1980 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 6 "1940's Radio Hour" closes at St James Theater NYC after 105 performances
  • Jan 13 "King of Schnorrers" closes at Playhouse Theater NYC after 63 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 16 Paul McCartney jailed in Tokyo for 10 days on marijuana possession

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Music release#1 in the Charts

Jan 18 Pink Floyd's album "The Wall" hits #1

Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 26 175,000 pay to hear Frank Sinatra sing in Rio de Janeiro

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Jan 27 "Comin' Uptown" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • Feb 12 "Canterbury Tales" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Feb 14 "West Side Story" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 341 performances
  • Feb 18 Billy Wyman said he will leave Rolling Stones in 1983 (Sure!)
  • Feb 24 "Canterbury Tales" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 16 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 27 22nd Grammy Awards: "What a Fool Believes" best song, Billy Joel best album

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel
  • Feb 28 "The Well-Tuned Piano" by La Monte Young premieres (takes 4 h 12 m)
  • Mar 1 Patti Smith & MC5 guitarist Fred Sonic Smith wed in Detroit
  • Mar 8 The first festival of rock music kicks off in the Soviet Union
  • Mar 14 Ice Dance Championship at Dortmund West Germany won by Regoczy & Sallay
  • Mar 24 Capitol Records releases some rare Beatles tracks
  • Mar 26 Bombay gets its 1st rock concert in 10 years (The Police)
  • Mar 27 "Happy New Year" opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • Mar 27 "Reggae" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • Apr 11 Paul McCartney releases "Coming Up"
  • Apr 13 Musical "Grease" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 3,388 performances
  • Apr 13 "Reggae" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 21 performances
  • Apr 19 25th Eurovision Song Contest: Johnny Logan for Ireland wins singing "What's Another Year" in The Hague
  • Apr 30 "Barnum" opens at St James Theater NYC for 854 performances
  • May 1 "Day in Hollywood, A Night..." opens at John Golden NYC for 588 performances
  • May 1 15th Academy of Country Music Awards: Larry Gatlin and Crystal Gayle win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 2 Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in Wall (Part II)" is banned in South Africa

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
  • May 10 "Happy New Year" closes at Morosco Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • May 14 "Musical Chairs" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 15 performances
  • May 16 Brian May of rock group Queen collapses on stage with hepatitis
  • May 16 Paul McCartney releases "McCartney II" album

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 17 Paul & Linda McCartney appear on "Pink Floyd"

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • May 19 "Blackstone" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 104 performances
  • May 20 Drummer Peter Criss quits Kiss

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 23 33rd Cannes Film Festival: "All That Jazz" directed by Bob Fosse and "Kagemusha" directed by Akira Kurosawa jointly awarded the Palme d'Or

Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • May 24 "Rock Lobster" by B-52s hits #56
  • May 25 "Musical Chairs" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 15 performances
  • May 29 "Billy Bishop Goes to War" opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 12 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

Jun 1 Barbra Streisand appears at an ACLU Benefit in California

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Jun 2 "Your Arm's Too Short to Box..." opens at Ambassador NYC for 149 performances
  • Jun 3 "It's So Nice to Be Civilized" opens at Martin Beck NYC for 8 performances
  • Jun 7 "Billy Bishop Goes to War" closes at Morosco NYC after 12 performances
  • Jun 8 "It's So Nice to Be Civilized" closes at Martin Beck NYC after 8 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 9 14th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers & Loretta Lynn

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Singer-songwriter
Loretta Lynn
  • Jun 13 Billy Joel's "Glass Houses" hits #1
  • Jun 13 Paul McCartney releases "Waterfall"
  • Jun 14 Theme From NY, NY by Frank Sinatra hits #32
  • Jun 15 "Fearless Frank" opens at Princess Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Jun 16 "Blues Brothers" premieres in Chicago
  • Jun 20 "Blues Brothers" with Dan Akwoyd & John Belushi opens in 594 theaters

  • Jun 25 "Fearless Frank" closes at Princess Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Jun 29 "Sweeney Todd" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 557 performances
  • Jul 2 Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Mickey Hart are arrested for incitement
  • Jul 18 Billy Joel's Glass Houses album tops charts

