On This Day

January 1983 in Music History

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

Musical Finale

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

Album Release

Jan 4 Eurythmics release their breakthrough second studio album "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"

Musician Dave Stewart
Musician
Dave Stewart
  • 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

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 8 Felipe Colombo, Argentine-Mexican actor & singer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Jan 14 James Vincent McMorrow, Irish singer-songwriter, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Jan 17 Julie Budet, French musician (Yelle)
  • Jan 18 Samantha Mumba, Irish pop and R&B singer ("Gotta Tell You") and actress (The time Machine), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Jan 18 Katie White, British musician (the Ting Tings), born in Lowton, England
  • Jan 18 Carl McCoy, American singer (Fields of the Nephilim), born in London
  • Jan 19 Hikaru Utada, American-born Japanese singer & songwriter, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 20 Mari Yaguchi, Japanese singer (Morning Musume), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • Jan 25 Andrée Watters, Canadian pop-country-rock singer, born in Quebec City, Quebec

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 2 Bernard George Stevens, British composer, dies at 66
  • Jan 12 Rebop Kwaku Baah, Nigerian percussionist (b. 1944)
  • Jan 18 Cedric Thorpe Davie, British composer of film scores and pedagogue (The Green Man; St. Andrews University), dies at 69
  • Jan 19 Don Costa, American composer (Hello, Dolly!) and record producer (Sinatra and Strings; My Way), dies at 57
  • Jan 21 Lamar Williams, American musician (The Allman Brothers Band), dies of cancer at 34
  • Jan 28 Billy Fury [Ronald Wycherley], British rock singer ("When Will You Say I Love You"; "Halfway To Paradise"), and actor (That'll Be The Day), dies of heart failure at 42
  • Jan 28 "Sweet" Emma Barrett, American Dixieland jazz pianist and singer, dies at 85