On This Day

On This Day in Music for August 1

Events in Music

  • 1947 "Medium & The Telephone" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 211 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

1960 Aretha Franklins 1st recording session

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • 1963 Beatles Book is sold out on its 1st day of sale
  • 1964 Beatles' single "A Hard Day's Night" goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks
  • 1969 110,000 attend Atlantic City Pop Festival

Music concertMusic Concert

1971 George Harrison's concert for Bangladesh takes place in NYC

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

Music releaseMusic Single

1981 "Endless Love" single released by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie (Billboard Song of the Year 1981, Billboard Greatest Song Duet of All-Time)

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
Singer Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia is released from hospital after a 3 week coma

Rock Musician Jerry Garcia
Rock Musician
Jerry Garcia
  • 1990 "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 149 performances
  • 1992 "Salome" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • 1993 "In the Summer House" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 25 performances
  • 1993 "She Loves Me" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 61 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 The Rolling Stones begin Voodoo Lounge world tour

Drummer Charlie Watts
Charlie Watts

Birthdays in Music

  • 1659 Antoine Mouque, Flemish composer and organist and singer, born in Ostend (d. 1723)
  • 1685 Pietro Giuseppe Sandoni, Italian composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1748)
  • 1686 Benedetto Marcello, Italian author and composer (Lettera Famigliare), born in Venice, Italy (d. 1739)
  • 1755 Antonio Capuzzi, Italian violinist and composer, born in Brescia, Italy (d. 1818)
  • 1766 Ignaz Anton Franz Xaver Ladurner, Austrian pianist and composer, born in Aldino, Italy (d. 1839)
  • 1779 Francis Scott Key, American lawyer, poet and composer of the lyrics to "Star-Spangled Banner", born in Carroll County, Maryland (d. 1843)
  • 1824 Edward Francis Fitzwilliam, English composer, born in Deal, Kent, England (d. 1857)
  • 1840 Aldine Silliman Kieffer, American composer, born in Miami, Missouri (d. 1904)
  • 1847 Guido Papini, Italian violinist and composer, born in Camaiore, Italy (d. 1912)
  • 1848 František Kmoch, Czech composer and conductor, born in Zásmuky, Austrian Empire (d. 1912)
  • 1858 Hans Rott, Austrian composer and organist, born in Vienna (d. 1884)
  • 1871 Oskar Fried, German-Russian composer, born in Berlin (d. 1941)
  • 1881 Stanislaw Kazuro, Polish composer, born in Vilnius Region (d. 1961)
  • 1882 Vaclav Klicka, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1953)
  • 1888 Vito Frazzi, Italian composer, born in San Secondo Parmense (d. 1975)
  • 1898 Morris Stoloff, American violinist, Academy Award winning composer, music director (Columbia Pictures, 1938-62), and orchestra leader (Moonglow/Theme from Picnic), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1980)
  • 1899 William Steinberg, German-American conductor (Boston Symphony 1969-71), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1978)
  • 1908 Miloslav Kabeláč, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1979)
  • 1910 Walter Scharf, American film composer, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1911 Kenneth Loveless, priest folk musician (d. 1995)
  • 1913 Jerome Moross, American composer (Frankie & Johnny), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1914 Jack Delano [Jacob Ovcharov], Russian-born American composer and photographer, born in Voroshilovka, Russian Empire (d. 1997)
  • 1922 Maria Cole [née Hawkins], American jazz singer and wife of Nat King Cole, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Yoshinao Nakada, Japanese composer, born in Shibuya, Tokyo (d. 2000)
  • 1926 Karl Kohn, American composer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1930 Geoffrey Holder, Trinidadian-American actor, choreographer, singer, director and painter (Annie, The Wiz), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 2014)
  • 1930 Lionel Bart [Begleiter], British pop music composer and writer (Oliver!), born in London, England
  • 1931 Ramblin' Jack Elliott, American folk singer, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1931 Seán Ó Riada [John Reidy], Irish composer (Mise Éire), born in Cork City (d. 1971)
  • 1934 Hermann Baumann, German classical horn player, composer and teacher, born in Hamburg
  • 1938 Paddy Moloney, Irish musician, composer and producer (The Chieftains), born in Donnycarney, Dublin
  • 1941 Étienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter, born in Septfonds, Tarn-et-Garonne, France (d. 2004)

Person of interestJerry Garcia

1942 Jerry Garcia, American rock musician (Grateful Dead - "Uncle John's Band"), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1995)

