On This Day

August 1961 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Aug 2 The Beatles 1st gig as house band of Liverpool's Cavern Club

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 2 Pete de Freitas, English rock drummer (Echo & the Bunnyman), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 1989)
  • Aug 2 Cold 187um [Gregory Fernan Hutchison], American rapper (Above the Law), born in Pomona, California
  • Aug 3 Lee Rocker [Leon Drucker], American rock bassist (Stray Cats - ""Rock This Town"), born in Massapequa, Long Island, New York
  • Aug 5 Mark O'Connor, American violinist and composer of classical, jazz and bluegrass music (Appalachian Journey), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Aug 5 Pat Smear [Georg Ruthenberg], American rock guitarist (Foo Fighters), born in West Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 8 The Edge [Dave Evans], rock guitarist (U2-I Will Follow), born in London, England
  • Aug 8 Daniel House, American music executive
  • Aug 8 Rikki Rockett, American drummer (Poison-Every Rose Has a Thorn), born in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 10 Jon Farriss, Australian rock vocalist/drummer (INXS-Kiss the Dirt)
  • Aug 12 Roy Hay, guitarist (Culture Club-Do You Really Want to Hurt Me)
  • Aug 12 Lawrence Hayward, English musician (Felt, Denim, Go Kart Mozart)
  • Aug 13 Stuart Maconie, English music writer and broadcaster, born in Whiston, Lancashire, England
  • Aug 15 Matt Johnson, English singer-songwriter (The The), born in London, England
  • Aug 20 Rick Rael, heavy metal rocker
  • Aug 22 Debbi Peterson, rock drummer (Bangles-Eternal Flame), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 22 Roland Orzabal, English musician and rock vocalist (Tears for Fears - "Shout", "Everybody Wants to Rule the World"), born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
  • Aug 23 Dean DeLeo, American guitarist (Stone Temple Pilots), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • Aug 23 Alexandre Desplat, French film composer (The Grand Budapest Hotel), born in Paris, France
  • Aug 24 Colin Angus, Scottish pop musician (Shamen, Ebeneezer Goode)
  • Aug 24 Mark "Bedders" Bedford, English rock bassist (Madness), born in Islington, London

Person of interestBilly Ray Cyrus

Aug 25 Billy Ray Cyrus, American country singer (Achy Breaky Heart), born in Flatwoods, Kentucky

Country Singer-Songwriter Billy Ray Cyrus
Country Singer-Songwriter
Billy Ray Cyrus
  • Aug 26 Jimmy Olander, American country guitarist and banjo player (Diamond Rio - "Meet in Middle"), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Aug 28 Kim Appleby, English singer (Mel & Kim-Coming to America), born in Stoke Newington, London
  • Aug 29 Tony MacAlpine, American heavy metal rocker (Solo-Edge of Insanity), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Aug 31 David Chastain, American heavy metal guitarist (Chastain-Rule of Wasteland), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 8 Méi Lánfāng, Chinese opera performer (b. 1894)
  • Aug 14 Guido Alberto Fano, Italian composer and pianist, dies at 86
  • Aug 17 Carlos Leon Salzedo, French born American composer and harpist, dies at 76