On This Day in Music for August 6

Events in Music

  • 1926 "Don Juan" starring John Barrymore is released, the 1st feature-length film to utilize the Vitaphone sound-on-disc sound system with a synchronized musical score and sound effects
  • 1965 Beatles release "Help" album in UK

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1973 Stevie Wonder involved in car crash, goes into a 4 day coma

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder
  • 1989 "Oh! Calcutta!" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 5959 performances
  • 1995 "Damn Yankees" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 510 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1619 Barbara Strozzi, composer
  • 1651 Johann Michael Zacher, composer
  • 1664 Johann Christoph Schmidt, composer
  • 1665 Jean-Baptiste Lully fils, French composer (d. 1743)
  • 1748 Bernhard Haltenberger, composer
  • 1858 Albert Fuchs, composer
  • 1873 Mary Carr Moore, composer
  • 1875 Marcel Labey, composer
  • 1883 Francesco Santoliquido, composer
  • 1886 Edward Ballantine, composer
  • 1888 Heinrich Schlusnus, German baritone (d. 1952)
  • 1896 Cyril Mockridge, composer
  • 1902 Michal Vilec, composer
  • 1906 Vic Dickenson, American trombonist (d. 1984)
  • 1908 George Singer, composer
  • 1908 Svend Erik Tarp, composer
  • 1910 Friedrich Schroder, composer
  • 1918 Norman Granz, American record producer (d. 2001)
  • 1923 Jack Parnell, orchestra leader (Englebert Humperdick Show), born in London, England
  • 1925 Leland Smith, composer
  • 1929 Mike Elliott, saxophonist, born in Jamaica, West Indies
  • 1930 Abbey Lincoln, actress/singer (Nothing But a Man), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1937 Baden Powell de Aquino, Brazilian guitarist (d. 2000)
  • 1937 Paul Griffin, American session musician and pianist, born in Harlem, New York
  • 1937 Charlie [Charles Edward] Haden, American jazz double-bassist (Liberation Music Orchestra), born in Shenandoah, Iowa (d. 2014)
  • 1939 William "Sonny" Sanders, US singer (Rayber Voices)
  • 1941 Doris Ernestine Hays, composer
  • 1946 Allan Holdsworth, British guitarist, born in Bradford (d. 2017)
  • 1952 Ton Scherpenzeel, Dutch rock keyboardist (Kayak, Earth & Fire), born in Hilversum, The Netherlands
  • 1952 Vinnie Vincent, heavy metal rocker (Solo-Ashes to Ashes)
  • 1953 Pat MacDonald, rocker (Timbuk 3)
  • 1954 Elma Miller, Canadian composer, born in Toronto
  • 1958 Randy DeBarge, rock vocalist/bassist (Debarge), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • 1958 Simon Francken, Dutch bassist (Ivy Green)
  • 1959 Joyce Sims, rocker (All & All)
  • 1965 Yuki Kajiura, Japanese composer
  • 1969 Elliott Smith, American musician (d. 2003)

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1972 Geri Horner [Halliwell], British pop singer "Ginger Spice" (Spice Girls), born in Watford, England

Singer Geri Horner
Singer
Geri Horner
  • 1980 Wilber Pan, American/Taiwanese singer

Deaths in Music

  • 1548 Georg Rhau/Rhaw, German cantor/composer/music publisher, dies
  • 1686 Paul Hainlein, German composer, dies at 60
  • 1775 Heinrich Nikolaus Gerber, composer, dies at 72
  • 1784 Karl Kohaut, Austrian composer and lutenist, dies at 57
  • 1799 Joseph Friebert, composer, dies at 74
  • 1816 Karl Frieberth, composer, dies at 80
  • 1820 Antonin Vranicky, composer, dies at 59
  • 1821 Antonio Bartolomeo Bruni, composer, dies at 64
  • 1848 Nicola Vaccai, Italian composer, dies at 58
  • 1853 Josif Josifovich Genishta, composer, dies at 57
  • 1895 George Frederick Root, composer, dies at 74
  • 1904 Eduard Hanslick, Austrian music critic (b. 1825)
  • 1924 John Henry Roberts, composer, dies at 76
  • 1928 William Henry Grattan Flood, composer, dies at 68
  • 1931 Leon Bismarck "Bix" Beiderbecke, jazz cornetist (In Mist), dies at 29
  • 1935 Alexander Gustav Adolfovich Winkler, composer, dies at 70
  • 1938 Warner Oland, actor (Werewolf of London, Jazz Singer), dies at 57
  • 1965 Peter Ronnefeld, composer, dies at 30
  • 1970 Ingolf Dahl, German composer (Andante & Arioso), dies at 58
  • 1973 Memphis Minnie, American blues musician, dies at 76
  • 1974 Gene Ammons, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1925)
  • 1976 Gregor Piatigorsky, Russian cellist, dies at 73
  • 1983 Klaus Nomi, German singer (b. 1944)
  • 1994 Domenico Modugno, Italian singer-songwriter (Volare), dies at 66
  • 1995 Youly Algaroff, ballet dancer, dies at 77

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2004 Rick James, American funk musician ("Super Freak"), dies of pulmonary failure and cardiac failure at 56

Musician Rick James
Musician
Rick James
  • 2005 Ibrahim Ferrer, Cuban musician (Buena Vista Social Club) (b. 1927)
  • 2005 Keter Betts, American jazz bassist (b. 1928)
  • 2007 Zsolt Daczi, Hungarian rock guitarist (Bikini, Omen, Carpathia Project Tirana Rockers, solo) (b. 1969)
  • 2009 Willy DeVille, American singer (Mink DeVille), dies of pancreatic cancer at 58
  • 2012 Marvin Hamlisch, American composer and conductor, diest at 68
  • 2012 Ruggiero Ricci, American composer/violinist, dies from heart failure at 94
  • 2016 Pete Fountain, American jazz clarinetist (Lawrence Welk 1957-59), dies at 86