January 1981 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 4 "Peter Pan" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 578 performances
  • Jan 8 "Pirates of Penzance" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 772 performances
  • Jan 11 "Tintypes" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 93 performances
  • Jan 18 Punk singer Wendy O. Williams arrested in Milwaukee for on-stage obscenity (later cleared)
  • Jan 21 "Shakespeare's Cabaret" opens at Bijou Theater New York City for 54 performances
  • Jan 28 "5 O'Clock Girl" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 12 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 30 8th American Music Awards: Barbra Streisand & Kenny Rogers win

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • Jan 31 "The Tide Is High" by Blondie hits #1

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 6 Mike Jones, American rapper
  • Jan 10 Brian Joo, Korean-American singer
  • Jan 11 Jamelia Niela Davis, English singer, born in Birmingham, England
  • Jan 11 Tom Meighan, British singer (Kasabian), born in Leicester, United Kingdom
  • Jan 13 Jason James, Welsh musician (Bullet for My Valentine)
  • Jan 14 Rosa López, Spanish singer
  • Jan 15 Pitbull [Armando Christian Perez], American rapper, born in Miami, Florida
  • Jan 15 Howie Day, American singer
  • Jan 16 Nick Valensi, American guitarist (The Strokes)
  • Jan 17 Ray J [William Ray Norwood Jr.], McComb, Mississippi, American singer and actor (Everything You Want, Sex tape)
  • Jan 21 Gillian Chung Yan-tung, Hong Kong singer (Twins)
  • Jan 21 Andy Lee, Korean singer (Shinhwa)
  • Jan 21 Alex Ubago, Spanish-Basque singer-songwriter
  • Jan 22 Willa Ford, American singer
  • Jan 25 Tose Proeski, Macedonian Singer, born in Prilep, Macedonia (d. 2007)

Person of interestAlicia Keys

Jan 25 Alicia Keys [Cook], US singer-songwriter (Fallin, Where Do We Go From Here), born in New York City, New York

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys
Singer-songwriter
Alicia Keys
  • Jan 27 Jonny Lang, blues musician
  • Jan 29 Álex Ubago, Spanish musician
  • Jan 30 Josh Kelley, American musician

Person of interestJustin Timberlake

Jan 31 Justin Timberlake, American singer-songwriter and actor (Sexyback, My Love), born in Memphis, Tennessee

Singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake
Singer-songwriter
Justin Timberlake

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 24 Singer Davy Jones (35) weds Anita Pollinger

Singer Davy Jones
Singer
Davy Jones

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jan 10 Singer James Brown (47) divorces Deidre Jenkins after 10 years of marriage

Singer James Brown
Singer
James Brown

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 1 Hephzibah Menuhin, American-Jewish concert pianist (b. 1920)
  • Jan 2 David Lynch, singer (Platters-My Prayer), dies at 51
  • Jan 7 Jose Ardevol, Cuban composer, dies at 69
  • Jan 9 Kazimierz Serocki, composer, dies at 58
  • Jan 23 Bobby Sherwood, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), dies at 66

Person of interestSamuel Barber

Jan 23 Samuel Barber, American composer (School for Scandal), dies of cancer at 70

Composer Samuel Barber
Composer
Samuel Barber
  • Jan 29 Cozy Cole, rocker (Topsy Part II), dies