

All I Need Is a Miracle

"All I Need Is a Miracle" is a song performed by English pop rock band Mike + The Mechanics. Written by guitarist Mike Rutherford and producer Christopher Neil, it was first included on their 1985 self-titled debut album, and later released as a single in early 1986 in the USA, where it reached number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was sung by Paul Young on both the original recording and the 1996 re-recording for the band's Hits compilation album.

Amanda (Boston song)

Amanda (Boston song)

"Amanda" is a power ballad by American rock band Boston written by Tom Scholz. The song was released as the first single from the band's third album, Third Stage, in 1986, six years after it was recorded.

Boston (band)

Boston (band)

Boston is an American rock band formed by Tom Scholz in Boston, Massachusetts, that had its commercial successes during the 1970s and '80s. The band's core members included multi-instrumentalist, founder and leader Tom Scholz, who played the majority of instruments on the band's 1976 debut album, and lead vocalist Brad Delp, among a number of other musicians who varied from album to album. Boston's best-known songs include: "More Than a Feeling", "Peace of Mind", "Foreplay/Long Time", "Rock and Roll Band", "Smokin'", "Don't Look Back", "A Man I'll Never Be", "Hitch a Ride", "Party", and "Amanda". The band has sold more than 75 million records worldwide, including 31 million units sold in the United States, of which 17 million were the band's 1976 self-titled debut album and seven million copies of the band's second studio album, Don't Look Back (1978), making the group some of the world's best-selling artists. Altogether, the band has released six studio albums in a career spanning over 47 years. Boston was ranked the 63rd-best hard rock artist by VH1.

Bad Boy (Miami Sound Machine song)

Bad Boy (Miami Sound Machine song)

"Bad Boy" is a song by the American band Miami Sound Machine, led by Cuban-American singer Gloria Estefan, and released as the second single from their second English language album, and ninth overall, Primitive Love (1985). The song enjoyed much success following up on the band's mainstream breakthrough single, "Conga". It also was featured in and opened the film Three Men and a Baby.

Miami Sound Machine

Miami Sound Machine

Miami Sound Machine was an American band of Latin-influenced music that had featured the vocals of Cuban-born recording artist Gloria Estefan. Established in 1975 by Emilio Estefan Jr., the band was originally known as the Miami Latin Boys before becoming the Miami Sound Machine in 1977.

Be Good to Yourself

Be Good to Yourself

"Be Good to Yourself" is a song by Journey from their ninth studio album, Raised on Radio. Released in 1986 as the first single from the album, the song went Top 10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and, as of 2019, is the band's last to do so.

Journey (band)

Journey (band)

Journey is an American rock band formed in San Francisco in 1973 by former members of Santana, Steve Miller Band, and Frumious Bandersnatch. The band currently consists of guitarist/vocalist Neal Schon, keyboardists/vocalists Jonathan Cain and Jason Derlatka, drummer/vocalist Deen Castronovo, bassist Todd Jensen, and lead vocalist Arnel Pineda.

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All I Ask of You

All I Ask of You

"All I Ask of You" is a song from the 1986 English musical The Phantom of the Opera, between characters Christine Daaé and Raoul, originally played on stage by Sarah Brightman and Steve Barton, respectively. It was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe, and solely produced by Lloyd Webber. An operatic pop piece, its lyrics serve as dialogue between the two characters and discuss themes such as commitment and romance. Like Lloyd Webber's song "The Music of the Night", "All I Ask of You" was compared to the music found in Giacomo Puccini's 1910 opera La fanciulla del West.

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber, is an English composer and impresario of musical theatre. Several of his musicals have run for more than a decade both in the West End and on Broadway. He has composed 21 musicals, a song cycle, a set of variations, two film scores, and a Latin Requiem Mass.

Jerry Knight

Jerry Knight

Jerry Ernest Knight was an American R&B vocalist and bassist who reached prominence in the late 1970s and early 1980s, during which he was part of several groups and had a brief solo career.

Aaron Zigman

Aaron Zigman

Aaron Zigman is a classically-trained American composer, producer, arranger, songwriter, and musician who has scored music for films including The Notebook, The Company Men, Bridge to Terabithia, John Q., The Proposal, Flicka, For Colored Girls, Flash of Genius, Sex & the City, Alpha Dog, and Escape from Planet Earth. He has also written, arranged and produced over 50 hit albums, and co-written songs with legendary and contemporary artists including Quincy Jones, Christina Aguilera, Phil Collins, Was, John Legend, Dionne Warwick, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, and Seal.

