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May 1985 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 4 30th Eurovision Song Contest: Bobbysocks! for Norway wins singing "La det swinge" in Gothenburg

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 8 20th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, George Strait, and Reba McEntire win

Country Singer Reba McEntire
Country Singer
Reba McEntire

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, Ukranian-American singer (7th Heaven), born in Yalta, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
  • May 7 J Balvin [José Álvaro Osorio Balvín], Colombian reggaeton singer ("I Like It"), born in Medellín, Colombia
  • 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, England
  • May 21 Mutya Buena, British pop singer (Sugababes - "Push the Button"), born in London, England
  • May 21 Marco Carta, Italian pop singer, born in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
  • May 24 Yasushi Gonjo, Japanese jazz double bassist (Gingerbread Boys), born in Yamaguchi, Japan
  • May 25 Luciana Abreu, Portuguese singer and actress (Floribella), born in Massarelos, Porto, Portugal
  • May 28 Colbie Caillat, American folk-pop singer-songwriter ("Breakthrough"; " Bubbly"; "Brighter Than the Sun"), born in Malibu, California

Weddings in Music

LovePerson of Interest

May 13 American rock singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen (35) weds American actress Julianne Phillips (25) at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Oswego, Oregon; divorce in 1989

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen

Deaths in Music

  • May 2 Hal LeRoy [John LeRoy Schotte], American vaudeville, Broadway and film dancer (Ziegfeld's Follies of 1931), dies at 71 after surgery
  • May 2 Larry Clinton, American trumpeter and bandleader, dies at 75
  • May 6 Julie Vega, Filipina child actress and singer, dies at 16
  • May 8 Karl Marx, German composer and conductor, dies at 87
  • May 9 Reginald Dixon, British theatre organist, dies at 80
  • May 17 Abe Burrows [Borowitz], American Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning songwriter, composer, and writer, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 74
  • May 24 Joe Darensbourg, Cajun-American dixieland-style jazz clarinetist (Jelly Roll Morton; Louis Armstrong), dies at 78