Events in Music in 1985

Music History

Jan 3 Leontyne Price makes her final operatic appearance in a televised performance of "Aida" at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

Music Premiere

Jan 7 Revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "The King & I", still starring Yul Brynner opens at Broadway Theater, NYC; runs for 191 performances

Music History

Jan 19 "Born in the USA", single by Bruce Springsteen, peaks at #9

President Inaugurated

Jan 21 Jessye Norman sings "Simple Gifts" at the second inauguration of US President Ronald Reagan in Washington, D. C.

  • Jan 27 "Doug Henning & His World of Magic" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NY after 60 performances

Music History

Jan 28 Charity single "We Are the World" recorded by supergroup USA for Africa (Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, and other pop stars)

Music Premiere

Jan 31 Max Showalter and Peter Walker's musical "Harrigan 'n Hart", starring Harry Groening and Mark Hamill, opens at Longacre Theater, NYC; runs for 4 performances

  • Feb 3 Max Showalter and Peter Walker's musical "Harrigan 'n Hart", starring Harry Groening and Mark Hamill, closes at Longacre Theater, NYC, after 4 performances
  • Feb 7 "New York, New York" becomes the official anthem of New York City

#1 in the Charts

Feb 9 Madonna's album "Like a Virgin" goes #1 for 3 weeks

Album Release

Feb 14 "Whitney Houston" debut album by Whitney Houston is released (Grammy Award Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female 1986, Billboard Album of Year 1986)

  • Feb 26 27th Grammy Awards: "What's Love Got to Do With It?", and Cyndi Lauper win

Music History

Mar 1 Liza Minnelli enters Betty Ford Drug Center

  • Mar 3 "My One & Only" closes at St James Theater NYC after 767 performances
  • Mar 23 Julian Lennon's 1st concert (San Antonio Texas)
  • Apr 8 "Leader of the Pack" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 120 performances
  • Apr 16 "Grind" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 79 performances
  • Apr 18 "Wham!" become the first western pop act to release an album in China

Music Premiere

Apr 25 Roger Miller's musical "Big River", based on Mark Twain's 1884 novel "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater, NYC; runs for 1005 performances, wins 3 Tony Awards

  • May 4 30th Eurovision Song Contest: Bobbysocks! for Norway wins singing "La det swinge" in Gothenburg

Album Release

May 6 Columbia Records releases "Rhythm & Romance", the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash; produced by husband Rodney Crowell, the album was her first to feature her songwriting on a majority of the tracks

Academy of Country Music Awards

May 8 20th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, George Strait, and Reba McEntire win

  • May 11 Madonna's "Crazy For You" single goes #1
  • May 18 "One Night In Bangkok" by Murray Head hits #3

Sports History

Jun 1 "Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody" by David Lee Roth hits #12

Album Release

Jun 1 Weird Al Yankovic releases his "Dare To Be Stupid" album

Music City News Awards

Jun 10 19th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers, Barbara Mandrell win

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 21 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Echo & the Bunnyman, Joe Cocker, and The Boomtown Rats headline; other performers include: The Style Council, Ian Dury and The Blockheads, Nick Lowe, Third World, Gregory Isaacs, Hugh Masekela, Clannad, Midnight Oil, Aswad, and The Pogues

  • Jun 22 "Grind" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 79 performances

Music History

Jun 22 "Smuggler's Blues" by Glenn Frey peaks at #12

  • Jun 30 Revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "The King & I" closes at Broadway Theater, NYC, after 191 performances
  • Jul 10 Playboy (and also Penthouse) publish nude pictures of Madonna
  • Jul 12 "Singin' in the Rain", musical adaptation of the 1952 film, opens at Gershwin Theater, NYC; runs for 367 performances
  • Jul 13 "Live Aid" concerts held at both Wembley Stadium (London, England) and JFK Stadium (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) raises over $70 million for African famine relief
  • Jul 21 "Leader of the Pack" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 120 performances
  • Aug 4 "Dreamgirls" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 1522 performances
  • Aug 5 Establishment of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is announced
  • Aug 11 "Tap Dance Kid" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 669 performances
  • Aug 14 Michael Jackson buys ATV Music (including publishing rights to most of the Beatles song catalog) for $47.5M; 10 years later he sells 1/2 of his interest to Sony for $150M
  • Sep 13 2nd MTV Video Music Awards: 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 [1]

Music History

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

Music History

Oct 8 Little Richard seriously injured in a single car accident in Los Angeles

  • Oct 9 "Tango Argentino" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater, NYC; runs 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" second studio album by The Judds is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1986)
  • Nov 5 Paul Schierhorn's rock musical "The News" opens at Helen Hayes Theater, NYC; runs for 4 performances
  • Nov 9 Paul Schierhorn's rock musical "The News" closes at Helen Hayes Theater, NYC, after 4 performances

Music Single

Nov 18 Paul McCartney releases film theme single "Spies Like Us"

  • Dec 2 Rupert Holmes' musical "Mystery of Edwin Drood" premieres in NYC at Imperial Theater NYC (608 performances)
  • Dec 4 "Les Miserables" opens at Palace Theatre, London
  • Dec 18 Jerry Herman's musical revue "Jerry's Girls" opens at St James Theater, NYC; runs for 139 performances
  • Dec 19 "Wind in the Willows" opens at Nederlander Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Dec 21 Heart's "Heart" album goes #1
  • Dec 22 "Wind in the Willows" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 4 performances