August 1979 in Music

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 on Broadway
  • 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 20 Singer Vikki Carr & Michael Nilsson wed
  • 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 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 musician (Relient K)
  • Aug 21 Kelis Rogers-Jones, American singer (Milkshake), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 23 Ritchie Neville, British musician
  • Aug 24 Elva Hsiao, Taiwanese singer, born in Zhongli, Taoyuan, Taiwan
  • Aug 27 Sarah Neufeld, Canadian musician (Arcade Fire)
  • Aug 28 Shaila Durcal, Spanish singer
  • Aug 30 Niki Chow, Hong Kong actress and singer
  • Aug 31 Simon Neil, Scottish musician (Biffy Clyro)

Weddings in Music

  • Aug 18 Nick Lowe marries singer Carlene Carter

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 3 Renato Fasano, composer, dies at 76
  • Aug 19 Dorsey Burnette, American rockabilly singer (The Rock and Roll trio), dies at 46
  • Aug 25 Stan Kenton, jazz band leader (Music 55), dies at 67
  • Aug 27 Boleslaw Szabelski, composer, dies at 82