1982 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 2 "Camelot" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • Jan 4 ABC Direction Network (57 affiliates) & ABC Rock Network (40 affiliates) become the 5th & 6th ABC radio network

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 20 Heavy metal musician Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a bat on stage in Des Moines, Iowa

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
Rock Vocalist
Ozzy Osbourne
  • Jan 21 "Little Me" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 36 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 25 9th American Music Awards: Pat Benatar & Kenny Rogers win

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • Jan 27 "Joseph & the Amazing Dreamcoat" opens at Royale NYC for 747 performances
  • Feb 4 "Pump Boys & Dinettes" opens at Princess Theater NYC for 573 performances
  • Feb 4 Musical "Pump Boys & Dinettes" premieres in NYC

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Feb 13 Pink Floyd's album "Dark Side of the Moon" marks 402 weeks in the album charts

Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
  • Feb 14 "Night of 100 Stars" takes place at NY's Radio City Music Hall
  • Feb 21 "Ain't Misbehavin'" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 1604 performances
  • Feb 21 "Little Me" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • Feb 24 24th Grammy Awards: Betty Davis Eyes, Double Fantasy wins
  • Mar 18 Singer Teddy Pendergrass' spinal cord severed in a car accident
  • Mar 20 Joan Jett & Blackhearts' "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" goes #1 for 7 weeks

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Mar 26 Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder release "Ebony & Ivory" in the UK

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder
  • Mar 27 "Best Little Whorehouse..." closes at 46th St NYC after 1577 performances
  • Apr 24 27th Eurovision Song Contest: Nicole for Germany wins singing "Ein bißchen Frieden" in Harrogate

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 26 Rod Stewart is mugged, gunman steals his $50,000 Porsche

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 29 17th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Merle Haggard, and Barbara Mandrell win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • May 7 "Is There Life after High School?" opens at Barrymore NYC for 12 performances
  • May 9 Arthur Kopit's musical "Nine" premieres in NYC
  • May 16 "Barnum" closes at St James Theater NYC after 854 performances
  • May 16 "Is There Life after High School?" closes at Barrymore after 12 performances
  • May 27 "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes..." opens at Alvin NYC for 5 performances
  • May 29 "I Know What Boys Like" by The Waitresses hits #62
  • May 30 "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes..." closes at Alvin NYC after 5 performances
  • May 31 "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 63 performances
  • Jun 2 "Blues in the Night" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 53 performances
  • Jun 7 16th Music City News Country Awards: Barbara Mandrell

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 21 Paul McCartney releases "Take it Away"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Jun 27 "Dancin'" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 1,774 performances
  • Jun 30 "Lena Horne: Lady, Music" closes at Nederlander NYC after 333 performances
  • Jul 1 ABC national music radio network scheduled premiere (never happened)
  • Jul 3 Riot at building Stopera Amsterdam (damages Ÿ1 million)
  • Jul 8 "7 Brides for 7 Brothers" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Jul 11 "7 Brides for 7 Brothers" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Jul 18 "Blues in the Night" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 53 performances
  • Jul 20 T Macauly & D Vosburghs musical "Windy City," premieres in London
  • Jul 24 "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" closes at E O'Neill NYC after 63 performances
  • Jul 27 Menken and Ashman's musical "Little Shop of Horrors" premieres in NYC
  • Aug 28 "Sugar Babies" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 1208 performances
  • Sep 2 Rolling Stone Keith Richard's house burns down
  • Sep 6 Paul McCartney releases "Tug of War"
  • Sep 9 "Your Arms are Too Short..." opens at Alvin NYC for 69 performances
  • Sep 10 Decca releases Beatle audition "Complete Silver Beatles" album
  • Sep 23 "Doll's Life" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Sep 26 "Doll's Life" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Oct 7 Musical "Cats" opens at Winter Garden Theater on Broadway NYC and runs for nearly 18 years before closing on September 10, 2000.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Oct 11 16th Country Music Association Award: Willie Nelson & Ricky Skagg

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
  • Oct 17 1st live orchestra on a US commercial network since 1954 (National Symphony)
  • Oct 24 "Rock 'n Roll!: The 1st..." opens at St James Theater NYC for 9 performances

