1983 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 1 'New age music' radio program "Hearts of Space" makes its national syndication debut on U.S. National Public Radio
  • Jan 2 "Annie" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 2,377 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 2 Duke Ellington's musical "Sophisticated Ladies" closes at Lunt-Fontanne, NYC after 767 performances

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • Jan 17 10th American Music Awards: John Cougar & Rick Springfield, Olivia Newton-John
  • Jan 21 First supertitles for a live opera performance: "Elektra" at Canadian Opera Company, English titles by Sonya Friedman
  • Jan 29 "Down Under" by Men At Work hits #1 on UK pop chart
  • Feb 7 "José Cuervo" single released by Shelly West (Billboard Song of the Year 1983)
  • Feb 13 "Merlin" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 199 performances
  • Feb 13 E Bernstein, Levinson & Link's musical "Merlin" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 13 Marvin Gaye sings "The Star Spangled Banner" at NBA All Stars Game at The Forum, Inglewood, California

Singer Marvin Gaye
Singer
Marvin Gaye
  • Feb 23 25th Grammy Awards: Roxanna, Toto IV, Men at Work wins

Music release#1 in the Charts

Feb 26 Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album goes #1 and stays #1 for 37 weeks

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Mar 6 "On Your Toes" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 505 performances
  • Mar 13 Peter Stone's musical "Woman of the Year" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 770 performances
  • Apr 23 28th Eurovision Song Contest: Corinne Hermes for Luxembourg wins singing "Si la vie est cadeau" in Munich
  • Apr 24 "Show Boat" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 73 performances
  • May 1 "My One & Only" opens at St James Theater NYC for 767 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 9 18th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Ronnie Milsap, and Sylvia win

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
  • May 11 "Dance a Little Closer" opens & closes at Minskoff Theater NYC
  • May 14 "She Blinded Me with Science" by Thomas Dolby hits #5

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 19 Weird Al Yankovic gives live performance at Wax Museum in Washington, D.C.

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • May 20 "Every Breath You Take" single released by The Police (Billboard Song of the Year 1983)
  • May 21 "Bang The Drum All Day" by Todd Rundgren hits #63

Music release#1 in the Charts

May 21 David Bowie's "Let's Dance" single goes #1

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 25 "Return of the Jedi" (Star Wars part VI), produced by George Lucas first released

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
Composer John Williams
Composer
John Williams
  • May 28 "Ricky" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #63
  • Jun 5 37th Tony Awards: "Torch Song Trilogy" and "Cats" win
  • Jun 6 17th Music City News Country Awards: Marty Robbins & Roy Acuff

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 11 "My Love" by Lionel Richie peaks at #5

  • Jun 18 "Pump Boys & Dinettes" closes at Princess Theater NYC after 573 performances
  • Jun 25 "Evita" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 1568 performances
  • Jun 26 "Show Boat" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 73 performances
  • Jul 24 "Mame" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 41 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jul 25 Metallica's debut album Kill 'Em All is released on Megaforce Records

Metallica Rocker James Hetfield
Metallica Rocker
James Hetfield
  • Aug 7 "Merlin" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 199 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 15 Ramones guitarist Joey Ramone, beaten in fight-undergoes brain surgery

Guitarist Johnny Ramone
Guitarist
Johnny Ramone
  • Aug 21 "La Cage aux Folles" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 1761 performances
  • Aug 28 "Mame" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • Sep 4 "Joseph & the Amazing Dreamcoat" closes at Royale NYC after 747 performances
  • Oct 3 Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson release "Say, Say, Say" in UK
  • Oct 10 17th Country Music Association Award: Alabama wins
  • Oct 11 "Can't Slow Down" 2nd studio album by Lionel Richie is released
  • Oct 16 "Zorba" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 362 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

Oct 31 Paul McCartney releases "Pipes of Peace" album

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Nov 2 "Thriller" single released worldwide by Michael Jackson
  • Nov 10 "Amen Corner" opens at Nederlander Theater NYC for 83 performances
  • Nov 17 "La Tragedie de Carmen" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 187 performances

Film release premierFilm Premier

Nov 17 Film "Yentl" produced, directed and starring Barbra Streisand and Mandy Patinkin premieres, based on play and story by Isaac Bashevis Singer

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Nov 20 "Marilyn: An American Fable" opens at Minskoff NYC for 16 performances
  • Nov 21 "Doonesbury" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 104 performances
  • Dec 3 "Marilyn: An American Fable" closes at Minskoff NYC after 16 performances
  • Dec 4 "Amen Corner" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 83 performances
  • Dec 4 "Baby" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 241 performances
  • Dec 4 David Shire & R Maltby Jr's musical "Baby" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 14 "Peg" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Dec 16 Spokesperson for The Who announces the group is disbanding
  • Dec 17 "Peg" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Dec 21 Musical "Tap Dance Kid" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 669 performances

