On This Day

August 1969 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Aug 1 110,000 attend Atlantic City Pop Festival

Music History

Aug 2 Bob Dylan makes surprise appearance at his 10th high school reunion, in Hibbing, Minnesota

  • Aug 8 The Beatles are photographed by Iain MacMillan crossing the street as they walk away from EMI Studios, for the cover of their "Abbey Road" album. [1]
  • Aug 9 Kander and Ebbs' musical "Zorba" closes at Imperial Theater, NYC, after 305 performances

Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Aug 15 Woodstock Festival opens in Bethel, New York on Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm; performers include Richie Havens, Tim Hardin, Ravi Shankar, Melanie, Arlo Guthrie, and Joan Baez

Music History

Aug 16 Second day of the Woodstock Festival in Bethel, New York; performers include Santana, John Sebastian; Mountain, Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, The Who, and Jefferson Airplane

Music History

Aug 17 Woodstock Festival closes with Jimi Hendrix / Band of Gypsys as final act (taking the stage at 9AM on the 18th); other performers included Joe Cocker, Country Joe MacDonald & The Fish, The Band, CSN&Y, and Sha Na Na

Music History

Aug 18 Mick Jagger accidentally shot while filming "Ned Kelly"

  • Aug 22 Beatles record a video for "Long & Winding Road"
  • Aug 30 120,000 attend Texas International Pop Festival
  • Aug 31 25,000 attend New Orleans Pop Festival

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 2 Jan Axel Blomberg, Norwegian musician (Dimmu Borgir, Winds, Mayhem), born in Trysil Municipality, Norway
  • Aug 2 Richard Hallebeek, Dutch guitarist, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Aug 4 Max Cavalera, Brazilian heavy metal guitarist and singer (Sepultura), born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Aug 6 Elliott [Steven] Smith, American Oscar nominated singer-songwriter (Good Will Hunting - "Miss Misery"), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2003)
  • Aug 8 Faye Wong, Hong Kong cantopop singer-songwriter and actress (Chungking Express), born in Beijing, China
  • Aug 11 Eddie Garcia, LA, actor/musician (Guys Next Door-I Was Made For You)
  • Aug 11 Jonah Matranga, American singer
  • Aug 12 Tanita Tikaram, British pop-folk singer-songwriter ("Twist in My Sobriety"), born in Münster, West Germany
  • Aug 17 Donnie Wahlberg, American pop singer (New Kids On The Block - "Hangin' Tough"), producer, and actor, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 17 Linas Rimša, Lithuanian classical and jazz composer, born in Vilnius, Lithuanian SSR
  • Aug 18 Masta Killa [Elgin Turner], American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 18 Everlast [Erik Francis Schrody], American musician (House Of Pain), born in Valley Stream, New York
  • Aug 19 Nate Dogg [Nathaniel Dwayne Hale], American rapper ("Regulate"; "21 Questions"), born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 2011)
  • Aug 19 Clay Walker, American country singer ("Dreaming With My Eyes Open"), born in Vidor, Texas
  • Aug 26 Adrian Young, American drummer (No Doubt - "Don't Speak"), born in Long Beach, California
  • Aug 28 Mary McCartney, English photographer and daughter of Beatle Paul and Linda McCartney, born in London
  • Aug 28 Jack Black, American actor (High Fidelity; Kung Fu Panda), comedian and singer (Tenacious D), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Aug 29 Me'Shell Ndegéocello [Michelle Johnson], American singer-songwriter ("If That's Your Boyfriend..."), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Aug 30 Dimitris Sgouros, Greek classical pianist, born in Athens, Greece

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 2 Clarence Dickinson, American composer, dies at 96
  • Aug 7 Joseph Kosma, composer, dies at 63
  • Aug 7 Russ Morgan, American orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), dies at 65
  • Aug 18 Laci Boldemann, Swedish composer, dies at 48
  • Aug 31 Ottmar Gerster, German composer (rector of the Liszt Music Academy in Weimar), dies at 72