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Oct 29 Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson release "Girl is Mine"

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Oct 31 "Rock 'n Roll!: The 1st..." closes at St James NYC after 9 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

Nov 5 George Harrison releases "Gone Troppo" album

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Nov 7 "Your Arms are Too Short to Box" closes at Alvin NYC after 69 performances
  • Nov 28 "Pirates of Penzance" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 772 performances
  • Dec 1 "Thriller", 6th studio album by Michael Jackson is released (Grammy Award Album of the Year 1984, best-selling album of all time, Billboard Album of the Year 1983)
  • Dec 8 "Herman Van Veen: All of Him" opens at Ambassador NYC for 6 performances
  • Dec 12 "Herman Van Veen: All of Him" closes at Ambassador NYC after 6 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 29 Bob Marley postage stamp issued in Jamaica

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 122

  • Jan 8 wiL Francis, American singer
  • Jan 11 Ashley Taylor Dawson, British actor and singer, born in Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Jan 14 Caleb Followill, American alternative-rock vocalist and musician (Kings of Leon), born in Mount Juliet, Tennessee
  • Jan 16 Samuel Preston, British singer (The Ordinary Boys)
  • Jan 17 Amanda Wilkinson, Canadian singer
  • Jan 17 Alex Varkatzas, American Singer (Atreyu)
  • Jan 19 Angela Chang, Taiwanese singer and actress
  • Jan 25 Sho Sakurai, Japanese singer and actor, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 31 Elena Paparizou, Greek singer
  • Feb 3 Jessica Harp, American singer (The Wreckers)
  • Feb 4 Kimberly Wyatt, American singer and dancer (Pussycat Dolls)
  • Feb 6 Tank, Mandopop singer
  • Feb 9 Ami Suzuki, Japanese singer
  • Feb 16 Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, American rapper
  • Feb 17 Lupe Fiasco, American rapper
  • Feb 18 Courtney Act [Shane Jenek], Australian drag queen, pop singer, entertainer and reality television personality, born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • Feb 21 Chantal Claret, American musician
  • Feb 25 Bert McCracken, American singer (The Used)
  • Mar 15 Jordan Hastings, Canadian drummer (Alexisonfire)
  • Mar 20 Nick Wheeler, American guitarist (The All-American Rejects)
  • Mar 24 Nivea, American singer
  • Mar 25 Sergey Yakovlev, russian musical artist and painter
  • Mar 31 Lennon Murphy, American rock singer/songwriter
  • Apr 3 Fler [Patrick Losensky], German rapper, born in Berlin
  • Apr 6 Michael Guy Chislett, Australian born, American guitarist of The Academy Is...
  • Apr 12 Deen [Fuad Backović], Bosnian singer and fashion designer, born in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • Apr 13 Nellie McKay, American singer
  • Apr 13 Janice Vidal, Hong Kong singer
  • Apr 13 Jill Vidal, Hong Kong singer
  • Apr 15 Mark Mizzark, [Marlis Pugh], rapper (Another Bad Creation), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Apr 15 Anthony Green, American musician
  • Apr 18 Marie-Élaine Thibert, Canadian singer
  • Apr 23 Taio Cruz, London/English R&B, Pop, Hip Hop singer

Person of interestKelly Clarkson

Apr 24 Kelly Clarkson, American singer and winner of the inaugural season of TV series American Idol, born in Fort Worth, Texas

  • Apr 26 Jon Lee, English actor and singer (S Club 7), born in Ipplepen, Devon
  • Apr 30 Lloyd Banks, American rapper
  • Apr 30 Cleo Higgins, British singer and actress
  • Apr 30 Andrew Seeley, Canadian actor and singer
  • May 2 Lorie [Laure Pester], French singer, born in Le Plessis-Bouchard, Île-de-France
  • May 4 Hector King, Mexican singer and songwriter, born in Culiacán, Mexico
  • May 4 Rasheeda, American hiphop singer, born in Decatur, Illinois
  • May 5 Edyta Sliwinska, Polish ballroom dancer

