1986 – Whitney Houston went to No.1 on the US album chart with her self-titled album. It spent a total of 14 weeks at the No.1 position.
1986 – Diana Ross Chain Reaction UK 45 is no. 1 chart topper.
1986 – The Band pianist and vocalist Richard Manuel hangs himself following a gig at the Cheek to Cheek nightclub in Winter Park, Fla. He was 41.
1986 – Lyricist Howard Greenfield dies in Los Angeles. With Neil Sedaka, he wrote Brill Building standards such as “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” and “Love Will Keep Us Together.”
1986 – The Band’s pianist, Richard Manuel, commits suicide by hanging himself.
1986 – Metallica released their highly influential album, Master of Puppets, considered by many in the metal community to be the best metal album of all time.
1986 – Mr Mister started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Kyrie’, the groups second US No.1, a No.11 hit in the UK. Also the group’s album ‘Welcome To The Real World’ went to No.1 on the US album chart.
1986 – Gary Glitter was admitted to hospital, suffering from an accidental overdose of sleeping pills.
1986 – during a UK tour The Bangles appeared at Glasgow’s Queen Margaret Union.