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August 1980 in Music History

Events in Music

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Aug 4 John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin recording "Double Fantasy" in NYC

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Aug 16 Bill Ward quits Black Sabbath
  • Aug 16 British rock musician Jools Holland quits band Squeeze
  • Aug 17 "Blackstone" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 104 performances
  • Aug 25 Gower Champion's musical "42nd Street" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 3486 performances
  • Aug 26 Pete Comita replaces Tom Peterson as bassist of Cheap Trick
  • Aug 31 "Oklahoma!" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 301 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 3 Brandan Schieppati, American singer (Bleeding Through), born in Newport Beach, California
  • Aug 6 Wilber Pan, Taiwanese-American singer, rapper and actor, born in West Virgina
  • Aug 8 Mike Hindert, American musician
  • Aug 12 Matt Thiessen, Canadian-American musician (Relient K)
  • Aug 12 Jade Villalon, American singer/songwriter
  • Aug 14 Estrella Morente, Spanish flamenco singer, born in Las Gabias, Spain
  • Aug 16 Vanessa Carlton, American singer-songwriter, born in Milford, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 16 Robert "Bob" Hardy, English musician (Franz Ferdinand), born in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
  • Aug 17 Lene Marlin, Norwegian singer-songwriter, born in Tromsø, Norway
  • Aug 19 Jun Jin, Korean rapper (Shinhwa), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Aug 19 Darius Danesh, Scottish pop, opera and swing singer-songwriter and stage actor, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Aug 19 Michael Todd, American rock bassist (Coheed and Cambria), born in Kingston, New York
  • Aug 27 Stephanie Michelle Steele, American country singer, born in Abilene, Texas
  • Aug 29 David Desrosiers, Canadian rock bassist (Simple Plan, 2000-20), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Aug 29 Nicholas Tse, Hong Kong singer and actor, born in British Hong Kong
  • Aug 31 Joe Budden, American rapper (Pump It Up), born in New York, New York

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 18 Norman Cazden, composer, dies at 65
  • Aug 20 Joe Dassin, French-American singer (Les Champs-Élysées), dies at 41
  • Aug 24 Frederick A. Fox, American classical composer (Nightscenes; Shaking The Pumpkin),and educator (Indiana University, 1974-94), dies at 80
  • Aug 26 Jimmy Forrest, American jazz saxophonist (Night Train), dies at 60