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 a 7-year, 7 album, with $13 million advance contract with Motown Records

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

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

  • Aug 16 Musical revue "Rodgers & Hart" closes at Helen Hayes Theater, NYC, after 108 performances
  • Aug 23 British "Free" guitarist Paul Kossoff revived from dead after heart attack, dies for good in 1976

Born To Run

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 22 Jean-François “Jeff” Stinco, French-Canadian punk-pop guitarist (Simple Plan), born in Montreal, Quebec (some sources cite 1978)
  • 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
  • Aug 31 Sara Ramirez, Mexican actress (Grey's Anatomy), and singer, born inn Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico

Weddings in Music

  • Aug 5 American "Aerosmith" guitarist Joe Perry (25) weds Elissa Jerret; divorce in 1982

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 8 Bernie Green, American orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey Show, Garry Moore Show), dies at 66
  • 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

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

Aug 9 Russian composer (The Gadfly; The Nose), dies of lung cancer at 68

  • Aug 19 Ima Hogg, American society leader, Texas arts patron, and founder of Houston Symphony, dies at 93 [1]
  • 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 27 Bob Scholl, American doo-wop vocalist (Mello-Kings - "Tonite, Tonite"), dies in a boating accident at 41
  • Aug 29 Leland T. Weed, American singer and actor, dies at 74