On This Day in Music for August 14

  • August

Events in Music

  • 1922 1st "old time" musicians broadcasted on radio (Jenkins-WSB Atlanta)

Music ConcertThe Beatles on Ed Sullivan

1965 Beatles tape an appearance for Ed Sullivan Show
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The Beatles with TV host Ed Sullivan during their first appearance on his show in February 1964
The Beatles with TV host Ed Sullivan during their first appearance on his show in February 1964

Music release#1 in the Charts

1965 Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe" hits #1

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
  • 1966 Cleveland Stadium's 1st rock concert is held, featuring Beatles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich is buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow

  • 1987 "Les Miserables" opens at Rock Theatre, Szeged, Hungary

Music releaseMusic Single

1995 "Battle of Brit Pop" rival bands Oasis (Roll with It) and Blur (Country House) release singles on the same day

Musician Noel Gallagher
Noel Gallagher
  • 1997 "1776" opens at Criterion Theater NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • 1675 Johann Georg Christian Storl, composer
  • 1742 Marie Allard, French ballerina (Auguste Vestris)
  • 1769 Friedrich Ludwig Dulon, flautist/composer
  • 1810 Samuel Sebastian Wesley, composer
  • 1823 Karel Miry, Belgian composer (De Vlaamse Leeuw), born in Ghent (d. 1889)
  • 1857 Max Wagenknecht, German composer (d. 1922)
  • 1868 Leone Sinigaglia, composer
  • 1869 Armas Järnefelt, Finnish conductor and composer (Berceuse), born in Vyborg, Russian Empire (d. 1958)
  • 1891 Marinus de Jong, composer
  • 1892 Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji [Leon Dudley Sorabji], Parsi-British pianist and composer (Opus clavicembalisticum), born in Chingford, Essex (d. 1988)
  • 1893 Alfred Alessandrescu, composer
  • 1899 Jaroslav Jeremias, composer
  • 1907 Stanley Adams, American lyricist and songwriter (What a Diff'rence a Day Makes), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1910 Pierre Schaeffer, French engineer/composer
  • 1911 Jan Koetsier, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (d. 2006)
  • 1923 William Flanagan, composer
  • 1923 Alice Ghostley, American singer and actress (Bewitched, Designing Women), born in Eve, Vernon County, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • 1924 Georges Prêtre, French conductor known for interpretation, born in Waziers, France (d. 2017)
  • 1926 Buddy Greco, jazz singer (Away We Go, Broadway Open House), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • 1929 Lorez Alexandria, American jazz and gospel singer (Alexandria the Great), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • 1937 Brian Fenelly, American composer (A Thoreau Symphony), born in Kingston, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1940 Dash Crofts, Cisco Tx, singer (Seals & Crofts-Summer Breeze)
  • 1941 Connie Smith, Elkhart, Indiana, singer (Dream Painter, New Horizons)
  • 1941 David Crosby, rocker (Crosby, Stills & Nash-Southern Cross), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942 Son [Frank] Seals, American blues musician (Nothing But the Truth), born in Osceola, Arkansas (d. 2004)
  • 1944 Tim Bogert, Richfiled NJ, rock bassist (Vanilla Fudge) [or 8/27]

Person of interestSteve Martin

1945 Steve Martin, American comedian, musician, author and actor (Parenthood, Jerk, Roxanne), born in Waco, Texas

Actor and Comedian Steve Martin
Actor and Comedian
Steve Martin
  • 1946 Larry Graham Jr, bass guitar player (Graham Central Station, Sly and the Family Stone), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1947 Maddy Prior, English folk singer (Steeleye Span, Silly Sisters, Carnival Band)
  • 1948 Terry Adams, American piano player/composer (NRBQ - Me And The Boys), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1951 Peter Blegvad, American musician (Slapp Happy)
  • 1953 James Horner, American film composer (Titanic, Apollo 13, Casper), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • 1956 Sharon Bryant, vocalist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • 1960 Sarah Brightman, actress/singer (Phantom of the Opera)
  • 1960 Cecilia Gasdia, Italian soprano
  • 1966 David Hallyday, French singer-songwriter and actor (He's My Girl), born in Boulougne, France
  • 1970 Kevin Rene Cadogan, American singer-songwriter (Third Eye Blind), born in Oakland, California
  • 1973 Daisuke Ishiwatari, Japanese game developer and composer
  • 1974 Martin Bulloch, Scottish musician (Mogwai)
  • 1974 Ana Matronic, American singer (Scissor Sisters)
  • 1976 Maya Nasri, Lebanese actress and singer
  • 1980 Estrella Morente, Spanish flamenco singer
  • 1988 Shahd Barmada, Syrian singer
  • 1990 Jaydee Bixby, Canadian singer

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

2010 Actress and singer Hilary Duff (24) weds retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre Mike Comrie (31) at La Quinta Estate in Montecito, California

Actress/Singer Hilary Duff
Hilary Duff

Deaths in Music

  • 1727 William Croft, English composer and organist, dies at 48
  • 1763 Giovanni Battista Somis, composer, dies at 76
  • 1834 Friedrich Christian Ruppe, composer and violinist, brother of Christian Friedrich Ruppe, dies at 63
  • 1867 Niccola Benvenuti, composer, dies at 84
  • 1938 Landon Ronald, British composer, pianist and teacher (Guildhall School of Music), dies at 65
  • 1958 Big Bill Broonzy, American blues singer and guitarist (Blues by Broonzy), dies of cancer at 65
  • 1961 Guido Alberto Fano, Italian composer and pianist, dies at 86
  • 1964 Johnny Burnette, American rockabilly singer-songwriter-guitarist (Train Kept A-Rollin', You're Sixteen), drowns at 30
  • 1970 Vano Il'ich Muradeli, composer, dies at 62
  • 1981 Karl Böhm, Austrian conductor, dies at 87
  • 1984 Peter Wishart, English composer, dies at 63
  • 1984 Bobo Jenkins [John Pickens Jenkins], American blues singer-songwriter (Democrat Blues), dies at 68
  • 1988 Roy Buchanan, American blues guitarist, dies at 48
  • 1988 Robert Calvert, South African-British writer and musician (Hawkwind), dies of a heart attack at 43
  • 1992 Tony Williams, American singer (Platters-Great Pretender), dies at 64
  • 1996 Sergiu Celibidache, conductor, dies at 84
  • 2002 Dave Williams, American singer (Drowning Pool) (b. 1972)
  • 2007 Tikhon Khrennikov, Russian composer (b. 1913)
  • 2008 Lita Roza, English singer ("How Much is That Doggie in the Window"), dies at 82
  • 2010 Abbey Lincoln [Anna Wooldridge], African-American civil rights activist, jazz vocalist, songwriter and actress (Nothing But a Man), dies at 80
  • 2013 Allen Lanier, American rock keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist (Blue Oyster Cult), dies from complications from COPD at 67
  • 2015 [Donald William] Bob Johnston, American music producer (Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash), dies at 83
  • 2018 Jill Janus, American singer (Huntress), commits suicide at 43