Events in Music in 1983

  • 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

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Jan 2 Duke Ellington's musical "Sophisticated Ladies" closes at Lunt-Fontanne, NYC after 767 performances

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • Jan 17 10th American Music Awards: John Cougar & Rick Springfield, Olivia Newton-John
  • Jan 29 "Down Under" by Men At Work hits #1 on UK pop chart
  • Feb 13 "Merlin" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 199 performances
  • Feb 13 E Bernstein, Levinson & Link's musical "Merlin" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 23 25th Grammy Awards: Roxanna, Toto IV, Men at Work wins

Music release#1 in the Charts

Feb 26 Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album goes #1 and stays #1 for 37 weeks

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Mar 6 "On Your Toes" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 505 performances
  • Mar 11 Ice Dance Championship at Helsinki, Finland won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (Great Britain)
  • Mar 13 Peter Stone's musical "Woman of the Year" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 770 performances
  • Apr 23 28th Eurovision Song Contest: Corinne Hermes for Luxembourg wins singing "Si la vie est cadeau" in Munich
  • Apr 24 "Show Boat" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 73 performances
  • May 1 "My One & Only" opens at St James Theater NYC for 767 performances

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May 9 18th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Ronnie Milsap, and Sylvia win

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
  • May 11 "Dance a Little Closer" opens & closes at Minskoff Theater NYC
  • May 14 "She Blinded Me with Science" by Thomas Dolby hits #5

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May 19 Weird Al Yankovic gives live performance at Wax Museum in Washington, D.C.

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • May 21 "Bang The Drum All Day" by Todd Rundgren hits #63

Music release#1 in the Charts

May 21 David Bowie's "Let's "Dance" single goes #1

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • May 28 "Ricky" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #63
  • Jun 5 37th Tony Awards: Torch Song Trilogy & Cats win
  • Jun 6 17th Music City News Country Awards: Marty Robbins & Roy Acuff

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Jun 11 "My Love" by Lionel Richie peaks at #5

  • Jun 18 "Pump Boys & Dinettes" closes at Princess Theater NYC after 573 performances
  • Jun 25 "Evita" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 1568 performances
  • Jun 26 "Show Boat" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 73 performances
  • Jul 24 "Mame" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • Aug 7 "Merlin" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 199 performances
  • Aug 15 Ramones guitarist Joey Ramone, beaten in fight-undergoes brain surgery
  • Aug 21 "La Cage aux Folles" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 1761 performances
  • Aug 28 "Mame" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • Sep 4 "Joseph & the Amazing Dreamcoat" closes at Royale NYC after 747 performances
  • Oct 3 Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson release "Say, Say, Say" in UK
  • Oct 10 17th Country Music Association Award: Alabama wins
  • Oct 11 "Can't Slow Down" 2nd studio album by Lionel Richie is released
  • Oct 16 "Zorba" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 362 performances

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Oct 31 Paul McCartney releases "Pipes of Peace" album

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Nov 2 "Thriller" single released worldwide by Michael Jackson
  • Nov 10 "Amen Corner" opens at Nederlander Theater NYC for 83 performances
  • Nov 17 "La Tragedie de Carmen" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 187 performances
  • Nov 20 "Marilyn: An American Fable" opens at Minskoff NYC for 16 performances
  • Nov 21 "Doonesbury" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 104 performances
  • Dec 3 "Marilyn: An American Fable" closes at Minskoff NYC after 16 performances
  • Dec 4 "Amen Corner" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 83 performances
  • Dec 4 "Baby" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 241 performances
  • Dec 4 David Shire & R Maltby Jr's musical "Baby" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 14 "Peg" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Dec 16 Spokesperson for The Who announces the group is disbanding
  • Dec 17 "Peg" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Dec 21 Musical "Tap Dance Kid" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 669 performances