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August 1939 in Music History

Events in Music

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Aug 6 1st broadcast of "Dinah Shore Show" on NBC-radio

Singer, Actress and TV Personality Dinah Shore
Singer, Actress and TV Personality
Dinah Shore

Film PremierThe Wizard of Oz

Aug 17 Musical film "The Wizard of Oz", starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, and Jack Haley opens at Loews Capitol Theatre, NYC

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Publicity still of the Wizard of Oz, showing the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Cowardly Lion
Publicity still of the Wizard of Oz, showing the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Cowardly Lion
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  • Aug 28 Sammy Fain and Jack Yellen's musical "George White's Scandals" premieres

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 4 Frankie Ford [Guzzo], American rock vocalist ("Sea Cruise"), born in Gretna, Louisiana, (d. 2015)
  • Aug 6 (William) "Sonny" Sanders, American songwriter, arranger and producer (Jackie Wilson), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • Aug 8 Philip E Baisley, American country singer (Statler Brothers - "Class of '57"), born in Augusta, Virginia
  • Aug 8 William Alden Hibbard, composer
  • Aug 9 Billy Henderson, American singer (The Spinners - "The Rubberband Man"), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2007)
  • Aug 9 Max Neuhaus, American classical musician and experimental percussionist (sound sculptures), born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 2009)
  • Aug 11 Attila Bozay, composer
  • Aug 11 Ronnie Dawson, American rockabilly guitarist (Rockabilly Hall of Fame, 1998), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2003) [1]
  • Aug 15 Herman van Keeken, Dutch singer ("Daddy Don't Run So Fast"), born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • Aug 16 Eric Weissberg, American singer and musician (Duelling Banjos), born in New York (d. 2020)
  • Aug 16 Billy Joe Shaver, American country singer-songwriter (When I Get My Wings), born in Corsicana, Texas (d. 2020)
  • Aug 17 Luther Allison, American rock guitarist ("Bad News Is Coming"), born in Mayflower Arkansas (d. 1997)
  • Aug 18 Johnny Preston, American singer (Running Bear), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 2011)
  • Aug 19 [Peter] "Ginger" Baker, English drummer (Cream - "Sunshine Of Your Love"; "Toad"; Blind Faith - "Do What You Like"), born in London, England (d. 2019)
  • Aug 21 Ernie Maresca, American singer and songwriter ("Runaround Sue"; "The Wanderer"), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2015)
  • Aug 21 Harold Reid, American country bass vocalist (Statler Brothers - "Bed Of Rose's"), born in Staunton, Virginia (d. 2020)
  • Aug 21 James Burton, American guitarist (Ricky Nelson; Elvis Presley; Elvis Costello), born in Dubberly, Louisiana
  • Aug 22 Candido Lima, Portuguese composer, born in Viana do Castelo, Portugal
  • Aug 26 Fred Milano, American doo-wop singer (Dion & The Belmonts), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2012)
  • Aug 27 Edward Patten, American soul singer (Gladys Knight & the Pips), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2005)
  • Aug 28 Clem Cattini, English rock drummer (The Tornados), born in Stoke Newington, North London
  • Aug 31 Jerry Allison, American rock drummer, and songwriter (Buddy Holly & Crickets - "That'll Be The Day"), born in Hillsboro, Texas
  • Aug 31 Jim McCrary, American photographer and album cover artist (Tapestry: Ticket to Ride), born in Los Angeles (d. 2012)
  • Aug 31 Paul Winter, American new age music saxophonist, composer, and bandleader (The Paul Winter Consort), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 3 Eugust Enna, composer, dies at 80