April 1985 in Music History

Events in Music

  • 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

Big River

Apr 25 Roger Miller's musical "Big River", based on Mark Twain's 1884 novel "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater, NYC; runs for 1005 performances, wins 3 Tony Awards

Birthdays in Music

Leona Lewis (38 years old)

Apr 3 English pop singer-songwriter ("Bleeding Love"; "Better In Time"), born in Islington, London

  • Apr 6 Garrett Zablocki, American musician
  • Apr 7 Saad Lamjarred, Moroccan pop singer-songwriter ("Lm3allem"), born in Rabat, Morocco
  • Apr 9 Yamashita Tomohisa, Japanese singer and actor, born in Funabashi, Chiba, Japan
  • 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 disco and Euro-pop singer (Serebro), fashin designer, and television personality, born in Kurgan, Russia
  • Apr 21 Łukasz Trepczyński, Polish classical pianist, born in Radomsko, Poland
  • Apr 26 Nam Gyu-Ri, Korean singer (member of See Ya), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Apr 30 Ashley Alexandra Dupré, American singer and call girl

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 1 Herman Roelstraete, Belgium composer, dies at 59
  • Apr 6 Mark Lothar, German composer (The Story of the Lazy Bear), dies at 82
  • Apr 8 J. Fred Coots, American songwriter ("Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"; "Love Letters In The Sand"), dies at 87
  • Apr 14 Reginald Beane, American pianist (Starlit Time: Once Upon a Tune), dies at 63
  • Apr 21 Irving Mills [Isadore Minsky], American jazz music publisher, manager (Duke Ellington, 1926-48), singer and lyricist, dies at 91
  • Apr 22 José de Lima Siqueira, Brazilian conductor, and composer, dies at 78