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August 1951 in Music History

Events in Music


Film release premierFilm Premier

Aug 26 "An American in Paris" with music by George Gershwin, directed by Vincente Minnelli, starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron premieres in London (Academy Awards Best Picture 1952)

Actor and Dancer Gene Kelly
Actor and Dancer
Gene Kelly
Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 1 Robin Heifetz, American composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 1 Tommy Bolin, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Deep Purple), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 1976)
  • Aug 1 Tim Bachman, Canadian guitarist and vocalist (Brave Belt and Bachman–Turner Overdrive), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Aug 2 Andrew Gold, American rocker (Lonely Boy), born in Burbank, California (d. 2011)
  • Aug 2 Freddie Wadling, Swedish actor and musician (The Leather Nun, Fleshquartet), born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 2016)
  • Aug 2 Joe Lynn Turner [Linquito], American hard rock vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter (Fandango; Rainbow), born in Hackensack, New Jersey
  • Aug 3 Johnny Graham, American guitarist and singer (Earth Wind & Fire), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Aug 8 Laurie Ann Frink, American big band jazz trumpeter and educator, born in Pender, Nebraska (d. 2013)
  • Aug 13 Dan Fogelberg, American rocker (Same Old Lang Syne), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • Aug 14 Peter Blegvad, American musician (Slapp Happy), born in New York City, New York
  • Aug 15 Bobby Caldwell, American singer ("What You Won't Do for Love"), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 16 Eric Bibb, American blues singer-songwriter, born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 19 John Deacon, British rock bassist (Queen - "Another One Bites The Dust"), born in Leicester, England
  • Aug 19 Gustavo Santaolalla, Argentine film composer (2005 Academy Award for "Brokeback Mountain"), born in El Palomar, Argentina
  • Aug 21 Glenn Hughes, British bassist and vocalist (Finders Keepers/Trapeze/Deep Purple), born in Cannock, Staffordshire, England
  • Aug 22 Teresa Davis, American soul singer (The Emotions), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 23 Jimi Jamison, American rock singer (Survivor - "High On You"), born in Durant, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • Aug 24 Danny Joe Brown, American singer (Molly Hatchet), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2005)
  • Aug 25 Rob Halford, English heavy metal singer-songwriter (Judas Priest - Got Another Thing), born in Sutton Coldfield, England
  • Aug 25 Bob Mayo, American session keyboardist (Peter Frampton), born in New York City (d. 2004)
  • Aug 28 Dave Hlubek, American rock guitarist (Molly Hatchet), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2017)
  • Aug 28 Wayne Osmond, American singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie), born in Ogden, Utah
  • Aug 28 Keiichi Suzuki, Japanese songwriter and record producer (Moonriders), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Aug 30 Dana Rosemary Scallon, Irish singer and actress (Flight of the Doves), born in Islington, London, England

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 11 Ebbe Hamerik, Danish composer, dies at 52
  • Aug 15 Artur Schnabel, Austrian pianist (Reflections on Music), dies at 69
  • Aug 21 Leonard Constant Lambert, English composer (Rio Grande), dies at 45