1985 in Music

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 3 Leontyne Price makes her final operatic appearance in a televised performance of "Aida" at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price
  • Jan 7 "King & I" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 191 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 19 "Born in the USA", single by Bruce Springsteen, peaks at #9

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Singer-Songwriter
Bruce Springsteen
  • Jan 27 "Doug Henning & His World..." closes at Lunt-Fontanne NY after 60 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Music releaseAlbum Release

Feb 14 "Whitney Houston" debut album by Whitney Houston is released (Grammy Award Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female 1986, Billboard Album of Year 1986)

Singer and Actress Whitney Houston
Singer and Actress
Whitney Houston
  • Feb 26 27th Grammy Awards: Whats Love Got to Do With It, Cyndi Lauper wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 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 18 Wham become the first western pop act to release an album in China

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 25 Roger Miller's musical "Big River" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 1005 performances

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 10 19th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers, B Mandrell
  • Jun 22 "Grind" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 79 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 confirms he has 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

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
  • Sep 28 "Don't Lose My Number" by Phil Collins peaks at #4
  • Sep 28 "Every Step Of The Way" by John Waite peaks at #25
  • Sep 28 "Freedom" by Wham! peaks at #3
  • Sep 28 "Janet" by Commodores peaks at #87
  • Oct 8 Alain Boubil and 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
  • Oct 30 "Rockin' with the Rhythm" 2nd studio album by The Judds is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1986)
  • Nov 5 "News" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Nov 9 "News" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 4 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 21 Heart's "Heart" album goes #1
  • Dec 22 "Wind in the Willows" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 4 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 8 Rachael Lampa, American singer
  • Jan 11 Rie fu [Rie Funakoshi], Japanese singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 11 Newton Faulkner, English singer-songwriter, born in Surrey, England
  • Jan 17 Simone Simons, Dutch singer (Epica)
  • Jan 17 Riyu Kosaka, Japanese singer (BeForU), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • Jan 17 Kang-In, South Korean singer/dancer/actor/MC/DJ(Super Junior)
  • Jan 19 Rika Ishikawa, Japanese singer (Morning Musume)
  • Jan 25 Tina Karol, Ukrainian singer, born in Orotukan, Russia
  • Feb 2 Melody Gardot, American jazz singer, born in New Jersey
  • Feb 5 Lindsey Cardinale, American singer
  • Feb 11 William Beckett, American musician (The Academy Is...), born in Hoffman Estates, Illinois
  • Feb 14 Heart Evangelista, Filipina singer, TV and movie actress
  • Feb 14 Miki Yeung, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • Feb 19 Haylie Duff, American singer/actress
  • Feb 20 Yulia Volkova, Russian singer (t.A.T.u.)
  • Feb 28 Fefe Dobson, Canadian singer
  • Mar 2 Luke Pritchard, British singer (The Kooks)
  • Mar 7 Thomas Erak, American guitarist
  • Mar 8 Ewa Sonnet, Polish model and pop singer
  • Mar 10 Casey Dienel, American singer-songwriter
  • Mar 14 Idaira, Spanish singer
  • Apr 3 Leona Lewis, English singer (Bleeding Love), born in Islington, London
  • Apr 6 Garrett Zablocki, American musician
  • Apr 7 Saad Lamjarred, Moroccan pop star (Lmaallem), born in Rabat, Morocco
  • Apr 9 Yamashita Tomohisa, Japanese singer News
  • Apr 12 Hitomi Yoshizawa, Japanese singer (Hangry & Angry), born in Miyoshi, Saitama, Japan
  • Apr 12 Olga Seryabkina, Russian singer and songwriter (Serebro), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Apr 16 Benjamín Rojas, Argentine actor and singer, born in La Plata, Argentina
  • Apr 18 Elena Temnikova, Russian singer (Serebro)
  • Apr 26 Nam Gyu-Ri, Korean singer, member of See Ya
  • Apr 30 Ashley Alexandra Dupré, American singer and call girl

Person of interestLily Allen

May 2 Lily Allen, English singer-songwriter (It's Not Me, It's You) and TV presenter (Lily Allen and Friends), born in London

