August 1934 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Premiere

Aug 27 Harold Arlen, Ira Gershwin and Yip Harburg's musical "Life Begins at 8:40", starring Ray Bolger and Lulla Gear opens at the Winter Garden Theatre, NYC; runs for 237 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 1 Hermann Baumann, German classical horn player, composer and teacher, born in Hamburg
  • Aug 5 Vern Gosdin, American country singer ("Set 'Em Up Joe"), born in Woodland, Alabama (d. 2009)
  • Aug 10 James Carl Tenney, American composer, born in Silver City, New Mexico (d. 2006)
  • Aug 13 Leifur Thórarinsson, Icelandic composer, born in Reykjavík, Iceland (d. 1998)
  • Aug 15 Georgy Garanian, Armenian-Russian jazz saxophonist, bandleader and composer, born in Moscow, USSR (d. 2010)
  • Aug 15 Nino Ferrer, French-Italian singer and composer (Mirza, Cornichons), born in Genoa, Italy (d. 1998)
  • Aug 16 Ketty Lester [Revoyda Frierson], American singer/actress (Love Letters), born in Hope, Arkansas
  • Aug 18 Ronnie Carroll, British singer (Walk Hand in Hand), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2015)
  • Aug 19 Michael Naura, German jazz pianist, radio broadcaster, editor and anti-nuclear proliferation activist, born in Memel, Lithuania (d. 2017)
  • Aug 20 "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow, American country-rock musician (Flying Burrito Brothers), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 2007)
  • Aug 21 Paul Panhuysen, Dutch composer, visual and sound artist, born in Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Aug 22 John Chowning, American composer (Turenas), born in Salem, New Jersey
  • Aug 23 Lojze Lebič, Slovenian composer (Myths and Apocrypha), peadagogue, and musicologist, born in Prevalje, Slovenia
  • Aug 24 Roger Donald Dickerson, American composer (New Orleans Concerto), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Aug 29 Gene Allison, American R&B-singer ("You Can Make It If You Try"), born in Pegram, Tennessee (d. 2004)
  • Aug 29 Jean-Pierre Guézec, French composer (Colorful Architectures), born in Dijon (d. 1971)

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 1 Piotr Maszyński, Polish composer, dies at 79