On This Day

August 1988 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Aug 15 "Ain't Misbehavin'" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 176 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 2 Brittany Hargest, American singer (Jump5), born in Durham, North Carolina
  • Aug 14 Shahd Barmada, Syrian pop singer, born in Aleppo, Syria
  • Aug 18 G-Dragon [Kwon Ji-Yong], Korean rapper (Big Bang), born in Seoul, South Korea

Person of interestKacey Musgraves

Aug 21 Kacey Musgraves, American country singer songwriter (Same Trailer, Different Park; Golden Hour), born in Golden, Texas

Singer Songwriter Kacey Musgraves
Singer Songwriter
Kacey Musgraves
  • Aug 21 Louise Setara [Smith}, English pop and soul singer-songwriter (Still Waters), born in Reading, England
  • Aug 21 Paris Bennett, American singer and finalist on American Idol (season 5), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • Aug 23 Alice Glass [Margaret Osborn], Canadian singer and songwriter ("Crystal Castles"), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Aug 24 Kelly Lee Owens, Welsh electronic musician and composer (Inner Song) , born in Rhuddlan, Flintshire, Wales
  • Aug 25 Raymond Quinn, British pop singer, born in Knowsley Village, Merseyside, England
  • Aug 25 Alexandra Burke, English singer-songwriter and actress (The X Factor winner 2008), born in London, England
  • Aug 26 Evan Ross, American actor and singer, born in Greenwich, Connecticut

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 12 Country singer John Denver (44) weds actress Cassandra Delaney

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 13 British "The Cure" rock musician Robert Smith (29) weds Mary Poole (29) in England

Musician Robert Smith
Musician
Robert Smith

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 30 American actress Julianne Philips files for divorce from American rock star Bruce Springsteen

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Singer-Songwriter
Bruce Springsteen

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 2 Roger Vuataz, Swiss organist, conductor, and composer, dies at 90
  • Aug 8 Félix Leclerc, French Canadian singer and composer (Moi, mes souliers), dies at 74
  • Aug 9 Giacinto Scelsi, Italian composer and surrealist poet, dies at 83
  • Aug 11 Jean-Pierre Ponnele, opera director (Carmina Burana), dies at 56
  • Aug 12 Jean-Michel Basquiat, American artist (Gray, SAMO), dies of a drug overdose at 27
  • Aug 14 Roy Buchanan, American blues guitarist, dies at 48
  • Aug 14 Robert Calvert, South African-British writer and musician (Hawkwind), dies of a heart attack at 43
  • Aug 16 Milton Adolphus, composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 26 Carlos Paião, Portuguese singer, dies at 30
  • Aug 28 Hazel Dawn [Henrietta Tout], American stage actress, singer, and violinist (The Pink Lady; The Debutante), and silent film actress (My Lady Incog), dies at 98