On This Day

August 1994 in Music History

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 1 The Rolling Stones begin Voodoo Lounge world tour

Drummer Charlie Watts
Charlie Watts
  • Aug 5 British rocker Billy Idol admitted to the hospital after drug overdose
  • Aug 7 "Hedda Gabler" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 33 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

Aug 23 Jeff Buckley releases his album "Grace", featuring his cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"

Singer-songwriter and writer Leonard Cohen
Singer-songwriter and writer
Leonard Cohen

Music releaseTheatrical Finale

Aug 27 Neil Simon's comedy "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater, NYC, after 320 performances

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon

Music releaseAlbum Release

Aug 29 British band Oasis release their debut album "Definitely Maybe", becomes fastest-selling album ever in UK

Musician Noel Gallagher
Noel Gallagher

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 2 Jacob Collier, English musician and producer (Djesse Vol. 1, 2, 3), born in London, England
  • Aug 9 King Von [Dayvon Bennett], American rapper and songwriter ("Cazy Story"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • Aug 17 Phoebe Bridgers, American singer-songwriter ("Punisher"), born in Newport Beach, California

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 30 American R&B singer R. Kelly (25) weds Aaliyah (15) illegally in Rosemont, Illinois (later annulled)

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 1 George Dixon, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 85
  • Aug 6 Domenico Modugno, Italian singer-songwriter (Volare), dies at 66
  • Aug 9 Clarence Ford, American sax player, dies at 64
  • Aug 10 Bill Baker, American doo-wop singer The Five Satins - "In The Still Of The Night"), dies at 58
  • Aug 12 Gene Cherico, American jazz bassist, dies at 59
  • Aug 13 Raymond Gallois-Montbrun, French violinist and composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 18 Gottlob Frick, German opera singer, dies at 88
  • Aug 27 Roberto Goyeneche [El Polaco], Argentine tango singer (Maria), dies at 68
  • Aug 28 Pieter de Cort, Belgian rock guitarist (Betty Goes Green), dies at 25
  • Aug 28 Alfonso Letelier (-Llona), Chilean composer and educator (El Hombre ante la Ciencia - (Man Before Science)), dies at 88
  • Aug 29 Michael Peters, American choreographer and dancer (Dreamgirls; Michael Jackson) dies of complications from AIDS at 46
  • Aug 31 Artur Balsam, Polish-American pianist, dies at 88
  • Aug 31 Norman "Doc" Jones, bassist, dies at 68