November 1981 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Nov 10 Donald Driver and Michael Valenti's musical comedy "Oh, Brother!" opens at ANTA Theater, NYC; runs for 3 performances
  • Nov 11 Donald Driver and Michael Valenti's musical comedy "Oh, Brother!" closes at ANTA Theater, NYC, after 3 performances

Wrack My Brain

Nov 13 Ringo Starr releases single "Wrack My Brain", written and produced by George Harrison, in the UK

  • Nov 14 "Raise!" 11th studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1982)
  • Nov 15 Revival of "Camelot" opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 48 performances
  • Nov 16 "Merrily We Roll Along" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Nov 17 "1st" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 37 performances
  • Nov 20 Ringo Starr releases album "Stop and Smell the Roses" in the UK

#1 in the Charts

Nov 21 Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" single goes #1 & stays for 10 weeks

  • Nov 22 Jimmy Horowitz and Leo Rost's rock musical "Marlowe", a fictionalized account of Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe, closes at Rialto Theater, NYC, after 48 performances
  • Nov 28 "Merrily We Roll Along" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Nov 29 Revival of musical "My Fair Lady" closes at Uris Theater, NYC, after 119 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Nov 1 LaTavia Roberson, American pop and R&B singer (Destiny's Child, 1990-99 - "Say My Name"), born in Houston, Texas
  • Nov 7 Anthony Moffat, Scottish musician, writer and filmmaker, born in Dumfries, Scotland
  • Nov 16 Allison Crowe, Canadian singer-songwriter, born in Nanaimo, British Columbia
  • Nov 17 Sarah Harding, British pop singer (Girls Aloud - “Sound of the Underground,” “Love Machine), born in Ascot, England (d. 2021)
  • Nov 18 Giancarlo "Gian" Magdangal, Filipino pop singer and stage actor, born in Manila, Philippines
  • Nov 20 Kimberley Walsh, English pop singer (Girls Aloud - "The Promise"), born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
  • Nov 20 Scott Hutchinson, Scottish musician (Frightened Rabbit), born in Selkirk, Scotland (d. 2018)
  • Nov 22 Ben Adams, British pop singer-songwriter (A1), stage actor, and producer, born in Ascot, England
  • Nov 24 Morgan James [Grunerud] American Broadway actress, singer and songwriter (Hunter; The White Album), born in Boise, Idaho
  • Nov 26 Anıl Eraslan, Turkish jazz and classical cellist, and composer (Sert Sessizler), born in Burdur, Turkey
  • Nov 26 Natasha Bedingfield, British singer (Unwritten), born in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England
  • Nov 27 Nicholas Thorburn, Canadian indie rock sing-songwriter (The Unicorns; Islands; Human Highway), born in Campbell River, British Columbia
  • Nov 29 Nicholas Teo, Malaysian singer and actor, born in Sarawak, Malaysia

Weddings in Music

Miles Davis

Nov 26 Legendary American jazz trumpeter Miles Davis (55) weds American "Sounder" actress Cicely Tyson (47) at the home of actor Bill Cosby; divorce in 1989

Deaths in Music

  • Nov 17 Bob Eberly [Eberle], American big band singer (Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra), dies of a heart attack at 65 [1]
  • Nov 27 Lotte Lenya [Karoline Wilhelmine Charlotte Blamauer], Austrian-American singer, muse and wife of Kurt Weill, and actress (The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone; From Russia with Love), dies of cancer at 83

Natalie Wood (1938-1981)

Nov 29 American actress (Miracle on 34th Street; Gypsy; Rebel Without A Cause; West Side Story), dies due to "drowning and other undetermined factors" at 43