Eric Burdon

Eric Burdon

Eric Victor Burdon is an English singer. He was previously the vocalist of rhythm and blues and rock band the Animals and funk band War. He is regarded as one of the British Invasion's most distinctive singers with his deep, powerful blues-rock voice. He is also known for his aggressive stage performances.

The Lady in Red (Chris de Burgh song)

The Lady in Red (Chris de Burgh song)

"The Lady in Red" is a song by British-Irish singer-songwriter Chris de Burgh. It was released on 20 June 1986 as the second single from the album Into the Light. The song was responsible for introducing de Burgh's music to a mainstream audience worldwide.

Chris de Burgh

Chris de Burgh

Christopher John Davison, known professionally as Chris de Burgh, is a British-Irish singer-songwriter and instrumentalist. He started out as an art rock performer but subsequently started writing more pop-oriented material. He has had several top 40 hits in the UK and two in the US, but he is more popular in other countries, particularly Norway and Brazil. His 1986 love song "The Lady in Red" reached number one in several countries. De Burgh has sold over 45 million albums worldwide.

True Colors (Cyndi Lauper song)

True Colors (Cyndi Lauper song)

"True Colors" is a song written by American songwriters Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly. It was both the title track and the first single released from American singer Cyndi Lauper's second album (1986). Released late in the summer of 1986, the song would become a major hit for Lauper, spending two weeks at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming her last single to occupy the top of the chart. It received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper

Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper Thornton is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and activist. Her career has spanned over 40 years. Her album She's So Unusual (1983) was the first debut album by a female artist to achieve four top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100—"Girls Just Want to Have Fun", "Time After Time", "She Bop", and "All Through the Night"—earned Lauper the Best New Artist award at the 27th Annual Grammy Awards in 1985. Her success continued with the soundtrack for the motion picture The Goonies and her second record True Colors (1986). This album included the number one single "True Colors" and "Change of Heart", which peaked at number three. In 1989, she had a hit with "I Drove All Night".

Montego Bay (song)

Montego Bay (song)

"Montego Bay" is a song co-written and performed by Bobby Bloom about the city in Jamaica of the same name. The song was a top 10 hit for Bloom in the Fall of 1970 on both sides of the Atlantic. It reached No. 3 on the UK Singles Chart, No. 5 on the Canadian RPM 100 Singles Chart, No. 7 on the Australian Go-Set Singles Chart and No. 8 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song was co-written and produced by Jeff Barry. In the master tape of the song, Bloom breaks into a chorus of "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" at the end of the recording. The song features a whistler, as well as Jamaican instruments in a calypso style.

Amazulu (band)

Amazulu (band)

Amazulu were a British reggae/ska/pop band from the 1980s comprising five women and one man. They achieved success in the UK charts with four top-20 hits, the biggest being "Too Good to Be Forgotten" in 1986.

Billboard Hot 100

Billboard Hot 100

The Billboard Hot 100 is the music industry standard record chart in the United States for songs, published weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on sales, radio play, and online streaming in the United States.

Classical music

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Malcolm Arnold

Malcolm Arnold

Sir Malcolm Henry Arnold was an English composer. His works feature music in many genres, including a cycle of nine symphonies, numerous concertos, concert works, chamber music, choral music and music for brass band and wind band. His style is tonal and rejoices in lively rhythms, brilliant orchestration, and an unabashed tunefulness. He wrote extensively for the theatre, with five ballets specially commissioned by the Royal Ballet, as well as two operas and a musical. He also produced scores for more than a hundred films, among these The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), for which he won an Oscar.

Pascal Bentoiu

Pascal Bentoiu

Pascal Bentoiu was a Romanian modernist composer.

