On This Day

On This Day in Music for August 4

Events in Music

  • 1777 Retired British cavalry officer Philip Astley establishes his riding school with performances in London, precursor of the circus
  • 1954 The Government of Pakistan approves the National Anthem, written by Hafeez Jullundhry and composed by Ahmed G. Chagla

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1956 Elvis Presley releases "Hound Dog"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1959 "Billy Barnes Revue" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 87 performances
  • 1968 100,000 attend Newport Pop Festival, Costa Mesa, California

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1970 Jim Morrison arrested for drunkenness

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant is seriously hurt in a car crash in Rhodes, Greece

Rock Vocalist Robert Plant
Rock Vocalist
Robert Plant

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1980 John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin recording "Double Fantasy"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

Music release#1 in the Charts

1984 Prince's "Purple Rain" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 24 weeks

  • 1985 "Dreamgirls" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 1522 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1664 Louis Lully, French musician and son of Jean-Baptiste Lully, born in Paris, France (d. 1734)
  • 1705 Vaclav Matyas Gurecky, composer
  • 1731 Giuseppe Colla, composer
  • 1748 Maximilian Stadler, composer
  • 1776 Wenzel Sedlak, Bohemian clarinetist and composer, born in Jezbořice, Bohemia (d. 1851)
  • 1799 Olof Wilhelm Udden, composer
  • 1843 Flor van Duyse, composer
  • 1846 Silas Gamaliel Pratt, composer
  • 1870 Harry Lauder, Scottish comedian and singer (Roamin' in the Gloamin), born in Portobello, Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1950)
  • 1888 Philip Greeley Clapp, composer
  • 1892 Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman, composer

Person of interestLouis Armstrong

1901 Louis Armstrong, American jazz trumpeter and singer (Hello Dolly), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1971)

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong
  • 1908 Kurt Eichhorn, conductor
  • 1910 William Schuman, American composer (Amer Festival Overture, Juilliard), born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1912 David Raksin, American composer renown for his work in film and TV (Laura, Modern Times), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • 1915 Irving Fields, Composer and pianist (Ilona Massey Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1923 Arthur Butterworth, composer
  • 1927 Jess Thomas, American tenor known for his singing in Richard Wagner operas, born in Hot Springs, South Dakota (d. 1993)
  • 1929 Kishore Kumar, Indian singer and actor, born in Khandwa, Central Provinces, British (d. 1987)
  • 1933 Rudi van Dantzig, Dutch choreographer/ballet dancer (Painted Birds)
  • 1936 Elsbeary Hobbs, American rocker (Drifters), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1937 David Vickerman Bedford, composer
  • 1939 Frankie Ford [Frank Guzzo], rock vocalist (Sea Cruise), born in Gretna, Louisiana, (d. 2015)
  • 1940 Timi Yuro [Rosemary Timothy Yuro], American singer (Hurt), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 1943 David Carr, rock keyboardist (The Fortunes), born in Leyton, London (d. 2011)
  • 1943 Tina Cole, singer (King Cousins)/actress (Katie-My 3 Sons), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1946 Maureen Starkey [Mary Cox], English ex-wife of Beatle Ringo Starr, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1994)
  • 1947 Paul Leyton, English musician and rocker (Seekers), born in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England
  • 1947 Klaus Schulze, German composer
  • 1952 Moya Brennan, Irish singer (Máire), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1960 Robbin Crosby, American heavy metal rock guitarist and vocalist (Ratt-Round & Round), born in La Jolla, California (d. 2002)
  • 1962 Paul Reynolds, British rock guitarist (A Flock of Seagulls), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1969 Max Cavalera, Brazilian rock vocalist/guitarist (Sepultura)
  • 1981 Marques Houston, American singer and actor (IMx)
  • 1984 Helene Fischer, Russian German singer (Farbenspiel), born in Krasnoyarsk, Soviet Union
  • 1989 Jessica Mauboy, Australian singer (Young Divas)
  • 1992 Tiffany Evans, American singer

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1782 Musician Wolfang Amadeus Mozart (26) weds Constanze Weber in St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, Austria

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

LoveWedding of Interest

1925 Economist John Maynard Keynes (42) weds ballerina Lydia Lopokova

LoveWedding of Interest

1964 Jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane (35) weds Alice Macleod

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane
  • 1970 "The Beach Boys" drummer Dennis Wilson (25) weds Barbara Charren (24)
  • 1994 American rapper The Notorious B.I.G (22) weds Faith Evans

LoveWedding of Interest

2012 Actress Natalie Portman (31) weds ballet dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied (35) in Big Sur, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1708 Vincenzo De Grandis, composer, dies at 77
  • 1712 Johann Jacob de Neufville, German composer, dies at 27
  • 1850 Frantisek Tucek, composer, dies at 68
  • 1856 Johann Gottlieb Schneider, German composer, dies at 59
  • 1889 Carl Ludwig Amand Mangold, German composer, dies at 75
  • 1904 Arnold Krug, German composer, dies at 54
  • 1920 Vladimir Rebikov, Russian pianist and composer, dies at 54
  • 1930 Siegfried Wagner, German opera composer and conductor, dies at 61
  • 1936 Henry Schoenfeld, American composer, dies at 78
  • 1938 Rudolf Georg Binding, German songwriter and writer (Legenden Der Zeit), dies at 70
  • 1942 Alberto Franchetti, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • 1973 Eddie Condon, jazz guitarist (Eddie Condon's Floor Show), dies at 68
  • 1985 Zbynek Vostrak, composer, dies at 65
  • 1987 Kenny Price, American country singer (Walking on New Grass, Happy Tracks), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 1993 Kenny Drew, US/Danish jazz pianist (Moonlight Desert), dies at 64
  • 2001 Lorenzo Music, American writer, actor and voice actor (Carlton-Rhoda, Garfield), dies at 64
  • 2005 Little Milton [James Milton Campbell], American blues singer and guitarist (Grits Ain't Groceries), dies at 70
  • 2006 John Locke, American rock keyboardist (Spirit-I Got A Line on You), dies of cancer at 62
  • 2007 Lee Hazlewood, American country singer and songwriter (Summer Wine, These Boots Are Made For Walkin'), dies of renal cancer at 78
  • 2015 Gerd Natschinski, German composer, dies at
  • 2015 Adam Walacinski, Polish composer, dies at 86