August 1939 in Music

Events in Music


Film PremierThe Wizard of Oz

Aug 17 "The Wizard of Oz" opens at Loews Capitol Theatre in NY
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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
  • Aug 28 Sammy Fain and Jack Yellen's musical "George White's Scandals" premieres

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 4 Frankie Ford [Frank Guzzo], rock vocalist (Sea Cruise), born in Gretna, Louisiana, (d. 2015)
  • Aug 6 William "Sonny" Sanders, US singer (Rayber Voices)
  • Aug 8 Philip E Baisley, Augusta Va, singer (Statler Bros-Class of '57)
  • Aug 8 William Alden Hibbard, composer
  • Aug 9 Billy Henderson, rocker (Spinners-That's What Girls Are Made For)
  • Aug 9 Max Neuhaus, American percussionist and composer (sound sculptures), born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 2009)
  • Aug 11 Attila Bozay, composer
  • 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
  • Aug 17 Luther Allison, Mayflower Ark, rock guitarist (Bad News is Coming)
  • Aug 18 Johnny Preston, singer (Running Bear), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 2011)
  • Aug 19 Ginger [Peter] Baker, England, drummer (Cream-White Room)
  • Aug 21 Ernie Maresca, American singer and songwriter (Runaround Sue, Wanderer), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2015)
  • Aug 21 Harold W Reid, Augusta County Va, singer (Statler Bros-Class of '57)
  • Aug 21 James Burton, American guitarist, born in Dubberly, Louisiana
  • Aug 22 Candido Lima, Portuguese composer, born in Viana do Castelo, Portugal
  • Aug 22 Fred Milano, rocker (Dion & The Belmonts) [or 8/26/40], born in The Bronx, New York
  • 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 London
  • Aug 31 Jerry Allison, Hillsboro Tx, rock drummer (Buddy Holly & Crickets)

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 3 Eugust Enna, composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 28 Edward Patten, American soul singer (Gladys Knight & the Pips), dies at 65