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 19 David Bowie appears in role of "Elephant Man" in Denver

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 4 John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin recording "Double Fantasy"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Aug 16 Bill Ward quits Black Sabbath
  • Aug 17 "Blackstone" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 104 performances
  • Aug 25 Gower Champion's musical "42nd Street" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 3486 performances
  • Aug 26 Pete Comita replaces Tom Peterson as bassist of Cheap Trick
  • Aug 31 "Oklahoma!" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 301 performances
  • Sep 14 "Charlie & Algernon" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • Sep 15 Paul McCartney releases "Temporary Secretary"

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 17 "Divine Madness" starring Bette Midler, premieres

Actress and Singer Bette Midler
Actress and Singer
Bette Midler
  • Sep 18 'Les Miserables' opens at Palais des Sports, Paris
  • Sep 22 John Lennon and Yoko Ono sign a recording contract with Geffen Records

Music concertMusic Concert

Sep 23 Bob Marley's last concert at Stanley Theatre Pittsburgh

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • Sep 28 "Charlie & Algernon" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • Oct 6 John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols) sentenced to 3 months imprisonment on assault charges
  • Oct 8 After playing two shows at the Madison Square Garden, Bob Marley collapsed in Central Park while jogging, brought to Sloan-Kettering Hospital
  • Oct 12 "Your Arm's Too Short to Box" closes at Ambassador NYC after 149 performances
  • Oct 13 14th Country Music Association Award: Barbara Mandrell, Emmylou Harris & George Jones wins
  • Oct 16 "Brigadoon" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 133 performances
  • Oct 21 "Banjo Dancing" opens at Century Theater NYC for 38 performances
  • Oct 23 "Tintypes" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 93 performances
  • Oct 24 John Lennon releases "(Just Like) Starting Over" in UK
  • Oct 25 Barbra Streisand's "Guilty" album goes #1 for 3 weeks & her single "Woman In Love," goes #1 for 3 weeks
  • Nov 17 John Lennon releases "Double Fantasy" album in UK

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 21 John Lennon and Yoko Ono pose nude for photographer Allan Tannenbaum

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Nov 30 "Banjo Dancing" closes at Century Theater NYC after 38 performances
  • Nov 30 "Perfectly Frank" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Nov 30 "West Side Story" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 341 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 4 Two months after death of drummer John Bonham, Led Zeppelin announces they will disband

Drummer John Bonham
Drummer
John Bonham
  • Dec 8 Annie Leibovitz has a photo-shoot with John Lennon, the last person to professionally photograph him before his death
  • Dec 13 "Perfectly Frank" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 16 performances

