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-undergoes brain surgery
  • Aug 21 "La Cage aux Folles" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 1761 performances
  • Aug 28 "Mame" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 41 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 5 Dawn Richard, American singer (Danity Kane)
  • 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, Finnish vocalist of the band Negative, born in Tampere, Finland

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 16 Musician Paul Simon weds actress and writer Carrie Fisher

Actress Carrie Fisher
Actress
Carrie Fisher

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 2 James Jamerson, American bass guitarist for Motown Records, dies of alcohol-related complications at 47
  • Aug 6 Klaus Nomi, German singer (b. 1944)
  • Aug 17 Ira Gershwin, American lyricist ('S Wonderful, I Got Rhythm), dies in Beverly Hills at 86