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 106

  • Jan 8 Felipe Colombo, Argentine-Mexican actor and singer
  • Jan 17 Julie Budet, French Electronic-Pop Musician
  • Jan 18 Samantha Mumba, Irish singer and actress
  • Jan 18 Katie White, British musician (the Ting Tings), born in Lowton, England
  • Jan 19 Hikaru Utada, American-born Japanese singer and songwriter
  • Jan 20 Mari Yaguchi, Japanese singer (Morning Musume)
  • Jan 25 Andrée Watters, Canadian singer, born in Quebec City, Canada
  • Feb 2 Alex Westaway, British musician
  • Feb 8 Jim Verraros, American singer
  • Feb 14 Rhydian Roberts, Welsh Singer, X factor Runner Up
  • Feb 15 Ashley Tesoro, US actress and singer, born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Feb 18 Juelz Santana, American rapper
  • Feb 19 Mika Nakashima, Japanese singer/actress
  • Mar 1 Elan Sara DeFan, Mexican singer-songwriter
  • Mar 9 Maite Perroni [Beorlegui], Mexican actress and singer in the Latin pop group RBD, born in Mexico City

Person of interestCarrie Underwood

Mar 10 Carrie Underwood, American country singer, born in Muskogee, Oklahoma

  • Mar 10 Che'Nelle, Malaysian Australian Singer
  • Mar 14 Jordan Taylor Hanson, American pop singer (Hanson-MMMMbop), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Mar 19 Ana Rezende, Brazilian film director and musician (CSS)
  • Mar 29 Luiza Sá, Brazilian musician
  • Mar 30 Scott Moffatt, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • Mar 30 Hebe Tian, Taiwanese singer (S.H.E)
  • Apr 2 Yung Joc, American rapper (It's Goin' Down), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Apr 16 Marié Digby, American singer, born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 30 Yamini, Tamil Singer
  • May 3 Myriam Fares, Lebanese singer, the only Arab female artists who performs choreographed dance routines while singing, born in Kfar Chellal, Lebanon
  • May 8 Matt Willis, British singer

Person of interestHolly Valance

May 11 Holly Valance, Australian actress (Felicity "Flick" Scully-Neighbours) and singer, born in Melbourne, Victoria

Actress & Singer Holly Valance
Actress & Singer
Holly Valance
  • May 13 Casey Donovan, Australian singer
  • May 13 Grégory Lemarchal, French singer, born in La Tronche, France (d. 2007)
  • May 14 Anahí, Mexican actress and singer (RBD)
  • May 14 Tom Welham, British musician (Thirteen Senses)
  • May 15 Devin Bronson, American guitarist (Avril Lavigne)
  • May 16 Mince Fratelli, Scottish Drummer (The Fratellis)
  • May 16 Nancy Ajram, Lebanese singer
  • May 23 Cristiano Bilanzola, Canadian musician and filmmaker
  • May 23 Heidi Range, English singer (Sugababes)
  • May 29 Rama Claproth, Indonesian blues guitarist
  • May 31 David Hernandez, American singer
  • Jun 2 Brooke White, American singer
  • Jun 8 Lee Harding, Australian punk-rock singer
  • Jun 12 Josh Dies, American author and musician (Showbread)
  • Jun 15 Julia Fischer, German violinist and pianist, born in Munich, Germany
  • Jun 15 Laura Imbruglia, Australian musician
  • Jun 17 Kazunari Ninomiya, Japanese singer and actor
  • Jun 17 Lee Ryan, British singer (Blue)
  • Jun 27 Alsou, Russian singer (Solo), born in Bugulma, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
  • Jun 27 Evan Taubenfeld, American musician (Welcome to the Blacklist Club), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jun 28 Maui Taylor, Filipino model and singer
  • Jun 29 Aundrea Fimbres, American singer
  • Jun 30 Brendon James, British drummer (Thirteen Senses)
  • Jun 30 Patrick Wolf, British musician
  • Jun 30 Cheryl Cole, British singer (Girls Aloud)
  • Jul 1 Marit Larsen, Norwegian musician (M2M)
  • Jul 1 Leeteuk, Korean singer
  • Jul 2 Michelle Branch, American singer (The Wreckers)
  • Jul 3 Steph Jones, American singer and model
  • Jul 4 Ben Jorgensen, American musician
  • Jul 4 Andy Mrotek, American musician
  • Jul 7 D. Woods, American singer (Danity Kane)
  • Jul 9 Lucia Micarelli, American musician
  • Jul 10 Kim Heechul, Korean Singer
  • Jul 11 Peter Cincotti, American singer songwriter
  • Jul 11 Kelly Poon, Singaporean singer
  • Jul 11 Marie Serneholt, Swedish musician (A*Teens)
  • Jul 21 Eivør Pálsdóttir, Faroese singer
  • Jul 22 Arsenium, Moldovan singer (O-Zone)
  • Aug 5 Dawn Richard, American singer (Danity Kane)
  • Aug 18 Mica Penniman (Mika), Lebanese-born musician (Dodgy Holiday), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • Aug 18 Daniel Keith Swain (Danny!), American record producer/hip-hop artist
  • Aug 19 Missy Higgins, Australian singer-songwriter
  • Aug 19 Tammin Sursok, Australian actress & singer
  • Aug 25 James Righton, English musician (Klaxons)
  • Aug 28 Alfonso Herrera, Actor, and singer in the Latin pop group RBD
  • Aug 30 Jun Matsumoto, Japanese singer and actor
  • Aug 30 Jonne Aaron, Vocalist of the Finnish Band Negative
  • Sep 12 Carly Smithson, Irish singer
  • Sep 13 James Bourne, English musician

