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

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
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 bandleader (b. 1921)
  • 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 22 Viorica Ursuleac, Romanian soprano (b. 1894)
  • Oct 25 Morton Downey, singer (Star of the Family), dies at 83
  • Oct 30 Kirby Grant, American actor (Rustlers Round-Up, Yukon Gold, Sky King), dies in an auto accident at 74