On This Day

August 2004 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Aug 17 The National Assembly of Serbia unanimously adopts new state symbols for Serbia: Boze Pravde becomes the new anthem and the coat of arms is adopted for the whole country.

Video Music Awards

Aug 29 21st MTV Video Music Awards: OutKast, Beyoncé & Usher featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris win

Singer Beyoncé Knowles
Beyoncé Knowles
Singer Usher

Birthdays in Music

  • Aug 4 Savanna Shaw, American pop singer (Mat and Savanna), born in Utah

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 2 Don Tosti, American musician ("Pachuco Boogie"), dies at 81

Rick James

Aug 6 Rick James, American funk musician ("Super Freak"), dies of pulmonary failure and cardiac failure at 56

Musician Rick James
Rick James
  • Aug 9 Tony Mottola, American jazz guitarist, dies at 86
  • Aug 9 David Raksin, American composer renown for his work in film and TV (Laura; Modern Times), dies at 92
  • Aug 15 Semiha Berksoy, Turkish operatic soprano (Istanbul Opera, 1940-72), dies of heart surgery complications at 94
  • Aug 17 Gérard Souzay, French baritone, dies at 85
  • Aug 17 D-Roc the Executioner [Dennis Miles], American heavy metal musician (Body Count), dies of complications of lymphoma at 44
  • Aug 18 Elmer Bernstein, American film music composer (The Magnificent Seven; To Kill A Mockingbird; The Age Of Innocence; Thoroughly Modern Millie), dies at 82
  • Aug 22 Al Dvorin, American Elvis Presley concert announcer, dies at 81
  • Aug 26 Laura Branigan, American singer-songwriter (Gloria), dies of a brain aneurysm at 52 [1]
  • Aug 29 Hans Vonk, Dutch conductor (The Hague Philharmonic, 1980-1991; St. Louis Symphony, 1996-2002), dies from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS - Lou Gehrig's Disease) at 62
  • Aug 31 Carl Wayne, English singer and actor (The Move), dies at 61