August 1928 in Music History

Events in Music

The Threepenny Opera

Aug 31 Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weil's play with music "The Threepenny Opera" premieres at the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm, Berlin

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 7 Herb Reed, American musician and vocalist (The Platters - "Twilight Time"; "Only You"; "The Great Pretender"), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • Aug 8 Don Burrows, Australian jazz musician, born in Marrickville, Australia (d. 2020)
  • Aug 10 Eddie Fisher, American pop singer ("Oh My Papa"; "Lady of Spain"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • Aug 10 Jimmy Dean, American country and rockabilly singer ("Big Bad John"), television host (Jimmy Dean Show), actor (Diamonds Are Forever), and sausage maker, born in Plainview, Texas (d. 2010)
  • Aug 11 Stan Kesler, American session musician (Sun Studio), songwriter ("I Forgot to Remember to Forget"), and record producer (Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs -"Wooly Bully"), born in Abbeville, Mississippi (d. 2020)
  • Aug 16 Ann Blyth, American actress and singer (Kismet, Mildred Pierce), born in Mount Kisco, New York
  • Aug 16 Eddie Kirkland, Jamaican-American blues guitarist, singer and harmonica player (Have Mercy On Me), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2011)
  • Aug 16 Eydie Gormé [Edithe Gormezano], American Grammy and Emmy Award-winning pop singer ("Blame It On The Bossa Nova"), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2013)
  • Aug 17 (Thomas Jefferson) "T.J." Anderson, American classical composer, and educator (Tufts, 1972-90), born in Coatesville, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 21 Art Farmer, American trumpet player (Farmer's Market; The Jazztet), born in Council Buffs, Iowa (d. 1999)
  • Aug 21 Zdeněk Lukáš, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 2007)
  • Aug 22 Karlheinz Stockhausen, German classical and electronic music composer, born in Mödrath, Kerpen, Germany (d. 2007)
  • Aug 23 Gerd Natschinski, German composer, born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 2015)
  • Aug 25 Karl Korte, American composer (Pale is This Good Prince; The Time Is:),and educator (University of Texas, 1971-97), born in Ossining, New York (d. 2022)
  • Aug 26 Andrew Porter, British organist, opera director, music critic, and librettist, born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2015)
  • Aug 26 Peter Appleyard, British-Canadian jazz vibraphonist, born in Cleethorpes England (d. 2013)
  • Aug 27 Peter Richard Tahourdin, English-Australian composer, born in Bramdean, Hampshire (d. 2009)
  • Aug 28 Kenny Drew, American-Danish jazz pianist (Moonlight Desert), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)
  • Aug 29 Bobby Carcassés, Cuban jazz and Latin music singer, multi-instrumentalist, and bandleader, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Aug 29 Thomas Stewart, American bass-baritone (La Roche Capriccio), born in San Saba, Texas (d. 2006)
  • Aug 30 Johnny Mann, American music director (Johnny Mann Singers; Stand Up And Cheer), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2014)

Weddings in Music

Frank Lloyd Wright

Aug 25 American architect Frank Lloyd Wright (61) weds Montenegrin dancer and writer Olga Ivanovna (27) in Rancho Santa Fe, California (his third marriage, her second), until his death in 1959

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 6 W. H. Grattan Flood, Irish author and composer, dies at 68
  • Aug 13 Fernand de La Tombelle, French organist and composer, dies at 74