August 1971 in Music History

Events in Music

The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour

Aug 1 "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour" debuts on CBS-TV, with comic actor and singer Jimmy Durante as guest

Music Concert

Aug 1 George Harrison's benefit concerts for Bangladesh (2 shows) take place at Madison Square Garden, NYC; performers include Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Ravi Shankar, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, and Leon Russell

Music History

Aug 3 Paul McCartney announces formation of his group Wings

Back Seat of My Car

Aug 13 Paul & Linda McCartney release single "Back Seat of My Car"

Music History

Aug 31 Beatle John Lennon leaves England for the final time, moving to New York City

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 5 "Evil" Jared Hasselhoff [Hennegan], American rock bassist (Bloodhound Gang), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 10 Stephan Groth, Danish-Norwegian synth-pop singer (Apoptygma Berzerk), born in Odense, Denmark
  • Aug 13 Vernell Brown Jr., American jazz and R&B pianist, composer, arranger (Kenny Garrett Quintet), born in Las Angeles, California
  • Aug 18 Richard D. James, Irish-born musician (Aphex Twin), born in Limerick, Ireland
  • Aug 20 Brad Avery, American Christian rock guitarist (Third Day, 1995-08)
  • Aug 21 Liam Howlett, British musician (The Prodigy), born in Braintree, Essex, England
  • Aug 21 Matthew Noonan, American concert organist, born in Brockport, New York

Thalía (52 years old)

Aug 26 Mexican actress and singer known as the "Queen of Latin Pop", born in Mexico City

  • Aug 27 Julian Cheung Chi-Lam, singer (A Modern Love Story) and actor (Return Of The Cuckoo), born in North Point, British Hong Kong
  • Aug 30 Lars Frederiksen, American guitarist (Rancid; UK Subs), born in Campbell, California

Weddings in Music

Donna Summer

Aug 5 American future five-time Grammy Award singer Donna Summer [née Gaines] (22) weds German actor Helmuth Sommer; divorce in 1976

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 5 Josef Stanislav, Czech composer, and pedagogue, dies at 74
  • Aug 13 King Curtis [Ousley], American Grammy Award-winning R&B, rock, jazz, and session saxophonist bandleader ("Memphis Soul Stew"; Aretha Franklin; John Lennon), murdered during an argument with a vagrant outside of his NYC home at 37
  • Aug 15 Thomas Wayne, American rockabilly singer ("Tragedy"), dies in a car accident at 31
  • Aug 23 Gisela Hernández [Gonzalo], Cuban composer (Diálogo), and music educator, dies at 58
  • Aug 25 Ted Lewis [Theodore Leopold Friedman], American entertainer, bandleader and musician (Is Everybody Happy?), dies of lung failure at 81
  • Aug 26 Francesco Santoliquido, Italian composer, dies at 88
  • Aug 27 Lillian "Lil" Hardin Armstrong, American jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader, dies at 73