Elliott Carter

Elliott Carter

Elliott Cook Carter Jr. was an American modernist composer. One of the most respected composers of the second half of the 20th century, he combined elements of European modernism and American "ultra-modernism" into a distinctive style with a personal harmonic and rhythmic language, after an early neoclassical phase. His compositions are performed throughout the world, and include orchestral, chamber music, solo instrumental, and vocal works. The recipient of many awards, Carter was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

George Crumb

George Crumb

George Henry Crumb Jr. was an American composer of avant-garde contemporary classical music. Early in his life he rejected the widespread modernist usage of serialism, developing a highly personal musical language which "range[s] in mood from peaceful to nightmarish". Crumb's compositions are known for pushing the limits of technical prowess by way of frequent use of extended techniques. The unusual timbres he employs evoke a surrealist atmosphere which portray emotions of considerable intensity with vast and sometimes haunting soundscapes. His few large-scale works include Echoes of Time and the River (1967), which won the 1968 Pulitzer Prize for Music, and Star-Child (1977), which won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition; however, his output consists of mostly music for chamber ensembles or solo instrumentalists. Among his best known compositions are Black Angels (1970), a striking commentary on the Vietnam War for electric string quartet; Ancient Voices of Children (1970) for a mixed chamber ensemble; and Vox Balaenae (1971), a musical evocation of the humpback whale, for electric flute, electric cello, and amplified piano.

Mario Davidovsky

Mario Davidovsky

Mario Davidovsky was an Argentine-American composer. Born in Argentina, he emigrated in 1960 to the United States, where he lived for the remainder of his life. He is best known for his series of compositions called Synchronisms, which in live performance incorporate both acoustic instruments and electroacoustic sounds played from a tape.

Jacob Druckman

Jacob Druckman

Jacob Raphael Druckman was an American composer born in Philadelphia.

Ludovico Einaudi

Ludovico Einaudi

Ludovico Maria Enrico Einaudi OMRI is an Italian pianist and composer. Trained at the Conservatorio Verdi in Milan, Einaudi began his career as a classical composer, later incorporating other styles and genres such as pop, rock, folk, and world music.

Morton Feldman

Morton Feldman

Morton Feldman was an American composer. A major figure in 20th-century classical music, Feldman was a pioneer of indeterminate music, a development associated with the experimental New York School of composers also including John Cage, Christian Wolff, and Earle Brown. Feldman's works are characterized by notational innovations that he developed to create his characteristic sound: rhythms that seem to be free and floating, pitch shadings that seem softly unfocused, a generally quiet and slowly evolving music, and recurring asymmetric patterns. His later works, after 1977, also explore extremes of duration.

Lorenzo Ferrero

Lorenzo Ferrero

Lorenzo Ferrero is an Italian composer, librettist, author, and book editor. He started composing at an early age and has written over a hundred compositions thus far, including twelve operas, three ballets, and numerous orchestral, chamber music, solo instrumental, and vocal works. His musical idiom is characterized by eclecticism, stylistic versatility, and a neo-tonal language.

Karel Goeyvaerts

Karel Goeyvaerts

Karel August Goeyvaerts was a Belgian composer.

György Kurtág

György Kurtág

György Kurtág is a Hungarian classical composer and pianist. He was an academic teacher of piano at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music from 1967, later also of chamber music, and taught until 1993.

Alvin Lucier

Alvin Lucier

Alvin Augustus Lucier Jr. was an American composer of experimental music and sound installations that explore acoustic phenomena and auditory perception. A long-time music professor at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, Lucier was a member of the influential Sonic Arts Union, which included Robert Ashley, David Behrman, and Gordon Mumma. Much of his work is influenced by science and explores the physical properties of sound itself: resonance of spaces, phase interference between closely tuned pitches, and the transmission of sound through physical media.

Opera

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Harrison Birtwistle

Harrison Birtwistle

Sir Harrison Birtwistle was an English composer of contemporary classical music best known for his operas, often based on mythological subjects. Among his many compositions, his better known works include The Triumph of Time (1972) and the operas The Mask of Orpheus (1986), Gawain (1991), and The Minotaur (2008). The last of these was ranked by music critics at The Guardian in 2019 as the third-best piece of the 21st-century. Even his compositions that were not written for the stage often showed a theatrical approach. A performance of his saxophone concerto Panic during the BBC's Last Night of the Proms caused "national notoriety". He received many international awards and honorary degrees.

