On This Day

August 1984 in Music History

Events in Music


Music release#1 in the Charts

Aug 4 Prince's "Purple Rain" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 24 weeks

  • Aug 8 "Rink" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 204 performances
  • Aug 30 Sotheby's in London begins 2 day auction of rock memorabilla

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 4 Helene Fischer, Russian German singer (Farbenspiel), born in Krasnoyarsk, Soviet Union
  • Aug 10 Cyrille Aimée, French jazz singer (Let's Get Lost), born in Samois-sur-Seine, Fontainebleau
  • Aug 13 Baby Blue [Rachel Prager], American rapper (Pretty Ricky), born in London
  • Aug 15 Edward "Ted" Dwane, British folk-rock double bassist (Mumford & Sons), born in London
  • Aug 20 Golan Yosef, Dutch actor and dancer, born in Gouda, Netherlands
  • Aug 21 Alizée Jacotey, French pop singer (Moi... Lolita), born in Ajaccio, France

Weddings in Music

  • Aug 18 Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes (22) weds Des Moines department store heiress Julie Anne Friedman (25) at London registrar's office

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 7 Esther Phillips, American singer (What a Difference a Day Makes), dies at 48
  • Aug 11 Percy Mayfield, American singer (Hit the Road Jack), dies at 63
  • Aug 14 Peter Wishart, English composer, dies at 63
  • Aug 14 Bobo Jenkins [John Pickens Jenkins], American blues singer-songwriter (Democrat Blues), dies at 68
  • Aug 16 György Kósa, Hungarian composer, dies at 87
  • Aug 22 Charles Whittenberg, American composer, dies at 57