On This Day

August 1995 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Aug 6 "Damn Yankees" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 510 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

Aug 8 "Gangster's Paradise" single released by Coolio (Billboard Song of the Year 1995)

Rapper Coolio

Music releaseMusic Single

Aug 14 "Battle of Brit Pop" rival bands Oasis (Roll with It) and Blur (Country House) release singles on the same day

Musician Noel Gallagher
Noel Gallagher
  • Aug 20 "The Play's the Thing" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 75 performances
  • Aug 27 "Arcadia" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 204 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 8 Malin Reitan, Norwegian singer
  • Aug 8 Jake Blount, American bluegrass musician (Spider Tales), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Aug 22 Dua Lipa, English singer-songwriter (New Rules), born in London, England

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 7 Rapper LL Cool J (27) weds Simone Johnson

Actor and Rapper LL Cool J
Actor and Rapper
LL Cool J

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 1 Robert L. "Bob" Talley, American jazz and blues pianist and composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 2 Irwin Bazelon, American composer (Duo for Viola), dies at 73
  • Aug 3 Carl Donnell "Kansas" Fields, American jazz drummer, dies at 79
  • Aug 3 Jose B M Barreto y Casanova, pianist vocalist bandleader, dies at 88
  • Aug 6 André Fleury, French organist and composer, dies at 92
  • Aug 6 Youly Algaroff, Russian-French ballet dancer, dies at 77

Person of interestJerry Garcia

Aug 9 Jerry Garcia, American rock musician (Grateful Dead - "Uncle John's Band"), dies of a heart attack at 53

Rock Musician Jerry Garcia
Rock Musician
Jerry Garcia
  • Aug 10 Peter Lancelot Williams, English dance journalist, dies at 81
  • Aug 11 Herbert Whitton John Sumsion, organist/composer, dies at 96
  • Aug 11 Phil Harris [Wonga Philip], American actor and singer (Anything Goes, Robin Hood), dies of heart failure at 91
  • Aug 13 Jesse Thomas, blues singer, dies at 84
  • Aug 15 Erbie Bowser, American blues and jazz pianist, dies at 77
  • Aug 16 Robert "Robby" Debarge, R&B Musician, dies at 36
  • Aug 17 William Strethan "Wild Bill" Davis, American musician, dies at 76
  • Aug 19 Pierre Schaeffer, French electronics engineer and composer, dies at 85
  • Aug 20 John E Gilmore, tenor Saxophonist, dies at 63
  • Aug 20 Paul Foster, American singer (Soul Stirrers), dies at 75
  • Aug 20 Orville "Red" Rhodes, American session pedal steel guitarist, dies at 64
  • Aug 21 Anatole Fistoulari, Ukrainian conductor, dies at 88
  • Aug 21 James Truitte, dancer, dies at 72
  • Aug 23 Dwayne Rudolph Goettel, musician, dies at 31
  • Aug 23 Dwayne Goettel, Canadian keyboardist and industrial-electronic music composer (Skinny Puppy), dies of a heroin overdose at 31
  • Aug 24 Gary Crosby, singer/actor (Operation Bikini, Mardi Gras), dies at 61
  • Aug 25 R B Hudmon, R&B/Soul Singer, dies at 41
  • Aug 25 Doug Stegmeyer, American rock bassist (Billy Joel Band, 1976-87), dies of a self-inflicted gun wound at 43
  • Aug 26 Ronald "Ronnie" White, American singer (The Miracles - "Shop Around"), dies of leukaemia at 57
  • Aug 27 Marty Paich, American jazz pianist, conductor, producer and arranger (Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson), dies of colon cancer at 70
  • Aug 30 Sterling Morrison, American musician (Velvet Underground), dies at 53