Events in Music in 1985

  • Jan 7 "King & I" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 191 performances
  • Jan 27 "Doug Henning & His World..." closes at Lunt-Fontanne NY after 60 perf

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Jan 28 Charity single "We Are the World" is recorded by supergroup USA for Africa (Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie and other pop stars)

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 28 12th American Music Awards: Cyndi Lauper & Lionel Richie win

  • Jan 31 "Harrigan 'n Hart" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Feb 3 "Harrigan 'n Hart" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 5 performances

Music release#1 in the Charts

Feb 9 Madonna's album "Like a Virgin" goes #1 for 3 weeks

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
  • Feb 26 27th Grammy Awards: Whats Love Got to Do With It, Cyndi Lauper wins

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Mar 1 Liza Minnelli enters Betty Ford Drug Center

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli
  • Mar 3 "My One & Only" closes at St James Theater NYC after 767 performances
  • Mar 8 Ice Dance Championship at Tokyo won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)

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Mar 28 Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Apr 8 "Leader of the Pack" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 120 performances
  • Apr 16 "Grind" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 79 performances
  • Apr 25 "Big River" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 1005 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Apr 25 Roger Miller's musical "Big River" premieres in NYC

Country Singer Roger Miller
Country Singer
Roger Miller
  • May 4 30th Eurovision Song Contest: Bobbysocks! for Norway wins singing "La det swinge" in Gothenburg
  • May 8 20th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, George Strait, and Reba McEntire win
  • May 11 Madonna's "Crazy For You" single goes #1
  • May 18 "One Night In Bangkok" by Murray Head hits #3

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Jun 1 "Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody" by David Lee Roth hits #12

Van Halen Rocker David Lee Roth
Van Halen Rocker
David Lee Roth

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 1 Weird Al Yankovic released his Dare To Be Stupid LP

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • Jun 2 39th Tony Awards: Biloxi Blues & Big River win
  • Jun 10 19th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers, B Mandrell
  • Jun 21 Lana Del Rey, American singer-songwriter (Born to Die, Ultraviolence), and model (H&M), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 22 "Grind" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 79 performances

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Jun 22 "Smuggler's Blues" by Glenn Frey peaks at #12

Rock Vocalist Glenn Frey
Rock Vocalist
Glenn Frey
  • Jun 30 "The King & I" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 191 performances
  • Jul 10 Playboy (and also Penthouse) publish nude pictures of Madonna
  • Jul 12 "Singin' in the Rain" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 367 performances
  • Jul 21 "Leader of the Pack" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 120 performances
  • Jul 25 Spokeswoman for Rock Hudson confirmed he had AIDS
  • Aug 4 "Dreamgirls" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 1522 performances
  • Aug 5 Establishment of a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is announced

Music releaseMusic Recording

Aug 7 Barbra Streisand records "Broadway Album"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Aug 10 Michael Jackson buys ATV Music (every Beatle song) for $47 million
  • Aug 11 "Tap Dance Kid" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 669 performances
  • Sep 13 2nd MTV Video Music Awards: Bruce Springsteen
  • Sep 18 "Song & Dance" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 474 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

Sep 22 First Farm Aid concert held, organised by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Singer-songwriter
Neil Young
  • Sep 22 Rock and country musicians participate in FarmAid in Champaign, Illinois
  • Oct 8 Alain Boubil/Herbert Kretzner's "Les Miserables" premieres in London
  • Oct 9 "Tango Argentino" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 198 performances
  • Oct 13 "Sunday in the Park with George" closes at Booth NYC after 604 performances
  • Oct 14 19th Country Music Association Award: Ricky Skaggs wins
  • Nov 5 "News" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Nov 9 "News" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 4 performances

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Nov 18 Paul McCartney releases "Spies Like Us"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Dec 2 Rupert Holmes' musical "Mystery of Edwin Drood" premieres in NYC at Imperial Theater NYC (608 performances)
  • Dec 4 "Les Miserables" opens at Palace Theatre, London
  • Dec 18 "Jerry's Girls" opens at St James Theater NYC for 139 performances
  • Dec 19 "Wind in the Willows" opens at Nederlander Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Dec 22 "Wind in the Willows" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 4 performances