On This Day

August 1952 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Aug 23 Kitty Wells becomes 1st woman to reach #1 on Billboard Country chart with "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels"; stays at top for 15 weeks [1]

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 2 Les Dudek, American guitarist and singer (Steve Miller Band), born in Quonset Point Naval Air Station, Rhode Island
  • Aug 4 Moya Brennan [Máire Ní Bhraonáin], Irish folksinger and harpist (Clannad; Máire), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Aug 6 Ton Scherpenzeel, Dutch rock keyboardist (Kayak, Earth & Fire), born in Hilversum, The Netherlands
  • Aug 6 Vinnie Vincent [Cusano], American rock guitarist (Kiss, 1982-84; solo - "Ashes to Ashes"), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Aug 7 Ian Hobson, British pianist, opera conductor and music professor, born in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England
  • Aug 10 Ashley Putnam, American soprano (NY City Opera 1978), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 11 Bob Mothersbaugh, AKA Bob 1, American Musician (Devo)
  • Aug 13 Hughie Thomasson, American guitarist, singer, and songwriter (Outlaws - "Green Grass and High Tides"; Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1996-2005), born in Buchanan, Virginia (d. 2007)
  • Aug 13 Lee Hyla, American contemporary classical composer (Mythic Birds of Saugerties; Pre-Pulse Suspended), and music professor (New England Conservatory; Northwestern University), born in Niagara Falls, New York (d. 2014)
  • Aug 15 Ger Hoeymakers, Dutch rock guitarist (Franc Boeijen Group), born in Sevenum, Netherlands
  • Aug 16 Gianna Rolandi, American soprano (Der Rosenkavalier), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 18 Patrick Swayze, American actor and dancer (Dirty Dancing, Ghost), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2009)
  • Aug 20 John Hiatt, American singer and songwriter ("Have a Little Faith in Me"), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Aug 20 Rudy Gatlin, American country singer (Gatlin Brothers - "Broken Lady"), born in Olney, Texas
  • Aug 20 Doug Fieger, American singer–songwriter (The Knack - "My Sharona"), born in Oak Park, Michigan (d. 2010)
  • Aug 20 John Clayton, American session and jazz bassist, arranger, composer (Clayton Brothers; Diana Krall), and classical double bassist (Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra), born in Venice, California
  • Aug 21 Joe Strummer [Mellor], British punk rock lead singer and songwriter (The Clash - "Rock the Casbah";"Lost in the Supermarket"; "London Calling"), born in Ankara, Turkey (d. 2002)
  • Aug 22 Peter Laughner, American singer, songwriter and guitarist (Rocket From the Tombs, Pere Ubu), born in Bay Village, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • Aug 23 Dalton Reed, American soul singer, born in Lafayette, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • Aug 23 Vicky Leandros, Greek singer and politician, born in Palaiokastritsa, Corfu, Greece
  • Aug 24 Carlo Curley, American classical concert organist, born in Monroe, North Carolina (d. 2012)
  • Aug 24 Vaneese Thomas, American R&B, jazz and soul blues singer, ("Let's Talk It Over"), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Aug 25 Geoff Downes, English keyboardist (Buggles, Yes, Asia), born in Stockport, Cheshire, England
  • Aug 26 Billy Rush, American guitarist (Asbury Jukes; Serge Gainesbourg), born in Deal, New Jersey
  • Aug 31 Bruce Soboroff, American rock keyboard player (Buckinghams, 1986-present), born in Chicago, Illinois

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 31 Soprano singer Leontyne Mary Violet Price (25) weds concert bass-baritone singer William Warfield (32)

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 11 Riccardo Martin, American tenor and composer, dies at 77