August 1991 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

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

Music History

Aug 8 Billy Preston charged with exhibiting pornography to a minor

Music History

Aug 8 Carlos Santana pleads no contest to marijuana possession charge

  • Aug 10 New York City Opera's limited run production of Stephen Sondhiem's "A Little Night Music" closes at New York State Theater, NYC, after 7 performances

Album Release

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

Music Concert

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 16 Young Thug [Jeffery Williams], American rapper and songwriter ("Stoner"; "This Is America"), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Aug 28 Kyle Massey, American actor and rapper, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Aug 28 Sarah Jane Santos, Filipina pop singer, born in Manila, Philippines

Weddings in Music

  • Aug 31 American "Jan & Dean" surf-pop vocalist Jan Berry (50) weds Gertie Filip on stage at the Stardust Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada; Dean Torrence serves as best man

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 3 Jackie Verdell, American gospel singer (The Davis Sisters, 1955-66), pop singer-songwriter ("Why Not Give Me A Chance") and session vocalist (Wilson Picket; Van Morrison), dies at 53
  • Aug 4 Jeri Southern [Genevieve Hering], American jazz singer ("You Better Go Now"; "Joey"), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Aug 7 Billy James, New Zealand comedian and singer (Billy T. James Show), dies of heart failure at 42
  • Aug 9 Corrie Hartong, Dutch dance pioneer, dies at 85
  • Aug 10 (Henry) "Buster" Smith, American jazz alto saxophonist, arranger, and bandleader (Blue Devils; Count Basie), dies of a heart attack at 86
  • 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 Clarence Hutchenrider, American jazz clarinetist (Casa Loma Orchestra), dies at 83
  • 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 19 Richard Maltby Sr., American musician and orchestra leader ("(Themes from) The Man with the Golden Arm"; Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 77
  • Aug 20 Betty Bowden, British dancer and actress (Vote for Nigel), dies at 86
  • Aug 27 Vince Taylor [Brian Holden], British rock and roll singer (Brand New Cadillac), dies of lung cancer at 52
  • Aug 29 Dixie Dunbar [Charlotte King], American singer and actress, dies of a heart attack at 72