On This Day

August 2011 in Music History

Events in Music

Music concertFarm Aid Concert

Aug 13 Farm Aid (25th Anniversary) held in Kansas City, Kansas; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz, Jamey Johnson, Jakob Dylan, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Billy Joe Shaver, and Rebecca Pidgeon

Singer-Songwriter John Mellencamp
Singer-Songwriter
John Mellencamp
Musician Dave Matthews
Musician
Dave Matthews
Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Singer-songwriter
Neil Young

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

Aug 28 28th MTV Video Music Awards: Katy Perry, Lady Gaga & Justin Bieber win

Pop Star Katy Perry
Pop Star
Katy Perry
Pop Star Justin Bieber
Pop Star
Justin Bieber
Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Singer-Songwriter
Lady Gaga

Weddings in Music

  • Aug 12 Actress and model Brooke Burke (40) weds singer/actor David Charvet (39) in St. Barthelemy, Guadeloupe
  • Aug 27 Oscar winner Sofia Coppola (41) weds vocalist of French indie rock band "Phoenix" Thomas Mars at the family villa, Palazzo Margherita in Bernalda, Italy

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 12 Rock singer John Mellencamp (59) divorces model Elaine Irwin (41) after 18 years of marriage

Singer-Songwriter John Mellencamp
Singer-Songwriter
John Mellencamp

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 2 DeLois Barrett Campbell, American gospel singer (Barrett Sisters), dies at 85
  • Aug 7 Marshall Grant, American bassist (Johnny Cash's Tennessee Two), dies at 83
  • Aug 11 Jani Lane [John Oswald], American heavy metal rock songwriter, and singer (Warrant - "Cherry Pie"), dies of acute alcohol poisoning at 47
  • Aug 13 Topi Sorsakoski [Pekka Tammilehto], Finnish blues singer, and guitarist, dies of lung cancer at 58
  • Aug 22 Jerry Leiber, American songwriter (Leiber & Stoller - "Hound Dog"; "Jailhouse Rock"; "Is That All There Is?"), dies at 78
  • Aug 22 Nickolas "Nick" Ashford, American songwriter, record producer ("Ain't No Mountain High Enough"; "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)"), and singer (Ashford & Simpson - "Solid"), dies of throat cancer at 70
  • Aug 28 George Green, American songwriter ("Hurts So Good", "Rain On The Scarecrow"), dies of lung cancer at 59
  • Aug 29 David "Honeyboy" Edwards, American delta blues guitarist, dies at 96