Recording Artist & Fashion Designer Lily Allen
Recording Artist & Fashion Designer
Lily Allen
  • May 3 Greg Raposo, American singer and actor, born in New York
  • May 4 Anthony Fedorov, American singer (7th Heaven), born in Yalta, Ukraine
  • May 5 Shoko Nakagawa, Japanese actress, illustrator and singer
  • May 11 Sifow (Shiho Fujita), Japanese pop star and business woman
  • May 17 Derek Hough, American dancer and singer
  • May 21 Kano [Robinson], English rapper and actor, born in London
  • May 21 Mutya Buena, English singer (ex-Sugababes)
  • May 21 Marco Carta, Italian singer
  • May 25 Luciana Abreu, Portuguese singer and actress
  • May 28 Colbie Caillat, American folk singer-songwriter
  • Jun 2 Ana Cristina, Cuban American singer, composer, and actress
  • Jun 7 Charlie Simpson, British pop singer
  • Jun 11 Chris Trousdale, American pop singer and dancer
  • Jun 11 Josh Ramsay, Canadian singer-songwriter (Marianas Trench)
  • Jun 12 Tasha-Ray Evin, Canadian musician (Lillix)
  • Jun 12 Chris Young, American musician
  • Jun 13 Raz-B [De'Mario Thornton], American R&B actor and singer (B2K) born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jun 15 Nadine Coyle, Northern Irish singer (Girls Aloud)
  • Jun 21 Lana Del Rey, American singer-songwriter (Born to Die, Ultraviolence), and model (H&M), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 27 Coby Linder, American Pop Punk Drummer (Say Anything), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jun 30 Rafal Blechacz, Polish classical pianist

Person of interestAshley Tisdale

Jul 2 Ashley Tisdale, American actress and singer (High School Musical), born in Monmouth County, New Jersey

Actress and Singer Ashley Tisdale
Actress and Singer
Ashley Tisdale
  • Jul 3 Minami Keisuke, Japanese singer and actor.
  • Jul 5 Stephanie McIntosh, Australian pop singer and actress
  • Jul 5 Nick O'Malley, British indie rock musician (Arctic Monkeys), born in Sheffield, England
  • Jul 8 Jamie Cook, British musician (Arctic Monkeys)
  • Jul 12 Luiz Ejlli, Albanian singer
  • Jul 17 Tom Fletcher, British singer (McFly)
  • Jul 23 Matthew Murphy, English musician (The Wombats), born in Liverpool
  • Jul 26 Audrey De Montigny, Quebec singer, born in Sainte-Julienne, Quebec
  • Jul 28 Tynisha Keli, American singer, born in New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Aug 9 Anna Kendrick, American actress and singer (Pitch Perfect), born in Portland, Maine
  • Aug 19 Megan Rochell, American singer
  • Aug 21 Jacob (Jake) Pitts, American rock guitarist (Black Veil Brides), born in Idaho
  • Aug 26 Brian Kelley, American country musician (Florida Georgia Line), born in Ormond Beach, Florida
  • Sep 1 Camile Velasco, Filipino-American singer
  • Sep 6 Webbie [Webster Gradney, Jr.], American rapper, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Sep 14 Paolo Gregoletto, American bassist (Trivium)
  • Sep 14 Aya Ueto, Japanese actress and singer
  • Sep 17 Jon Walker, American musician (Panic at the Disco)
  • Sep 20 David Allen, American composer and writer
  • Sep 23 Maki Goto, Japanese pop singer
  • Sep 26 Lenna Kuurmaa, Estonian singer (Vanilla Ninja)
  • Oct 1 Ryo Miyamori, Japanese singer
  • Oct 5 Nicola Roberts, English singer (Girls Aloud)

Person of interestBruno Mars

Oct 8 Bruno Mars [Peter Gene Hernandez], American singer ("Just the Way You Are", "Grenade"), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Singer Bruno Mars
Singer
Bruno Mars
  • Oct 22 Zac Hanson, American pop singer (Hanson-MMMMbop), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Oct 23 Miguel [Miguel Pimentel], American singer, born in Los Angeles
  • Oct 25 Ciara Harris, American singer
  • Nov 10 Ricki-Lee Coulter, Australian singer

