On This Day

August 1997 in Music History

Events in Music

Music concertMusic Concert

Aug 7 Garth Brooks performs a free concert in NYC's Central Park for HBO, later releasing it as Garth: Live from Central Park

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks

Music releaseMusic Single

Aug 9 "Just to See You Smile" single released by Tim McGraw (Billboard Song of the Year 1998)

Country Musician and Actor Tim McGraw
Country Musician and Actor
Tim McGraw
  • Aug 14 "1776" opens at Criterion Theater NYC

Music releaseAlbum Release

Aug 25 Welsh rock band Stereophonics release their debut studio album "Word Gets Around"

Singer Kelly Jones
Kelly Jones
  • Aug 31 "Gin Game" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 144 performances

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 17 Metallica lead vocalist James Hetfield (34) weds Francesca Tomasi

Metallica Rocker James Hetfield
Metallica Rocker
James Hetfield

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 1 Svyatoslav Richter, Russian pianist, dies of heart attack at 82
  • Aug 2 Fela Kuti, Nigerian Afrobeat musician and composer, dies of an illness, disputedly AIDS related, at 58
  • Aug 8 Duncan Swift, jazz pianist, dies at 74
  • Aug 9 Robert Satanowski, Polish opera conductor and general, dies at 79
  • Aug 10 Conlon Nancarrow, American composer (Soundings 4), dies at 84
  • Aug 12 Luther Allison, blues performer (Motown), dies of cancer at 57
  • Aug 12 Jack Delano [Jacob Ovcharov], Russian-born American composer and photographer, dies at 83
  • Aug 16 Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistani qawwal (Sufi devotional music) vocalist, and composer, dies of cardiac arrest at 48
  • Aug 19 Petr Novák, Czech rock singer-songwriter (George and Beatovens; Flamengo), dies of apparent poisoning at 51
  • Aug 24 (Vincente) "Tete" Montoliu, Catalonian jazz pianist, dies at 64