August 1945 in Music

Events in Music

  • Aug 30 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 9th Symphony

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 7 Patrice Mestral, composer
  • Aug 12 Ron Mael, American songwriter, composer and record producer (Sparks), born in Culver City, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 14 Steve Martin, American comedian, musician, author and actor (Parenthood, Jerk, Roxanne), born in Waco, Texas

Actor and Comedian Steve Martin
Actor and Comedian
Steve Martin
  • Aug 15 Charlemagne Palestine, composer
  • Aug 16 Gary Loizzo, rock guitarist (American Breed), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 16 Gordon "Snowy" Fleet, Merseyside, rock drummer (Easybeats)
  • Aug 16 Kevin Ayers, England, progressive rocker (Joy of a Toy), (d. 2013)
  • Aug 17 Katri Helena, Finnish singer
  • Aug 18 Sarah Dash, rock vocalist (Patti LaBelle & Bluebirds), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Aug 18 Barbara Harris, US singer (Toys-A Lover's Concerto)
  • Aug 19 Ian Gillian, heavy metal rocker (Deep Purple-Knocking at Backdoor)
  • Aug 21 Basil Poledouris, American film score composer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • Aug 22 Ron Dante, rock vocalist (Archies-Sugar, Sugar), born in Staten Island, New York
  • Aug 24 Ken Hensley, rock keyboardist (Blackfoot, Uriah Heep)
  • Aug 24 Malcolm "Mollie" Duncan, Scotland, saxophonist (Average White Band)
  • Aug 28 Bob Segarini, Musician and radio personality
  • Aug 29 Chris Copping, Essex England, rock bassist (Procol Harum)
  • Aug 30 David Schiff, American composer, born in New York City
  • Aug 31 Bob Welch, rock vocalist/guitarist (Fleetwood Mac-Oh Well), (d. 2012)
  • Aug 31 Itzhak Perlman, Tel Aviv Israel, violinist/polio victim (14 Grammys)
  • Aug 31 Van Morrison [George Ivan], Northern Irish singer (Them, Brown Eyed Girl), born in Bloomfield, Belfast,Bloomfield, Belfast

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 2 Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek, composer (Donna Diana), dies at 85
  • Aug 2 Pietro Mascagni, Italian composer (Cavalleria Rusticana), dies at 81
  • Aug 16 Nico Richter, composer, dies at 29
  • Aug 17 Gino Marinuzzi, composer, dies at 61