On This Day

August 1940 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 3 Joseph Dorfman, Israeli composer, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 2006)
  • Aug 4 (Rosemary Timothy) "Timi" Yuro, American R&B and soul singer-songwriter ("Hurt"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • Aug 4 Larry Knechtel, American session piano and bass player (Simon and Garfunkel; Johnny Rivers), born in Bell, California (d. 2009) [1]
  • Aug 10 Bobby Hatfield, American rocker (Righteous Brothers - "Unchained Melody"), born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin (d. 2003)
  • Aug 10 Michael “Tunes” Antunes, American rock and blues saxophonist (John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band), and actor (Eddie And The Cruisers), born in New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Aug 12 Alexander Yossifov, Bulgarian conductor and composer (Back To The Beginning ), born in Sofia, Bulgaria (d. 2016)
  • Aug 12 Rod Bernard, American "swamp pop" singer ("Allons Danser Colinda"), born in Opelousas, Louisiana. (d. 2020)
  • Aug 13 John Stokes, Irish pop bassist, harmonica player, and singer (The Bachelors - "Diane"), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Aug 14 Darrell George "Dash" Crofts, American singer (Seals & Crofts - "Summer Breeze"), born in Cisco, Texas
  • Aug 15 Rita Shane, American soprano, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2014)
  • Aug 16 Alix Dobkin, American folk and feminist singer-songwriter (Lavender Jane Loves Women), born in New York City (d. 2021)
  • Aug 19 Johnny Nash, American rocker ("I Can See Clearly Now"), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2020)
  • Aug 19 Roger Cook, British songwriter (with Roger Greenaway: "You've Got Your Troubles"; "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing", "Melting Pot"), singer (Blue Mink), and record producer, born in Fishponds, Bristol, England
  • Aug 20 John Lantree, English rocker (The Honeycombs), born in Newbury, Berkshire
  • Aug 23 Vicki Brown, British pop, rock session vocalist, and contemporary classical singer, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1991)
  • Aug 24 Tony Secunda, English rock band manager (The Moody Blues), born in Epsom, Surrey, England (d. 1995)
  • Aug 25 José Van Dam, bass-baritone (Francois d'Assisif), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • Aug 26 Nik Turner, British jazz-rock fusion saxophonist, flute player, singer, and composer (Hawkwind), born in Oxford, England
  • Aug 27 Warren Harding "Sonny" Sharrock, American jazz guitarist (Last Exit), born on Ossining, New York (d. 1994)
  • Aug 28 Nik Turner, English musician (Hawkwind), born in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
  • Aug 28 (Bhekizizwe) Joseph Shabalala, South African singer, songwriter, founder and musical director of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, born in Ladysmith, South Africa (d. 2020) [1] [2]
  • Aug 29 Bennie Maupin, American jazz saxophonist, flute player, and bass clarinetist (Herbie Hancock; Miles Davis; Lee Morgan), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Aug 31 Wilton Felder, American jazz-fusion saxophonist and bassist (The Crusaders), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2015)

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 8 Johnny Dodds, American early jazz clarinetist, dies at 48
  • Aug 11 Alfred Zamara Austrian harpist, composer, and teacher, dies at 77
  • Aug 21 Paul Juon, Russian-Swiss violinist and composer, dies at 68
  • Aug 29 Arthur De Greef, Belgian composer, dies at 77
  • Aug 31 Johanna "Annie" Bakker, revue-artists/singer/actress, dies at 58