Person of interestCarly Rae Jepsen

Nov 21 Carly Rae Jepsen, Canadian singer ("Call Me Maybe"), born in Mission, British Columbia

  • Nov 24 Julia Alexandratou, Greek fashion model and singer
  • Nov 26 Lil' Fizz, American singer
  • Nov 27 Klara Ósk Elíasdóttir, Icelandic singer
  • Dec 1 Janelle Monáe, American singer-songwriter and actress, born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • Dec 6 Dulce María, Mexican actress and singer
  • Dec 10 Raven-Symoné, American actress and singer
  • Dec 14 Ren Yagami, Japanese actor and singer
  • Dec 19 Lady Sovereign [Louise Amanda Harman], British rapper (9 to 5, Love Me or Hate Me), born in London, England
  • Dec 23 Harry Judd, British drummer (McFly)
  • Dec 25 Leon Pisani, Welsh singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 23 Musician Billy Joel weds supermodel Christie Brinkley

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 1 Country singer Merle Haggard (48) weds fourth wife Debbie Parret

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 31 Bee Gees member Robin Gibb (35) weds author and artist Dwina Murphy

Singer-songwriter Robin Gibb
Singer-songwriter
Robin Gibb

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 16 Singer Madonna weds actor Sean Penn on her 27th birthday

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
Actor and Political Activist Sean Penn
Actor and Political Activist
Sean Penn

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jan 7 Actress-singer Janet Jackson (18) divorces fellow R&B singer James DeBarge (21) only 4 months after getting married


