August 1998 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Single

Aug 3 Irish band Boyzone release their best-selling single "No Matter What" composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman

Album Release

Aug 25 "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" debut album by Lauryn Hill is released (5 Grammy Awards including Album of the Year, Billboard Album of the Year 1998)

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 7 Immanuel Wilkins, American modern jazz saxophonist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Shawn MendesShawn Mendes (24 years old)

Aug 8 Canadian singer-songwriter (Handwritten, Treat You Better), born in Toronto, Ontario

  • Aug 14 Doechii [Jaylah Ji'mya Hickmon], American singer and rapper (Yucky Blucky Fruitcake), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Aug 17 Genesis Owusu [Kofi Owusu-Ansah], Ghanaian-Australian singer and rapper (Smiling With No Teeth), born in Koforidua, Ghana
  • Aug 25 China Anne McClain, American actress and singer (The Gospel; Daddy's Little Girls), born in Decatur, Georgia
  • Aug 29 Bizarrap [Gonzalo Conde], Argentine rapper (Quevedo), born in Ramos Mejía, Argentina

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 3 Alfred Schnittke, Russian composer and musicologist, dies after a series strokes at 63
  • Aug 6 Nat Gonella, British big band jazz trumpeter, mellophonist, singer, and bandleader (The Georgians; Oh, Monah), dies at 90
  • Aug 11 Benjamin "Benny" Waters, American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist, dies at 96
  • Aug 13 Nino Ferrer, French-Italian singer and composer (Mirza, Cornichons), dies at 63
  • Aug 20 Raquel Rastenni, Danish singer ("Seven Lonely Days"), dies at 82
  • Aug 24 Gene Page, American arranger, composer, and record producer (Righteous Brothers; Marvin Gaye; Whitney Houston), dies at 58
  • Aug 29 Charlie Feathers, American country music and rockabilly singer-songwriter, and musician ("Can't Hardly Stand It"), dies at from stroke complications at 66