Person of interestAmy Winehouse

Sep 14 Amy Winehouse, British singer (Stronger Than Me, Rehab), born in London (d. 2011)

  • Sep 17 Jennifer Peña, American singer
  • Sep 20 Yuna Ito, Japanese singer and actress

Person of interestDonald Glover

Sep 25 Donald Glover, American actor, singer and writer (Atlanta, Childish Gambino), born in Edwards Air Force Base, California

Actor, Musician and Director Donald Glover
Actor, Musician and Director
Donald Glover
  • Sep 26 Samantha Hammel, American record producer and actress
  • Sep 27 Travis MacRae, Canadian singer-songwriter
  • Oct 15 Stephy Tang, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • Oct 20 Alex Nackman, musician
  • Oct 21 Ninette Tayeb, Israeli singer
  • Oct 24 Adrienne Bailon, American actress and singer
  • Nov 6 Jon Hume, Australian singer (Evermore), born in Lismore, Australia
  • Nov 10 Miranda Lambert, American singer
  • Nov 14 Lil Boosie, American rapper
  • Nov 16 K, South Korean singer
  • Nov 22 Corey Beaulieu, American guitarist (Trivium)
  • Nov 22 Tyler Hilton, American singer and actor
  • Nov 25 Kirsty Crawford, Scottish singer/songwriter
  • Nov 27 Professor Green [Stephen Paul Manderson], British rapper (Lip Sync Battle UK), born in London, England
  • Dec 3 Sherri DuPree, American vocalist
  • Dec 4 Lionel Pickens "Chinx", American rapper (Coke Boys), born in Queens, New York (d. 2015)
  • Dec 10 Katrin Siska, Estonian singer
  • Dec 11 Yoh Miyamori, Japanese musician (Orange Range)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 13 Jerry Lewis marries 2nd wife dancer SanDee Pitnick

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 17 Singer and actor Glenn Frey (34) weds Janie Beggs

Rock Vocalist Glenn Frey
Rock Vocalist
Glenn Frey

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 16 Musician Paul Simon weds actress and writer Carrie Fisher

Actress Carrie Fisher
Actress
Carrie Fisher

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Nov 14 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (35) divorces Sarah Hugill after more than 11 years of marriage


Deaths in Music

  • Jan 2 Bernard George Stevens, composer, dies at 66
  • Jan 28 Billy Fury [Ronald Wycherley], English singer (That'll Be the Day), dies at 42 of heart failure
  • Feb 2 Sam Chatman, elder statesman of the blues, dies
  • Feb 4 Karen Carpenter, rock drummer (Carpenters), dies of anorexia at 32
  • Feb 12 Eubie Blake, US ragtime-composer/pianist (Memories of You), dies at 96
  • Feb 22 Christina E "Christine" Auwen, singer and wife of John Kelly, dies at 75
  • Feb 23 Adrian Boult, conductor, dies
  • Feb 24 Herbert Norman Howells, composer, dies at 90
  • Mar 7 Igor Markevich, composer, dies at 70
  • Mar 8 William T Walton, English composer (Belhazzar's feast), dies at 80
  • Mar 23 David Wynne, Welsh composer (Owain ab Urien), dies at 82
  • Mar 27 Janis Ivanovs, Latvian composer, dies at 76
  • Apr 5 Danny Rapp, American musician (Danny & the Juniors) (b. 1941)