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 132

  • Jan 3 Rob Arnold, American guitarist (Chimaira)
  • Jan 13 Krzysztof Czerwinski, Polish conductor and organist
  • Jan 16 Lin Manuel Miranda, American actor, composer, lyricist (In The Heights)
  • Jan 18 Estelle Swaray, English singer
  • Jan 19 Kotoko, Japanese Singer
  • Jan 20 Matthew Tuck, Welsh guitarist (Bullet for My Valentine)
  • Jan 21 Nana Mizuki, Japanese voice actress and singer
  • Jan 22 Ben Moody, American guitarist (Evanescence)
  • Jan 22 Lizz Wright, American jazz and gospel singer, born in Hahira, Georgia
  • Jan 28 Nick Carter, American singer (Backstreet Boys), born in Jamestown, New York
  • Jan 31 Ryan Kienle, American musician
  • Feb 2 Gucci Mane, African-American rapper
  • Feb 8 Cameron Muncey, Australian guitarist (Jet)
  • Feb 15 Conor Oberst, US singer and songwriter (Bright Eyes), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Feb 18 Regina Spektor, Russian-born singer and songwriter
  • Feb 21 Tiziano Ferro, Italian singer
  • Feb 24 Anton Gustafsson, Swedish rock music fan (d. 2003)
  • Feb 26 Alex Fong, Hong Kong singer
  • Feb 27 Bobby Valentino, American singer
  • Feb 29 Chris Conley, American musician
  • Mar 13 Lee Jung-hyun, South Korean pop singer and actress
  • Mar 19 Mikuni Shimokawa, Japanese singer
  • Mar 20 Ock Ju-Hyun, South Korean singer
  • Mar 21 Deryck Whibley, Canadian guitarist and singer (Sum41)
  • Mar 22 Pamela O'Connor, Scottish ice dancer
  • Mar 22 Shannon Bex, American singer (Danity Kane)
  • Mar 25 Joe King, Guitarist and Co-Founder for the band The Fray
  • Mar 26 Son Ho Young, Korean singer
  • Mar 30 Yalin, Turkish singer and songwriter
  • Apr 4 Johnny Borrell, English singer (Razorlight)
  • Apr 5 Lee Jae Won, South Korean actor, singer, and rapper
  • Apr 8 Manuel Ortega, Austrian singer
  • Apr 9 Clueso, German singer, rapper, songwriter and producer
  • Apr 10 Bryce Soderberg, American musician
  • Apr 12 Brian McFadden, Irish Singer
  • Apr 12 Erik Mongrain, Canadian musician
  • Apr 14 Win Butler, American/Canadian musician (Arcade Fire)
  • Apr 20 Jasmin Wagner, German singer
  • Apr 29 Kian Egan, Irish singer (Westlife)
  • May 1 Zaz [Isabelle Geffroy], French singer-songwriter (Je veux), born in Tours, France
  • May 6 Taebin, Korean singer (1TYM)
  • May 8 Michelle McManus, Scottish singer
  • May 13 Mau Marcelo, Filipino singer
  • May 17 Dallas Taylor, American singer (Underoath)
  • May 18 Ali Zafar, Pakistani singer and model
  • May 22 Rhett Fisher, actor/musician
  • May 24 Cecilia Cheung, Hong Kong actress and singer
  • May 28 Mark Feehily, Irish musician (Westlife)
  • May 31 Andy Hurley, American musician (Fall Out Boy)
  • Jun 2 Fabrizio Moretti, Brazilian-born rock drummer (The Strokes), born in Rio de Janeiro
  • Jun 4 Alicja Janosz, Polish singer
  • Jun 13 Sarah Connor, German singer
  • Jun 16 Joey Yung, Hong Kong singer
  • Jun 17 Kimeru, Japanese singer
  • Jun 18 Ivana Wong, Hong Kong singer and songwriter
  • Jun 20 Tony Lovato [Anthony John Lovato], American singer and guitarist (Mest), born in Blue Island, Illinois
  • Jun 26 Sinik, French singer and rapper
  • Jun 29 Katherine Jenkins, Welsh soprano
  • Jul 5 Jason Wade, American musician (Lifehouse)
  • Jul 7 Kaisa Jouhki, Finnish vocalist (Battlelore)
  • Jul 7 Dan Whitesides, American drummer (The Used)

Person of interestJessica Simpson

Jul 10 Jessica Simpson, American singer and popstar ("I Wanna Love You Forever" "I Think I'm In Love" and "Where You Are"), born in Abilene, Texas

