August 1953 in Music

Events in Music

  • Aug 2 Betty Jack Davis, singer (w/Skeeter Davis), killed in car crash

Film release premierFilm Release

Aug 5 "From Here to Eternity" based on book by James Jones, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1954)

Actor Burt Lancaster
Actor
Burt Lancaster
Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Aug 28 "Me & Juliet" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 358 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 1 Robert Cray, American blues singer and songwriter (1987 Grammy), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • Aug 5 Samantha Sang, singer (Emotion)
  • Aug 6 Pat MacDonald, rocker (Timbuk 3)
  • Aug 14 James Horner, American film composer (Titanic, Apollo 13, Casper), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • Aug 16 James Taylor, SC, rocker (Kool & The Gang-Joanna)
  • Aug 17 Kevin Rowlands, rock vocalist (Dexy's Midnight Runners-Come on Eileen)
  • Aug 23 Bobby Gubby, English rocker (Bucks Fizz-My Camera Never Lies), born in Epsom, Surrey, England
  • Aug 24 Ron Holloway, American tenor saxophonist
  • Aug 27 Alex Lifeson, rock guitarist (Rush), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Aug 29 Rick Downey, American rock drummer and vocalist (Blue Oyster Cult)

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 28 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (36) divorces bass player Ray Brown (27) after 6 years of marriage

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 13 Dmitri Arakishvili, composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 27 Nicolai Berezowsky, composer, dies at 53
  • Aug 30 Dimitar Nenov, Bulgarian composer, pianist and architect, dies at 51