The Mask of Orpheus

The Mask of Orpheus

The Mask of Orpheus is an opera with music by Harrison Birtwistle, electronic music realised by Barry Anderson and a libretto by Peter Zinovieff. It was premiered in London at the English National Opera on 21 May 1986 to great critical acclaim. The work has only been fully staged twice, both at the English National Opera. A recorded version conducted by Andrew Davis and Martyn Brabbins has also received good reviews. The work is around three hours long.

Rudolf Brucci

Rudolf Brucci

Rudolf Brucci (Bruči), was a composer of Croatian and Italian origin, born in Zagreb. He was married to Yugoslavian opera singer, Olga Brucci.

Gilgamesh (Brucci opera)

Gilgamesh (Brucci opera)

Gilgameš is an opera in three acts by Rudolf Brucci. The libretto by Arsenije Arsa Milošević is based on the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh. It premiered on November 2, 1986 at the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad.

Lorenzo Ferrero

Lorenzo Ferrero

Lorenzo Ferrero is an Italian composer, librettist, author, and book editor. He started composing at an early age and has written over a hundred compositions thus far, including twelve operas, three ballets, and numerous orchestral, chamber music, solo instrumental, and vocal works. His musical idiom is characterized by eclecticism, stylistic versatility, and a neo-tonal language.

Salvatore Giuliano (opera)

Salvatore Giuliano (opera)

Salvatore Giuliano is an opera in one act by Lorenzo Ferrero to an Italian-language libretto by Giuseppe Di Leva, which was conceived to be performed in tandem with Pietro Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana. The work was commissioned by the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma and premiered there on 25 January 1986.

Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

The Teatro dell'Opera di Roma is an opera house in Rome, Italy. Originally opened in November 1880 as the 2,212 seat Costanzi Theatre, it has undergone several changes of name as well modifications and improvements. The present house seats 1,600.

Lee Hoiby

Lee Hoiby

Lee Henry Hoiby was an American composer and classical pianist. Best known as a composer of operas and songs, he was a disciple of composer Gian Carlo Menotti. Like Menotti, his works championed lyricism at a time when such compositions were deemed old fashioned. His most well known work is his setting of Tennessee Williams's Summer and Smoke, which premiered at the St Paul Opera in 1971.

Michael Nyman

Michael Nyman

Michael Laurence Nyman, CBE is an English composer of minimalist music, pianist, librettist, musicologist, and filmmaker, known for numerous film scores, and his multi-platinum soundtrack album to Jane Campion's The Piano. He has written a number of operas, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat; Letters, Riddles and Writs; Noises, Sounds & Sweet Airs; Facing Goya; Man and Boy: Dada; Love Counts; and Sparkie: Cage and Beyond. He has written six concerti, five string quartets, and many other chamber works, many for his Michael Nyman Band. He is also a performing pianist. Nyman prefers to write opera over other forms of music.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (opera)

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (opera)

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat is a one-act chamber opera by Michael Nyman to an English-language libretto by Christopher Rawlence, adapted from the case study of the same name by Oliver Sacks by Nyman, Rawlence, and Michael Morris. It was first performed at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, on 27 October 1986.

Jazz

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La Cage aux Folles (musical)

La Cage aux Folles (musical)

La Cage aux Folles is a musical with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and a book by Harvey Fierstein.

Charlie Girl

Charlie Girl

Charlie Girl is a musical comedy which premiered in the West End of London at the Adelphi Theatre on December 15, 1965 and became one of the most successful theatre shows of the day running for 2,202 performances. It closed on 27 March 1971.

Chess (musical)

Chess (musical)

Chess is a musical with music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of the pop group ABBA, lyrics by Ulvaeus and Tim Rice, and book by Rice. The story involves a politically driven, Cold War-era chess tournament between two grandmasters, one American and the other Soviet, and their fight over a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other. Although the protagonists were not intended to represent any real individuals, the character of the American grandmaster was loosely based on Bobby Fischer, while elements of the story may have been inspired by the chess careers of Russian grandmasters Viktor Korchnoi and Anatoly Karpov.

Me and My Girl

Me and My Girl

Me and My Girl is a musical with music by Noel Gay and its original book and lyrics by Douglas Furber and L. Arthur Rose. The story, set in the late 1930s, tells of an unapologetically unrefined cockney gentleman named Bill Snibson, who learns that he is the 14th heir to the Earl of Hareford. The action is set in Hampshire, Mayfair, and Lambeth.

