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 "Leave My Kitten Alone"
  • 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 9 1st Rolling Stones concert in Netherlands
  • 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 release premierFilm Premier

Aug 27 Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins" directed by Robert Stevenson and 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
  • Aug 29 "Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 965 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 1 Nick Christian Sayer, British rocker (Transvision Vamp-Velveteen)
  • Aug 1 Adam Duritz, American musician (Counting Crows), born in Baltimore, Maryland

Person of interestAdam Yauch

Aug 5 MCA [Adam Yauch], rock vocalist (Beastie Boys-You Gotta Fight), 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, heavy metal rocker (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 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, American rock vocalist (Girlfriend), born in Oakland, California

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 4 Jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane (35) weds 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-guitarist (Train Kept A-Rollin', You're Sixteen), drowns at 30
  • Aug 24 Maurice Schoemaker, composer, dies at 73
  • Aug 27 Alexey Semyonovich Zhivotov, composer, dies at 59
  • Aug 31 Carole Coleman, singer (Make Mine Music), dies at 42