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March 1981 in Music

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 1 Duke Ellington's musical "Sophisticated Ladies" opens at Lunt-Fontanne, NYC for 767 performances

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • Mar 5 Michael Stewart's musical "Bring Back Birdie" opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC for 4 performances
  • Mar 7 Michael Stewart's musical "Bring Back Birdie" closes at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 4 performances
  • Mar 8 "Shakespeare's Cabaret" closes at Bijou Theater NYC after 54 performances
  • Mar 10 "Bette Davis Eyes" single released by Kim Carnes (Billboard Song of the Year 1981)
  • Mar 12 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Marry Me a Little," premieres in NYC

Music releaseMusic Single

Mar 27 John Lennon single "Watching the Wheels" released posthumously in UK

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Music releaseAlbum Release

Mar 27 "Blizzard of Ozz", the debut solo album by English rock musician Ozzy Osbourne, is released in the United States

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
Rock Vocalist
Ozzy Osbourne
  • Mar 29 Peter Stone's musical "Woman of the Year" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 770 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 3 Kim Yoo-Jin (Eugene), South Korean singer and actress
  • Mar 3 Sung Yu Ri, South Korean singer and actress
  • Mar 4 Carol Banawa, Filipino singer and celebrity
  • Mar 4 Donny Tourette, English punk rock singer (Towers of London)
  • Mar 11 Russell Lissack, English musician (Bloc Party)
  • Mar 11 LeToya Luckett, American singer (ex-Destiny's Child)
  • Mar 11 Paul Wall, American rapper
  • Mar 14 Mei-Ting Sun, Chinese-born pianist
  • Mar 15 Young Buck, American rapper
  • Mar 18 Jang Nara, Korean singer and actress
  • Mar 22 Mims [Shawn Mims], American rapper (This Is Why I'm Hot), born in Manhattan, New York
  • Mar 26 Jay Sean, British Asian R&B singer
  • Mar 27 JJ Lin, Chinese singer (Music Voyager), born in Singapore

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 5 Yip Harburg [Isidore Hochberg], American lyricist (Somewhere Over The Rainbow), dies in a car crash at 84
  • Mar 7 Kirill Petrovich Kondrashin, Russian conductor/composer, dies at 67
  • Mar 25 Felix de Nobel, Dutch orchestra leader and pianist, dies at 73