The Phantom of the Opera (1986 musical)

The Phantom of the Opera (1986 musical)

The Phantom of the Opera is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart, and a libretto by Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe. Based on the 1910 French novel of the same name by Gaston Leroux, it tells the story of a beautiful soprano, Christine Daaé, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, masked musical genius living in the subterranean labyrinth beneath the Paris Opéra House.

Time (musical)

Time (musical)

Time is a musical with a book and lyrics by Dave Clark and David Soames, music by Jeff Daniels, and additional songs by Hans Poulsen and David Pomeranz.

Sweet Charity

Sweet Charity

Sweet Charity is a musical with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon. It was directed and choreographed for Broadway by Bob Fosse starring his wife and muse Gwen Verdon alongside John McMartin. It is based on the screenplay for the 1957 Italian film Nights of Cabiria. However, whereas Federico Fellini's black-and-white film concerns the romantic ups-and-downs of an ever-hopeful prostitute, in the musical the central character is a dancer-for-hire at a Times Square dance hall. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1966, where it was nominated for nine Tony Awards, winning the Tony Award for Best Choreography. The production also ran in the West End as well as having revivals and international productions.

Musical films

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Musical film

Musical film

Musical film is a film genre in which songs by the characters are interwoven into the narrative, sometimes accompanied by dancing. The songs usually advance the plot or develop the film's characters, but in some cases, they serve merely as breaks in the storyline, often as elaborate "production numbers".

Absolute Beginners (film)

Absolute Beginners (film)

Absolute Beginners is a 1986 British musical film adapted from Colin MacInnes' book about life in late 1950s London, directed by Julien Temple. The film stars Eddie O' Connell, Patsy Kensit, James Fox, Edward Tudor-Pole, Anita Morris, and David Bowie, with featured appearances by Sade Adu, Ray Davies, and Steven Berkoff. It was screened out of competition at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival. It received coverage in the British media but was panned by critics and became a box office failure, although modern reviews have been more favourable. Bowie's theme song was very popular in the UK, spending nine weeks on the charts and peaking at number two.

Long Da Lishkara

Long Da Lishkara

Long Da Lishkara is an Indian Punjabi movie released in 1983 directed and produced by Harpal Tiwana.

Naam (1986 film)

Naam (1986 film)

Naam (transl. Name) is a 1986 Indian Hindi-language crime thriller film directed by Mahesh Bhatt, starring Nutan, Kumar Gaurav, Sanjay Dutt, Poonam Dhillon, Amrita Singh and Paresh Rawal. The film is regarded a milestone in the careers of Mahesh Bhatt, Paresh Rawal and Sanjay Dutt. Naam proved to be a blockbuster at the Indian box office, playing for over a year at a majority of India's cinemas and stands as the eighth-highest-grossing Hindi film of the 1980s decade grossing ₹405 million (US$5.1 million). The soundtrack for the movie also contributed to its huge success. "Chithi Aayi Hai" was selected as one of the 100 songs of the millennium by BBC Radio worldwide.

Otello (1986 film)

Otello (1986 film)

Otello is a 1986 film based on the Giuseppe Verdi opera of the same name, which was itself based on the Shakespearean play Othello. The film was directed by Franco Zeffirelli and starred Plácido Domingo in the title role, Katia Ricciarelli as Desdemona and Justino Díaz as Iago. For the film's soundtrack, Lorin Maazel conducted the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala. The film premiered in West Germany on 28 August 1986 and received a U.S. theatrical release on 12 September 1986. It was nominated for a Bafta Award and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

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Births

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January 1

January 1

January 1 or 1 January is the first day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. There are 364 days remaining until the end of the year. This day is also known as New Year's Day since the day marks the beginning of the year.

Lee Sung-min (singer)

Lee Sung-min (singer)

Lee Sung-min, known mononymously as Sungmin and also LIU, is a South Korean singer, song-writer and actor. He is a member of the South Korean boy band Super Junior and its sub-groups Super Junior-T, Super Junior-H and Super Junior-M.

