On This Day

Musicians Who Died in January 1981

  • Jan 1 Hephzibah Menuhin, American-Australian concert pianist, dies at 60
  • Jan 2 David Lynch, American singer (Platters-My Prayer), dies at 51
  • Jan 4 Ruth Lowe, Canadian pianist and composer (I'll Never Smile Again), dies at 66
  • Jan 7 Jose Ardevol, Cuban composer, dies at 69
  • Jan 9 Kazimierz Serocki, Polish composer and co-founder of the Warsaw Autumn Festival, dies at 58
  • Jan 23 Bobby Sherwood, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), dies at 66

Person of interestSamuel Barber

Jan 23 Samuel Barber, American composer (School for Scandal), dies of cancer at 70

Composer Samuel Barber
Composer
Samuel Barber
  • Jan 29 Cozy Cole [William Randolph Cole], American jazz drummer (Topsy I, Topsy II), dies at 71