October 1985 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Oct 8 Alain Boubil and Herbert Kretzner's "Les Miserables" premieres in London

Music History

Oct 8 Little Richard seriously injured in a single car accident in Los Angeles

  • Oct 9 "Tango Argentino" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater, NYC; runs 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" second studio album by The Judds is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1986)

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 1 Ryo Miyamori, Japanese rock singer (Orange Range), born in Koza (now part of Kushimoto), Japan
  • Oct 5 Nicola Roberts, English singer (Girls Aloud), born in Stamford, United Kingdom

Bruno MarsBruno Mars (37 years old)

Oct 8 American pop and R&B singer-songwriter ("Just the Way You Are", "The Lazy Song"; "Uptown Funk"), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

  • Oct 22 Zac Hanson, American pop drummer and singer (Hanson - "MMMMbop"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Oct 23 Miguel [Pimentel], American R&B singer ("Kaleidoscope Dream"), born in San Pedro, California

CiaraCiara (37 years old)

Oct 25 American singer and songwriter (Ciara: The Evolution) and model, born in Austin, Texas

  • Oct 28 Nomcebo [Nkwanyana], South African singer-songwriter ("Jerusalema"), born in Hammarsdale, Republic of South Africa

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 Reşit Rey, Turkish composer, dies at 81
  • Oct 11 Tex Williams, American country-western singer, dies of cancer at 68
  • Oct 12 Ricky Wilson, American rock guitarist (B-52's - "Love Shack"), dies of AIDS at 32
  • Oct 14 Emil Gilels, Soviet concert pianist (Brussels Competition - 1st prize, 1938), dies at 68
  • Oct 15 Ted Steele, American orchestra leader (Cavalcade of Stars), dies at 68
  • Oct 17 Joseph Rosenstock, American conductor (NY City Opera), dies at 90
  • Oct 22 Viorica Ursuleac, Romanian operatic soprano, dies at 91
  • Oct 25 (John) Morton Downey, American pop tenor, known as "The Irish Nightengale", songwriter, radio and television host, dies at 83