Events in Music in 1982

  • Jan 2 "Camelot" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • Jan 4 ABC Direction Network (57 affiliates) & ABC Rock Network (40 affiliates) become the 5th & 6th ABC radio network

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Jan 20 Heavy metal musician Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a bat on stage in Des Moines, Iowa

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
Rock Vocalist
Ozzy Osbourne
  • Jan 21 "Little Me" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 36 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 25 9th American Music Awards: Pat Benatar & Kenny Rogers win

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • Jan 27 "Joseph & the Amazing Dreamcoat" opens at Royale NYC for 747 performances
  • Feb 4 "Pump Boys & Dinettes" opens at Princess Theater NYC for 573 performances
  • Feb 4 Musical "Pump Boys & Dinettes" premieres in NYC

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Feb 13 Pink Floyd's album "Dark Side of the Moon" marks 402 weeks in the album charts

Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
  • Feb 14 "Night of 100 Stars" takes place at NY's Radio City Music Hall
  • Feb 21 "Ain't Misbehavin'" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 1604 performances
  • Feb 21 "Little Me" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • Feb 24 24th Grammy Awards: Betty Davis Eyes, Double Fantasy wins
  • Mar 18 Singer Teddy Pendergrass' spinal cord severed in a car accident
  • Mar 20 Joan Jett & Blackhearts' "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" goes #1 for 7 weeks

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Mar 26 Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder release "Ebony & Ivory" in the UK

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder
  • Mar 27 "Best Little Whorehouse..." closes at 46th St NYC after 1577 performances
  • Apr 24 27th Eurovision Song Contest: Nicole for Germany wins singing "Ein bißchen Frieden" in Harrogate

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Apr 26 Rod Stewart is mugged, gunman steals his $50,000 Porsche

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 29 17th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Merle Haggard, and Barbara Mandrell win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • May 7 "Is There Life after High School?" opens at Barrymore NYC for 12 performances
  • May 9 Arthur Kopit's musical "Nine" premieres in NYC
  • May 16 "Barnum" closes at St James Theater NYC after 854 performances
  • May 16 "Is There Life after High School?" closes at Barrymore after 12 performances
  • May 27 "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes..." opens at Alvin NYC for 5 performances
  • May 29 "I Know What Boys Like" by The Waitresses hits #62
  • May 30 "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes..." closes at Alvin NYC after 5 performances
  • May 31 "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 63 performances
  • Jun 2 "Blues in the Night" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 53 performances
  • Jun 7 16th Music City News Country Awards: Barbara Mandrell

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Jun 21 Paul McCartney releases "Take it Away"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Jun 27 "Dancin'" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 1,774 performances
  • Jun 30 "Lena Horne: Lady, Music" closes at Nederlander NYC after 333 performances
  • Jul 1 ABC national music radio network scheduled premiere (never happened)
  • Jul 3 Riot at building Stopera Amsterdam (damages Ÿ1 million)
  • Jul 8 "7 Brides for 7 Brothers" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Jul 11 "7 Brides for 7 Brothers" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Jul 18 "Blues in the Night" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 53 performances
  • Jul 20 T Macauly & D Vosburghs musical "Windy City," premieres in London
  • Jul 24 "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" closes at E O'Neill NYC after 63 performances
  • Jul 27 Menken and Ashman's musical "Little Shop of Horrors" premieres in NYC
  • Aug 28 "Sugar Babies" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 1208 performances
  • Sep 2 Rolling Stone Keith Richard's house burns down
  • Sep 6 Paul McCartney releases "Tug of War"
  • Sep 9 "Your Arms are Too Short..." opens at Alvin NYC for 69 performances
  • Sep 10 Decca releases Beatle audition "Complete Silver Beatles" album
  • Sep 23 "Doll's Life" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Sep 26 "Doll's Life" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Oct 7 Musical "Cats" opens at Winter Garden Theater on Broadway NYC and runs for nearly 18 years before closing on September 10, 2000.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Oct 11 16th Country Music Association Award: Willie Nelson & Ricky Skagg

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
  • Oct 17 1st live orchestra on a US commercial network since 1954 (National Symphony)
  • Oct 24 "Rock 'n Roll!: The 1st..." opens at St James Theater NYC for 9 performances

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Oct 29 Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson release "Girl is Mine"

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Oct 31 "Rock 'n Roll!: The 1st..." closes at St James NYC after 9 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

Nov 5 George Harrison releases "Gone Troppo" album

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Nov 7 "Your Arms are Too Short to Box" closes at Alvin NYC after 69 performances
  • Nov 28 "Pirates of Penzance" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 772 performances
  • Dec 1 "Thriller", 6th studio album by Michael Jackson is released (Grammy Award Album of the Year 1984, best-selling album of all time, Billboard Album of the Year 1983)
  • Dec 8 "Herman Van Veen: All of Him" opens at Ambassador NYC for 6 performances
  • Dec 12 "Herman Van Veen: All of Him" closes at Ambassador NYC after 6 performances

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Dec 29 Bob Marley postage stamp issued in Jamaica

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley