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September 1985 in Music History

Events in Music

Video 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

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 22 First Farm Aid benefit concert, Champaign, Illinois; organized by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp; performers included Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Billy Joel, B.B. King, Hoyt Axton, Joni Mitchell, Rickie Lee Jones, and Emmylou Harris

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Neil Young
Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King
  • 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 Eli-Mac [Camile Velasco], Filipino-American pop singer (American Idol), born in Makati, Philippines
  • Sep 6 Webbie [Webster Gradney, Jr.], American rapper, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Sep 12 Champian 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 22 Aaron Diehl, American jazz pianist, and composer (Three Streams of Expression), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Sep 23 Maki Goto, Japanese pop singer, born in Edogawa, Tokyo, Japan
  • Sep 26 Lenna Kuurmaa, Estonian singer (Vanilla Ninja), born in Tallinn, Estonia

Deaths in Music

  • Sep 3 (Jonathon) "Jo" Jones, American jazz drummer, and percussionist (Count Basie), dies of pneumonia 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 pianist and composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 6 Eurreal "Little Brother" Montgomery, American jazz, boogie-woogie and blues pianist, singer, and composer ("Crescent City Blues"), 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 [Daniel Chennevière], French-American composer, author, and astrologist dies at 90
  • Sep 15 Cootie Williams, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 77
  • Sep 25 Albert Moeschinger, composer, dies at 88