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October 1985 in Music History

Events in Music

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 8 Little Richard seriously injured in a car accident

Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer Little Richard
Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer
Little Richard
  • 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 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

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

Person of interestCiara

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

Singer Ciara
Singer
Ciara
  • 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 at 68 of cancer
  • Oct 12 Ricky Wilson, American rock guitarist (B-52's), 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 22 Viorica Ursuleac, Romanian soprano (b. 1894)
  • Oct 25 Morton Downey, singer (Star of the Family), dies at 83