1981 – Eddie Rabbitt (Edward Thomas), started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Love A Rainy Night’, his only No.1, it made No.53 in the UK.
1981 – Born on this day, Josh Groban, US singer, (2002 US No.7 & UK No.28 album ‘Josh Groban’, 2004 US No.1 album ‘Closer’). America’s top selling artist of 2007.
1981 – The Manhattan Transfer wins a Grammy for Birdland,” Best Vocal or Instrumental Jazz Fusion Performance.
1981 – At this year’s Grammy ceremony, Christopher Cross wins Album of the Year for his self-titled debut, as well as Record of the Year for his lovely “Sailing.” Unfortunately, he also wins the jinxed Best New Artist gong and is probably designing Web pages now.
1981 – REO Speedwagon started a 15 week run at the top of the Billboard album chart with “Hi Infidelity”.
1981 – accountant Glenn Kannry pleaded guilty to taking cash from Diana Ross’s bank account.
1981 – Born on this day, Paris Hilton, American socialite, singer, actress and fashion model. Heiress to a share of the Hilton Hotel fortune, featured in the reality TV series, The Simple Life. Had the UK No.5 and US No.18 single ‘Stars Are Blind’, from her debut album ‘Paris’ released in 2006.
1981 – Born on this day, John Hassall, bassist, The Libertines, (2004 UK No.1 album ‘The Libertines’).
1981 – Blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield dies in San Francisco of an accidental drug overdose.
1981 – Island Records launched ‘One Plus One’ cassettes, one side had one of their artist’s albums and the other was blank so you could record on it!