August 2015 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Aug 9 At Ferguson anniversary of the shooting of unarmed Michael Brown, a man is shot and a state of emergency declared

Music History

Aug 12 US Postal Service issues a second postage stamp featuring rock singer Elvis Presley, as part of its Music Icon series; design is a black & white photograph taken by William Speer in 1955

Video Music Awards

Aug 30 Rap artist Kanye West announces he will run for President in 2020 at the MTV Video Music Awards


Weddings in Music

Ronan Keating

Aug 17 Irish "Boyzone" singer Ronan Keating (38) weds Australian television producer Storm Uechtritz (33) in East Lothian, Scotland

  • Aug 19 World-famous British pop-opera tenor Russell Watson (48) weds girlfriend Louise Harris in Spain

Divorces in Music

Gwen Stefani

Aug 3 Singer Gwen Stefani and musician Gavin Rossdale announce their intention to divorce after nearly 13 years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 1 Anatoly Kremer, Russian composer and conductor (Eksperiment), dies at 82
  • Aug 1 Cilla Black [Priscilla White], British pop singer ("Anyone Who Had a Heart"), and TV personality (Blind Date), dies at 72
  • Aug 3 Adam Walacinski, Polish composer, dies at 86
  • Aug 4 Gerd Natschinski, German composer, dies at 86
  • Aug 12 John Scott, English organist and choirmaster, dies at 59
  • Aug 12 Per Hjort Albertsen, Norwegian organist, composer, and educator, dies at 96
  • Aug 14 Gordon "Jazz" Summers, British music manager (Wham; Snow Patrol), dies at 71
  • Aug 14 [Donald William] Bob Johnston, American music producer (Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash), dies at 83
  • Aug 17 Arsen Dedić, Croatian singer-songwriter and poet, dies at 77
  • Aug 17 Jan Fotek, Polish composer (Musica Cromatica), dies at 76
  • Aug 18 Roger Smalley, British-Australian pianist, conductor, and composer (Gloria Tibi Trinitas), dies at 72
  • Aug 20 Piotr Warzecha, Polish composer, dies at 74
  • Aug 23 Asher Ben-Yohanan, Israeli composer, dies at 86
  • Aug 24 Vardo Rumessen, Estonian classical pianist, musicologist, politician, and independence advocate, dies at 73
  • Aug 27 George Cleve, Austrian-American conductor (Winnipeg Symphony, 1968-70; San Jose Symphony, 1972-92; San Francisco Midsummer Mozart Festival, 1974-2015), dies of liver failure at 79