On This Day

August 1979 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Aug 2 "Broadway Opry '79" closes at St James Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • Aug 2 "Gilda Radner: Live From New York" opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 52 performances
  • Aug 5 "But Never Jam Today" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Aug 10 Wings release "Getting Closer" & "Baby's Request"

Music releaseAlbum Release

Aug 10 "Off the Wall" 5th studio album by Michael Jackson is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1980)

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Aug 12 "Whoopee!" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 204 performances
  • Aug 19 "My Sharonna" by the Knack hits #1 (stays for 42 days)
  • Aug 20 American singer Vikki Carr (39) weds businessman Michael Nilsson
  • Aug 23 Bolshoi Ballet dancer Alexander Godunov defects in NYC

Film release premierFilm Release

Aug 24 Musical film "Rock 'n' Roll High School" directed by Allan Arkush featuring the Ramones is released in NYC (released throughout the US 20 days later)

Guitarist Johnny Ramone
Guitarist
Johnny Ramone
  • Aug 24 Cars play concert in NY Central Park
  • Aug 25 "Madwoman of Central Park West" closes at 22 Steps NYC after 86 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 8 Richard Harwood, British cellist
  • Aug 8 Sam Totman, English musician (Dragonforce)
  • Aug 19 Dave Douglas, American drummer (Relient K), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Aug 20 Jamie Cullum, English singer-songwriter, pianist and radio presenter, born in Rochford, England
  • Aug 21 Kelis Rogers-Jones, American singer (Milkshake), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 23 Ritchie Neville, British musician, born in Solihull, United Kingdom
  • Aug 24 Elva Hsiao, Taiwanese singer, born in Zhongli, Taoyuan, Taiwan
  • Aug 24 (Katherine) "Kaki" King, American guitarist, lap steel guitar player and composer, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Aug 27 Sarah Neufeld, Canadian violinist (Arcade Fire), born in British Columbia
  • Aug 28 Shaila Dúrcal [Shaila de los Ángeles Morales de las Heras], Spanish singer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Aug 30 Niki Chow, Hong Kong actress and singer, born in Hong Kong
  • Aug 31 Simon Neil, Scottish rock musician (Biffy Clyro), born in Irvine, North Ayrshire, Scotland, S

Weddings in Music

  • Aug 18 Nick Lowe marries singer Carlene Carter

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 3 Renato Fasano, Italian composer, dies at 76
  • Aug 19 Dorsey Burnette, American rockabilly singer (The Rock and Roll trio), dies at 46
  • Aug 22 John Lee Granderson, American Chicago-style blues guitarist, dies at 71
  • Aug 25 Stan Kenton, American musician, jazz pianist, arranger and bandleader (Artistry In Rhythm), dies at 67
  • Aug 27 Bolesław Szabelski, Polish organist and composer, dies at 82