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 23 Beatles release single "She Loves You" in the UK

Music History

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


Birthdays in Music

Coolio

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

James Hetfield

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

  • 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 6 Jamie Kensit, British pop singer (Eighth Wonder - "I'm Not Scared"), born in Lambeth, London
  • Aug 7 Marcus Lewis, American soul singer (Sing Me A Song), born in Pontiac, Michigan
  • Aug 8 Caroline Crawley, British alt-rock singer (Shelleyan Orphan; Babacar), born in Bournemouth, England (d. 2016)

Whitney Houston

Aug 9 Whitney Houston, American singer ("I Will Always Love You"; "I Wanna Dance With Somebody"), actress (The Bodyguard), and film producer (The Princess Diaries) 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 (Myra) "Tori" Amos, American multiple Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, and pianist ("Crucify"; "Cornflake Girl"), born in Newton, North Carolina
  • Aug 22 David Sanford, American composer, jazz trombonist, bandleader, and educator (Mount Holyoke, 1998-present), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 24 John Bush, American heavy metal singer (Armored Saint, 1982-present; Anthrax, 1992-2005, 2010), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 29 Elizabeth Fraser, Scottish singer (Cocteau Twins - "Heaven OR Las Vegas"), 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 14 Clyde Hurley, American session and big band jazz trumpeter (Glenn Miller - "Tuxedo Junction"; "In The Mood"), dies of heart failure at 46
  • Aug 15 John Powell, American composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 19 Kathleen Parlow, Canadian violinist, and educator, dies at 72
  • Aug 23 Glen Gray [Knoblauch], American jazz saxophonist and bandleader (Casa Loma Orchestra), dies of lymphoma, at 63
  • Aug 30 Axel Stordahl, American arranger (Tommy Dorsey; Frank Sinatra), orchestra leader (Eddie Fisher), and composer (McHales's Navy theme), dies of cancer at 50