On This Day

November 1981 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Nov 10 "Oh, Brother!" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Nov 11 "Oh, Brother!" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 3 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

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

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Nov 14 "Raise!" 11th studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1982)
  • Nov 15 "Camelot" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC 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

Music release#1 in the Charts

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

Singer and Actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and Actress
Olivia Newton-John
  • Nov 22 "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 "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 singer (Girls Aloud), born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
  • Nov 20 Scott Hutchinson, Scottish musician (Frightened Rabbit), born in Selkirk, Scotland (d. 2018)
  • Nov 22 Ben Adams, English singer
  • Nov 24 Morgan James [Grunerud] American Broadway actress, singer and songwriter (Hunter; The White Album), born in Boise, Idaho
  • Nov 26 Natasha Bedingfield, British singer (Unwritten), born in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England
  • Nov 29 Nicholas Teo, Malaysian singer and actor, born in Sarawak, Malaysia

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis

Deaths in Music

  • Nov 17 Bob Eberly, American singer (Jimmy Dorsey Band), dies at 65
  • Nov 27 Lotte Lenya, Austrian singer/actress (From Russia With Love), dies of cancer at 83
  • Nov 29 Natalie Wood [Natasha Gurdin], American actress (Gypsy, Rebel Without a Cause, West Side Story), drowns at 43