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August 2021 in Music History

Events in Music

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Aug 3 Singer Tony Bennett celebrates his 95th birthday with Lady Gaga in the first of 2 "farewell" performances at Radio City Music Hall, NYC

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Aug 4 Rihanna named the world's wealthiest female musician worth $1.7 billion by Forbes [1]

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Aug 5 Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts (80) announces he will be unable to accompany the band on its 2021 U.S. tour, based on medical advice; American Steve Jordan tapped to fill in

  • Aug 12 Britney Spear's father says he will step down as her conservator after the singer called his conservatorship abusive, amid a #FreeBritney campaign

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Aug 22 Josephine Baker will be the first black woman to be interred in the Panthéon in Paris, according to the French government

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Aug 24 Beyoncé becomes first black woman and third person to wear the Tiffany Diamond in an advertising campaign for the company alongside her husband Jay-Z


Divorces in Music

Kelly Clarkson

Aug 3 Singer Kelly Clarkson divorces talent manager Brandon Blackstock after 7 years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • Aug 6 Kenneth Nichols, Canadian classical pianist, composer, (Symphonic Celebration; Boy In A Cage), and teacher (Brandon University, 1962-96), dies at 85
  • Aug 7 Dennis "Dee Tee" Thomas, American funk saxophonist (Kool & The Gang - "Who's Gonna Take The Weight"), dies at 70 [1]
  • Aug 13 Nanci Griffith, American singer ("From A Distance"), and songwriter ("Once in a Very Blue Moon"; "Love at the Five and Dime"), dies at 68
  • Aug 14 R. Murray Schafer, Canadian composer (Patria), music educator, and environmentalist, dies of complications Alzheimer's disease at 88
  • Aug 14 Igor Oistrakh, Soviet-Russian concert violinist (Wieniawski Competition, 1952), and educator (Moscow Conservatory, Brussels Royal Conservatory), dies at 90
  • Aug 20 Tom T. Hall, American country singer, songwriter ("Harper Valley PTA"), and author, dies at 85
  • Aug 21 (Isaac) Don Everly, American rock and roll singer-guitarist (The Everly Brothers - "Bye, Bye Love"; "Wake Up Little Susie"; "When WIll I Be Loved"), dies at 84
  • Aug 22 Brian Travers, British rock saxophonist (UB40 - "Red, Red Wine"), dies of cancer at 62

Charlie Watts

Aug 24 Charlie Watts, British rock and jazz drummer (Rolling Stones), dies at 80

  • Aug 26 Kenny Malone, American Nashville-based session drummer (Dolly Parton; Dobie Gray: Waylon Jennings), dies of Covid-19 at 83
  • Aug 29 Ron Bushy, American rock drummer (Iron Butterfly - “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”), dies of esophageal cancer at 79
  • Aug 29 Lee "Scratch" Perry, [Rainford Hugh Perry] Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter and producer (The Upsetters), dies at 85