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August 1960 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Recording

Aug 1 Aretha Franklin's 1st recording session for Columbia Records in NYC

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The Twist Dance Craze

Aug 6 Chubby Checker performs his version of Hank Ballard's "The Twist" on "The Dick Clark Show", starting a worldwide dance craze

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Young people in Berlin taking part in the Twist dance craze, 1964
Young people in Berlin taking part in the Twist dance craze, 1964
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  • Aug 8 "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini" hits #1
  • Aug 18 The Beatles give their 1st public performance at the Indra Club in Hamburg

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 1 Chuck D [Chuck Ridenhour], US rapper (Public Enemy), born in Queens, New York
  • Aug 2 Neal Morse, American musician (Spock's Beard; Transatlantic), born in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 2 David Yow, American musician (Scratch Acid; The Jesus Lizard), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Aug 4 Robbin Crosby, American heavy metal rock guitarist and vocalist (Ratt - "Round & Round"), born in La Jolla, California (d. 2002)
  • Aug 5 Seth Swirsky, American pop songwriter ("Tell It To My Heart") , born in Connecticut
  • Aug 6 Aldo Jones [Albert Mansis], American rockabilly bassist and singer (Ben Vaughn Combo), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 2001)
  • Aug 7 Jacquie O'Sullivan, English singer and songwriter (Bananarama-Venus), born in London, United Kingdom
  • Aug 12 Morty Black, heavy metal rocker (TNT-7 Seas)
  • Aug 13 Koji Kondo, Japanese composer and music director for Nintendo, born in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
  • Aug 14 Sarah Brightman, English actress and singer (Phantom of the Opera), born in Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
  • Aug 14 Cecilia Gasdia, Italian soprano, born in Verona, Italy
  • Aug 16 Flood [Marc Ellis], British record producer and audio engineer, born in London, England
  • Aug 17 Stephan Eicher, Swiss singer, born in Münchenbuchsee, Switzerland
  • Aug 26 Branford Marsalis, American jazz, classical and funk saxophonist (Sting; Tonight Show, 1992-95), born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
  • Aug 26 Nancy Martinez, French Canadian pop-dance singer (Move Out), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Aug 26 Ola Ray, American model, Playboy playmate (Jun, 1980) and actress (girlfriend in Thriller music video), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Aug 26 Pharez Whitted, American jazz, funk, and soul trumpeter, and educator, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Aug 30 Chalino Sánchez, Mexican musician, born in Alturas Del Sur Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico (d. 1992)
  • Aug 31 Chris Whitley, American blues-rock guitarist, singer and songwriter, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2005)

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 7 Vaino Hannikainen, composer, dies at 60
  • Aug 20 Rudolf Moser, composer, dies at 68
  • Aug 23 Oscar Hammerstein II, American lyricist (Rodgers & Hammerstein - "Oklahoma!"; "South Pacific"; "The King And I"; " The Sound Of Music"), dies at 65
  • Aug 26 Mark Hambourg, Russian-British composer, dies at 81
  • Aug 28 Anton Lajovic, Slovenian composer, dies at 81