Person of interestCory Monteith

May 11 Cory Monteith, Canadian actor and musician (Glee, Monte Carlo), born in Calgary, Alberta (d. 2013)

Actor & Musician Cory Monteith
Actor & Musician
Cory Monteith
  • May 15 Jessica Sutta, American dancer, singer and actress (The Pussycat Dolls)
  • May 18 Eric West, American singer and actor
  • May 23 Malene Mortensen, Danish singer
  • May 23 Tristan Prettyman, American musician
  • May 29 Joanne Borgella, American plus-sized model and singer
  • Jun 4 Jin, Chinese-American rapper
  • Jun 9 Christina Stürmer, Austrian singer
  • Jun 12 Ben Blackwell, American musician
  • Jun 14 Lang Lang, Chinese concert pianist (The Painted Veil, Berlin Philharmonic), born in Shenyang, China
  • Jun 15 Haley Scarnato, American singer
  • Jun 16 Matt Costa, American singer/songwriter
  • Jun 25 Rain [Jung Ji-hoon], Korean singer and actor (Full House), born in Seosan, South Chungcheong Province, South Korea
  • Jun 30 Dan Jacobs, American guitarist (Atreyu)
  • Jun 30 Andy Knowles, British musician (Franz Ferdinand)
  • Jul 6 Tay Zonday, American singer and keyboardist
  • Jul 7 Mike Glita, American bassist (Senses Fail)
  • Jul 7 Cassidy (Barry Adrian Reese), American rapper
  • Jul 10 Alex Arrowsmith, American musician
  • Jul 13 Joost van den Broek, Dutch keyboard player (After Forever)
  • Jul 17 Natasha Hamilton, British singer (Atomic Kitten)
  • Jul 18 Priyanka Chopra, Indian actress, singer and beauty queen (Miss World 2000), born in Jamshedpur, India
  • Jul 18 Ryan Cabrera, American musician and TV host
  • Jul 28 Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir, Icelandic singer and actress, born in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Aug 5 Tobias Regner, German singer
  • Aug 17 Mark Salling, American actor and musician (Glee), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2018)
  • Aug 23 YTCracker, American musician
  • Aug 26 David Long, New Zealand musician
  • Aug 28 LeAnn Rimes [Margaret LeAnn Rimes Cibrian], American country singer (Blue), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Aug 29 A+ [Andre Levins], American rapper, born in Hempstead, New York
  • Aug 31 Patrick Nuo, Swiss singer
  • Sep 3 Andrew McMahon, American singer and songwriter
  • Sep 3 Kaori Natori, Japanese singer and model
  • Sep 5 Sondre Lerche, Norwegian musician, born in Bergen, Norway
  • Sep 9 Ai Otsuka, Japanese singer and songwriter

Person of interestMisty Copeland

Sep 10 Misty Copeland, American ballerina (1st African American Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre), born in Kansas City Missouri

Ballet Dancer Misty Copeland
Ballet Dancer
Misty Copeland
  • Sep 22 Mandy Chiang, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • Sep 22 Billie Piper, English singer and actress (Dr Who), born in Swindon, Wiltshire
  • Sep 27 Lil Wayne, American rapper
  • Sep 28 Nolwenn Leroy, French Singer
  • Sep 29 Rob Smith, Irish musician and songwriter
  • Oct 1 Sandra Oxenryd, Swedish singer
  • Oct 2 George Pettit, Canadian singer (Alexisonfire)
  • Oct 6 William Butler, Musician and member of Arcade Fire
  • Oct 7 Li Yundi, Chinese classical pianist
  • Oct 12 Molly Bennett, Irish singer
  • Oct 15 Paulini Curuenavuli, Fijian singer
  • Oct 16 Vincy Chan, Hong Kong singer
  • Oct 22 Daniel M. Johnson "The Untouchable DJ Drastic", American DJ, music industry professional, and radio presenter
  • Oct 25 Eman Lam, Hong Kong singer
  • Oct 27 Keri Hilson, American singer, songwriter
  • Oct 28 Mai Kuraki, Japanese singer
  • Oct 29 Ariel Lin, Taiwanese actress and singer
  • Oct 31 The Cheeky Girls, British-Romanian singers, born in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania
  • Nov 2 Kyoko Fukada, Japanese actress, model and singer, born in Kita, Tokyo, Japan
  • Nov 6 Sowelu, Japanese pop singer, born in Tokyo
  • Nov 8 Sam Sparro, Australian producer, songwriter, performer, former child actor
  • Nov 11 Lil' Dave, [Davis Shelton], rapper (Another Bad Creation), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 4 Ex Black Sabbath lead singer Ozzy Osbourne (33) weds TV host Sharon Arden (29) in Maui, Hawaii

