March 1985 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Mar 1 Liza Minnelli enters Betty Ford Drug Center

  • Mar 3 "My One & Only" closes at St James Theater NYC after 767 performances
  • Mar 23 Julian Lennon's 1st concert (San Antonio Texas)

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 2 Luke Pritchard, British rock singer and guitarist (The Kooks - Inside In/Inside Out), born in Worthing, West Sussex, England
  • Mar 6 Pretty Yende, South African operatic soprano, born in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga, South Africa
  • Mar 7 Thomas Erak, American guitarist (The Fall of Troy)
  • Mar 8 Ewa Sonnet, Polish model and pop singer
  • Mar 10 Casey Dienel, American singer-songwriter, keyboardist, and ukulele player (Wind-Up Canary), born in Massachusetts
  • Mar 11 Arooj Aftab, Pakistani-American singer and composer (Mohabbat), born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Mar 12 Stromae [Paul Van Haver], Belgian rapper and songwriter, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • Mar 14 Idaira, Spanish singer, born in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Spain

Weddings in Music

Billy Joel

Mar 23 American 'Piano Man' Billy Joel (34) weds American supermodel Christie Brinkley (31), on a yacht moored alongside the Statue Of Liberty; divorce in 1994

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 1 Eugene List, American concert pianist & teacher (Eastman School of Music), dies at 66
  • Mar 7 George Schick, Czech conductor (Chicago Symphony, 1950-56; Metropolitan Opera, 1958-69), and educator, dies at 76
  • Mar 12 Eugene Ormandy [Jenő Blau], Hungarian-American violinist and conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1936-80), dies of pneumonia at 85
  • Mar 13 Robert "Bob" Shad [Abraham Shadrinsky], American record producer and record label owner (Big Brother and the Holding Company), dies at 65
  • Mar 16 Roger Sessions, American Pulitzer Prize winning composer (Concerto for Orchestra; The Black Maskers), musicologist, and educator (Princeton, 1936-45, 53-65; Berkeley, 1945-53), dies at 88
  • Mar 18 Jack Miller, Ameerican orchestra leader (Kate Smith Evening Hour), dies at 89
  • Mar 21 Salvador Ley, composer, dies at 78
  • Mar 24 George London, Canadian bass-baritone (Rigoleto- "Monterone"), dies at 64
  • Mar 29 Jeanine Deckers, Belgian singer-songwriter, and Dominican nun known as 'The Singing Nun' ("Dominique"), cities financial difficulties, and commits suicide with barbiturate overdose at 51