August 1968 in Music

Events in Music

  • Aug 4 100,000 attend Newport Pop Festival, Costa Mesa, California
  • Aug 11 Beatles launch "Apple Records" label
  • Aug 23 Ringo quits Beatles over a disagreement (temporarily).
  • Aug 26 "Hey Jude" single released by the Beatles (Billboard Song of the Year 1968, Billboard 10th biggest song of all time 2013)
  • Aug 30 1st record under Apple label (Beatle's Hey Jude)

Music concertMusic Concert

Aug 30 John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "One on One" benefit for children at Madison Square Garden, New York

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 31 Private Eye magazine reports a John Lennon and Yoko Ono album will have a picture of them nude on cover

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 1 Dan Donegan, American musician (Disturbed)
  • Aug 5 Terri Clark, Canadian country singer
  • Aug 7 Lynn Strait, American singer (Snot)
  • Aug 9 Sam Fogarino, American musician (Interpol)
  • Aug 10 Michael Bivins, rock vocalist (New Edition, Bell Biv Devoe), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 11 Charlie Sexton, rocker (Arc Angels)
  • Aug 11 Veda Hille, Canadian singer
  • Aug 16 Donovan Leitch Jr, actor/musician (I Shot Andy Warhol)
  • Aug 19 Mark McGuinn, country music singer
  • Aug 20 Yuri Shiratori, Japanese voice actress and singer
  • Aug 22 Paul Colman, Australian guitarist (Newsboys), born in London
  • Aug 24 Andreas Kisser, Brazilian heavy metal guitarist (Sepultura)
  • Aug 25 Rafet El Roman, Turkish singer and composer
  • Aug 25 Stuart Murdoch, Scottish musician (Belle & Sebastian)
  • Aug 25 Takeshi Ueda, Japanese singer and composer
  • Aug 25 Spider One [Michael David Cummings], American musician (Powerman 5000). born in Haverhill, Massachusetts

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 16 Singer/actor Frank Sinatra and 3rd wife actress Mia Farrow divorce after 2 years of marriage

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 22 Cynthia Lennon sues Beatle member John Lennon for divorce on grounds of adultry

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 5 Luther Perkins American guitarist
  • Aug 15 Edward Kilenyi, composer, dies at 84
  • Aug 16 Luis Gianneo, composer, dies at 71
  • Aug 18 Cy Walter, pianist (3's Company), dies at 52