On This Day

August 1991 in Music History

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 2 Funk singer Rick James, arrested on sexual torture charges

Musician Rick James
Rick James

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Aug 8 Carlos Santana pleads no contest to marijuana possession charge

Musician Carlos Santana
Carlos Santana
  • Aug 10 "A Little Night Music" closes at New York State NYC after 7 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

Aug 12 Heavy metal band Metallica release their 5th album "Metallica", debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 chart

Metallica Rocker James Hetfield
Metallica Rocker
James Hetfield
Heavy Metal Musician Jason Newsted
Heavy Metal Musician
Jason Newsted
  • Aug 15 750,000 attend Paul Simon's free concert in Central Park, NYC
  • Aug 25 "Getting Married" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 70 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 28 Kyle Massey, American actor and rapper, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Aug 28 Sarah Jane Santos, Filipino singer

Weddings in Music

  • Aug 31 Musician Jan Berry (Jan & Dean) weds Gertie Filip

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 7 Billy James, comedian/singer (Women at Play, Lusty Business), dies
  • Aug 9 Corrie Hartong, dance pioneer, dies
  • Aug 11 Helmut Walcha, a blind German organist (church music), dies at 83
  • Aug 12 Irene Campbell, British actress/dancer (Wicker Man, St Justice), dies
  • Aug 18 Rick Griffin, American artist and a leading designer of psychedelic posters in the 1960s (Grateful Dead), dies in a motorcycle accident on his Harley at 47
  • Aug 18 Clarence Hutchenrider, American jazz clarinetist (Casa Loma Orchestra), dies at 83
  • Aug 19 Richard Maltby Sr., American musician and orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 77
  • Aug 20 Betty Bowden, British dancer/actress (Vote for Nigel), dies at 86
  • Aug 27 Vince Taylor [Brian Holden], British singer (Brand new Cadillac), dies
  • Aug 28 Christian Anders, actor/composer (Death Stone, Love Cult), dies
  • Aug 29 Dixie Dunbar [Charlotte King], American singer and actress, dies of heart attack at 72