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August 1942 in Music

Events in Music


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Aug 9 Dmitri Shostakovich's 7th Symphony, dedicated to city of Leningrad is performed in Leningrad during seige by Nazi forces. Performed by starving musicians and broadcast to German forces by loudspeaker.


Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 1 Jerry Garcia, American rock musician (Grateful Dead), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1995)
  • Aug 1 André Gagnon, French Canadian pianist and composer, born in Saint-Pacôme-de-Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada
  • Aug 5 Rick Huxley, English guitarist (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over), born in Dartford, England (d. 2013)
  • Aug 7 B. J. Thomas, American singer (Raindrops, Growing Pains Theme), born in Hugo, Oklahoma
  • Aug 7 Caetano Veloso, Brazilian musician, born in Santo Amaro, Brazil
  • Aug 8 Jay David, rocker (Dr Hook & Medicine Show)
  • Aug 11 Mike Huggs, rock drummer (Manfred Mann) [or 3/11/40]
  • Aug 13 Sheila Armstrong, English soprano, born in Ashington, Northumberland
  • Aug 14 Son [Frank] Seals, American blues musician (Nothing But the Truth), born in Osceola, Arkansas (d. 2004)
  • Aug 15 Peter York, British rock drummer (Spencer Davis Group), born in Redcar, Yorkshire
  • Aug 20 Isaac Hayes, American musician and composer (Shaft), born in Covington, Tennessee (d. 2008)
  • Aug 23 Patricia McBride Lousada, American ballerina (NYC Ballet Co) and cookbook author, born in Teaneck, New Jersey (d. 2019)
  • 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-Use to Be My Girl), born in Canton, Ohio
  • Aug 26 Vic Dana, singer/dancer (Talent Scouts), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Aug 27 Daryl Dragon, American keyboardist (Captain & Tennille), born in Pasadena, California
  • Aug 29 Sterling Morrison, American musician (Velvet Underground), 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, composer, dies at 60
  • Aug 18 Erwin Schulhoff, Czech-Russian composer and pianist (Ogelala), dies at 48
  • Aug 22 Henry Eichheim, composer, dies at 72
  • Aug 22 Mikhail Fokine, Russian ballet dancer and choreographer, dies at 62
  • Aug 25 Panayot Pipkov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 70