On This Day

August 1983 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Aug 7 "Merlin" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 199 performances
  • Aug 15 Ramones guitarist Joey Ramone beaten in fight, and undergoes brain surgery
  • Aug 21 Jerry Herman's musical "La Cage aux Folles", based Jean Poiret's French play of the same name , opens at Palace Theater, NYC; runs for 1761 performances, wins 6 Tony Awards

Music releaseMusical Finale

Aug 28 Revival of Jerry Herman' musical "Mame", starring Angela Lansbury closes at the George Gershwin Theater, NYC, after 41 performances


Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 5 Dawn Richard, American pop, and R&B singer (Danity Kane), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Aug 18 Mica Penniman (Mika), Lebanese-born musician (Dodgy Holiday), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • Aug 18 Daniel Keith Swain (Danny!), American record producer and hip-hop artist, born in Killeen, Texas
  • Aug 19 [Melissa] Missy Higgins, Australian singer-songwriter (Scar; The Sound Of White), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Aug 19 Tammin Sursok, Australian actress & singer, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Aug 25 James Righton, British rock musician (Klaxons), born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
  • Aug 28 Alfonso Herrera, Mexican actor, and singer in the Latin pop group RBD, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Aug 30 Jun Matsumoto, Japanese singer and actor, born in Toshima, Tokyo
  • Aug 30 Jonne Aaron [Liimatainen], Finnish rock vocalist, and songwriter (Negative), born in Tampere, Finland

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 16 American singer-songwriter Paul Simon (41) weds American actress and writer Carrie Fisher (26); divorce 1984

Actress Carrie Fisher
Actress
Carrie Fisher

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 1 "Wild Bill" Moore, American R&B and jazz tenor saxophone player ("We're Gonna Rock, We're Gonna Roll": Marvin Gaye's "Mercy, Mercy Me"), dies at 65
  • Aug 2 James Jamerson, American session bass guitarist (Motown Records' "Funk Brothers"), dies of alcohol-related complications at 47
  • Aug 6 Klaus Nomi [Sperber], German new wave singer, and performance artist, dies of AIDS at 39

Person of interestIra Gershwin

Aug 17 Ira Gershwin, American lyricist ("Embraceable You"; "Someone To Watch Over Me"; "I Got Rhythm"), dies in Beverly Hills at 86

Lyricist Ira Gershwin
Lyricist
Ira Gershwin