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June 1981 in Music History

Events in Music

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Jun 5 George Harrison releases "Somewhere in England"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • Jun 8 15th Music City News Country Awards: Mandrell Sisters
  • Jun 14 No Nukes concert at Hollywood Bowl
  • Jun 20 Guitarist Gerry Cott quits Boomtown Rats

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Jun 21 Donald Fagen and Walter Becker disband their rock group Steely Dan

Musician and Record Producer Walter Becker
Musician and Record Producer
Walter Becker
Singer Donald Fagen
Donald Fagen

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Jun 22 Mark David Chapman pleads guilty to killing John Lennon

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Jun 23 "This Was Burlesque" opens at Princess Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Jun 28 "Piaf" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 165 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jun 1 Brandi Carlile, American singer and songwriter
  • Jun 5 Sebastien Lefebvre, Canadian musician (Simple Plan)
  • Jun 8 Alex Band, American singer (The Calling)
  • Jun 9 Vic Zhou, JVKV band member, Taiwanese actor, singer and model.
  • Jun 9 Anoushka Shankar, British-Indian sitar player, composer, and daughter of Ravi Shankar, born in London, England
  • Jun 10 Hoku, American singer and actress
  • Jun 12 John Gourley, American musician, singer, and songwriter (Portugal. The Man), born in Wasilla, Alaska
  • Jun 15 William Dean Martin, American musician (Good Charlotte)
  • Jun 16 Ben Kweller, American singer/songwriter
  • Jun 21 Brandon Flowers, American singer and keyboardist (The Killers), born in Henderson, Nevada
  • Jun 22 Chris Urbanowicz, guitarist of British rock band Editors
  • Jun 28 Michael Crafter, Australian musician (I Killed The Prom Queen), born in Perth, Australia

Deaths in Music

  • Jun 11 Albert Markos, Romanian composer (Torso I), dies at 66
  • Jun 21 Gunnar Ek, Swedish composer, dies on his 81st birthday
  • Jun 23 Zarah Leander, Swedish/German singer/actress (Gabriela), dies at 79
  • Jun 26 Peter Kreuder, German composer, dies
  • Jun 28 Peter Paul Kreuder, German-Austrian pianist and film score composer, dies at 75