January 1985 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

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

Music Premiere

Jan 7 Revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "The King & I", still starring Yul Brynner opens at Broadway Theater, NYC; runs for 191 performances

Music History

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

President Inaugurated

Jan 21 Jessye Norman sings "Simple Gifts" at the second inauguration of US President Ronald Reagan in Washington, D. C.

  • Jan 27 "Doug Henning & His World of Magic" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NY after 60 performances

Music History

Jan 28 Charity single "We Are the World" recorded by supergroup USA for Africa (Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, and other pop stars)

Music Premiere

Jan 31 Max Showalter and Peter Walker's musical "Harrigan 'n Hart", starring Harry Groening and Mark Hamill, opens at Longacre Theater, NYC; runs for 4 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 8 Rachael Lampa, American singer, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Jan 11 Newton Faulkner, English singer-songwriter, born in Surrey, England
  • Jan 11 Rie fu [Rie Funakoshi], Japanese singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 17 Kangin [Kim Young-woon], South Korean singer, dancer, actor and DJ (Super Junior), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Jan 17 Riyu Kosaka, Japanese singer (BeForU), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • Jan 17 Simone Simons, Dutch singer (Epica), born in Hoensbroek, Netherlands
  • Jan 19 Rika Ishikawa, Japanese singer (Morning Musume), born in Yokosuka, Japan
  • Jan 22 Justin Hurwitz, American film composer (La La Land, Babylon), born in Los Angeles County, California
  • Jan 22 Orianthi [Panagaris], Greek-Australian rock session and touring guitarist (Alice Cooper, Carrie Underwood, Dave Stewart), and singer-songwriter (Believe), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Jan 25 Tina Karol [Tetyana Hryhorivna Liberman], Ukrainian pop singer, born in Orotukan, Russia
  • Jan 29 Rag'n'Bone Man [Rory Charles Graham], English singer-songwriter (Human), born in Uckfield, England

Weddings in Music

  • Jan 2 Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood (37) weds British model Jo Karslake(29) in Gerrards Cross, England; divorce in 2009

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 3 Lucien Cailliet, French-American composer, conductor and teacher (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1919-1937), dies at 93
  • Jan 4 Lovro von Matačić, Croatian conductor and composer (Bruckner Medal), dies at 86
  • Jan 7 Johnny Guarnieri, American stride and jazz stride pianist, and harpsichordist (The Gramercy Five; The Morey Amsterdam Show), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Jan 10 Anton Karas, Austrian zither player and composer (b. 1906)
  • Jan 17 Jimmy DeBerry, American blues guitarist, banjo player, and singer, dies at 73
  • Jan 20 Jo Juda, Dutch musician (1st concertmaster of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra), dies at 75
  • Jan 31 Barbara Cowsill, American singer and rock band mother (The Cowsills - "Hair"; "We Can Fly"), dies of emphysema at 56