On This Day

August 1958 in Music History

Events in Music

#1 in the Charts

Aug 4 The Billboard Hot 100 is published for the 1st time, with "Poor Little Fool" by Ricky Nelson at #1

  • Aug 23 "Musical Marie" Ashton completes playing piano at the Plaza-Central cinema in England - a female record 133 hours

Music History

Aug 29 George Harrison joins The Quarrymen, who later become The Beatles

Music Single

Aug 29 Cliff Richard and the Drifters release single "Move It", Richards debut single. Credited as 1st British Rock n Roll song.

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 1 Rob Buck, American guitarist and songwriter (10,000 Maniacs - "Hey Jack Kerouac"; "These Are Days"), born in Jamestown, New York (d. 2000)
  • Aug 1 Michael Penn, American singer-songwriter ("No Myth"), film score composer, and record producer, born in Greenwich Village, New York City
  • Aug 3 Cindy Nixon, American singer (Girls Next Door-Don't Be Cruel), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Aug 6 Randy DeBarge, American pop-rock singer, and bassist (Debarge - "Rhythm Of The Night"), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Aug 6 Simon Francken, Dutch bassist (Ivy Green)
  • Aug 7 Bruce Dickinson, English heavy metal rocker (Iron Maiden-Run to Hills), born in Worksop, United Kingdom
  • Aug 9 Greg Chaisson, Canadian heavy metal bassist (Badlands - "Dreams in the Dark"), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Aug 13 Feargal Sharkey, Irish punk rock singer (The Undertones - "My Perfect Cousin"; solo - "A Good Heart"), born in Derry, Northern Ireland


Aug 16 Madonna [Ciccone], American singer and actress (Like a Virgin), born in Bay City, Michigan

  • Aug 17 Belinda Carlisle, American new wave-pop singer (The Go-Go's - "Vacation"; solo - "Heaven On Earth"), born in Hollywood, California
  • Aug 22 Ian Mitchell, Irish rocker (Bay City Rollers - "Saturday Night"), born in Downpatrick, Ireland (d. 2020)
  • Aug 22 Vernon Reid, English-born American guitarist (Living Colour), born in London
  • Aug 25 Saskia van Orly, Dutch singer (Tambourine)

Michael Jackson

Aug 29 Michael Jackson, American recording artist, dancer, and King of Pop ("Thriller"; Billie Jean"; "Bad"), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 2009)

Weddings in Music

Buddy Holly

Aug 15 American rock singer-songwriter Buddy Holly (21) weds receptionist Maria Santiago

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 5 Joseph Holbrooke, English pianist, conductor and composer (3 Blind Mice), dies at 80
  • Aug 9 Felipe Boero, Argentine composer, dies at 74
  • Aug 14 Big Bill Broonzy, American blues singer and guitarist (Blues by Broonzy), dies of cancer at 65
  • Aug 17 Florent Schmitt, French composer (La tragédie de Salome; Psalm 47), and music critic (Le Temps), dies at 87
  • Aug 21 Stevan Hristić, Serbian composer, dies at 73
  • Aug 21 Walter Schumann, American choral director (Ford Show) and film and television composer (Night Of The Hunter; Dragnet theme), dies at 44
  • Aug 24 Kenneth Leighton, British pianist and composer, dies of esophageal cancer at 58
  • Aug 24 Leo Blech, German opera composer and conductor, (Königliches Opernhaus, 1906-37; Städtische Oper, 1949-53). dies at 87
  • Aug 26 Ralph Vaughan Williams, English composer (Hugh the Drover), dies at 85
  • Aug 28 Nikolay Golovanov, Soviet composer, dies at 67