Karol Conká

Karol Conká

Karoline dos Santos Oliveira, known professionally as Karol Conká, is a Brazilian singer-songwriter. Her music is a blend of modern hip-hop and rap with sounds from Brazilian pop and traditional music. In 2013, she won Multishow's Best New Artist award and released her debut album, Batuk Freak. Her song, "Boa Noite", is featured in the EA Sports video game, FIFA 14. Her album Ambulante was ranked as the 34th best Brazilian album of 2018 by the Brazilian edition of Rolling Stone magazine and among the 25 best Brazilian albums of the second half of 2018 by the São Paulo Association of Art Critics.

January 2

January 2

January 2 is the second day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 363 days remain until the end of the year.

January 3

January 3

January 3 is the third day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 362 days remain until the end of the year.

January 5

January 5

January 5 is the fifth day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 360 days remain until the end of the year.

January 6

January 6

January 6 is the sixth day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 359 days remain until the end of the year.

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys are an English rock band formed in Sheffield in 2002. The group consists of Alex Turner, Jamie Cook, Nick O'Malley, and Matt Helders. Former band member Andy Nicholson left the band in 2006 shortly after their debut album was released.

January 7

January 7

January 7 is the seventh day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 358 days remain until the end of the year.

January 11

January 11

January 11 is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 354 days remain until the end of the year.

January 17

January 17

January 17 is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 348 days remain until the end of the year.

January 20

January 20

January 20 is the 20th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 345 days remain until the end of the year.

Deaths

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January 4

January 4

January 4 is the fourth day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 361 days remain until the end of the year.

January 6

January 6

January 6 is the sixth day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 359 days remain until the end of the year.

Joe Farrell

Joe Farrell

Joseph Carl Firrantello, known as Joe Farrell, was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist who primarily performed as a saxophonist and flutist. He is best known for a series of albums under his own name on the CTI record label and for playing in the initial incarnation of Chick Corea's Return to Forever.

January 8

January 8

January 8 is the eighth day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 357 days remain until the end of the year.

February 2

February 2

February 2 is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 332 days remain until the end of the year.

Francisco Mignone

Francisco Mignone

Francisco Paulo Mignone was one of the most significant figures in Brazilian classical music, and one of the most significant Brazilian composers after Heitor Villa-Lobos. In 1968 he was chosen as Brazilian composer of the year.

February 14

February 14

February 14 is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 320 days remain until the end of the year.

Edmund Rubbra

Edmund Rubbra

Edmund Rubbra was a British composer. He composed both instrumental and vocal works for soloists, chamber groups and full choruses and orchestras. He was greatly esteemed by fellow musicians and was at the peak of his fame in the mid-20th century. The most famous of his pieces are his eleven symphonies. Although he was active at a time when many people wrote twelve-tone music, he decided not to write in this idiom himself. Instead he devised his own distinctive style. His later works were not as popular with the concert-going public as his previous ones had been, although he never lost the respect of his colleagues. Therefore, his output as a whole is less celebrated today than would have been expected from its early popularity. He was the brother of the engineer Arthur Rubbra.

February 15

February 15

February 15 is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 319 days remain until the end of the year.

Galliano Masini

Galliano Masini

Galliano Masini was a leading Italian operatic tenor, particularly associated with the spinto (lyric-dramatic) roles of the Italian repertory.

Howard Greenfield

Howard Greenfield

Howard Greenfield was an American lyricist and songwriter, who for several years in the 1960s worked out of the famous Brill Building. He is best known for his successful songwriting collaborations, including one with Neil Sedaka from the late 1950s to the mid-1970s, and near-simultaneous songwriting partnerships with Jack Keller and Helen Miller throughout most of the 1960s.

March 11

March 11

March 11 is the 70th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 295 days remain until the end of the year.

Awards

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (RRHOF), sometimes simply referred to as the Rock Hall, is a museum and hall of fame located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States, on the shore of Lake Erie. The museum documents the history of rock music and the artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures who have influenced its development.

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley

Elvis Aaron Presley, or simply Elvis, was an American singer and actor. Dubbed the "King of Rock and Roll", he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century. His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines during a transformative era in race relations, led him to both great success and initial controversy.

Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry

Charles Edward Anderson Berry was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist who pioneered rock and roll. Nicknamed the "Father of Rock and Roll", he refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive with songs such as "Maybellene" (1955), "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956), "Rock and Roll Music" (1957) and "Johnny B. Goode" (1958). Writing lyrics that focused on teen life and consumerism, and developing a music style that included guitar solos and showmanship, Berry was a major influence on subsequent rock music.

