On This Day

August 1946 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Premiere

Aug 17 Arthur Honegger's 3rd Symphony "Liturgique" premieres

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 1 Raymond "Boz" Burrell, British rock bassist, and singer (King Crimson, 1971-72; Bad Company, 1973-82), born in Holbeach, Lincolnshire (d. 2006)
  • Aug 3 John York [Foley], American rock bassist and guitarist, born in White Plains, New York.
  • Aug 4 Maureen Starkey [Mary Cox], British ex-wife of Beatle Ringo Starr, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1994)
  • Aug 4 Max Middleton, British rock keyboard player (Jeff Beck Group), born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Aug 5 Rick van der Linden, Dutch keyboardist (Ekseption)
  • Aug 6 Allan Holdsworth, British guitarist, born in Bradford (d. 2017)
  • Aug 9 Marinus "Rinus" Gerritsen, Dutch rock bassist, and keyboardist (Golden Earring - "Radar Love"), born in The Hague, South Holland, Netherlands
  • Aug 11 John Conlee, American country singer ("Common Man"), born in Versailles, Kentucky
  • Aug 11 Michael Fonfara, Canadian rock and blues keyboard player (The Electric Flag; Lou Reed), born in Stevensville, Ontario
  • Aug 14 Larry Graham Jr., American bass guitar player (Graham Central Station, Sly and the Family Stone), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • Aug 15 Jimmy Webb, American singer and songwriter ("MacArthur Park"; "Up Up & Away"), born in Elk City, Oklahoma
  • Aug 17 Hans Vandenburg, Dutch singer/guitarist (Gruppo Sportivo)
  • Aug 19 Beat Raaflaub, Swiss conductor, born in Winterthur, Switzerland
  • Aug 20 Ralf Hütter, German musician (Kraftwerk), born in Krefeld, Germany

Keith Moon

Aug 23 Keith Moon, British rock drummer (The Who - "Bell Boy"), born in London, England (d. 1978)

  • Aug 26 Valerie Simpson, American singer, songwriter and producer (Ashford & Simpson - "Solid"), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Aug 26 Mark Snow [Martin Fulterman], American television and film composer (The X-Files theme), born in New York City
  • Aug 26 Chantal Renaud, Québécoise yé-yé singer, songwriter, actress and writer, born in Quebec, Canada
  • Aug 26 Ladislav Kubík, Czech-American composer (Aulos; Subterranean River) and educator (Florida State University, 1990-2017), born in Prague (d. 2017)

Weddings in Music

Moss Hart

Aug 10 Playwright Moss Hart (41) weds singer and actress Kitty Carlisle (35)

Wedding of Interest

Aug 16 Famous ballet choreographer George Balanchine (42) weds ballerina Maria Tallchief (21)


Deaths in Music

  • Aug 13 Valery Zhelobinsky, Russian composer, dies at 33
  • Aug 29 Milan Harašta, Czech composer, dies at 26
  • Aug 31 Paul August von Klenau, Danish opera composer, and conductor, dies at 63