August 1997 in Music

Events in Music

Music concertMusic Concert

Aug 3 Garth Brooks performs a free concert in NYC's Central Park for HBO

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • Aug 9 "Just to See You Smile" single released by Tim McGraw (Billboard Song of the Year 1998)
  • Aug 14 "1776" opens at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Aug 31 "Gin Game" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 144 performances

Weddings in Music

HeartWedding 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 at 58
  • Aug 8 Duncan Swift, jazz pianist, dies at 74
  • 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 musician (b. 1948)