December 1981 in Music

Events in Music

  • Dec 12 "1st" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 37 performances
  • Dec 20 Harry Krieger and Tom Eyen's musical "Dreamgirls" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 1522 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

Dec 30 "That Girl" single released by Stevie Wonder (Billboard Song of the Year 1982)

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder

Birthdays in Music


Person of interestBritney Spears

Dec 2 Britney Spears, American popstar ("Baby One More Time," "Oops! ...I did it again" and "I'm A Slave 4 U"), born in McComb, Mississippi

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears
  • Dec 10 Taufik Batisah, Singaporean singer
  • Dec 11 Zacky Vengeance, American musician (Avenged Sevenfold)
  • Dec 13 Amy Lee, American singer/songwriter (Evanescence)
  • Dec 15 Najoua Belyzel, French singer
  • Dec 16 Flo Rida, American rapper
  • Dec 16 Anna Sedokova, Ukrainian singer
  • Dec 20 Chris Edwards, British musician (Kasabian)
  • Dec 21 Lynda Thomas, Mexican singer
  • Dec 23 Beth [Elisabeth Rodergas Cols], Spanish singer and actress, born in Súria, Catalonia
  • Dec 27 Javine [Dionne Hylton], British singer (Surrender, Touch My Fire), born in London, England

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 2 Hershy Kay, composer, dies at 62
  • Dec 9 Sonny Til [Earlington Carl Tilghman], American doo-wop singer (The Orioles), dies from heart failure at 56
  • Dec 13 Cornelius Cardew, British composer (Scratch Orchestra), dies in a hit and run accident at 45
  • Dec 27 Hoagland "Hoagy" Carmichael, American composer, singer and actor (In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening), dies at 82
  • Dec 31 Frantisek Chaun, composer, dies at 60