On This Day

August 1985 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Aug 4 "Dreamgirls" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 1522 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

Aug 7 Barbra Streisand records "Broadway Album"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 10 Michael Jackson buys ATV Music (every Beatle song) for $47 million

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Aug 11 "Tap Dance Kid" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 669 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 9 Anna Kendrick, American actress and singer (Pitch Perfect), born in Portland, Maine
  • Aug 15 Nipsey Hussle [Ermias Asghedom], American rapper and activist, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2019)
  • Aug 19 Megan Rochell, American R&B singer, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 21 Jacob (Jake) Pitts, American heavy metal rock guitarist (Black Veil Brides), born in Pocatello, Idaho
  • Aug 26 Brian Kelley, American country musician (Florida Georgia Line), born in Ormond Beach, Florida

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

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

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

Deaths in Music

  • 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 (Zanoni), educator, and music theorist (Creative Harmony), dies at 78
  • Aug 29 Alexander Abramsky, Soviet composer, dies at 87
  • Aug 30 "Philly" Joe Jones, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis Quintet), dies of a heart attack at 62