Deaths in Music in October 1985

  • 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 Re┼čit Rey, Turkish composer, dies at 81
  • 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 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