On This Day

August 1974 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Aug 3 "Little Night Music" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 601 performances
  • Aug 3 "Words & Music" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 127 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 3 Guitarist Jeff Baxter quits Steely Dan and joins the Doobie Brothers

Singer Donald Fagen
Singer
Donald Fagen
  • Aug 5 Joan Jett forms her rock group Runaways in England

Music concertMusic Concert

Aug 16 Ramones concert debut (NYC's CBGBs)

Guitarist Johnny Ramone
Guitarist
Johnny Ramone

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 23 John Lennon reports seeing a UFO in NYC

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 1 Chris Shinn, American singer and songwriter (Live, 2012-16; Unified Theory, 1998-2001), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Aug 2 Jeremy Castle, Oklahoma country singer and songwriter, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Aug 11 Hadiqa Kiyani, Pakistani pop star
  • Aug 14 Martin Bulloch, Scottish musician (Mogwai), born in Blantyre, United Kingdom
  • Aug 14 Ana Matronic [Lynch], American alt-pop singer (Scissor Sisters), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Aug 16 Killah Priest [Walter Reed], American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 17 Tony Hajjar, Lebanese-American musician (At the Drive-In, Sparta), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • Aug 20 Maxim Vengerov, Russian-Israeli violinist, born in Novosibirsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
  • Aug 20 Amy Adams, American actress and singer (Arrival, Man of Steel, American Hustle), born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy
  • Aug 20 Big Moe [Kenneth Doniell Moore], American rapper (Screwed Up Click), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2007)
  • Aug 20 Andy Strachan, Australian musician (The Living End), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Aug 22 Stefano Verderi, Italian guitarist (Le Vibrazioni), born in Milan, Italy
  • Aug 23 Shifty Shellshock [Seth Binzer], American musician (Crazy Town), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 24 Órla Fallon, Irish traditional singer, Celtic harpist, and songwriter (Celtic Woman, 2004-2009; Anúna, 1996), born in Knockananna, County Wicklow, Ireland
  • Aug 26 Huang Bo, Chinese actor (Cow) and singer, born in Qingdao, China
  • Aug 28 Takahito Eguchi, Japanese video game composer, born in Nagasaki, Japan
  • Aug 29 Kumi Tanioka, Japanese video game composer (Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles), born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • Aug 30 Aaron Barrett, American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (Reel Big Fish), born in San Bernadino, California
  • Aug 30 Rich Cronin, American singer songwriter (Lyte Funkie Ones), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 19 British EGOT (Emmy; Grammy; Oscar; and Tony awards winner) lyricist Tim Rice (29) weds Jane McIntosh

Lyricist Tim Rice
Lyricist
Tim Rice

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 6 Gene Ammons, American jazz saxophonist ("The Happy Blues"), dies of bone cancer at 49
  • Aug 9 Bill Chase, American jazz-rock trumpet player and bandleader (Chase), dies in a plane crash at 39
  • Aug 11 Vicente Emilio Sojo, Venezuelan composer, dies at 86
  • Aug 13 Tina Brooks, American blues and funk saxophonist ("True Blue"), dies of liver failure at 42
  • Aug 20 Ilona Massey [Hajmássy], Hungarian-American film, stage, and radio actress and singer (Ilona Massey Show), dies of cancer at 64