On This Day

June 1981 in Music History

Events in Music

Album Release

Jun 5 George Harrison releases "Somewhere in England", his ninth studio album, includes John Lennon tribute "All Those Years Ago" (Featuring Paul and Ringo)

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

Music History

Jun 22 Mark David Chapman pleads guilty to killing former 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, born in Ravensdale, Washington
  • Jun 4 William Barton, Australian didgeridoo player, and composer (Kalkadunga) born in Mount Isa, North-West Queensland, Australia
  • Jun 5 Sebastien Lefebvre, Canadian rock guitarist (Simple Plan - "Untitled (How Could This Happen to Me?)"), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jun 8 Alex Band, American singer (The Calling - "Wherever You Will Go"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 9 Vic Zhou, Taiwanese pop singer (F4), actor (Meteor Garden; Home), and model, born in Yilan, Taiwan
  • 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 Billy Martin, American guitarist and songwriter (Good Charlotte - The Young and the Hopeless), born in Annapolis, Maryland,
  • Jun 16 Ben Kweller, American singer/songwriter
  • Jun 21 Brandon Flowers, American singer and keyboardist (The Killers- "Mr. Brightside"; "Human"), born in Henderson, Nevada
  • Jun 22 Chris Urbanowicz, British rock guitarist (The Editors, 2002-12), born in Aslockton, England
  • 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