May 1981 in Music

Events in Music

  • May 3 "Can-Can" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • May 6 "Inacent Black" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 14 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

May 11 Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Cats" (based on T. S. Eliot) premieres in London

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber
Composer
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate T. S. Eliot
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate
T. S. Eliot
  • May 12 "Lena Horne: Lady, Music" opens at Nederlander NYC for 333 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 15 George Harrison releases "All Those Years Ago" in UK

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

Music release#1 in the Charts

May 16 "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes hits #1 for next 9 weeks

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis
  • May 17 "Inacent Black" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 14 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 21 Reggae musician Bob Marley receives a Jamaican state funeral

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley

Birthdays in Music

  • May 3 Farrah Franklin, American singer (former member of Destiny's Child)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 5 Craig David, English singer (7 Days, Insomnia), born in Southampton, Hampshire

Singer-songwriter Craig David
Singer-songwriter
Craig David
  • May 6 Matthew Leone, bassist of Madina Lake
  • May 6 Nathan Leone, lead singer of Madina Lake
  • May 6 Edyta Sliwinska, Polish professional dancer
  • May 6 Mark O'Connell, American drummer (Taking Back Sunday)
  • May 8 Björn Dixgård, Swedish guitarist
  • May 12 Kentaro Sato, Japanese composer
  • May 14 Sarbel, Greek-born singer
  • May 17 Shiri Maimon, Israeli singer
  • May 19 Nate Cole, American singer
  • May 20 Calico Cooper, American actress and dancer
  • May 21 Maximilian [Max] Mutzke, German singer
  • May 23 Gwenno Saunders, Former Welsh dancer, now singer with The Pipettes
  • May 26 Eda-Ines Etti, Estonian singer
  • May 26 Irini Merkouri, Greek singer
  • May 27 Özgür Çevik, Turkish singer and actor
  • May 28 Adam Green, American singer and songwriter
  • May 30 Devendra Banhart, American singer and songwriter

Deaths in Music

  • May 7 Mieczyslaw Kolinski, composer, dies at 79

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 11 Bob Marley, reggae singer, dies of brain & lung cancer at 36

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • May 13 Carl Weinrich, composer, dies at 76
  • May 16 Ernie Freeman, American pianist and arranger (b. 1922)
  • May 17 Hugo Freidhofer, composer, dies at 80
  • May 25 Rosa Ponselle, US singer (Metropolitan Opera), dies at 84
  • May 25 Roy Brown, American boxer/rocker, dies of a heart attack at 55
  • May 28 Mary Lou Williams, African American musician, dies at 71 in Durham NC