August 2012 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Aug 6 "Cruise" single released by Florida Georgia Line (Billboard Song of the Year 2013)
  • Aug 9 Philip Glass' Symphony No. 10 premieres with the Orchestre Français des Jeunes conducted by Dennis Russell Davies, at the Grand Théâtre de Provence in Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Aug 27 "Thrift Shop" single is released by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Billboard Song of the Year 2013, Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song 2014)

Weddings in Music

Natalie Portman

Aug 4 Actress Natalie Portman (31) weds ballet dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied (35) in Big Sur, California

  • Aug 18 "Melrose Place" actor Grant Show (50) weds "The Campaign" actress and former ballet dancer Katherine LaNasa (45) at The Oak Grove at Ribbit Tree & Plant Nursery in Topanga, California
  • Aug 26 "The Campaign" actress Kate Lang Johnson (28) weds musician Justin Miner at La Venta Inn in Palos Verdes, California

Divorces in Music

Stevie Wonder

Aug 3 Music legend Stevie Wonder (63) divorces fashion designer Kai Millard Morris due to irreconcilable differences after 11 years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 1 Douglas Townsend, American composer, dies at 90
  • Aug 2 Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter ("Handy Man"), dies at 75
  • Aug 2 Marguerite Piazza, American operatic soprano (Young Broadway), dies at 86
  • Aug 6 Marvin Hamlisch, American composer and conductor (The Sting; A Chorus Line), dies at 68
  • Aug 6 Ruggiero Ricci, American composer and violinist (Paganini), dies from heart failure at 94
  • Aug 11 Carlo Curley, American classical concert organist dies at 59
  • Aug 12 Mendelis Bašs, Latvian composer, conductor, and pedagogue, dies at 93
  • Aug 15 Bob Birch, American session and touring bassist (Elton John), commits suicide at 56
  • Aug 18 Scott McKenzie, American singer, dies at 73
  • Aug 30 Chris Lighty, music executive and manager (Violator), dies of a gunshot wound at 44