On This Day

August 1984 in Music History

Events in Music

#1 in the Charts

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

  • Aug 7 Harmonica Frank [Floyd], American blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player dies of lung cancer and diabetes complications at 75
  • Aug 8 "Rink" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 204 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 4 Helene Fischer, Russian-German pop 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 10 Fridolijn, Dutch jazz singer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Aug 13 Baby Blue [Diamond Blue Smith], American rapper (Pretty Ricky - "Grind With Me"), born in Miami, Florida
  • Aug 13 James Morrison [Catchpole], British singer, songwriter and guitarist ("You Give Me Something"; "Broken Strings"), born in Rugby, Warwickshire, England
  • 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
  • Aug 28 Denmark Vessey, American rapper and record producer (Martin Lucid Dream), born in Detroit, Michigan

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 17 Hammie Nixon [Nickerson], American blues harmonica player (Sleepy John Estes), dies at 76
  • Aug 22 Charles Whittenberg, American composer, dies at 57