On This Day

May 1985 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 4 30th Eurovision Song Contest: Bobbysocks! for Norway wins singing "La det swinge" in Gothenburg
  • May 8 20th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, George Strait, and Reba McEntire win

Music release#1 in the Charts

May 11 Madonna's "Crazy For You" single goes #1

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
  • May 18 "One Night In Bangkok" by Murray Head hits #3

Birthdays in Music

Person of interestLily Allen

May 2 Lily Allen, English singer-songwriter (It's Not Me, It's You) and TV presenter (Lily Allen and Friends), born in London

Recording Artist & Fashion Designer Lily Allen
Recording Artist & Fashion Designer
Lily Allen
  • May 3 Greg Raposo, American singer and actor, born in New York
  • May 4 Anthony Fedorov, American singer (7th Heaven), born in Yalta, Ukraine
  • May 11 Sifow (Shiho Fujita), Japanese pop star and business woman, born in Chiba, Japan
  • May 17 Derek Hough, American dancer and singer
  • May 21 Kano [Robinson], English rapper and actor, born in London
  • May 21 Mutya Buena, English singer (ex-Sugababes)
  • May 21 Marco Carta, Italian singer
  • May 25 Luciana Abreu, Portuguese singer and actress (Floribella), born in Massarelos, Porto, Portugal
  • May 28 Colbie Caillat, American folk singer-songwriter (Breakthrough, Bubbly, Realize), born in Malibu, California

Deaths in Music

  • May 2 Hal LeRoy, dancer/actor (Harold Teen), dies at 71 after surgery
  • May 2 Larry Clinton, American trumpeter and bandleader (b. 1909)
  • May 6 Julie Vega, Filipina child actress and singer, dies at 16
  • May 8 Karl Marx, German composer/conductor, dies at 87
  • May 9 Reginald Dixon, British theatre organist, dies at 80
  • May 17 Abe Burrows, songwriter, composer, and writer (b. 1910)