On This Day

August 1968 in Music History

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 in US (Billboard Song of the Year 1968, Billboard 10th biggest song of all time 2013)
  • Aug 30 1st record released on Apple label in UK is The Beatles single "Hey Jude"

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
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 1 Dan Donegan, American musician (Disturbed), born in Oak Lawn, Illinois
  • Aug 5 Terri Clark, Canadian country singer
  • Aug 7 [James] Lynn Strait, American singer (Snot), born in Manhasset, New York (d. 1998)
  • Aug 9 Sam Fogarino, American drummer (Interpol), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 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., American actor (I Shot Andy Warhol) and musician (Camp Freddy), born in London, England
  • Aug 19 Mark McGuinn, American country music artist, born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Aug 20 Yuri Shiratori, Japanese voice actress and singer, born in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Aug 22 Paul Colman, British-Australian guitarist (Newsboys, 2006-09), born in London
  • Aug 24 Andreas Kisser, Brazilian heavy metal guitarist (Sepultura), born in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil
  • Aug 25 Rafet El Roman [Yaşdut], Turkish pop singer and songwriter (Gençliğin Gözyaşı - The Tears of the Youth), born in at Uzunköprü. Turkey
  • Aug 25 Stuart Murdoch, Scottish singer and songwriter (Belle & Sebastian), born in Clarkston, East Renfrewshire, Scotland
  • Aug 25 Takeshi Ueda, Japanese rock bassist (The Mad Capsule Markets), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • 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 and 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 adultery

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 5 Luther Perkins American guitarist
  • Aug 15 Edward Kilenyi, Sr. [Ede Kilényi], composer and teacher (Clipped Wings, Outside the Law), dies at 84
  • Aug 16 Luis Gianneo, composer, dies at 71
  • Aug 18 Cy Walter, American jazz pianist (Three's Company), dies of cancer at 52