On This Day

April 1981 in Music History

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 20 "Fire and Smoke" single released by Earl Thomas Conley (Billboard Song of the Year 1981)
  • Apr 26 "Copperfield" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 13 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 27 Paul McCartney's solo rock band Wings disbands

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Apr 30 "Can-Can" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 5 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 30 16th Academy of Country Music Awards: Barbara Mandrell and George Jones win

Country Singer and TV Host Barbara Mandrell
Country Singer and TV Host
Barbara Mandrell

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 1 Hannah Spearritt, British pop singer (S-Club7), born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
  • Apr 3 Aaron Bertram, American ska trumpeter (Suburban Legends, 1998-2005), and children's music educator (Kids Imagine Nation), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • Apr 5 Mariqueen Maandig (Rezner), Filipino-American singer, songwriter, and musician (How to Destroy Angels; West Indian Girl), born in The Phillippines
  • Apr 10 Liz McClarnon, British singer (Atomic Kitten), born in Liverpool
  • Apr 13 Justyna Danczowska, Polish concert pianist, born in Krakow, Poland
  • Apr 17 Hanna Pakarinen, Finnish singer, born in Lappeenranta, Finland
  • Apr 26 Ms. Dynamite [Niomi Arleen McLean-Daley] English musician, born in Archway, North London
  • Apr 26 Caro Emerald [Caroline van der Leeuw], Dutch singer ("On A Night Like This"), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Apr 27 Fabrizio Faniello, Maltese pop singer ("I'm In Love (The Whistle Hit)": "Somebody Sent Me An Angel"), born in Floriana, Malta

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 11 "One Day At A Time" actress Valerie Bertinelli (20) marries rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen (26)

Rock Guitarist Eddie Van Halen
Rock Guitarist
Eddie Van Halen

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 27 Beatle Ringo Starr (40) marries American actress Barbara Bach [Goldbach] (33) at Marylebone Town Hall, London, England

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 Christopher "Kit" Lambert, British record producer and manager of The Who, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 45
  • Apr 12 Hans Chemin-Petit, German composer, dies at 78
  • Apr 12 Hendrik Andriessen, Dutch organist and composer (Ballade of Merel; Te Deum), dies at 88
  • Apr 14 Ivan Galamian, American violinist and violin teacher, dies at 78
  • Apr 19 Ernst Levy, Swiss composer, dies at 85
  • Apr 21 Eddie Sauter, American musician (Sauter-Finegan Band, Sat Night Revue), dies at 66
  • Apr 28 Steve Currie, British rock bassist (T. Rex; Marc Bolan), dies in a car crash in Portugal at 33