1985 in music
1984 in music,
other events of 1985,
1986 in music and the list of 'years in music'.
- January - 90 Contemporary Christian music artists, including Larry Norman, Amy Grant, Randy Stonehill and Steve Camp[?], join together to record "Do Something Now"
- January 28 - Various artists, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers[?], Diana Ross, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner and Stevie Wonder, record the song "We Are The World". The single arrived in record stores on
- February 1 - The Eagles' Glenn Frey[?] appears in an episode of the popular US television series Miami Vice[?]. The episode is based on Frey's song, "Smuggler's Blues."
- February - Whitney Houston releases her first album
- March 3 - A wax likeness of Michael Jackson is unvieled at London's Madame Tussaud's wax museum.
- March 7 - Menudo hits the United States charts with "Indianapolis" and "Like a Cannonball", both of which were on the soundtrack of Cannonball Run 2[?]. Ironically, this would be the beginning of the end of Menudo's golden era.
- March 23 - Billy Joel marries model Christy Brinkley[?] in New York.
- April 1 - David Lee Roth[?] leaves Van Halen to begin a solo career.
- July 13 - Live Aid superconcert raises funds for famine relief
- August - Fleetwood Mac records Tango in the Night[?], which will be a blockbuster album in 1987
- August 1 - Michael Jackson purchases the publishing rights for most of the Beatles' music for $47 million, much to the dismay of the surviving members of the band.
- August 11 - the sailboat Drum capsizes during the Fastnet[?] yacht race; Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran and others are trapped beneath the hull
- September 19 - The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) testifies at a hearing before the United States Senate about "alarming new trends" in rock music; leading to the labeling of "offensive" recordings. One of the organizations most outspoken leaders is Tipper Gore[?], wife of Tennessee Senator, and future Vice President Albert Gore.
- December 5 - The first fully digital reggae single, Wayne Smith[?]'s 'Under Me Sleng Teng[?]', is recorded at Prince Jammy[?]'s studio; it is the beginning of ragga style reggae.
- December 27 - Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran marries 20-year-old supermodel Yasmin Parveneh[?]
- Mark Heard's Mosaics album is released - the album's cover artwork was created by dozens of musicians including Heard himself, Bill Batstone[?], T-Bone Burnett, Tim Chandler, Dave de Coup-Crank[?], Terry Scott Taylor, David Edwards[?], Tom Howard[?], Tonio K, Ed McTaggart, John Mehler[?], Leslie Phillips, Randy Stonehill, and Pat Terry[?]. Actor Jerry Houser[?] also worked on the artwork.
- They Might Be Giants career begins in earnest; playing weekly sold-out shows in New York's East Village[?] and garnering a review in People magazine[?]
- Eric B. & Rakim meet and and begin making music together
- The Offspring form in Garden Grove, California
- Duran Duran splits into two side projects (Power Station[?] and Arcadia); Live Aid is the last time Duran performs in its original five-member incarnation.