James Brown

James Brown

James Joseph Brown was an American singer, dancer, musician, record producer and bandleader. The central progenitor of funk music and a major figure of 20th century music, he is often referred to by the honorific nicknames "the Hardest Working Man in Show Business", "Godfather of Soul", "Mr. Dynamite", and "Soul Brother No. 1". In a career that lasted more than 50 years, he influenced the development of several music genres. Brown was one of the first 10 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at its inaugural induction in New York on January 23, 1986.

Ray Charles

Ray Charles

Ray Charles Robinson Sr. was an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. He is regarded as one of the most iconic and influential singers in history, and was often referred to by contemporaries as "The Genius". Among friends and fellow musicians he preferred being called "Brother Ray". Charles was blinded during childhood, possibly due to glaucoma.

Fats Domino

Fats Domino

Antoine Dominique Domino Jr., known as Fats Domino, was an American pianist, singer and songwriter. One of the pioneers of rock and roll music, Domino sold more than 65 million records. Born in New Orleans to a French Creole family, Domino signed to Imperial Records in 1949. His first single "The Fat Man" is cited by some historians as the first rock and roll single and the first to sell more than 1 million copies. Domino continued to work with the song's co-writer Dave Bartholomew, contributing his distinctive rolling piano style to Lloyd Price's "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" (1952) and scoring a string of mainstream hits beginning with "Ain't That a Shame" (1955). Between 1955 and 1960, he had eleven Top 10 US pop hits. By 1955, five of his records had sold more than a million copies, being certified gold.

Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly

Charles Hardin Holley, known as Buddy Holly, was an American singer and songwriter who was a central and pioneering figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. He was born to a musical family in Lubbock, Texas during the Great Depression, and learned to play guitar and sing alongside his siblings. His style was influenced by gospel music, country music, and rhythm and blues acts, which he performed in Lubbock with his friends from high school.

Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis was an American singer, songwriter and pianist. Nicknamed "The Killer", he was described as "rock & roll's first great wild man". A pioneer of rock and roll and rockabilly music, Lewis made his first recordings in 1952 at Cosimo Matassa's J&M Studio in New Orleans, Louisiana, and early recordings in 1956 at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee. "Crazy Arms" sold 300,000 copies in the Southern United States, but it was his 1957 hit "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" that shot Lewis to worldwide fame. He followed this with the major hits "Great Balls of Fire", "Breathless", and "High School Confidential". His rock and roll career faltered in the wake of his marriage to Myra Gale Brown, his 13-year-old cousin once removed.

Little Richard

Little Richard

Richard Wayne Penniman, known professionally as Little Richard, was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He was an influential figure in popular music and culture for seven decades. Described as the "Architect of Rock and Roll", Richard's most celebrated work dates from the mid-1950s, when his charismatic showmanship and dynamic music, characterized by frenetic piano playing, pounding back beat and raspy shouted vocals, laid the foundation for rock and roll. Richard's innovative emotive vocalizations and uptempo rhythmic music also played a key role in the formation of other popular music genres, including soul and funk. He influenced numerous singers and musicians across musical genres from rock to hip hop; his music helped shape rhythm and blues for generations.

1986 Country Music Association Awards

1986 Country Music Association Awards

The 1986 Country Music Association Awards, 20th Ceremony, was held on October 13, 1986, at the Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville, Tennessee, and was hosted by CMA Award winners Kenny Rogers and Anne Murray.

Eurovision Song Contest 1986

Eurovision Song Contest 1986

The Eurovision Song Contest 1986 was the 31st edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It was held in Bergen, Norway, following the country's victory at the 1985 contest with the song "La det swinge" by Bobbysocks! Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Norsk rikskringkasting (NRK), the contest was held at Grieghallen on 3 May 1986 and was hosted by previous Norwegian contestant Åse Kleveland.

28th Japan Record Awards

28th Japan Record Awards

The 28th Annual Japan Record Awards took place at the Nippon Budokan in Chiyoda, Tokyo, December 31, 1986, starting at 6:30PM JST. The primary ceremonies were televised in Japan on TBS.

Source: "1986 in music", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1986_in_music.

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