On This Day

Events in Music in March 1981

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Mar 1 Duke Ellington's musical "Sophisticated Ladies" opens at Lunt-Fontanne, NYC; runs for 767 performances

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • Mar 5 Michael Stewart's musical "Bring Back Birdie" opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC for 4 performances
  • Mar 7 Michael Stewart's musical "Bring Back Birdie" closes at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 4 performances
  • Mar 8 "Shakespeare's Cabaret" closes at Bijou Theater NYC after 54 performances
  • Mar 10 "Bette Davis Eyes" single released by Kim Carnes (Billboard Song of the Year 1981)

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Mar 12 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Marry Me a Little," premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Stephen Sondheim
Composer and Lyricist
Stephen Sondheim

Music releaseMusic Single

Mar 27 John Lennon single "Watching the Wheels" released posthumously in UK

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Music releaseAlbum Release

Mar 27 "Blizzard of Ozz", the debut solo album by English rock musician Ozzy Osbourne, is released in the United States

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
Rock Vocalist
Ozzy Osbourne
  • Mar 29 Peter Stone's musical "Woman of the Year" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 770 performances