On This Day

August 2017 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Aug 3 Rapper Kidd Creole arrested and charged for stabbing to death a homeless man in New York City

Music Single

Aug 3 Camila Cabello releases her single "Havana" (biggest song worldwide 2018, 19 million copies sold)

Music History

Aug 10 Taylor Swift testifies, in Denver, Colorado court, that DJ David Mueller groped her

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 1 Goldy McJohn, [John Goadsby] Canadian rock organist (Steppenwolf - "Born To Be Wild"; "Magic Carpet Ride"), dies at 72
  • Aug 7 David Maslanka, American composer (Angel Of Mercy; Sea Dreams), and educator, dies of colon cancer at 73
  • Aug 7 Janet Seidel, Australian jazz pianist, vocalist, arranger, and educator, dies of ovarian cancer at 62

Glen Campbell

Aug 8 Glen Campbell, American Grammy Award-winning country-pop singer ("By The Time I Get to Phoenix"; "Wichita Lineman"; "Rhinestone Cowboy"), session guitarist (The Beach Boys; Elvis Presley; The Monkees; Phil Specter), television personality (The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour), and actor (True Grit), dies at 81

Country Singer Glen Campbell
Country Singer
Glen Campbell
  • Aug 8 Barbara Cook, American stage singer and actress (Music Man), dies at 89
  • Aug 10 Xavier Benguerel, Catalan composer (Llibre Vermell; Jo, Dalí), dies at 86
  • Aug 19 Bea Wain, American pop singer ("Deep Purple" (the song, not the group); "Heart and Soul"), and radio host, dies at 100
  • Aug 20 Wilhelm Killmayer, German composer, dies at 89
  • Aug 20 Fredell Lack, American concert violinist, and teacher (University of Houston, 1959-2009), dies at 95
  • Aug 22 John Abercrombie, American jazz guitarist, dies of heart failure at 72
  • Aug 25 Enzo Dara, Italian operatic basso buffo (The Barber of Seville - "Don Bartolo"), and author, dies at 78
  • Aug 29 Janine Charrat, French ballerina and choreographer, dies at 93
  • Aug 29 Dmitri Kogan, Russian concert violinist (Five Great Violins), dies of cancer at 38
  • Aug 29 Larry Elgart, American big band jazz alto saxophonist, and bandleader ("Bandstand Boogie"; "Hooked On Swing"), dies at 95