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August 1972 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Aug 5 Moody Blues re-issue their 1967 single "Nights in White Satin", and it reaches #2 on US charts, higher than the initial release

Music History

Aug 10 Paul & Linda McCartney, and their band Wings are arrested in Gothenburg, Sweden on drug possession charges when custom official discover a package of hashish

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney
  • Aug 12 "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC, after 156 performances

Oh! Calcutta! - The Bare Facts

Aug 12 "Oh! Calcutta!" closes at Belasco Theater in NYC after 1316 performances

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A brief cover-up by the cast of
A brief cover-up by the cast of "Oh! Calcutta!"
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Music Concert

Aug 30 John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "One on One" benefit shows (matinee and evening) for children at Madison Square Garden, New York, his final full concert performance

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

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 1 Nicke Royale, Swedish rock musician (The Hellacopters; Imperial State Electric), and graphic artist, born in Sweden
  • Aug 2 Jimmy Pop, American musician (The Bloodhound Gang), born in Trappe, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 2 Justyna Steczkowska, Polish singer, born in Rzeszow, Poland
  • Aug 5 Christian Olde Wolbers, Belgian musician (Fear Factory)

Geri Horner

Aug 6 Geri Horner [Halliwell], British pop singer "Ginger Spice" (Spice Girls), born in Watford, England

Singer Geri Horner
Singer
Geri Horner
  • Aug 8 Lüpüs Thünder, American musician (The Bloodhound Gang)
  • Aug 9 Juanes [Juan Esteban Aristizábal], Colombian singer and songwriter, winner of 24 Latin Grammy Awards, born in Carolina del Príncipe, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Aug 9 A-Mei [Kulilay Amit], Taiwanese Puyuma singer known as the "Queen of Mando-Pop", born in Beinan, Taitung, Taiwan
  • Aug 10 Christofer Johnsson, Swedish symphonic metal guitarist, and composer (Therion), born in Upplands Väsby, Sweden
  • Aug 12 Del The Funky Homosapien [Teren Delvon Jones], American rapper (Mistadobalina), born in Oakland, California
  • Aug 15 Mikey Graham, Irish pop singer (Boyzone - "Words"; "No Matter What"), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Aug 16 Emily Strayer (formerly Robison), American country singer, instrumentalist and songwriter (The Chicks, formerly known as Dixie Chicks), born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
  • Aug 18 Keiko Yamada, Japanese singer (Globe), born in Oita, Japan
  • Aug 18 Leo Ku, Hong Kong singer, born in British Hong Kong
  • Aug 19 Elizabeth Wolfgramm, American singer (The Jets), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Aug 19 Sammi Cheng [Sau Man], Hong Kong singer and actress (Internal Affairs), born in Hong Kong
  • Aug 19 Chihiro Yonekura, Japanese singer, born in Yokohama, Japan

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 2 Brian Cole, American rock vocalist and bassist (Association - "Windy"; "Cherish"), dies of overdose at 29
  • Aug 2 Rudolph Ganz, Swiss-American pianist, conductor (St. Louis Symphony, 1921-27), composer, and educator (Chicago Musical College, 1928-54), dies at 95
  • Aug 3 Giannis "Yannis" Papaioannou, Greek musician and composer, dies at 64
  • Aug 7 Joi Lansing [Joyce Brown], American model, film and television actress, and nightclub singer (Touch of Evil, Bob Cummings Show), dies of cancer at 43
  • Aug 9 Richard Elsasser, American composer and organist, dies at 45
  • Aug 15 Alf Hurum, Norwegian composer (Lilja), and painter, dies at 89
  • Aug 16 John Barnes Chance, American composer, dies at 39
  • Aug 23 Balys Dvarionas, Lithuanian pianist, composer and educator, dies at 68
  • Aug 24 (Carlos) "Don" Byas, American swing and be-bop jazz saxophonist, and bandleader, dies of lung cancer at 59
  • Aug 25 Juan Carlos Paz, composer, dies at 71
  • Aug 25 Robert Denzler, composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 29 Lale Andersen [Elisabeth Bunnenberg], German singer and actress (Der Pott), dies at 67
  • Aug 29 Rene Leibowitz, Polish French composer, dies at 59