1981 – Fair Warning is released this day in rock history! Release date: 1981-04-29
1981 – Steve Currie, T-Rex was killed in a car crash returning to his home near Vale de Parra, Algarve, Portugal. 33 years old, he Joined T. Rex (recently renamed from Tyrannosaurus Rex) as bass guitarist in late 1970, also worked as a session player, played on ‘Motorbikin’ by Chris Spedding.
1981 – Ex-Beatle Ringo Starr marries actress Barbara Bach.
1981 – Wings break up after Denny Laine leaves the band. Paul McCartney says he will carry on as a solo artist.
1981 – Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins give a live performance in West Germany that is later released as the LP “The Survivors.”
1981 – A car crash in Seattle hospitalizes Eric Clapton with bruised ribs and a lacerated shin.
1981 – John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas was jailed for five years after pleading guilty to drug possession charges; the sentence was suspended after 30 days. Phillips started touring the US lecturing against the dangers of taking drugs.
1981 – Musician Eddie Van Halen marries actress Valerie Bertinelli of TV’s “One Day at a Time.”
1981 – Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott married model Peggy Sue Fender.
1981 – On this week’s UK Indie album chart, No.5, Crass, ‘Stations Of The Crass’, No.4, Toyah, ‘Toyah! Toyah! Toyah!’ No.3, Joy Division, ‘Closer’, No.2, Adam and the Ants, ‘Dirk Wears White Sox’, No.1, Theatre Of Hate, ‘He Who Dares Wins.’