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January 1985 in Music History

Events in Music

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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

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

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

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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

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 8 Rachael Lampa, American singer, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 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), born in Hoensbroek, Netherlands
  • Jan 17 Riyu Kosaka, Japanese singer (BeForU), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • Jan 17 Kangin [Kim Young-woon], South Korean singer, dancer, actor and DJ (Super Junior), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Jan 19 Rika Ishikawa, Japanese singer (Morning Musume), born in Yokosuka, Japan
  • Jan 25 Tina Karol, Ukrainian singer, born in Orotukan, Russia

Divorces in Music

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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, 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, 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