On This Day

August 1975 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Aug 4 Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant is seriously hurt in a car crash in Rhodes, Greece

Contract of Interest

Aug 5 Stevie Wonder signs $13M contract with Motown

Music History

Aug 8 Hank Williams Jr. falls off the side of Ajax Peak in Montana

Music History

Aug 14 Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich is buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow

  • Aug 16 "Rodgers & Hart" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 108 performances

Music History

Aug 16 Singer Peter Gabriel announces his departure from the rock group Genesis

  • Aug 23 Free guitarist Paul Kossoff revived from dead after heart attack, dies for good in 1976

Album Release

Aug 25 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's landmark third album "Born To Run"


Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 5 Eicca Toppinen, Finnish cellist (Apocalyptica), born in, Vantaa, Finland
  • Aug 7 Gaahl [Kristian Eivind Espedal], Norwegian black metal vocalist (Gorgoroth), born in Sunnfjord, Norway
  • Aug 7 Koray Candemir, Turkish singer, songwriter and producer (Kargo; maSKott), born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Aug 11 Chris Kelly [Mack Daddy], rapper (Kris Kross - "Warm It Up"), born in Teaneck, New Jersey
  • Aug 11 Davey von Bohlen, American musician, (The Promise Ring, Maritime)
  • Aug 11 Ronald Clarke, American musician and founder of aliennetwork Records
  • Aug 23 Eliza Carthy, English singer and fiddler, born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
  • Aug 29 Kyle Cook, American rock guitarist, and banjo player (Matchbox Twenty - "Bent"; "Unwell"), born in Frankfort, Kentucky
  • Aug 31 Daniel Harding, British conductor (Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, 2007 to present), born in Oxford, England
  • Aug 31 James Black, Canadian singer-songwriter (Finger Eleven), born in Ontario, Canada

Weddings in Music

  • Aug 5 Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry (25) weds Elissa Jerret

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 8 Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, American jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader of the 1950-60s hard bop era (The Black Messiah), dies of a stroke at 46
  • Aug 8 Bernie Green, American orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey Show, Garry Moore Show), dies at 66
  • Aug 19 Ima Hogg, American society leader, Texas art patron and founder of Houston Symphony, dies at 93
  • Aug 25 Frans van Amelsvoort, Dutch choir conductor, dies at 75
  • Aug 26 Juliette Béliveau, Canadian actress (Le gros Bill) and singer, dies at 85
  • Aug 29 Leland T. Weed, American singer and actor, dies at 74