August 1978 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Aug 11 "C'est Chic" second studio album by Chic is released featuring single "Le Freak" (Billboard Album of the Year 1979)

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 1 Dhani Harrison, British musician (In Parallel; Brainwashed), born in Windsor, Berkshire, England
  • Aug 5 Nektaria Karantzi, Greek singer (Byzantine Chant)
  • Aug 7 Jamey Jasta [James Shanahan], American metal singer (Hatebreed), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Aug 7 Vanness Wu, Taiwanese-American singer (F4, Kangta & Vanness), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Aug 8 Countess Vaughn, American actress and singer
  • Aug 15 Tim Foreman, American bassist (Switchfoot - "The Beautiful Letdown"), born in Lake Arrowhead, California
  • Aug 17 Vibeke Stene, Norwegian goth-metal singer (Tristania), and actress, born in Sokndal, Norway
  • Aug 23 Julian Casablancas, American musician, born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 26 Cedric Burnside, American Blues musician and singer-songwriter (I Be Trying), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Aug 26 Raja Kashif, Pakistani singer and songwriter, born in Isleworth, Hounslow, England
  • Aug 28 Jess Margera, American drummer (CKY), born in West Chester, Pennsylvania

Weddings in Music

Neil Young

Aug 2 Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young (32) weds American diner waitress Pegi Morton (25); divorce 2014

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 2 Carlos Chávez, Mexican conductor and composer (Sinfonía India), dies at 79
  • Aug 7 (Albert) Eddie Calvert, British trumpeter ("Oh, Mein Papa"; "Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White)"), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Aug 7 Franz Alphons Wolpert, German composer, dies at 60
  • Aug 14 (Giuseppe) "Joe" Venuti, American jazz musician and pioneer violinist considered the "father of jazz violin", dies of cancer at 74
  • Aug 15 Harrison Kerr, American composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 20 Ivan Jirko, Czech composer, music critic and psychiatrist, dies at 51
  • Aug 24 Louis Prima, American jazz and pop singer, trumpeter, and bandleader ("That Old Black Magic"; "Oh, Marie"), dies at 67
  • Aug 26 Charles Trowbridge Haubiel, American composer, pianist and lecturer (Tre Ritratti Characteristici), dies at 86