On This Day

August 1964 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Aug 1 Beatles' single "A Hard Day's Night" goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks
  • Aug 5 Beatles record a cover of Little Willie John's "Leave My Kitten Alone"; not released until 1995's "Anthology"
  • Aug 8 "110 in the Shade" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 330 performances
  • Aug 8 Dutch Opera forms in Amsterdam
  • Aug 8 Rolling Stones 1st Dutch concert
  • Aug 8 1st Rolling Stones concert in Netherlands at The Kurhaus of Scheveningen, in The Hague
  • Aug 11 "A Hard Days Night" a musical comedy film featuring the Beatles released in the US
  • Aug 18 Beatles arrive in San Francisco, 2nd US visit
  • Aug 22 Supreme's "Where Did Our Love Go" reaches #1

Film Premier

Aug 27 Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins" directed by Robert Stevenson, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke premieres in Los Angeles

Actress and Singer Julie Andrews
Actress and Singer
Julie Andrews
Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
Actor Dick Van Dyke
Actor
Dick Van Dyke

Musical Finale

Aug 29 Stephen Sondheim's musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", starring Zero Mostel, and Jack Gilford, closes at Alvin Theater, NYC, after 965 performances and 6 Tony Awards

Composer and Lyricist Stephen Sondheim
Composer and Lyricist
Stephen Sondheim

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 1 Nick Christian Sayer, British rock guitarist (Transvision Vamp - "Velveteen"; "Baby I Don't Care"), born in England
  • Aug 1 Adam Duritz, American rock singer-songwriter, and keyboardist (Counting Crows - "Mr. Jones"; "Accidentally in Love"), born in Baltimore, Maryland

Adam Yauch

Aug 5 MCA [Adam Yauch], American rap-rock vocalist (Beastie Boys -"(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)

Rocker Adam Yauch
Rocker
Adam Yauch
  • Aug 10 Aaron Hall, American songwriter
  • Aug 11 Hamish, rocker (The Pasedenas - "Riding on the Train")
  • Aug 13 Ian Haugland, Norwegian heavy metal drummer (Europe - "The Final Countdown"), born in Storslett, Nordreisa, Norway
  • Aug 17 Colin James, Canadian singer-songwriter, born in Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Aug 18 Edith Frost, American singer and songwriter, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Aug 19 Tom Rust, British jazz vocalist, born in Manchester, England
  • Aug 20 Miljenko "Dino" Dvornik, Croatian singer known as "the Croatian King of Funk", born in Split, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia (d. 2008)
  • Aug 24 Pebbles [Perri Reid (née McKissack)], American pop singer ("Girlfriend"), minister, and gospel singer, born in Oakland, California
  • Aug 24 Oteil Burbridge, American bassist (Allman Brothers Band, 1997-2014; Dead & Company, 2015-present), born in Washington, D.C.

Weddings in Music

John Coltrane

Aug 4 Jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane (35) weds jazz harpist and pianist Alice Macleod

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 2 José María Castro, Argentine composer, dies at 71
  • Aug 14 Johnny Burnette, American rockabilly singer-songwriter and guitarist ('Train Kept A-Rollin'"; "You're Sixteen"), drowns in nighttime boating mishap at 30
  • Aug 24 Maurice Schoemaker, Belgian composer (Fireworks), dies at 73
  • Aug 27 Alexey Semyonovich Zhivotov, Russian composer, dies at 59
  • Aug 31 Carole Coleman, singer (Make Mine Music), dies at 42