Deaths in Music in October 1985

  • Oct 6 Nelson Riddle, American bandleader (b. 1921)
  • 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 22 Viorica Ursuleac, Romanian soprano (b. 1894)
  • Oct 25 Morton Downey, singer (Star of the Family), dies at 83
  • Oct 30 Kirby Grant, actor/singer (Sky King), dies in an auto accident at 74