On This Day

August 1963 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Aug 1 Beatles Book is sold out on its 1st day of sale
  • Aug 3 "No Strings" closes at 84th St Theater NYC after 580 performances
  • Aug 3 Beatles final performance at Cavern Club in Liverpool
  • Aug 8 Kingsmen release "Louie, Louie", radio stations label it obscene
  • Aug 9 Britains rock TV show, Ready Steady Go, premieres
  • Aug 23 Beatles release single "She Loves You" in the UK

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 25 Paul McCartney is fined 31 pounds & given a 1 yr suspended license for speeding

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Birthdays in Music


Person of interestCoolio

Aug 1 Coolio [Artis Leon Ivey Jr.], American rapper (Gangsta's Paradise), born in Monessen Pennsylvania

Rapper Coolio
Rapper
Coolio

Person of interestJames Hetfield

Aug 3 James Hetfield, American heavy metal rocker (Metallica), born in Downey, California

Metallica Rocker James Hetfield
Metallica Rocker
James Hetfield
  • Aug 3 Ed Roland, American singer-songwriter (Collective Soul), born in Stockbridge, Georgia
  • Aug 5 Mike Nocito, American rocker (Johnny Hates Jazz), born in Wiesbaden, West Germany
  • Aug 7 Marcus Lewis, American soul singer (Sing Me A Song), born in Pontiac, Michigan

Person of interestWhitney Houston

Aug 9 Whitney Houston, American singer (I Will Always Love You; I Wanna Dance With Somebody), and actress (The Bodyguard), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2012)

  • Aug 11 Thornetta Davis, American blues singer, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Aug 12 Sir Mix A Lot [Anthony Ray], American rapper (Baby Got Back), born in Auburn, Washington
  • Aug 13 Tigg Ketler, American drummer (Bang Tango-Dancin' on Coals), born in Chula Vista, California
  • Aug 19 Joey Tempest [Rolf Larsson], Swedish rocker (Europe - "The Final Countdown'), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Aug 22 Tori Amos [Myra Ellen Amos], American pianist and vocalist (Under The Pink), born in Newton, North Carolina
  • Aug 24 John Bush, American heavy metal singer (Armored Saint, Anthrax), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 29 Elizabeth Fraser, Scottish singer (Cocteau Twins), born in Grangemouth, Scotland
  • Aug 30 Paul Oakenfold, British record producer and DJ, born in Mile End, London
  • Aug 31 Richard "Reb" Beach, American heavy metal guitarist (Winger; Whitesnake), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 5 Salvador Bacarisse, Spanish composer, dies at 64
  • Aug 8 Sándor Jemnitz, Hungarian composer, dies at 72
  • Aug 15 John Powell, American composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 19 Kathleen Parlow, Canadian violinist (b. 1890)
  • Aug 23 Glen Gray, American jazz musician and leader of the Casa Loma Orchestra (b. 1900)
  • Aug 30 Axel Stordahl, American arranger & orchestra leader (Frank Sinatra Show), dies of cancer at 50