August 1942 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Aug 1 American Federation of Musicians labor union begins a strike over royalty payment disagreements, refusing to perform on commercial recordings. ban lasts over two years

Historic Siege

Aug 9 Dmitri Shostakovich's 7th Symphony, dedicated to city of Leningrad, performed in Leningrad by starving musicians and broadcast to German forces over loudspeakers during siege by Nazi forces

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 1 André Gagnon, French Canadian pianist and composer, born in Saint-Pacôme-de-Kamouraska, Quebec (d. 2020)

Jerry GarciaJerry Garcia (1942-1995)

Aug 1 American rock and bluegrass guitarist, singer-songwriter (Grateful Dead - "Uncle John's Band"; "Ripple"; "Brokedown Palace"), and painter, born in San Francisco, California

  • Aug 5 Chuck Day (also known as "Bing" Day), American session guitarist, bassist and blues performer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)
  • Aug 5 Rick Huxley, British rock guitarist (Dave Clark Five - "Glad All Over"), born in Dartford, England (d. 2013)
  • Aug 7 B.J. Thomas, American singer ("Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head"; "Hooked On A Feeling"; "Growing Pains Theme"), born in Hugo, Oklahoma (d. 2021)
  • Aug 7 Caetano Veloso, Brazilian Tropicalismo singer-songwriter, and guitarist, born in Santo Amaro, Brazil
  • Aug 7 David Rubinson, American sound engineer, record producer (Herbie Hancock; Santana; The Pointer Sisters; The Clancy Brothers), and film producer, born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • Aug 8 Jay David, rocker (Dr Hook & Medicine Show)
  • Aug 8 Vardo Rumessen, Estonian classical pianist, musicologist, politician, and independence advocate, born in Pärnu, Estonian SSR, USSR (d. 2015)
  • Aug 9 Jack DeJohnette, American Jazz drummer (Skyline), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 10 Norbert Putnam, American session bassist (Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section), and record producer (Jimmy Buffett; Dan Fogelberg; Joan Baez), born in Florence, Alabama
  • Aug 11 Mike Hugg, British rock drummer (Manfred Mann - "Mighty Quinn"), and film composer (Up The Junction), born in Gosport, Hampshire, England
  • Aug 13 (Frank) "Son" Seals, American electric blues guitarist and singer (Nothing But the Truth), born in Osceola, Arkansas (d. 2004)
  • Aug 13 Sheila Armstrong, English soprano, born in Ashington, Northumberland
  • Aug 15 Peter York, British rock drummer (Spencer Davis Group), born in Redcar, Yorkshire
  • Aug 17 John Tyrrell, British musicologist (Leoš Janáček; The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians), born in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe) (d. 2018)
  • Aug 17 Tommy West [Picardo], American record producer (Jim Croce; Anne Murray), and singer-songwriter, born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2021)

Isaac HayesIsaac Hayes (1942-2008)

Aug 20 American musician and composer ("Shaft"), born in Covington, Tennessee

  • Aug 23 Patricia McBride, American ballerina (New York City Ballet, 1959-89), artistic director and ballet master (Charlotte Ballet), born in Teaneck, New Jersey
  • Aug 24 Joe Chambers, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Chambers Brothers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 25 Walter Williams, American rock vocalist (O'Jays - "Love Train"; Use Ta Be My Girl"), born in Canton, Ohio
  • Aug 26 Keith Alison, American session and touring guitarist (Paul Revere and The Raiders, 1968-75), and songwriter, born in Coleman, Texas (d. 2021)
  • Aug 26 Vic Dana [Samuel Mendola], American singer and dancer ("Red Roses For A Blue Lady"), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Aug 27 "Chip" Douglas [Hatlelid], American songwriter, arranger, bassist (The Turtles, 1966-67 -"Happy Together"), and record producer (The Monkees), born in San Francisco, California
  • Aug 27 Daryl Dragon, American keyboardist (Captain & Tennille - "Love Will Keep Us Together"), born in Pasadena, California (d. 2019)
  • Aug 29 Sterling Morrison, American rock guitarist (Velvet Underground - "Sweet Jane"), born in East Meadow, New York (d. 1995)

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 4 Alberto Franchetti, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • Aug 11 Richard Heinrich Stein, German composer, and music theorist (La musica moderna), dies at 60
  • Aug 18 Erwin Schulhoff, Czech-Russian composer and pianist (Ogelala), dies of tuberculosis at 48 in a German concentration camp in Wülzburg, Bavaria
  • Aug 22 Henry Eichheim, American violinist, composer, organologist, and ethno-musicologist dies at 72
  • Aug 22 Mikhail Fokine, Russian ballet dancer and choreographer, dies at 62
  • Aug 25 Panayot Pipkov, Bulgarian bandmaster, composer, pedagogue, and (with his son) Antarctic glacier namesake, dies at 70