On This Day

August 1945 in Music History

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 22 Noël Coward's revue "Sigh no More" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 30 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 9th Symphony


Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 6 John Kongos, South African singer and songwriter (He's Gonna Step On You Again), born in Johannesburg
  • Aug 7 Kerry Chater, Canadian musician (Gary Puckett & Union Gap - "Young Girl") and Nashville songwriter, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Aug 7 Patrice Mestral, French composer, born in Paris, France
  • Aug 12 Ron Mael, American songwriter, composer and record producer (Sparks), born in Culver City, California

Person of interestSteve Martin

Aug 14 Steve Martin, American comedian, banjo player, author and actor (Parenthood; The Jerk; Roxanne), born in Waco, Texas

Actor and Comedian Steve Martin
Actor and Comedian
Steve Martin
  • Aug 16 Gary Loizzo, American rock guitarist and singer (American Breed - "Bend Me, Shape Me"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • Aug 16 Gordon "Snowy" Fleet, British rock drummer (Easybeats - "Friday On My Mind"), born in Liverpool, England
  • Aug 16 Kevin Ayers, British progressive rocker (Soft Machine; Joy of a Toy), born in Herne Bay, Kent, England (d. 2013)
  • Aug 16 Suzanne Farrell, American ballerina (Don Quioxote), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Aug 17 Katri-Helena, Finnish singer, born in Tuupovaara, Finland
  • Aug 18 Sarah Dash, American rock vocalist (Patti LaBelle & Bluebirds), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Aug 18 Barbara Harris, American singer (Toys-A Lover's Concerto), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • Aug 19 Ian Gillan, English heavy metal and rock singer (Deep Purple - "Smoke On The Water"; Jesus Christ Superstar), born in London
  • Aug 21 Basil Poledouris, American film score composer (The Hunt For Red October), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • Aug 22 Ron Dante, rock vocalist (Archies - "Sugar, Sugar"), and producer (Barry Manilow), born in Staten Island, New York
  • Aug 24 Ken Hensley, English songwriter and rock keyboardist (Blackfoot, Uriah Heep), born in Plumstead, England
  • Aug 24 Molly Duncan, Scottish saxophonist (Average White Band), born in Montrose, Scotland
  • Aug 28 Bob Segarini, American musician and radio personality, born in Stockton, California
  • Aug 29 Chris Copping, English rock bassist (Procol Harum), born in Middleton, Lancashire, England
  • Aug 30 David Schiff, American composer, born in New York City
  • Aug 30 Fred Tackett, American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (Little Feat, 1988-2012), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Aug 31 Bob Welch, American rock vocalist, guitarist (Fleetwood Mac), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2012)
  • Aug 31 Itzhak Perlman, violinist/polio victim (14 Grammys), born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Aug 31 [George Ivan] "Van" Morrison, Northern Irish singer-songwriter (Astral Weeks, Moondance), born in Bloomfield, Belfast

Deaths in Music

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