Pop Star Jessica Simpson
Pop Star
Jessica Simpson
  • Jul 10 Alejandro Millán, Mexican singer and songwriter
  • Jul 18 Ryoko Hirosue, Japanese actress and singer
  • Jul 20 Mike Kennerty, American guitarist (The All-American Rejects)
  • Jul 22 Kate Ryan, Belgian singer
  • Jul 22 Tablo, Korean hip-hop musician (Epik High)
  • Jul 23 Michelle Williams, American singer (Destiny's Child)
  • Jul 25 Diam's, French rapper
  • Jul 26 Dave Baksh, Canadian guitarist (Sum 41)
  • Jul 28 Stephen Christian, American singer (Anberlin), born in Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Aug 3 Brandan Schieppati, American singer (Bleeding Through)
  • Aug 6 Wilber Pan, American/Taiwanese singer
  • Aug 8 Mike Hindert, American musician
  • Aug 12 Matt Thiessen, Canadian-American musician (Relient K)
  • Aug 12 Jade Villalon, American singer/songwriter
  • Aug 14 Estrella Morente, Spanish flamenco singer
  • Aug 16 Vanessa Carlton, American singer/songwriter
  • Aug 16 Robert "Bob" Hardy, English musician (Franz Ferdinand), born in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
  • Aug 17 Lene Marlin, Norwegian singer
  • Aug 19 Jun Jin, Korean rapper (Shinhwa)
  • Aug 19 Darius Danesh, Scottish singer-songwriter & actor
  • Aug 19 Michael Todd, American musician (Coheed and Cambria)
  • Aug 27 Stephanie Michelle Steele, country singer, born in Abilene, Texas
  • Aug 29 David Desrosiers, Canadian musician(Simple Plan)
  • Aug 29 Nicholas Tse, Hong Kong singer and actor
  • Aug 31 Joe Budden, American rapper
  • Sep 3 The B.G., American rapper
  • Sep 3 Cone McCaslin, Canadian bassist (Sum 41)
  • Sep 4 Hitomi Shimatani, Japanese singer
  • Sep 10 [Michael] Mikey Way, American musician (My Chemical Romance), born in Kearny, New Jersey
  • Sep 12 Gus G., Greek guitarist (Firewind, Dream Evil)
  • Sep 13 Michelle Nolan, American musician (Straylight Run)
  • Sep 13 Teppei Teranishi, American guitarist (Thrice)
  • Sep 15 Jolin Tsai, Taiwanese pop singer
  • Sep 18 Charles Hedger - British musician (Cradle of Filth)
  • Sep 19 Sara Quin, Canadian singer/songwriter (Tegan and Sara)
  • Sep 19 Tegan Quin, Canadian singer/songwriter (Tegan and Sara)
  • Sep 25 T.I. [Clifford Joseph Harris Jr.], American rapper and actor (Bring Em Out, Dead and Gone), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sep 29 Dallas Green, Canadian musician (Alexisonfire, City and Colour)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 16 Five-time Grammy Award singer Donna Summer (31) weds award winning arranger Bruce Sudano (31) in Los Angeles, California

Singer Donna Summer
Singer
Donna Summer

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 31 Baptist minister Al Sharpton (26) weds back up singer Kathy Jordan

Minister and Civil Rights Activist Al Sharpton
Minister and Civil Rights Activist
Al Sharpton

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Feb 8 Model Angie Bowie (30) divorces singer David Bowie (33) after 9 years of marriage

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 2 Larry Williams, rocker, dies at 44
  • Jan 3 Amos Milburn, American R&B singer and pianist, dies at 52
  • Jan 6 Georgeanna Tillman, US singer (the Marvelettes), dies at 35 from lupus and sickle cell anemia
  • Jan 7 Carl White, rocker, dies
  • Jan 13 Andre Kostelanetz, Russian-American conductor (Lincoln Portrarit), dies of pneumonia at 78
  • Jan 19 Richard Franko Goldman, composer, dies at 69
  • Jan 29 Antonio Molina, Filipino composer, conductor and music administrator (Ana Maria, Hatinggabi), dies at 85
  • Jan 30 Professor Longhair [Henry Roeland Byrd], American blues singer and pianist, dies from a heart attack at 61
  • Feb 7 Ernst Kunz, Swiss composer, dies at 88
  • Feb 8 Nikos Xilouris, Greek singer (b. 1936)
  • Feb 14 Luitkonwar Rudra Baruah, Assamese composer and actor
  • Feb 17 Jerry Fielding, composer (Bewitched, Hogan's Heroes), dies at 57
  • Feb 18 Gale Robbins [Betty Gale Murphy], American singer and actress (Fuller Brush Girl, Mr Hex), dies of lung cancer at 58
  • Feb 19 Bon Scott [Ronald Belford Scott], Australian rock musician (lead singer and lyricist of AC/DC), dies at 33
  • Mar 1 John Jacob Niles, American composer and singer, dies at 87
  • Mar 13 Tauno Kullerve Pylkkanen, composer, dies at 61
  • Mar 17 Rudolf G Escher, Dutch composer (Vrai Visage de la Paix), dies at 68
  • Mar 21 Gideon Fagan, composer, dies at 75
  • Mar 25 Walter Susskind, Czech conductor (b. 1913)
  • Mar 26 Jon-Jon Poulos, rocker (Buckinghams), dies from drugs at 32
  • Mar 29 Annunzio Mantovani, Italian orchestra leader (Mantovani), dies at 74
  • Apr 4 Woodrow Wilson "Red" Sovine, American country music singer, dies following a heart attack leading to a car crash at 62

