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

Music Recording

Aug 21 American country singer Patsy Cline records then-struggling songwriter Willie Neslon's song "Crazy", in Nashville, Tennessee

Country Music Singer Patsy Cline
Country Music Singer
Patsy Cline

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 - "Everlong"; "My Hero"), born in West Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 8 The Edge [David Evans], British rock guitarist (U2 - "I Will Follow"; "Desire"; "Where The Streets Have No Name"), born in London, England
  • Aug 8 Daniel House, American music executive
  • Aug 8 Rikki Rockett {Ricahrd Ream], American drummer (Poison - "Every Rose Has A Thorn"), born in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 10 Jon Farriss, Australian rock drummer (INXS - "The Devil Inside"; "New Sensation"), born in Perth, Australia
  • Aug 12 Roy Hay, British 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 - "Manic Monday"; "Walk Like An Egyptian", 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 (The Shamen - "Ebeneezer Goode"), born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Aug 24 Mark "Bedders" Bedford, English rock-ska bassist (Madness - "House Of Fun"), born in Islington, London

Billy 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 ("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 15 Granville "Sticks" McGhee, American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter ("Drinkin' Wine; Spo-Dee-O-Dee"), dies of lung cancer at 43
  • Aug 17 Carlos Leon Salzedo, French born American composer and harpist, dies at 76