On This Day

August 1962 in Music History

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 16 Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as Beatles' drummer, first official concert two days later

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
Original Drummer of the Beatles Pete Best
Original Drummer of the Beatles
Pete Best

Music releaseMusic Recording

Aug 28 Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers (The Beatles) record "Ya Ya (Parts 1 + 2)" in Hamburg, Germany

Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 2 Lee Mavers, British singer and songwriter (The La's - "There She Goes"), born in Liverpool, England
  • Aug 3 Lucky Dube, South African reggae musician, born in Ermelo, Transvaal (d. 2007)
  • Aug 4 Paul Reynolds, British rock guitarist (A Flock of Seagulls - "I Ran (So Far Away)"), born in Liverpool, England
  • Aug 4 Joey Huffman, American rock keyboard and organ player (Soul Asylum), born in Pikeville, Kentucky
  • Aug 7 Bruno Pelletier, Québécois pop singer, born in Charlesbourg, Quebec City, Canada
  • Aug 9 Michael "Mick" Conroy, British bassist (Modern English - "I Melt With You")
  • Aug 10 Dan Donovan, English musician (Big Audio Dynamite)
  • Aug 10 Julia Fordham, British pop and jazz singer-songwriter ("Happy Ever After"), born in Portsmouth, England
  • Aug 16 (Vendela) Astrid Young, Canadian session vocalist, singer-songwriter, and best-selling author (Being Young), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Aug 17 Gilby Clarke, American rock guitarist (Guns N' Roses, 1991-94; Rock Star Supernova), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Aug 19 Angelo Debarre, French gypsy jazz guitarist (Mémoires: Memories of Django), born in Saint-Denis, France
  • Aug 22 James Debarge, American rock vocalist and keyboardist (Debarge - "Rhythm Of The Night"), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Aug 25 Mazzi Rawd, heavy metal rocker (Femme Fatale)
  • Aug 25 Vivian Campbell, Irish heavy metal singer (Def Leppard), born in Belfast, Ireland
  • Aug 29 Hiroki Kikuta, Japanese video game composer, born in Aichi Prefecture, Japan

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 23 British "Beatles" musician John Lennon (21) weds Cynthia Powell (22); divorce in 1968

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 14 June Richmond, American jazz singer (Jimmy Dorsey; Cab Calloway; Andy Kirk - "Hey Lawdy Mama"), dies of a heart attack at 47 [1]
  • Aug 23 Irving Fine, American composer (Toccata), dies of heart disease at 47
  • Aug 24 Henry George Ley, British organist, and choral composer, dies at 74
  • Aug 27 Carlos Lavín, Chilean composer (Lamentaciones Huiliches), and ethno-musicologist, dies at 79