Deaths in Music in January 1981

  • Jan 1 Hephzibah Menuhin, American-Jewish concert pianist (b. 1920)
  • Jan 2 David Lynch, singer (Platters-My Prayer), dies at 51
  • Jan 7 Jose Ardevol, composer, dies at 69
  • Jan 9 Kazimierz Serocki, composer, dies at 58
  • Jan 23 Bobby Sherwood, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), dies at 66

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

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  • Jan 25 Adele Astaire [Lady Charles Cavendish], American dancer and entertainer, sister of Fred Astaire (Last Man on Earth, Millie), dies at 82
  • Jan 29 Cozy Cole, rocker (Topsy Part II), dies