Deaths in Music

  • Jan 3 Lucien Cailliet, composer, dies at 93
  • Jan 4 Lovro von Matačić, Croatian conductor and composer (Bruckner Medal), dies at 86
  • Jan 7 Johnny Guarnieri, jazz pianist (Morey Amsterdam Show), dies at 67
  • Jan 10 Anton Karas, Austrian zither player and composer (b. 1906)
  • Jan 20 Jo Juda, Dutch musician (1st concertmaster of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra), dies at 75
  • Jan 31 Barbara Cowsill, singer and mother in The Cowsills band, dies of emphysema at 56
  • Feb 7 Matt Monro, English singer (b. 1932)
  • Feb 11 Heinz Eric Roemheld, composer, dies of pneumonia at 83
  • Feb 11 Ulysses Sipmson Kay, composer, dies at 68
  • Feb 18 Willy Alberti [Carel Verbrugge], Dutch singer and actor (Riffin in Amsterdam), dies at 58
  • Feb 22 Efrem A Zimbalist, Russian/US composer/violinist, dies at 95
  • Feb 28 David Byron [Garrick], British vocalist and songwriter (Uriah Heep), dies of alcohol-related complications at 38
  • Feb 28 Ray Ellington, English singer (b. 1916)
  • Mar 1 Eugene List, American concert pianist and teacher (Eastman School of Music), dies at 66
  • Mar 7 George Schick, Czech conductor (Chicago Symphony), dies at 76
  • Mar 12 Eugene Ormandy [Blau], Hungarian/US conductor, dies at 85
  • Mar 13 Robert "Bob" Shad [Abraham Shadrinsky], American record producer and record label owner (Big Brother and the Holding Company), dies at 65
  • Mar 16 Roger Huntington Sessions, US composer (Black Masks), dies at 88
  • Mar 18 Jack Miller, orchestra leader (Kate Smith Evening Hour), dies at 89
  • Mar 21 Salvador Ley, composer, dies at 78
  • Mar 24 George London, Canadian bass-baritone (Monterone-Rigoleto), dies at 64
  • Mar 29 Jeanine Deckers, Belgian nun and singer-songwriter, The Singing Nun, commits suicide at 51
  • Apr 6 Mark Lothar, German composer (The Story of the Lazy Bear), dies at 82
  • Apr 8 John Frederick Coots, American songwriter, dies at 87
  • Apr 14 Reginald Beane, American pianist (Starlit Time, Once Upon a Tune), dies at 63
  • May 2 Hal LeRoy, dancer/actor (Harold Teen), dies at 71 after surgery
  • May 2 Larry Clinton, American trumpeter and bandleader (b. 1909)
  • May 6 Julie Vega, Filipina child actress and singer, dies at 16
  • May 8 Karl Marx, German composer/conductor, dies at 87
  • May 9 Reginald Dixon, British theatre organist, dies at 80
  • May 17 Abe Burrows, songwriter, composer, and writer (b. 1910)
  • Jun 1 Richard Greene, English composer and actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 67
  • Jul 16 Wayne King, orchestra leader (Wayne King Show), dies at 84
  • Jul 17 Czeslaw Josef Marek, composer, dies at 93
  • Jul 23 Kay Kyser, bandleader (Kay Kyser's Kollege), dies at 79
  • Jul 30 Peter Knight, English musical arranger, conductor, and composer, dies at 68
  • Aug 4 Zbynek Vostrak, composer, dies at 65
  • Aug 12 Marcel Mihalovici, composer, dies at 86
  • Aug 12 Kyu Sakamoto, Japanese singer and actor, dies in JAL 123 crash at 43
  • Aug 15 Richard Yardumian, American composer (Creator Spirit), dies at 68
  • Aug 24 Paul Creston [Giuseppe Guttoveggio], Italian-American composer (Creative Harmony, dies at 78
  • Aug 29 Alexander Abramsky, composer, dies at 87
  • Aug 30 [Joseph Rudolph] Philly Joe Jones, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis Quintet), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Sep 3 Jo Jones, American jazz drummer, dies at 73
  • Sep 3 John Herbert McDowell, American composer for ballet, TV and the stage, dies at 58
  • Sep 6 Jane Frazee [Mary Jane Frehse], American actress, singer, and dancer (Beautiful But Broke, Beulah), dies at 70 of pneumonia
  • Sep 6 Johnny Desmond, singer (Your Hit Parade), dies of cancer at 65
  • Sep 6 Leon Orthel, Dutch composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 8 Manuel Ivo Cruz, Portuguese composer and founder of Philharmonic Orchestra of Lisbon, dies at 84
  • Sep 11 William Alwyn, English composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 13 Dane Rudhyar, composer, dies at 90
  • Sep 15 Cootie Williams, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 77
  • Sep 25 Albert Moeschinger, composer, dies at 88
  • Oct 5 Brian Keenan, American rock drummer (The Chamber Brothers), dies of a heart attack at 42
  • Oct 6 Nelson Riddle, American Grammy Award winning bandleader, conductor and orchestrator for Capitol Records (Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Dean Martin), dies of complications from cirrhosis of the liver at 64
  • Oct 7 Cemal Reşit Rey, Turkish composer, dies at 81
  • Oct 11 Tex Williams, American country-western singer, dies at 68 of cancer
  • Oct 12 Ricky Wilson, rock guitarist (B-52's), dies of AIDS at 32
  • Oct 14 Emil Gilels, Ukrainian pianist (b. 1916)
  • Oct 15 Ted Steele, American orchestra leader (Cavalcade of Stars), dies at 68
  • Oct 22 Viorica Ursuleac, Romanian soprano (b. 1894)
  • Oct 25 Morton Downey, singer (Star of the Family), dies at 83
  • Nov 24 Big Joe Turner, American singer (b. 1911)
  • Dec 4 Marcel Boereboom, Belgian musicologist, dies at 83
  • Dec 12 Anne Baxter, American actress, and singer (The Razor's Edge, All About Eve), dies of a stroke at 62
  • Dec 12 Ian Stewart, Scottish keyboardist, road manager, and co-founder of the Rolling Stones, dies of a heart attack at 47
  • Dec 22 D. Boon, American singer and guitarist (The Minutemen) (b. 1958)
  • Dec 23 James Vance (20) and Raymond Belknap (18) attempt suicide (Belknap dies). Their families later sue rock group Judas Priest for subliminal messages in song "Better By You, Better Than Me".
  • Dec 25 George Rhodes, orchestra leader (Sammy Davis Jr Show), dies at 66
  • Dec 31 Rick Nelson, singer/actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies at 45