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
Rock Vocalist
Ozzy Osbourne
Music Manager and TV Personality Sharon Osbourne
Music Manager and TV Personality
Sharon Osbourne
  • Jul 29 Andy Taylor of rock group Duran Duran weds Tracie Wilson

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 21 U2 lead singer Bono (22) weds activist and businesswoman Ali Hewson (21)

Rocker Bono
Rocker
Bono

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 17 Actor Robert Goulet (48) weds artist/writer Vera Novak in Las Vegas, Nevada

American Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
American Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 21 Singer Joni Mitchell (39) weds bassist Larry Klein in Malibu, California


Deaths in Music

  • Jan 10 Lazar Weiner, Russian-born American composer, dies at 84
  • Jan 18 Burnet Corwin Tuthill, US composer (Laurentia), dies at 93
  • Jan 19 Elis Regina, Brazilian singer (b. 1945)
  • Jan 30 Riccardo Nielsen, composer, dies at 73

Person of interestLightnin Hopkins

Jan 30 Lightnin' [Sam] Hopkins, American blues musician (Ball of Twine), dies of esophageal cancer at 69

Blues Singer Lightnin Hopkins
Blues Singer
Lightnin Hopkins
  • Feb 4 Alex Harvey, Scottish musician (b. 1935)
  • Feb 11 Eleanor Powell, American actress and tap dancer (Born to Dance, Born to Dance), dies of cancer at 69
  • Feb 14 Henk Schaer [Hendricus Schaareman], Dutch actor and conductor (Majoor Barbara, Lijmen), dies at 79
  • Feb 17 Thelonious Monk, American jazz pianist and composer, dies at 64
  • Feb 21 Murray the K [Kaufman], American disk jockey (5th Beatle), dies at 60
  • Feb 24 Virginia Bruce, actress (Born to Dance, Great Ziegfield), dies at 71
  • Feb 26 Gabor Szabo, Hungarian jazz guitarist (Perfect Circle), dies at 45
  • Feb 27 Malika A Sabirova, Russian dancer, dies at 39
  • Mar 7 Charles Borromeo Mills, composer, dies at 68
  • Mar 13 Albert Weisser, composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 14 Kirill Vladimirovich Molchanov, composer, dies at 59
  • Mar 19 Randy Rhoads, heavy metal guitarist (Quiet Riot), dies in an air crash at 25
  • Mar 29 Carl Orff, German composer (Mouth, Antigonae), dies at 86
  • Apr 4 Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 50
  • Apr 9 Wilfred Pelletier, symph conductor (Voice of Firestone), dies at 85
  • Apr 28 Bert van Dongen [Albert Cohen], Dutch singer, impressionist and actor (Het meisje met den blauwen hoed), dies at 66
  • Apr 30 Lester Bangs, American music journalist, author, and musician (b. 1949)
  • May 11 Piet van Egmond, organist/conductor, dies at 70
  • May 13 Gara Garayev [Kara Karayev], Soviet-Azerbaijani composer (Seven Beauties), dies at 64
  • May 13 Renzo Rossellini, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • May 26 Nanny Larsén-Todsen, Swedish opera singer, dies at 97
  • Jun 10 Addie "Micki" Harris, US singer (Shirelles-Mama Said), dies at 42
  • Jun 14 Marie Rambert, [Cyviam Ramberg], Polish/British ballerina, dies at 94
  • Jun 15 Art Pepper, American alto saxophonist and clarinetist, dies of a stroke at 56
  • Jun 16 James Honeyman-Scott, guitarist (Pretenders), overdoses on drugs
  • Jun 26 Andre Tchaikowsy, pianist/composer, dies
