On This Day

January 1982 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 2 "Camelot" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 48 performances

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

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 8 Wil Francis, American singer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jan 11 Ashley Taylor Dawson, British actor and singer, born in Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Jan 14 Caleb Followill, American alternative-rock vocalist & musician (Kings of Leon), born in Mount Juliet, Tennessee
  • Jan 16 (Samuel) Preston, British pop singer (The Ordinary Boys), born in Worthing, West Sussex, England
  • Jan 17 Amanda Wilkinson, Canadian country music singer, born in Belleville, Canada
  • Jan 17 Alex Varkatzas, American heavy metal singer (Atreyu), born in Orange County, California
  • Jan 18 Joanna Newsom, American harpist, born in Nevada City, California
  • Jan 19 Angela Chang, Taiwanese singer & actress, born in Taoyuan, Taiwan
  • Jan 25 Sho Sakurai, Japanese J-pop and hip-hop singer-songwriter, and actor, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 29 Adam Lambert, American singer-songwriter (For Your Entertainment, Trespassing), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jan 31 Elena Paparizou, Swedish-born Greek pop and rock singer-songwriter, born in Borås, Sweden

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 10 Lazar Weiner, Russian-born American composer, dies at 84
  • Jan 16 Harald Søltoft Agersnap, Danish cellist, pianist, conductor, and composer (Royal Danish Theatre, 1931-66), dies at 82
  • Jan 18 Burnet Corwin Tuthill, American 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
  • Jan 31 Jiří Srnka, Czech classical and film score composer, dies at 74