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

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

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

American Music Awards

Jan 17 10th American Music Awards: John Cougar, Rick Springfield, and Olivia Newton-John win

  • 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 pop-rock singer (Erreway), and actor, born in Mexico City
  • Jan 14 James Vincent McMorrow, Irish singer-songwriter, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Jan 17 Yelle [Julie Budet], French electro-pop singer and rapper (Yelle), born in Saint-Brieuc, France
  • Jan 18 Katie White, British pop musician (The Ting Tings - "That's Not My Name"), born in Lowton, England
  • Jan 18 Samantha Mumba, Irish pop and R&B singer ("Gotta Tell You") and actress (The Time Machine), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 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
  • Jan 28 David Williams, Wakka Wakka Australian didgeridoo player and visual artist, born in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 2 Bernard George Stevens, British composer, dies at 66
  • Jan 12 (Anthony) "Rebop" Kwaku Baah, Nigerian percussionist (traffic, 1971-74), dies of cerebral hemorrhage during a performance in Stockholm, Sweden at 38
  • Jan 13 Barry Galbraith, American jazz and studio guitarist (Claude Thornhill, Coleman Hawkins, Gil Evans), and educator, dies of cancer at 63
  • Jan 18 Cedric Thorpe Davie, British composer of film scores (The Green Man; St. Andrews University), and pedagogue, dies at 69
  • Jan 19 Don Costa, American composer (Hello, Dolly!), arranger, 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 "Sweet" Emma Barrett, American Dixieland jazz pianist and singer, dies at 85
  • 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 31 Lorraine Ellison, American soul singer ("Stay with Me"; "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)"), and songwriter, dies of ovarian cancer at 51