September 1 – Tina, Scott Joplin, Eno


Tina in 1984

Standout US vocalist Tina Turner has a US#1 hit single withWhat’s Love Got To Do With It.

Her solo return to the charts after 24 years comes from her June US#3, UK#2 album Private Dancer. Released in June it sells over 20M copies; seven tracks are released as singles! It wins four Grammies at the 1985 ceremony. Turner follows up with four more top-selling albums.

Also in September


Scott Joplin finally finds a publisher for his 1897 ragtime piano song Maple Leaf Rag (*).

It sells 75,000 copies in 6 months – and eventually makes him the first to sell a million sheet copies.

His 1916 piano roll performance 


Brit composer Brian Eno releases his third studio album – experimental (with some ambient music – he coined the term) album Another Green World (ILPS 9351).

Also playing are Welsh musician John Cale and, once again, Brit guitarist Robert Fripp. Many think it to be Eno’s best work. Sky Saw 

Preceeded by 1973’s (No Pussyfooting), it’s closely followed by ‘first purely ambient’ and generative album Discreet Music in November.  ( Fansite

Claude-Michel Schönberg‘s musical Les Miserables opens in Paris.
Brand-new UK indie electro/hip-hop label Ninja Tune (*) releases its first artist album, ‘Zen Brakes’ by Bogus Order.