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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 for an audience estimated at 500,000 members
  • 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 Single

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


Birthdays in Music

Beyoncé 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 8 Alex Lofoco, Italian jazz-fusion bassist, born in Rome, Italy
  • Sep 8 Etsuko Tajima, Japanese jazz pianist, and composer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Sep 11 Charles Kelley, American country singer and songwriter (Lady A), born in Augusta, Georgia

Jennifer Hudson

Sep 12 Jennifer Hudson, American Academy and Grammy Award-winning actress (Dreamgirls; Respect) and singer ("And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • Sep 14 Miyavi, Japanese singer and actor, born in Konohana-ku ward, Osaka, Japan
  • Sep 14 Ashley Roberts, American singer (Pussycat Dolls - "Don't Cha"), 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), born in Sheffield, Alabama
  • 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 [Flores], American actress (Grandfathered), and singer (A.M. To P.M.), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Sep 28 Iracema Trevisan, Brazilian musician (CSS)

Deaths in Music

  • Sep 2 Tadeusz Baird, Polish composer (Four Essays; Psychodrama; Voices From Afar), co-founder of Warsaw Autumn festival, and educator, dies at 53
  • Sep 6 Joseph Yasser, Russian-American composer, dies at 88
  • Sep 9 Helen Humes, American jazz and blues singer (Harry James; Count Basie; "Million Dollar Secret"), dies of cancer at 68
  • Sep 14 Yasuji Kiyose, Japanese composer, dies at 81
  • Sep 14 (Walter) "Furry" Lewis, American country blues guitarist and songwriter, dies of a heart attack at 88 (or 82) [year of birth disputed]
  • Sep 15 (Charles) "Chick" Bullock, American jazz and dance band vocalist (Chick Bullock and His Levee Loungers), dies at 82
  • Sep 21 Tony Aubin, French composer, conductor, and educator (Paris Conservatory, 1944-77), 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