Rock Musician Jerry Garcia
Rock Musician
Jerry Garcia
  • 1942 André Gagnon, French Canadian pianist and composer, born in Saint-Pacôme-de-Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada
  • 1943 Dennis "Denny" Cordell, British rock music and record producer (The Moody Blues, Leon Russell), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1995)
  • 1943 Geoffrey Britton, British rock drummer (Paul McCartney & Wings), born in Lewisham, South East London
  • 1946 Raymond "Boz" Burrell, British rock musician (King Crimson, Bad Company), born in Holbeach, Lincolnshire (d. 2006)
  • 1947 Rick Anderson, American actor and rock bassist (Tubes), born in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 1947 Rick Coonce, American rock drummer (Grass Roots), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2011)
  • 1951 Robin Heifetz, American composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1951 Tommy Bolin, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Deep Purple), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 1976)
  • 1951 Tim Bachman, Canadian guitarist and vocalist (Brave Belt and Bachman–Turner Overdrive), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1953 Robert Cray, American blues singer and songwriter (1987 Grammy), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • 1958 Rob Buck, American musician (10,000 Maniacs), born in Jamestown, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1958 "Michael Penn, American singer, songwriter, and composer (No Myth), born in Greenwich Village, New York City
  • 1959 Joe Elliott, English heavy metal vocalist (Def Leppard-Hysteria, Rock of Ages), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire
  • 1959 Otomo Yoshihide, Japanese musician (Ground Zero), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • 1960 Chuck D [Chuck Ridenhour], US rapper (Public Enemy), born in Queens, New York

Person of interestCoolio

1963 Coolio [Artis Leon Ivey Jr.], American rapper (Gangsta's Paradise), born in Monessen Pennsylvania

Rapper Coolio
  • 1964 Nick Christian Sayer, British rocker (Transvision Vamp-Velveteen)
  • 1964 Adam Duritz, American musician (Counting Crows), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1968 Dan Donegan, American musician (Disturbed), born in Oak Lawn, Illinois
  • 1972 Nicke Royale, Swedish musician (The Hellacopters), born in Sweden
  • 1974 Chris Shinn, American singer and songwriter (Live, Unified Theory), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1977 Damien Saez, French singer and songwriter, born in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, France
  • 1978 Dhani Harrison, British musician (Brainwashed), born in Windsor, Berkshire
  • 1981 Ashley Parker Angel, American singer and actor, born in Redding, California
  • 1982 Caroline Shaw, American violinist, singer, and Pulitzer Prize winning composer (Partita for 8 Voices), born in Greenville, North Carolina

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1987 Bananarama's Siobhan Fahey marries Eurythmics Dave Stewart

Musician Dave Stewart
Dave Stewart

LoveWedding of Interest

2009 Fashion model Rhea Durham (34) weds actor and producer Mark Wahlberg (41) at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Beverly Hills

Actor & Former Rapper Mark Wahlberg
Actor & Former Rapper
Mark Wahlberg

Deaths in Music

  • 1628 Francesco Gonzaga, Italian composer, dies at 37
  • 1805 Friedrich Christoph Gebtewitz, German composer, dies at 51
  • 1813 Carl Stenborg, Swedish composer, dies at 60
  • 1846 Peter Ritter, German cellist and composer, dies at 83
  • 1922 Vaclav Juda Novotny, composer, dies at 72
  • 1934 Piotr Maszyński, Polish composer, dies at 79
  • 1965 Kiyoshi Nobutoki, Japanese cellist and composer, dies at 77
  • 1966 Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell, American jazz pianist and composer, dies at 41
  • 1973 Gian Francesco Malipiero, composer, dies at 91
  • 1981 Seppo Nummi, Finnish composer and music critic, dies at 49
  • 1989 John Ogdon, English pianist/composer, dies at 52
  • 1992 Chico Alvarez, trumpeteer (Stan Kenton Orchestra), dies of cancer at 72
  • 1994 George Dixon, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 85
  • 1995 Robert L. "Bob" Talley, American jazz and blues pianist and composer, dies at 75
  • 1996 John Lanigan, Australian operatic tenor (Covent Garden), dies at 75
  • 1996 Frida Boccara, French singer, dies at 55
  • 1997 Svyatoslav Richter, Russian pianist, dies of heart attack at 82
  • 2005 Al Aronowitz, American music journalist (b. 1928)
  • 2007 Tommy Makem, Irish folk singer (b. 1932)
  • 2012 Douglas Townsend, American composer, dies at 90
  • 2015 Anatoly Kremer, Russian composer and conductor (Eksperiment), dies at 82
  • 2017 Goldy McJohn, Canadian musician (Steppenwolf), dies at 72