August 1995 in Music History

Events in Music

Musical Finale

Aug 6 Revival of Richard Adler and Jerry Ross' musical comedy '"Damn Yankees", starring Jerry Lewis and Bebe Neuwirth, closes at Marquis Theater, NYC, after 519 performances

Music Single

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

Music Single

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

  • Aug 20 "The Play's the Thing" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 75 performances

Theatrical Finale

Aug 27 Tom Stoppard's comedic play "Arcadia" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater, NYC, after 204 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 8 Jake Blount, American bluegrass musician (Spider Tales), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Aug 8 Malin Reitan, Norwegian singer
  • Aug 15 Chief Keef [Keith Cozart}, American rap artist (Drill), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 19 Big Zuu [Zuhair Hassan], English rapper and TV personality (Big Eats), born in London, England

Dua LipaDua Lipa (27 years old)

Aug 22 British-Kosovo Albanian pop singer-songwriter ("New Rules", "One Kiss"), born in London, England

Weddings in Music

LL Cool J

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

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

Jerry GarciaJerry Garcia (1942-1995)

Aug 9 American rock and bluegrass guitarist, singer-songwriter (Grateful Dead - "Uncle John's Band"; "Ripple"; "Brokedown Palace"), and painter, dies of a heart attack at 53

  • Aug 10 Peter Lancelot Williams, English dance journalist, dies at 81
  • Aug 11 Herbert Sumsion, British organist (Gloucester Cathedral, 1928-67), conductor, and 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 15 Erbie Bowser, American blues and jazz pianist, dies at 77
  • Aug 15 Jesse Thomas 'Babyface', American blues singer, dies at 84
  • Aug 16 Robert "Robby" Debarge, R&B Musician, dies at 36
  • Aug 17 "Wild Bill" Davis, American jazz pianist, organist, and arranger, dies at 76
  • Aug 19 Pierre Schaeffer, French electronics engineer and composer, dies at 85
  • Aug 20 John Gilmore, American jazz tenor saxophonist, clarinetist, percussionist, and bandleader (Sun Ra Arketsra), dies of emphysema at 63
  • Aug 20 Orville "Red" Rhodes, American session pedal steel guitarist, dies at 64
  • Aug 20 Paul Foster, American gospel singer (The Soul Stirrers), dies at 75
  • Aug 21 Anatole Fistoulari, Ukrainian conductor, dies at 88
  • Aug 21 James Truitte, American ballet dancer (Lester Horton; Alvin Ailley), dies at 72
  • Aug 23 Dwayne Goettel, Canadian keyboardist and industrial-electronic music composer (Skinny Puppy), dies of a heroin overdose at 31
  • Aug 24 Gary Crosby, American singer (with Bing -"Play a Simple Melody"), and actor (The Bill Dana Show -"Eddie"; Mardi Gras), dies of lung cancer at 62
  • Aug 25 Doug Stegmeyer, American rock bassist (Billy Joel Band, 1976-87), dies of a self-inflicted gun wound at 43
  • Aug 25 R B Hudmon, R&B/Soul Singer, dies at 41
  • Aug 26 Ronnie White, American singer (The Miracles - "Shop Around"), dies of leukemia 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