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August 1981 in Music History

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Single

Aug 1 "Endless Love" single released by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie (Billboard Song of the Year 1981, Billboard Greatest Song Duet of All-Time)

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
Singer Lionel Richie
Singer
Lionel Richie
  • Aug 18 "My Fair Lady" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 119 performances

MurderMurder of Interest

Aug 24 Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 yrs to life for John Lennon's murder

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 1 Ashley Parker Angel, American pop singer (O-Town), and actor, born in Redding, California
  • Aug 4 Marques Houston, American R&B singer (Immature-IMx) and actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 5 Kō Shibasaki, Japanese singer and actress (47 Ronin), born in Toshima, Japan
  • Aug 6 Leslie Odom Jr., American actor and singer (Hamilton), born in New York City
  • Aug 8 Vanessa Amorosi, Australian singer and songwriter
  • Aug 8 Kaori Iida, Japanese singer and actress
  • Aug 8 Bradley McIntosh, British pop singer
  • Aug 10 Natsumi Abe, Japanese pop singer (Dream Morning Musume), born in Muroran, Hokkaidō, Japan
  • Aug 11 Fiona Sit, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • Aug 11 Sandi Thom, Scottish born singer
  • Aug 18 Jon Schneck, American musician (Relient K), born in Eustis, Florida
  • Aug 21 Collie Buddz [Colin Patrick Harper], American reggae and dancehall artist ("Come Around"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Aug 24 Jiro Wang Dong Cheng, Taiwanese singer and actor, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Aug 26 Nico Muhly, American contemporary classical composer, born in Vermont

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 1 Seppo Nummi, Finnish composer and music critic, dies at 49
  • Aug 3 Seymour Österwall, Swedish jazz tenor saxophonist, bandleader and composer, dies at 73
  • Aug 14 Karl Böhm, Austrian conductor, dies at 87
  • Aug 17 Robert Russell Bennett, American composer and arranger (Oklahoma!), dies at 87
  • Aug 21 Hermann Schey, German-Dutch classical bass-baritone singer, and teacher, dies at 85
  • Aug 23 (Thaman) "Pete" Daily, American swing and dixieland jazz cornetist and valve trombonist (The Chicagoans), dies at 70
  • Aug 26 Lee Hays, American singer-songwriter (The Weavers), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Aug 26 Walter "Foots" Thomas, American saxophonist, flutist, and arranger (Cab Calloway Orchestra), dies from cancer at 74
  • Aug 27 Joan Edwards, American pop singer on radio (Your Hit Parade) and television (Joan Edwards Show), dies of a heart attack at 62

Person of interestVera-Ellen

Aug 30 Vera-Ellen [Westmeier Rohe], American actress and dancer (White Christmas; Big Leaguer; On the Town), dies of cancer at 60

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen