On This Day

July 1985 in Music History

Events in Music

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jul 10 Playboy (and also Penthouse) publish nude pictures of Madonna

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
  • Jul 12 "Singin' in the Rain", musical adaptation of the 1952 film, opens at Gershwin Theater, NYC; runs for 367 performances
  • Jul 13 "Live Aid" concerts held at both Wembley Stadium (London) and John F. Kennedy Stadium (Philadelphia) raises over $70 million for African famine relief
  • Jul 21 "Leader of the Pack" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 120 performances

Birthdays in Music

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, born in Yokohama, Japan
  • Jul 5 Stephanie McIntosh, Australian pop singer and actress, born in Malvern, Australia
  • Jul 5 Nick O'Malley, British indie rock musician (Arctic Monkeys), born in Sheffield, England
  • Jul 8 Jamie Cook, British guitarist (Arctic Monkeys - "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor"), born in High Green, Sheffield, England
  • Jul 12 Luiz Ejlli, Albanian pop singer (Eurovison, 2006), born in Shkodra, Albania
  • Jul 17 Tom Fletcher, British pop singer, and guitarist (McFly - "5 Colours In Her Hair"; "All About You"), born in Harrow, London, England
  • Jul 18 Theo Croker, American jazz trumpeter, composer, producer and vocalist, born in Leesburg, Florida
  • Jul 23 Matthew Murphy, English musician (The Wombats), born in Liverpool, England
  • Jul 24 Xenia Rubinos, American jazz-funk-rock singer-songwriter, born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Jul 26 Audrey De Montigny, Quebec singer, born in Sainte-Julienne, Quebec
  • Jul 28 Tynisha Keli, American singer, born in New Bedford, Massachusetts

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Singer-songwriter Robin Gibb
Robin Gibb

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 16 Wayne King, American saxophonist and bandleader, known as the Waltz King ("The Waltz You Saved for Me"), dies at 84
  • Jul 17 Czesław Marek, Polish 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