September 1981 in Music

Events in Music

  • Sep 6 Musical "They're Playing Our Song" closes at Imperial NYC after 1082 performances
  • Sep 25 Rolling Stones begin their 6th US tour (JFK Stadium, Philadelphia)
  • Sep 27 "Day in Hollywood, A Night.." closes at John Golden NY after 588 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

Sep 28 “Physical” single released by Olivia Newton-John (Billboard Song of the Year 1982)

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John

Birthdays in Music


Person of interestBeyoncé Knowles

Sep 4 Beyoncé Knowles, singer (Destiny's Child), born in Houston, Texas

  • Sep 4 Lacey Sturm, American singer (Flyleaf), born in Homestead, Florida
  • Sep 6 Yumiko Cheng, Hong Kong Cantopop singer, born in Shanghai, China
  • Sep 7 Paul McCoy, American musician (lead singer of 12 Stones), born in Florence, Mississippi

Person of interestJennifer Hudson

Sep 12 Jennifer Hudson, American actress and singer (Dreamgirls), born in Chicago, Illinois

Actress and Singer Jennifer Hudson
Actress and Singer
Jennifer Hudson
  • Sep 14 Miyavi, Japanese singer and actor
  • Sep 16 Fan Bingbing, Chinese actress and singer (My Fair Princess), born in Qingdao, Shandong
  • Sep 17 Jonathan Radtke, American musician (Kill Hannah)
  • Sep 19 Scott Bradlee, American musician and arranger (Postmodern Jukebox), born on Long Island, New York
  • Sep 22 Adam Lazzara, American singer (Taking Back Sunday)
  • Sep 22 Subaru Shibutani, Japanese singer, dancer, actor (Kanjani8)
  • Sep 23 Natalie Horler, German singer (Cascada)
  • Sep 25 Shane Tutmarc, American songwriter and musician
  • Sep 26 Christina Milian, American actress and singer
  • Sep 28 Iracema Trevisan, Brazilian musician (CSS)

Deaths in Music

  • Sep 2 Tadeusz Baird, Polish composer (Giocosa), dies at 53
  • Sep 6 Joseph Yasser, Russian-American composer, dies at 88
  • Sep 14 Yasuji Kiyose, composer, dies at 81
  • Sep 14 [Walter] Furry Lewis, father of blues, dies at 88 of a heart attack
  • Sep 21 Tony Aubin, French composer, dies at 73
  • Sep 22 Harry Warren, American composer and lyricist (b. 1893)
  • Sep 30 Boyd Neel, English conductor (Story of an Orchestra), dies at 76