On This Day

August 1938 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 1 Paddy Moloney, Irish musician, composer and producer (The Chieftains), born in Donnycarney, Dublin
  • Aug 6 Igor Mikhailovich Luchenok, Belarusian composer and teacher, born in Minsk, Belarus (d. 2018)
  • Aug 8 Connie Stevens [Concetta Ingoglia], singer/actress (Hawaiian Eye, Back to Beach), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 8 Jacques Hétu, Canadian composer, born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec (d. 2010)
  • Aug 11 Rainer Boesch, composer
  • Aug 13 Dave "Baby" Cortez [Clowney], American pop keyboardist (The Happy Organ), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Aug 15 Nesbert "Stix" Hooper, American jazz drummer (The Crusaders), born in Houston, Texas

Person of interestKenny Rogers

Aug 21 Kenny Rogers, American singer-songwriter (The Gambler, Through the Years) and entrepreneur (Kenny Rogers Roasters), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2020)

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • Aug 22 Dale Hawkins, American rock singer and songwriter (Susie Q), born in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana (d. 2010)
  • Aug 23 Roger Greenaway, English composer and record producer (I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing), born in Fishponds, England
  • Aug 24 David Freiberg, American rock bassist (Quicksilver Messenger, Jefferson Airplane/Starship - "Jane"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 24 Mason Williams, American musician, songwriter, author and photographer ("Classical Gas", Smother Brothers Comedy Hour), born in Abilene, Texas
  • Aug 24 Charles Calello, American composer, conductor, arranger (The Four Seasons; Sinatra; Streisand; Springsteen), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Aug 26 Jet Black, English drummer, one of the founding members of The Stranglers

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 2 Bjarni Thorsteinsson, Icelandic organist, composer, musical folklorist, and priest, dies at 76
  • Aug 4 Rudolf Georg Binding, German songwriter and writer (Legenden Der Zeit), dies at 70
  • Aug 10 Joseph Moorat, composer, dies at 73
  • Aug 14 Landon Ronald, British composer, pianist and teacher (Guildhall School of Music), dies at 65
Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson
Singer and guitarist
Robert Johnson