October 1985 in Music

Events in Music

  • Oct 8 Alain Boubil and Herbert Kretzner's "Les Miserables" premieres in London
  • Oct 9 "Tango Argentino" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 198 performances
  • Oct 13 "Sunday in the Park with George" closes at Booth NYC after 604 performances
  • Oct 14 19th Country Music Association Award: Ricky Skaggs wins
  • Oct 30 "Rockin' with the Rhythm" 2nd studio album by The Judds is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1986)

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 1 Ryo Miyamori, Japanese singer
  • Oct 5 Nicola Roberts, English singer (Girls Aloud)

Person of interestBruno Mars

Oct 8 Bruno Mars [Peter Gene Hernandez], American singer ("Just the Way You Are", "Grenade"), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Singer Bruno Mars
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Bruno Mars
  • Oct 22 Zac Hanson, American pop singer (Hanson-MMMMbop), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Oct 23 Miguel [Miguel Pimentel], American singer, born in Los Angeles
  • Oct 25 Ciara Harris, American singer

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 5 Brian Keenan, American rock drummer (The Chamber Brothers), dies of a heart attack at 42
  • Oct 6 Nelson Riddle, American Grammy Award winning bandleader, conductor and orchestrator for Capitol Records (Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Dean Martin), dies of complications from cirrhosis of the liver at 64
  • Oct 7 Cemal Re┼čit Rey, Turkish composer, dies at 81
  • Oct 11 Tex Williams, American country-western singer, dies at 68 of cancer
  • Oct 12 Ricky Wilson, rock guitarist (B-52's), dies of AIDS at 32
  • Oct 14 Emil Gilels, Ukrainian pianist (b. 1916)
  • Oct 15 Ted Steele, American orchestra leader (Cavalcade of Stars), dies at 68
  • Oct 22 Viorica Ursuleac, Romanian soprano (b. 1894)
  • Oct 25 Morton Downey, singer (Star of the Family), dies at 83