August 1999 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Aug 9 The Diet of Japan enacts a law establishing the Hinomaru as the official national flag, and "Kimi Ga Yo" as national anthem.

Music Recording

Aug 12 Shakira records her first live album in New York City, titled "MTV Unplugged"

  • Aug 28 Philip Glass' Symphony No. 5 "Requiem, Bardo, Nirmanakaya", for chorus and orchestra, premieres at the Salzburg Festival led by Dennis Russell Davies, in Salzburg, Austria

Album Release

Aug 31 "Fly" 5th studio album by Dixie Chicks is released (Grammy Award Best Country Album 2000, Billboard Album of the Year 2000)


Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 2 Mark Lee, Canadian rapper and singer (NCT; SuperM), born in Toronto, Ontario

Weddings in Music

Fatboy Slim

Aug 20 DJ and music producer Fatboy Slim (36) marries TV presenter Zoë Ball (separated 2016)

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 3 Leroy Vinnegar, American jazz and session bassist (Shelly Manne; Teddy Edwards; Les McCann), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • Aug 20 Bobby Sheehan, American bassist (Blues Traveler - "Run-Around"), dies of a drug overdose at 31
  • Aug 21 Juan Carlos Zorzi, Argentinian composer, and conductor, dies of esophageal cancer at 63
  • Aug 24 Alexandre Lagoya, Greek-Italian-French classical guitarist and composer, dies at 70
  • Aug 25 Rob Fisher, British rock keyboardist (Naked Eyes), dies at 42