On This Day

October 1981 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Oct 11 Then unknown musician Prince Rogers Nelson opens for The Rolling Stones at the Los Angeles Coliseum

  • Oct 12 "Marlowe" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 48 performances

Music Awards

Oct 12 15th Country Music Association Award: Barbara Mandrell & George Jones wins

  • Oct 23 "Concerto for Orchestra" by American composer Roger Sessions premieres with Seiji Ozawa conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Music Single

Oct 27 Ringo Starr releases single "Wrack My Brain" in the US, written and produced by George Harrison


Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 2 Toro [Alvan Guo Yi Jun], Taiwanese pop singer (Energy)
  • Oct 4 Juka, Japanese singer
  • Oct 5 Kelvin Tan Wei Lian, Singaporean singer, born in Singapore
  • Oct 8 Ruby [Rania Hussein Muhammad Tawfiq], Egyptian singer ("Do You Know Why") and actress (The Baby Doll Night), born in Cairo, Egypt
  • Oct 9 Andrea Tarrodi, Swedish classical composer (Zephyros; Stellar Clouds), born in Stockholm
  • Oct 13 Kele Okereke, Nigerian-English musician (Bloc Party), born in Liverpool, England
  • Oct 15 Keyshia Cole, African American R&B singer, born in Oakland, California
  • Oct 25 Jerome "Romeo" Jones, American singer (Food for Thought), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 25 Austin John Winkler, American lead vocalist (Hinder), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Oct 26 Guy Sebastian, Malaysian-born Australian singer ("Angels Brought Me Here"), born in Klang, Malaysia
  • Oct 31 Frank Iero, American musician (My Chemical Romance, Leathermouth, Pencey Prep; founder of Skeleton Crew), born in Belleville, New Jersey

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 2 Hazel Scott, Trinidadian singer and pianist, dies at 63
  • Oct 5 Jud Strunk, American singer and comedian (Laugh-In), dies in a plane crash at 48
  • Oct 7 Wouter Paap, Dutch composer, dies at 73
  • Oct 14 Ingemar Liljefors, Swedish composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 17 David Guion, American pianist, composer, and cowboy, dies at 88
  • Oct 21 Šrom, Karel, Czech composer, musicologist, and critic, dies at 77