August 1980 in Music History

Events in Music

Double Fantasy

Aug 7 John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin recording sessions for their "Double Fantasy" album at the Hit Factory, NYC

One-Trick Pony

Aug 12 Warner Bros, Records releases "One-Trick Pony", the fifth solo studio album by American singer-songwriter Paul Simon; it features the song "Late in the Evening" and was accompanied by a dramatic film of the same name, written by and starring Simon

  • Aug 16 British rock keyboardist Jools Holland quits band Squeeze to pursue a solo career
  • Aug 17 "Blackstone" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 104 performances
  • Aug 21 British drummer and band co-sounder Bill Ward quits Black Sabbath for the first time
  • Aug 24 Revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "Oklahoma!" closes at Palace Theater, NYC, after 293 performances

42nd Street

Aug 25 Stage adaptation of Harry Warren and Al Dubin's film musical "42nd Street", directed and choreographed by Gower Champion, with additional songs by Warren and Johnny Mercer, opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 3486 performances and 2 Tony Award wins

  • Aug 26 Pete Comita replaces Tom Peterson as bassist of American rock band Cheap Trick

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 2 Moto Boy [Oskar Humlebo], Swedish pop singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Beat Heart"), born in Färila, Sweden
  • 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 Jade Villalon, American singer-songwriter
  • Aug 12 Matt Thiessen, Canadian-American musician (Relient K)
  • Aug 14 Estrella Morente, Spanish flamenco singer, born in Las Gabias, Spain
  • Aug 16 Robert "Bob" Hardy, English musician (Franz Ferdinand), born in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
  • Aug 16 Vanessa Carlton, American singer-songwriter, born in Milford, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 17 Lene Marlin, Norwegian singer-songwriter, born in Tromsø, Norway
  • Aug 19 Darius Danesh, Scottish pop, opera and swing singer-songwriter and stage actor, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2022)
  • Aug 19 Jun Jin, Korean rapper (Shinhwa), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 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, American composer, educator, and music theorist, 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