Person of interestJane Froman

Apr 22 Jane Froman, American singer (Jane Froman's USA Canteen), dies at 72

Singer Jane Froman
Singer
Jane Froman
  • Apr 28 Tommy Caldwell, American rocker (Marshall Tucker Band), dies in a jeep crash at 30
  • Apr 30 Mary McCarty, American actress and singer (Babes in Toyland, Trapper John MD), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • May 14 Wilhelm Weismann, composer, dies at 79
  • May 18 Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division), commits suicide at 23
  • May 30 Carl Radle, bassist (Derek & Dominoes), dies of a kidney ailment
  • Jun 8 Ernst Busch, German singer and actor (b. 1900)
  • Jun 20 Gustaf Allan Pettersson, composer, dies at 68
  • Jun 21 Bert Kaempfert, German orchestra leader and songwriter, dies of a stroke at 56
  • Jun 28 Yoshiro Irino, Japanese composer, dies at 58
  • Jun 28 José Iturbi, Spanish pianist and conductor (b. 1895)
  • Jul 5 Archibald James Potter, composer, dies at 61
  • Jul 9 Vinicius de Moraes, Brazilian poet and lyricist (b. 1913)
  • Jul 11 Boleslaw Woytowicz, composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 15 Henri Martelli, composer, dies at 85
  • Jul 25 Vladimir Vysotsky, Russian poet, singer, and actor (b. 1938)
  • Jul 28 Cecil Burleigh, composer, dies at 95
  • Jul 29 Jan Tausinger, composer, dies at 58
  • Jul 30 Norman Lloyd, American pianist, author and composer, dies at 70
  • Jul 31 Mohd. Rafi, Indian playback singer (b. 1924)
  • Aug 18 Norman Cazden, composer, dies at 65
  • Aug 20 Joe Dassin, American singer (b. 1938)
  • Aug 25 Gower Champion, dancer (Marge & Gower Champion Show), dies at 60
  • Sep 2 William Douglas Denny, composer, dies at 70
  • Sep 11 Jose Antonio Calcano, composer, dies at 80
  • Sep 15 Bill Evans, US jazz pianist, dies of a bleeding ulcer at 51
  • Sep 21 Ernest White, composer, dies at 80

Person of interestJohn Bonham

Sep 25 John Bonham, English rock drummer (Led Zeppelin), dies from asphyxiation after heavy alcohol intake at 32

Drummer John Bonham
Drummer
John Bonham
  • Oct 27 Steve Peregrin Took, English musician (Tyrannosaurus Rex), dies of a drug overdose at 31
  • Nov 12 Alexander Nicolaas Voormolen, Dutch composer, dies at 85
  • Nov 16 O. V. [Overton Vertis] Wright, American blues singer, dies at 41
  • Dec 7 Darby Crash, American Punk rocker (Germs), dies of an overdose at 22

Person of interestJohn Lennon

Dec 8 John Lennon, British musician, pop star and member of The Beatles (Imagine), shot and killed in NY by Mark David Chapman at 40

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Dec 24 Alec Lafayette Chew Wilder, composer, dies at 73
  • Dec 24 Siggie Nordstrom, model, actress, entertainer, socialite and lead singer of The Nordstrom Sisters (b. 1893)
  • Dec 25 Louis Neefs, Belgian singer, dies at 43
  • Dec 29 Tim Hardin, American singer (Bird on a Wire), dies of a drug overdose at 39