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1981 Albums

The following is a list of albums released in 1981.

For additional information about bands formed, reformed, disbanded, or on hiatus, for deaths of musicians, and for links to musical awards, see 1981 events. For previous years, see List of album releases by year.

First quarter[edit]

January[edit]

Release date Artist Album Genre Label Home
Jan. 16, 1981 Phil Seymour Phil Seymour RockPower Pop Boardwalk Tulsa, OK

February[edit]

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Feb. 1981 J. J. Cale Shades BluesAmericanaTulsa Sound MCA Tulsa, OK

March[edit]

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Second quarter[edit]

April[edit]

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May[edit]

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June[edit]

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Third quarter[edit]

July[edit]

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August[edit]

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Aug. 1981 David Gates Take Me Now RockSoft Rock Arista Los Angeles, CA

September[edit]

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Sept. 1981 Reba McEntire Heart to Heart Country Mercury Kiowa, OK

Fourth quarter[edit]

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November[edit]

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December[edit]

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Unknown[edit]

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1981 20/20 Look Out! RockPower Pop Portrait Los Angeles, CA
1981 Big Joe Turner, Axel Zwingenberger, & Roy Milton Boogie Woogie Jubilee JazzBlues Telefunken Los Angeles, CA
1981 Bill Grant & Delia Bell Rollin' FolkBluegrass Rebel Hugo, OK
1981 B. J. Thomas Amazing Grace ChristianContemporary Christian Myrrh Rosenberg, TX
1981 B. J. Thomas Some Love Songs Never Die PopPop Rock MCA Rosenberg, TX
1981 Byron Berline, Dan Crary, & John Hickman Berline, Crary, Hickman FolkBluegrass Sugar Hill Guthrie, OK
1981 Chet Baker Tune Up JazzCool Jazz Circle Milpitas, CA
1981 Chet Baker, John Eardley, & Bob Mover My Funny Valentine JazzCool Jazz Circle Milpitas, CA
1981 Chet Baker & Novos Tempos Group Salsamba JazzCool Jazz Musica Milpitas, CA
1981 Floyd Tillman Floyd Tillman & Friends CountryWestern SwingHonky-Tonk Gilley's San Antonio, TX
1981 Hal Singer Swing on It JazzBluesJump Blues JSP Chatou, France
1981 Jay McShann & The Sackville All-Stars Saturday Night Function JazzBluesJump BluesSwing Sackville Kansas City, MO
1981 Jimmy Liggins Saturday Night Boogie Woogie Man BluesJump BluesRhythm and Blues Specialty San Diego, CA
1981 Jimmy Liggins, His Guitar, & The Drops of Joy Orchestra I Can't Stop It BluesJump BluesRhythm and Blues Route 66 San Diego, CA
1981 Kay Starr Kay Starr JazzSoul GP Los Angeles, CA
1981 Leon Russell with The New Grass Revival The Live Album RockTulsa Sound Paradise Tulsa, OK
1981 Michael Hedges Breakfast in the Field WorldNew Age Windham Hill Mendocino, CA
1981 Patti Page No Aces Country Plantation Tulsa, OK
1981 Sandi Patti Love Overflowing Contemporary ChristianChristian Impact Oklahoma City, OK
1981 The Singing Churchmen Majesty: A Hymn Celebration of Worship & Praise ChristianGospelHymns Paragon Oklahoma City, OK
1981 Wanda Jackson Show Me the Way to Calvary ChristianGospel Capitol Oklahoma City, OK