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August 1970 in Music History

Events in Music

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Aug 4 Jim Morrison arrested for public drunkenness in Los Angeles

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison

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Aug 6 "Festival for Peace" concert helad at Shea Stadium, NYC to mark 25th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing; performers included Janis Joplin, Janis Joplin, Paul Simon, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steppenwolf, Miles Davis, Johnny Winter, Herbie Hancock, Dionne Warwick, John Sebastian, The Rascals, and the Broadway cast of "Hair"

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin
Musician and Composer Herbie Hancock
Musician and Composer
Herbie Hancock
Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis
  • Aug 7 Christine Perfect (McVie) joins Fleetwood Mac

Music ConcertJim Morrison's Trial

Aug 10 Jim Morrison's trial for "lewd and lascivious behavior" begins in Miami, Florida

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Jim Morrison and The Doors at the Dade County Courthouse
Jim Morrison and The Doors at the Dade County Courthouse
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Aug 25 Elton John's 1st US appearance (Troubador - West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California)

Singer Elton John
Elton John

Music releaseMusic Recording

Aug 27 Jimi Hendrix creates his last studio recording at Electric Lady Studios in New York, an instrumental called "Slow Blues"

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • Aug 28 "I'll Be There" single by The Jackson 5 is released (Billboard Song of the Year 1970)

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 2 Zelma Davis, Liberian-American singer (C+C Music Factory - "Things That Make You Go Hmmm..."), born in Monrovia, Liberia
  • Aug 3 Stephen Carpenter, American musician (Deftones), born in Sacramento, California
  • Aug 9 Arion Salazar, American rock bassist (Third Eye Blind - "Semi-Charmed Life"), born in Oakland, California
  • Aug 10 Jeff Mangum, American psychodelic-pop, folk-rock musician, and singer-songwriter (Neutral Milk Hotel - "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea") born in Ruston, Louisiana
  • Aug 11 Andy Bell, English musician (Ride, Hurricane #1, Oasis)
  • Aug 14 Kevin Rene Cadogan, American singer-songwriter (Third Eye Blind), born in Oakland, California
  • Aug 19 Fat Joe [Cartagena], American rapper ("Wat's Luv?"), born in the Bronx, New York
  • Aug 20 Fred Durst, American singer (Limp Bizkit), born in Gastonia, North Carolina
  • Aug 23 Brad Mehldau, American jazz pianist, born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Aug 25 Jo Dee Messina, American country music singer (I'm Alright), born in, in Framingham, Massachusetts
  • Aug 27 Tony Kanal, Indian-American bassist and songwriter (No Doubt - "Don't Speak"), born in Kingsbury, London, England
  • Aug 28 Rick Recht, Jewish-American singer ("Tear Down The Walls"), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Aug 30 Michael Wong, Chinese Malaysian singer, born in Ipoh, Malaysia
  • Aug 31 Deborah (Debbie) Gibson, singer (Only in My Dreams), born in Brooklyn, New York

Weddings in Music

  • Aug 2 American songwriter Sammy Cahn (57) weds American fashion designer Virginia "Tita" Curtis in California
  • Aug 4 "The Beach Boys" drummer Dennis Wilson (25) weds Barbara Charren (24)

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 5 Otto "Toby" Hardwicke, American jazz alto saxophone player (The Washingtonians, 1923-28; Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1932-46 - "Sophisticated Lady"; "In A Sentimental Mood"), dies at 66
  • Aug 6 Ingolf Dahl [Marcus], German-American pianist and composer (Allegro and Arioso), dies at 56
  • Aug 10 Bernd-Alois Zimmermann, German composer (The Soldiers Requiem), commits suicide at 52
  • Aug 13 Viktor Nikolayevich Trambitsky, Russian composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 14 Vano Il'ich Muradeli, composer, dies at 62
  • Aug 15 Karl August Andersen, Norwegian cellist and composer, dies at 66
  • Aug 21 Timothy Mather Spelman, American composer, dies at 79
  • Aug 22 Richard Frank Donovan, American organist, teacher, and composer (Smoek and Steel; Wood-Notes), dies at 78
  • Aug 23 Nel Rose, Dutch dance teacher, dies at 55