On This Day

August 2008 in Music History

Events in Music

Album Release

Aug 19 "The Fame", debut album by Lady Gaga, is released (Grammy Award Album of the Year, Best Electronic/Dance Album 2009)

Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga

Weddings in Music

Jewel Kilcher

Aug 7 Singer-songwriter Jewel Kilcher (34) weds rodeo champion Ty Murray (38) at The Cove Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas

Singer-Songwriter Jewel Kilcher
Jewel Kilcher

Divorces in Music

  • Aug 17 Genesis drummer and vocalist Phil Collins (57) divorces Swiss-born Orianne Cevey (35) after six years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 3 Erik Darling, American folk musician (Rooftop Singers), dies at 74
  • Aug 5 Reg Lindsay, Australian country and western singer-songwriter ("Armstrong"; "Close The Door Lightly"), dies of pneumonia, at 79
  • Aug 5 Robert Hazard [Rimato], American singer-songwriter ("Escalator Of Life"; "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"), dies after surgery at 59
  • Aug 8 Joseph Gelineau, French Catholic Jesuit priest and composer, dies at 87
  • Aug 10 Isaac Hayes, American musician and composer ("Shaft"), dies at 65
  • Aug 11 Günther Schifter, Austrian music journalist and radio host, dies at 84
  • Aug 11 Don Helms, American steel guitarist (Hank Williams's Drifting Cowboys), dies at 81
  • Aug 12 Christie Allen, British-Australian pop singer (b. 1954)
  • Aug 12 Donald Erb, American composer known for large orchestral works, dies at 81
  • Aug 14 Lita Roza, English singer ("How Much is That Doggie in the Window"), dies at 82
  • Aug 15 Jerry Wexler, American music producer who coined the term "rhythm and blues" (Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan), dies from congestive heart failure at 91
  • Aug 16 Ronnie Drew, Irish singer (The Dubliners), dies at 73
  • Aug 16 Dorival Caymmi, Brazilian singer and songwriter (b. 1914)
  • Aug 18 Pervis Jackson, American R&B singer (Spinners), dies at 70
  • Aug 19 LeRoi Moore, American saxophonist (Dave Matthews Band - "Too Much"), dies from injuries sustained in a farm vehicle accident at 46
  • Aug 21 "Huckle" Jerry Finn, American sound engineer and record producer (Blink-182), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage and heart attack at 39
  • Aug 21 Buddy Harman, American country music drummer (Grand Ole Opry, Elvis Presley), dies at 79
  • Aug 25 Josef Tal, Israel composer (Israeli art music), dies at 97
  • Aug 25 Pehr Henrik Nordgren, Finnish composer (The Whole World Will Lament; Kwaidan-balladit), dies at 64
  • Aug 31 Jerry Reed, American country music singer ("When You're Hot, You're Hot") and actor (Bat 21; Smokey & the Bandit), dies of complications from emphysema at 71