On This Day

August 1954 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Aug 4 The Government of Pakistan approves the National Anthem, written by Hafeez Jullundhry and composed by Ahmed G. Chagla
  • Aug 7 "Golden Apple" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 125 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 6 Elma Miller, Canadian composer, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Aug 9 Pete Thomas, British drummer (Elvis Costello), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
  • Aug 11 (David Ian) "Joe" Jackson, British singer-songwriter, and pianist ( "Is She Really Going Out with Him?"; "Steppin' Out"), born in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England
  • Aug 11 Juan Maria Solare, Argentine composer
  • Aug 11 Sinan Savaskan, Turkish-British contemporary classical music composer and educator (The Age of Analysis; Octandre Ensemble), born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Aug 12 Pat Metheny, American jazz and fusion guitarist ("As Wichita Falls, So Falls Wichita"), born in Lee's Summit, Missouri
  • Aug 13 Nico Assumpção, Brazilian bass player, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 2001)
  • Aug 17 Eric Johnson, American guitarist, born in Austin, Texas
  • Aug 20 Tawn Mastrey, American disc jockey and music video producer, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2007)
  • Aug 21 Steve Smith, American rock drummer (Journey), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 21 Nick Kane, American rock guitarist (The Mavericks, 1993-2000 - "Dance the Night Away"), born in Jerusalem, Georgia
  • Aug 24 Steve Holley, British rock session and touring drummer (Wings, 1978-81; Julian Lennon; Elton John, Dar Williams; Mott The Hoople, 2018-21), born in London, England

Elvis Costello

Aug 25 Elvis Costello [Declan Patrick McManus], English rock singer and songwriter (Allison; Watching The Detectives; The Other Side Of Summer), born in Paddington, London

Singer-Songwriter Elvis Costello
Singer-Songwriter
Elvis Costello
  • Aug 25 Marty Jourard, American keyboardist and vocalist (Motels-Only the Lonely), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Aug 26 Michael Chetwood, British keyboard player (T'Pau), born in Shropshire, England
  • Aug 26 Wally Murphy, American pedal steel guitarist (Asleep At The Wheel, 1981-85; STEEL)
  • Aug 29 Julio Fernandez, Cuban-American jazz guitarist (Spyro Gyra, 1984-present), born in Havana, Cuba

Weddings in Music

Johnny Cash

Aug 7 Musician Johnny Cash (22) marries 1st wife Vivian Liberto (20)

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 2 Rene Amengual, Chilean pianist, composer and educator, dies at 42
  • Aug 8 Gino Tagliapietra, Italian pianist and composer (Antologia di musica antica e moderna per pianoforte), dies at 67
  • Aug 13 Hermann W. S. Waltershausen, German musicologist and composer, dies at 71
  • Aug 17 Billy Murray, American singer (Denver Nightengale), dies at 77