  • Jun 28 Harry Mills, American singer (Mills Brothers), dies at 70
  • Jul 1 John Everett Watts, American composer, dies at 51
  • Jul 2 Poul Rovsing Olsen, composer, dies at 59
  • Jul 10 Maria Jeritza, [Jedlicka], Aust/US, singer (Metropolitan Opera), dies
  • Jul 14 George Amadee Tremblay, composer, dies at 71
  • Jul 15 Bill Justis, American musician and producer (Raunchy), dies of cancer at 58
  • Jul 18 Lionel Daunais, French-Canadian singer and composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 28 George Kleinsinger, US composer (Tubby the Tuba), dies at 68
  • Aug 2 Rudolf Maros, composer, dies at 65
  • Aug 8 Ferre Grignard, Belgian pop singer/painter (Crucified Jesus), dies
  • Aug 8 Kurt Edelhagen, West German jazz pianist, dies at 62
  • Aug 12 Helvi Lemmikke Leiviska, composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 12 Joe Tex, rocker, dies at 49
  • Aug 13 Joe Tex [Joseph Arrington Jr.], American soul musician (Hold What You've Got, I Gotcha), dies at 49
  • Aug 28 Nini de Boel, Flemish operetta singer (White Horse), dies at 84
  • Aug 29 Lehman Engel, US composer (Streetcar Named Desire), dies at 71
  • Aug 30 Leo[nhard] Pappenheim, conductor, dies at 86
  • Sep 1 Clifford M Curzon, England, pianist, dies at 75
  • Sep 14 Christian Ferras, French violinist (b. 1933)
  • Sep 17 Manos Loïzos, Greek composer (b. 1937)
  • Sep 19 Samuel L M Barlow, American composer (Mon Ami Pierrot), dies at 90
  • Sep 23 Jimmy Wakely, country western singer, dies of heart failure at 68
  • Oct 4 Glenn H Gould, Canadian pianist, dies at 50
  • Oct 12 Chris[tiaan R] Reumer, Dutch opera singer, dies at 73
  • Oct 16 Jacov Gotovac, composer, dies at 86
  • Oct 16 Mario del Monaco, Italian opera singer (Verdi/Puccini), dies at 67
  • Oct 23 Jacques Klein, Brazilian pianist and composer, dies at 52
  • Nov 1 Leighton Lucas, composer, dies at 79
  • Nov 7 Salvador Contreras, Mexican composer (Grupo de los cuatro), dies at 71
  • Nov 14 Joachim Stutschewsky, composer, dies at 91
  • Nov 17 Eduard Tubin, composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 22 Max Deutsch, Austrian-French composer, dies at 90
  • Nov 26 Juhan Aavic, Estonian composer, dies at 98
  • Nov 27 Filip Kutev, Bulgarian composer (State Ensemble for Folk Song and Dance), dies at 79
  • Dec 1 Dorothy James, composer, dies on 81st birthday
  • Dec 2 David Blue [Cohen], American folk musician, dies of a heart attack while jogging in Greenwich Village at 41
  • Dec 8 Marty Robbins, American country singer (Devil Woman, I Walk Alone), dies of complications following cardiac surgery.at 57
  • Dec 8 Shakey, [Walter Horton], rocker, dies at 72
  • Dec 9 Paul Godwin, Polish-Dutch violinist, dies at 80
  • Dec 10 Roy Webb, American film composer, dies at 94
  • Dec 17 Philipp Jarnach, composer, dies at 90
  • Dec 18 Tibor de Machula, Hungary/Neth cellist, dies at 70
  • Dec 19 Jean-Jacques Grunenwald, French organist/composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 19 Lawrance Collingwood, English composer, dies at 95
  • Dec 20 Artur Rubinstein, pianist (My Young Years), dies in Geneva at 95
  • Dec 23 Norman Dinnerstein, composer, dies at 45
  • Dec 28 Frederick Douglass Hall, American composer, dies at 84