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September 1985 in Music History

Events in Music

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

Sep 13 2nd MTV Video Music Awards: Bruce Springsteen

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
  • Sep 18 "Song & Dance" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 474 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

Sep 22 First Farm Aid concert held, organised by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Neil Young
  • Sep 22 Rock and country musicians participate in FarmAid in Champaign, Illinois
  • Sep 28 "Don't Lose My Number" by Phil Collins peaks at #4
  • Sep 28 "Every Step Of The Way" by John Waite peaks at #25
  • Sep 28 "Freedom" by Wham! peaks at #3
  • Sep 28 "Janet" by Commodores peaks at #87

Birthdays in Music

  • Sep 1 Camile Velasco, Filipino-American singer
  • Sep 6 Webbie [Webster Gradney, Jr.], American rapper, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Sep 12 Champlain Fulton, American jazz pianist and singer (Birdsong), born in Norman, Oklahoma
  • Sep 14 Paolo Gregoletto, American bassist (Trivium), born in Miami, Florida
  • Sep 14 Aya Ueto, Japanese actress and singer, born in Nerima, Tokyo
  • Sep 17 Jon Walker, American musician (Panic! at the Disco), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 20 David Allen, American composer and writer
  • Sep 23 Maki Goto, Japanese pop singer
  • Sep 26 Lenna Kuurmaa, Estonian singer (Vanilla Ninja), born in Tallinn, Estonia

Deaths in Music

  • Sep 3 Jo Jones, American jazz drummer, dies at 73
  • Sep 3 John Herbert McDowell, American composer for ballet, TV and the stage, dies at 58
  • Sep 6 Jane Frazee [Mary Jane Frehse], American actress, singer, and dancer (Beautiful But Broke, Beulah), dies at 70 of pneumonia
  • Sep 6 Johnny Desmond, singer (Your Hit Parade), dies of cancer at 65
  • Sep 6 Leon Orthel, Dutch composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 8 Manuel Ivo Cruz, Portuguese composer and founder of Philharmonic Orchestra of Lisbon, dies at 84
  • Sep 11 William Alwyn, English composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 13 Dane Rudhyar, composer, dies at 90
  • Sep 15 Cootie Williams, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 77
  • Sep 25 Albert Moeschinger, composer, dies at 88