Person of interestPete Farndon

Apr 14 Pete Farndon, rock bassist (Pretenders), dies

Musician Pete Farndon
Musician
Pete Farndon
  • Apr 14 Willem F Bon, Dutch composer, dies at 42
  • Apr 17 Felix Pappalardi, rocker (Cream, Mountain), dies
  • Apr 22 Earl "Fatha" Hines, American jazz pianist and bandleader (Deep Forest), dies at 79
  • Apr 26 Bronislaw Kaper, Polish film composer and Academy Award winner (Green Dolphin Street, Lili), dies at 81

Person of interestGeorge Balanchine

Apr 30 George Balanchine, Russian-American ballet composer and choreographer who founded the New York City Ballet, dies from Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease at 79

Ballet Choreographer George Balanchine
Ballet Choreographer
George Balanchine

Person of interestMuddy Waters

Apr 30 Muddy Waters, US blues singer/guitarist (Mad Love), dies at 70

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • May 4 Nino Sanzogno, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • May 6 Kai Winding, Danish-American Jazz musician and trombonist (Georgia On My Mind), dies of a brain tumor at 60
  • May 16 Carel Brons, Dutch composer, dies at 52
  • May 21 Finn Einar Mortensen, composer, dies at 61
  • May 27 Arnoldus Christian Vlok van Wyk, composer, dies at 67
  • Jun 2 Stan Rogers, musician, dies in aircraft fire
  • Jun 7 Daniele Amfiteatrov, composer, dies at 81
  • Jun 17 Peter Mennin(i), US composer (Moby Dick), dies at 60
  • Jun 25 Alberto Evaristo Ginastera, Argentine composer (Panambi), dies at 67
  • Jun 26 Walter O'Keefe, songwriter/TV host (Mayor of Hollywood), dies at 82
  • Jun 30 Bo Gentry, songwriter/producer, dies
  • Jul 4 Claus Adam, American composer and cellist (Juilliard Quartet), dies at 65
  • Jul 5 Václav Trojan, Czech composer, dies at 76
  • Jul 5 Harry James, American swing-era bandleader, trumpeter and husband to Betty Grable, dies from lymphatic cancer at 67
  • Jul 10 Werner Egk, German composer (Die Zaubergeige), dies at 82
  • Jul 12 Chris Wood, rocker (Traffic), dies at 39
  • Jul 23 Georges Auric, French composer (It Always Rains on Sunday), dies at 84
  • Jul 25 Jerome Moross, American composer (Frankie & Johnny), dies at 69
  • Jul 30 Howard Dietz, American lyricist (b. 1896)
  • Aug 2 James Jamerson, American bass guitarist for Motown Records, dies of alcohol-related complications at 47
  • Aug 6 Klaus Nomi, German singer (b. 1944)
  • Aug 17 Ira Gershwin, lyricist, dies in Beverly Hills at 86
  • Sep 5 Antonio Mairena, flamenco singer (b. 1909)
  • Sep 7 Hans Münch, Swiss conductor and composer, dies at 90
  • Sep 15 Willie Bobo, jazz drummer (Cos), dies at 49
  • Sep 15 Prince Far I, reggae deejay, producer and Rastafarian
  • Sep 24 Isobel Baillie, Scottish oratorio singer, dies at 88
  • Sep 26 Tino Rossi, French singer and actor, dies at 76
  • Sep 27 Tino Rossi, singer/actor (Destins, Belle Menuniere), dies at 76
  • Sep 30 Freddy Martin, American orchestra leader (started Merv Griffin), dies at 76
  • Oct 2 Gerald Strang, Canadian composer, dies at 75
  • Oct 16 George Liberace, American violinist (Liberace Show), dies at 72
  • Oct 16 Øivin Fjeldstad, Norwegian conductor and composer, dies at 80
  • Oct 20 Merle Travis, American country singer, dies at 75
  • Oct 25 Hermann Ambrosius, German composer, dies at 86
  • Oct 29 Sten Broman, Swedish composer, dies at 81
  • Nov 1 Anthony van Hoboken, Dutch musicologist (Haydn Catalog), dies at 96
  • Nov 3 Alfredo Antonini, conductor (Jane Froman Canteen), dies at 82
  • Nov 6 Robert Gross, composer, dies at 69
  • Nov 7 David Alexandrovich Toradze, composer, dies at 61
  • Nov 7 Germaine Tailleferre, Fren composer (Le Marin du Bolivar), dies at 91
  • Nov 13 Junior Samples, American comedian and country singer (Hee Haw), dies at 56
  • Nov 19 Tom Evans, English bass guitarist (Badfinger) (b. 1947)
  • Dec 6 Lucienne Boyer, French singer (Parlez-moi d'amour), dies at 82
  • Dec 11 Szymon Laks, Polish composer (head of prisoners orchestra at Auschwitz), dies at 82
  • Dec 27 Walter Scott, rocker, dies
  • Dec 28 Dennis Wilson, drummer/singer (Beach Boys), drowns at 39