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August 1973 in Music History

Events in Music

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Aug 6 Stevie Wonder involved (as a passenger) in car crash, goes into a 4 day coma

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder

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Aug 9 Northern Irish guitarist Henry McCullough quits rock band Wings, founded by Paul McCartney

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

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Aug 18 Drummer Gene Krupa plays for the final time with the Benny Goodman Quartet

Clarinetist and Bandleader Benny Goodman
Clarinetist and Bandleader
Benny Goodman
  • Aug 19 Pirate World Music Radio (Holland) closes down after 10 years
  • Aug 25 Butch Trucks, drummer of the Allman Brothers, breaks a leg in a car crash
  • Aug 28 Bobby "Boris" Pickett's song "Monster Mash" goes gold
  • Aug 28 "Smoke on the Water" single by British rock band Deep Purple goes gold

Music releaseAlbum Release

Aug 28 "Let's Get It On" 13th studio album by Marvin Gaye is released

Singer Marvin Gaye
Singer
Marvin Gaye

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 8 Scott Stapp, American singer (Creed)
  • Aug 14 Daisuke Ishiwatari, Japanese game developer and composer, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Aug 22 Howie Dorough, American singer (Backstreet Boys - "I Want It That Way"), born in Orlando, Florida
  • Aug 28 DJ Assault [Craig De Shan Adams], American musician, born in Detroit
  • Aug 29 Vincent Cavanagh, English rock musician (Anathema), born in Liverpool, England

Weddings in Music

  • Aug 19 American singer and actor Kris Kristofferson (37) weds fellow singer Rita Coolidge (28); divorce in 1980

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 1 Gian Francesco Malipiero, composer, dies at 91
  • Aug 4 Eddie Condon, American jazz guitarist (Eddie Condon's Floor Show), dies at 68
  • Aug 6 Memphis Minnie [Lizzie Douglas], American blues musician, dies at 76
  • Aug 12 Perry Botkin, American jazz and session guitarist, banjo player, composer, and musical director (Bing Crosby), dies at 66
  • Aug 17 Paul Williams, American baritone singer and choreographer (The Temptations - "Cloud Nine"), commits suicide at 32
  • Aug 17 Jean Barraqué, French composer, dies at 44 (b. 1928)
  • Aug 24 Sláva Vorlová, Czech composer, dies at 79