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 Timi Yuro [Rosemary Timothy Yuro], American singer (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)
  • Aug 10 Bobby Hatfield, American rocker (Righteous Bros-Unchained Melody), born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin (d. 2003)
  • Aug 12 Alexander Yossifov, composer
  • Aug 12 Tony Allen, Nigerian drummer who pioneered Afrobeat sound, born in Lagos, Nigeria (d. 2020)
  • Aug 12 Rod Bernard, American "swamp pop" singer ("Allons Danser Colinda"), born in Opelousas, Louisiana. (d. 2020)
  • 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 19 Johnny Nash, American rocker (I Can See Clearly Now), born in Houston, Texas
  • Aug 20 John Lantree, English rocker (The Honeycombs), born in Newbury, Berkshire
  • 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 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

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 8 Johnny Dodds, American early jazz clarinetist, dies at 48
  • 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