August 1983 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Aug 5 American rock singer David Crosby sentenced to 5 years in Texas state prison on drug and weapons convictions
  • Aug 7 Richard Levinson, William Link, Elmer Bernstein. and Don Black's musical "Merlin", starring magician Doug Henning and Chita Rivera, closes at Mark Hellinger Theater, NYC, after 199 performances

Album Release

Aug 8 Columbia Records releases "An Innocent Man", singer-songwriter Billy Joel's ninth studio album

  • 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

Musical Finale

Aug 28 Revival of Jerry Herman's 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 Daniel Keith Swain (Danny!), American record producer and hip-hop artist, born in Killeen, Texas
  • Aug 18 Mika [Michael Holbrook Penniman] British-American pop singer (Grace Kelly; Dodgy Holiday), an Italian television personality, born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • Aug 19 Tammin Sursok, Australian actress & singer, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Aug 19 [Melissa] Missy Higgins, Australian singer-songwriter (Scar; The Sound Of White), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Aug 25 James Righton, British rock musician (Klaxons), born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
  • Aug 28 Alfonso Herrera, Mexican actor, and pop singer (RBD), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Aug 30 Jonne Aaron [Liimatainen], Finnish rock vocalist, and songwriter (Negative), born in Tampere, Finland
  • Aug 30 Jun Matsumoto, Japanese singer and actor, born in Toshima, Tokyo

Weddings in Music

Carrie Fisher & Paul Simon

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

Dan Aykroyd

Aug 29 Canadian-American actor Dan Aykroyd (31) weds American actress Donna Dixon (26); separate in 2022

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

Ira GershwinIra Gershwin (1896-1983)

Aug 17 American lyricist ("Embraceable You"; "I Got Rhythm"; "They Can't Take That Away From Me"), dies in Beverly Hills at 86