April 1981 in Music

Events in Music

  • Apr 4 26th Eurovision Song Contest: Bucks Fizz for United Kingdom wins singing "Making Your Mind Up" in Dublin

Music releaseAlbum Release

Apr 7 "Street Songs" 5th studio album by Rick James is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1981)

Musician Rick James
Musician
Rick James
  • Apr 16 "Copperfield" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • Apr 19 William Finn's musical "March of Falsettos" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 20 Rocker Papa John Phillips arrested for drug possession
  • Apr 26 "Copperfield" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 13 performances
  • Apr 30 "Can-Can" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Apr 30 16th Academy of Country Music Awards: Barbara Mandrell and George Jones win

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 1 Hannah Spearritt, British singer
  • Apr 3 Aaron Bertram, American musician (Suburban Legends), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • Apr 10 Liz McClarnon, British singer (Atomic Kitten), born in Liverpool
  • Apr 17 Hanna Pakarinen, Finnish singer
  • Apr 26 Ms. Dynamite, English musician
  • Apr 27 Fabrizio Faniello, Maltese singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 11 Valerie Bertinelli marries Eddie Van Halen

Hall of Fame rocker Eddie Van Halen
Hall of Fame rocker
Eddie Van Halen

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 27 Beatle Ringo Starr marries actress Barbara Bach [Goldbach]

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
Actress Barbara Bach
Actress
Barbara Bach

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 1 Eua Sunthornsanan, Thai composer and bandleader (b. 1910)
  • Apr 5 Bob "Bear" Hite, rocker (Canned Heat), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • Apr 7 Kit Lambert, British record producer and manager (The Who) (b. 1935)
  • Apr 12 Hans Chemin-Petit, composer, dies at 78
  • Apr 12 Hendrik F Andriessen, Dutch organist/composer (Te Deum), dies at 88
  • Apr 19 Ernst Levy, Swiss composer, dies at 85