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September 1981 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Sep 6 Musical "They're Playing Our Song" closes at Imperial NYC after 1082 performances
  • Sep 19 Simon & Garfunkel reunite for a NYC Central Park concert
  • 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, American pop and R&B singer, songwriter, producer and actress (Destiny's Child), born in Houston, Texas

  • Sep 4 Lacey Sturm, American rock singer (Flyleaf), born in Homestead, Florida
  • Sep 6 Yumiko Cheng, Hong Kong Cantopop singer, born in Shanghai, China
  • Sep 7 Paul McCoy, American rock vocalist (12 Stones), born in Florence, Mississippi
  • Sep 11 Charles Kelley, American country singer and songwriter (Lady A), born in Augusta, Georgia

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, born in Konohana-ku ward, Osaka, Japan
  • Sep 14 Ashley Roberts, American singer (Pussycat Dolls), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Sep 16 Fan Bingbing, Chinese actress and singer (My Fair Princess), born in Qingdao, Shandong
  • Sep 17 Jonathan Radtke, American rock guitarist (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, English-German singer (Cascada - "Evacute The Dancefloor"), born in Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany
  • Sep 24 Diana Rotaru, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • Sep 25 Shane Tutmarc, American songwriter and musician, born in Seattle, Washington
  • Sep 26 Christina Milian, American actress and singer, born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 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