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January 1986 - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame holds it's first induction ceremony with many rock pioneers attending. (Above: John Fogerty, Keith Richards, Neil Young performing with rock pioneer Chuck Berry at the induction ceremony)January 1986 - Austrian rock singer Falco goes to #1 US, #2 UK with his single "Rock Me Amadeus".January 1986 - UK synthpop duo The Pet Shop Boys top the charts in both the US and UK with the single "West End Girls".January 1986 - American soul singer James Brown's song "Living In America" is used in the film Rocky IV and becomes a #4 US, #5 UK hit. It is Brown's first Top Five single since 1965.February 1986 - Texas blues rockers The Fabulous Thunderbirds crack the US Top Ten with the single "Tuff Enuff". March 1986 - Michael's sister Janet Jackson teams up with the production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for her third album, Control. The album goes to #1 US, #8 UK and generates five US Top Five singles including "When I Think Of You" #1 US, #10 UK.March 1986 - Californian hard rock band Van Halen release their first album with new lead singer Sammy Hagar - 5150. It becomes their first album to go to #1 US, #16 UK.March 1986 - Los Angeles band Mr. Mister score their second US #1 hit with "Kyrie" (#11 UK) from their second album, Welcome To The Real World.March 1986 - San Francisco thrash metal band Metallica release their third album Master of Puppets. It becomes their first gold record and reaches #29 US, #41 UK.April 1986 - "Manic Monday" by Los Angeles band The Bangles hits #2 in the US and UK. The song is written by Prince and is held back from the #1 spot by Prince's single "Kiss".May 1986 - Peter Gabriel, former lead singer of Genesis, has a #1 US #4 UK hit single with "Sledgehammer" from his fifth solo album So.May 1986 - Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee marries television actress Heather Locklear.May 1986 - Veteran UK singer Robert Palmer hits #1 US, #5 UK with "Addicted to Love" and the music video featuring five fashion models as his backup band.May 1986 - After MTV airs all episodes of the sixties TV series The Monkees, three of the original band members reunite for a successful worldwide tour.May 1986 - Swedish rock band Europe score a US and UK Top Ten album led by the title track "The Final Countdown" #1 UK, #8 US.June 1986 - Invisible Touch is the 13th album by Genesis and goes to #1 UK, #3 US producing three Top Five singles in the US.June 1986 - Manchester, UK indie band The Smiths third album, The Queen Is Dead, continues their winning ways reaching #2 UK, #70 US.June 1986 - Madonna reaches superstar status as her third album, True Blue, goes #1 in the US and UK and spawns five US Top Five singles including three #1's. June 1986 - Former Go Go's lead singer, Belinda Carlisle, scores a #3 US single "Mad About You" from her first solo album.June 1986 - The debut album by Melbourne, Australia band Crowded House brings two US Top Ten singles incl. "Don't Dream It's Over" #2 US, #27 UK.July 1986 - Queens, NY hip hop group Run DMC's third album, Raising Hell, goes to #3 US and contains the reworked Aerosmith cover "Walk This Way" which becomes the first rap song to go Top Five in the US, #8 UK.July 1986 - UK singer Chris de Burgh hits #1 UK, #3 US with the love song "The Lady In Red".July 1986 - Texan Lyle Lovett releases his debut album which goes to #14 on the country charts.July 1986 - Lionel Richie releases his third album, Dancing On The Ceiling. The album is his second in a row to go to #1 US, #2 UK and delivers four US Top Ten singles.July 1986 - Atlanta rock band the Georgia Satellites release their debut album and go all the way to #2 US with the single "Keep Your Hands To Yourself".July 1986 - UK vocal trio Bananarama go to #1 US, #8 UK with their pumped up dance cover of the 1970 Shocking Blue hit "Venus".August 1986 - New Jersey rock band Bon Jovi hit it big with their third album, Slippery When Wet, which goes to #1 US, #6 UK and generates two US #1 singles with "Livin' On A Prayer" and "You Give Love A Bad Name".August 1986 - The single "Higher Love" goes to #1 US, #13 UK from Steve Winwood's third solo LP, Back In The High Life.August 1986 - UK Sun page 3 model, Samantha Fox, scores a #3 UK, #4 US hit single with "Touch Me (I Want Your Body)".August 1986 - American singer songwriter Paul Simon releases Graceland, an album he recorded in South Africa. The album goes to #1 UK and #3 US, reviving his career.August 1986 - Look What The Cat Dragged In is the debut album by Mechanicsville, PA glam metal band Poison which climbs to #3 US on the strength of the US Top Ten single "Talk Dirty To Me".August 1986 - The debut album from Williamsburg, VA native Bruce Hornsby and The Range is released. The album goes all the way to #3 in the US led by the #1 single "The Way It Is".August 1986 - Philadelphia, PA glam metal band Cinderella release their debut album Night Songs, which makes it all the way to #3 by early 1987.September 1986 - Queens, NY singer Cyndi Lauper's second album, True Colors, goes to #4 US, #25 UK. The title song goes to #1 US.September 1986 - American band Huey Lewis and the News release the album Fore! and chart five US Top Five singles, including two #1's "Stuck With You" and "Jacob's Ladder".September 1986 - Los Angeles synthpop band Berlin top the US and UK charts with the single "Take My Breath Away" from the Top Gun movie soundtrack.September 1986 - Madison, WI husband and wife duo Timbuk3 hit #19 US, #21 UK with a single from their debut album "The Futures So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades".September 1986 - Vancouver, BC electro-industrial band Skinny Puppy release their album Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse, and gain substantial MTV airplay for the single "Dig It".October 1986 - Former NYC policeman, Eddie Money,  scores a #4 US single with "Take Me Home Tonight" a duet with Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes.October 1986 - California slash metal band Slayer sign with Def Jam and release the album Reign In Blood, produced by Rick Rubin.October 1986 - UK new wave band Wang Chung go to #2 in the US with "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" which fails to chart in the UK.November 1986 - The debut album by NYC hip hop band
The Beastie Boys is released. The album entitled Licensed to Ill is the first rap/hip hop album to go to #1.December 1986 - The Bangles hit #1 US, #3 UK with the single "Walk Like An Egyptian" from their album A Different Light.December 1986 - Queens, NY female rap trio Salt-N-Pepa release their debut album and break into the US Top Twenty with the single "Push It".
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