On This Day

August 1956 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Aug 4 Elvis Presley releases "Hound Dog", a cover of Big Mama Thorton's original, written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 2 Isabel Pantoja, Spanish singer (Genio y Figura), born in Seville, Spain
  • Aug 3 Kirk Brandon, English rocker (Theatre of Hate, Spear of Destiny-Outland), born in Westminster, London
  • Aug 5 Ferdi Bolland, Dutch singer/guitarist (Bolland & Bolland)
  • Aug 8 Chris Foreman, British pop-ska guitarist (Madness - "Our House"; "It Must Be Love"), born in London
  • Aug 8 David Grant, British pop-soul singer ("Stop & Go"; "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love"), and televeion personality (Pop Idol), born in Hackney, London, England
  • Aug 10 Charlie Peacock, American jazz and contemporary Christian music pianist, singer, songwriter, and record producer (The Civil Wars), born in Yuba City, California
  • Aug 10 On Ka'a Davis, American experimental jazz guitarist and composer (Sun Ra Arkestra), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Aug 14 Sharon Bryant, American vocalist (Atlantic Starr), born in Westchester County, New York
  • Aug 15 Vinny Denunzio, American drummer (The Feelies), born in New Jersey
  • Aug 15 Lorraine Desmarais, French Canadian jazz pianist and composer, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Aug 15 Peter-John Vettese, Scottish keyboardist (Jethro Tull, 1982-89), songwriter, arranger, and producer born in Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Aug 18 John Debney, American composer, born in Glendale, California
  • Aug 18 Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz, American musician, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 20 Rick Olsen, American rock guitarist (Berlin - "Take My Breath Away")
  • Aug 23 Kile Smith, American contemporary orchestral and choral composer, born in Camden, New Jersey
  • Aug 25 Matt Aitken, English songwriter and rocker (Stock Aitken & Waterman-Road Block), born in Coventry, England
  • Aug 27 Glen Matlock, British punk rock bassist (The Sex Pistols; The Philistines), born in Paddington, London
  • Aug 29 (Jesus Christ) "G.G." Allin, American punk rock singer, born in Lancaster, New Hampshire (d. 1993)

Weddings in Music

  • Aug 5 Actress-singer Shirley Jones (22) weds film and stage actor-singer Jack Cassidy (29)

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 30 Anita Donostia [Jose Antonio de Donostia], Spanish composer, musicologist and priest, dies at 70