On This Day

August 1947 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Aug 1 "Medium & The Telephone" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 211 performances
  • Aug 6 1st performance of Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasilieras No 8"
  • Aug 23 US President Truman's daughter, Margaret's 1st public singing concert

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 1 Rick Anderson, American actor and rock bassist (Tubes - "I'll Talk To You Later"), born in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Aug 1 Rick Coonce, American rock drummer (Grass Roots), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2011)
  • Aug 2 Massiel [Maria Santamaria], Spanish singer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Aug 4 Paul Layton, English musician and rocker (The New Seekers - "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing"), born in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Aug 4 Klaus Schulze, German electronic music composer (Audentity), born in Berlin
  • Aug 5 Rick Derringer [Ricky Dean Zehringer], American guitarist, songwriter and producer (The McCoys - "Hang On Sloopy"), born in Fort Recovery, Ohio
  • Aug 5 Gregory Leskiw, Canadian guitarist (The Guess Who, 1970-72), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Aug 5 Willie Weeks, American session and touring bass player (George Harrison; Vince Gill; Wynonna Judd; David Bowie; Eric Clapton), born in Salemburg, North Carolina
  • Aug 8 Brenda Lee Eager, American gospel and soul singer and songwriter, born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Aug 9 Barbara Mason, American R&B singer (Yes, I'm Ready), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 10 Ian Anderson, Scottish-born musician, singer, and songwriter (Jethro Tull), born in Fife, Scotland
  • Aug 11 Catherine Collard, French concert pianist (Schumann; Brahms), and teacher, born in Paris (d. 1993)
  • Aug 14 Maddy Prior, English folk singer (Steeleye Span, Silly Sisters, Carnival Band), born in Blackpool, United Kingdom
  • Aug 15 Geraldo "Jerry" Velez, American drummer and percussionist (Jimi Hendrix; Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance), born in The Bronx, New York City
  • Aug 17 Gary Talley, American rock guitarist (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Aug 19 Gerard Schwarz, American classical trumpeter and conductor (Seattle Symphony, 1985-2011), born in Weehawken, New Jersey
  • Aug 20 James Pankow, American trombonist, arranger and composer (Chicago - "Make Me Smile"; "Colour My World"), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Aug 21 Carl Giammarese, American rock guitarist (Buckinghams), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 22 Donna Godchaux, American singer (Grateful Dead, 1972-79), born in Florence, Alabama
  • Aug 23 Rex Allen Jr, American country singer (Nashville on the Road), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 23 Terje Rypdal, Norwegian jazz guitarist and composer, born in Oslo, Norway
  • Aug 23 Willy Russell, English playwright and composer (Shirley Valentine, Educating Rita), born in Whiston, England

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 13 Tobias Norlind, Swedish musicologist, dies at 68