On This Day

December 1981 in Music History

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 Single

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


Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 1 Marcus Johnson, American jazz keyboard and piano player, born in Columbus, Ohio

Britney 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

  • Dec 4 Andreas Polyzogopoulo, Greek jazz trumpet player (Heart Of The Sun), born in Samiko, Greece
  • Dec 10 Taufik Batisah, Singaporean singer
  • Dec 11 Zacky Vengeance [Baker], American rock guitarist (Avenged Sevenfold), born in Olympia, Washington
  • Dec 13 Amy Lee [Hartzler], American singer and songwriter (Evanescence), born in Riverside, California
  • Dec 15 Najoua Belyzel, French singer, born in Nancy, France
  • Dec 16 Anna Sedokova, Ukrainian pop singer (Nu Virgos), and actress, born in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, USSR
  • Dec 17 40 Cal. [Calvin Alan Byrd], American rapper, born in Harlem, New York City
  • Dec 20 Chris Edwards, British rock bassist (Kasabian), born in England
  • Dec 21 Lynda Thomas, Mexican singer, born in Tijuana, Mexico
  • Dec 23 Beth [Elisabeth Rodergas Cols], Spanish singer and actress, born in Súria, Catalonia
  • Dec 24 Dima Bilan, Russian actor & singer-songwriter, born in Ust-Dzheguta, Russia
  • Dec 27 Javine [Dionne Hylton], British singer (Surrender, Touch My Fire), born in London, England

Weddings in Music

Jerry Garcia

Dec 31 Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia (38) weds Carolyn "Mountain Girl" Adams (35); divorce in 1994

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 2 Hershy Kay, American composer (Olympic Hymn, A Chorus Line), dies at 62
  • Dec 8 Big Walter Horton, American blues harmonica player (Everybody's Fishin'), dies of heart failure at 64
  • 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, Czech pianist, composer, painter, and actor, dies at 60