On This Day

On This Day in Music for August 5

Events in Music

Film release premierFilm Release

1953 "From Here to Eternity" based on book by James Jones, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1954)

Actor Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1964 Beatles record "Leave My Kitten Alone"
  • 1966 The Beatles release their "Revolver" album in the UK
  • 1966 Beatles release single "Yellow Submarine" with "Eleanor Rigby" in UK
  • 1972 Moody Blues re-issue their 1967 single "Nights in White Satin", and it reaches #2 on US charts, higher than the initial release
  • 1974 Joan Jett forms her rock group Runaways

AgreementContract of Interest

1975 Stevie Wonder signs $13M contract with Motown

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
  • 1979 "But Never Jam Today" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • 1994 Rocker Billy Idol admitted to the hospital after drug overdose

Birthdays in Music

  • 1397 Guillaume Dufay, Franco-Flemish composer and theorist (d. 1474)
  • 1607 Philipp Friedrich Boddecker, German composer and court organist, born in Hagenau (d. 1683)
  • 1623 Antonio Cesti, Italian composer, singer and musician, born in Arezzo (d. 1669) baptismal date
  • 1694 Leonardo Leo, Italian composer, born in San Vito degli Schiavi, Kingdom of Naples (d. 1744)
  • 1797 Friedrich August Kummer, German composer and musician, born in Meiningen (d. 1879)
  • 1811 Ambroise Thomas, French opera composer (Mignon), and music professor, in Metz, France (d. 1896)
  • 1822 Johann Georg Herzog, German composer and organist, born in Hummendorf (d. 1909)
  • 1828 Giovanni Rossi, Italian composer, born in Borgo San Donnino, Parma (d. 1886)
  • 1829 Heinrich Stiehl, German organist and composer, born in Lübeck (d. 1886)
  • 1843 James Scott Skinner, Scottish composer and dancing master, born in Arbeadie, Scotland (d. 1927)
  • 1850 Anton Simon, Russian composer, born in Paris (d. 1916)
  • 1864 Resurreccion Maria de Azkue, Basque priest, composer and first head of the Euskaltzaindia, born in Lekeitio, Spain (d. 1951)
  • 1866 Alfred Holy, Czech composer and harpist, born in Oporto (d. 1948)
  • 1868 Oskar Merikanto [Ala-Kanto], Finnish pianist, organist, and composer, born in Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland (d. 1924)
  • 1880 Gertrude E Durden Rush, American composer/playwright (Black Girls Burden), born in Navasota, Texas (d. 1962)
  • 1886 Óscar Esplá Spanish composer, born in Alicante, Spain (d. 1976)
  • 1890 Erich Kleiber, conductor (NBC Symphony 1945-46), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1890 Hans Gál, Austrian-British composer (Die heilige Ente (The Sacred Duck)), born in Brunn am Gebirge, Austria (d. 1987)
  • 1900 Bodi Rapp [Johanna PAC Goetmakers], Dutch mezzo-soprano and teacher
  • 1901 Juan Carlos Paz, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1972)
  • 1909 Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, American jazz vocalist and trumpeter (International Sweethearts of Rhythm), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1994)
  • 1914 Stjepan Sulek, Croatian violinist/composer (Coriolan), born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1986)
  • 1918 Betty Oliphant, Canadian ballerina (d. 2004)
  • 1926 Betsy Jolas, French composer, born in Paris
  • 1927 Gunnar Bucht, Swedish composer, born in Stocksund, Sweden
  • 1932 Tera de Marez Oyens, Dutch composer, born in Velsen, Netherlands (d.1996)
  • 1934 Vern Gosdin, American country singer (Set 'Em Up Joe), born in Woodland, Alabama (d. 2009)
  • 1942 Rick Huxley, English guitarist (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over), born in Dartford, England (d. 2013)
  • 1942 Charles "Chuck" and "Bing" Day, American session guitarist, bassist and blues performer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)
  • 1943 Sammi Smith, American country music singer (Help Me Make It Through the Night), born in Orange County, California (d. 2005)
  • 1946 Rick van der Linden, Dutch keyboardist (Ekseption)
  • 1947 Rick Derringer [Ricky Dean Zehringer], American guitarist, songwriter and producer (The McCoys - "Hang On Sloopy"), born in Fort Recovery, Ohio
  • 1947 Gregory Leskiw, Canadian guitarist (The Guess Who, 1970-72), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1947 Willie Weeks, American session and touring bass player (George Harrison; Vince Gill; Wynonna Judd; David Bowie; Eric Clapton), born in Salemburg, North Carolina
  • 1953 Samantha Sang [Cheryl Lau Sang], Australian pop singer (Emotion), born in Melbourne
  • 1955 Eddie "Fingers" Ojeda, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Twisted Sister, Scarecrow), born in NYC, New York
  • 1956 Ferdi Bolland, Dutch singer/guitarist (Bolland & Bolland)
  • 1959 Pete Burns, English singer (Dead or Alive, "Spin Me Round"), born in Bebington (d. 2016)
  • 1960 Seth Swirsky, American pop songwriter, born in Connecticut
  • 1961 Mark O'Connor, American violinist and composer of classical, jazz and bluegrass music (Appalachian Journey), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1961 Pat Smear [Georg Ruthenberg], American rock guitarist (Foo Fighters), born in West Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 Mike Nocito, American rocker (Johnny Hates Jazz), born in Wiesbaden, West Germany

Person of interestAdam Yauch

1964 MCA [Adam Yauch], American rap-rock vocalist (Beastie Boys -"(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)

Rocker Adam Yauch
Adam Yauch
  • 1965 Jeff Coffin, American musician (Bela Fleck & the Flecktones), born in Massachusetts
  • 1965 Motoi Sakuraba, Japanese composer, born in Akita Prefecture, Japan
  • 1968 Terri Clark, Canadian country singer
  • 1971 "Evil" Jared Hasselhoff [Hennegan], American rock bassist (Bloodhound Gang), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1971 Evil Jared Hasselhoff, American musician (The Bloodhound Gang)
  • 1972 Christian Olde Wolbers, Belgian musician (Fear Factory)
  • 1975 Eicca Toppinen, Finnish cellist (Apocalyptica)
  • 1978 Nektaria Karantzi, Greek singer (Byzantine Chant)
  • 1981 Kō Shibasaki, Japanese singer and actress (47 Ronin), born in Toshima, Japan
  • 1982 Tobias Regner, German singer
  • 1983 Dawn Richard, American singer (Danity Kane)

Weddings in Music

  • 1956 Actress-singer Shirley Jones (22) weds film and stage actor Jack Cassidy (29)

LoveWedding of Interest

1971 Five-time Grammy Award singer Donna Summer [nee Gaines] (22) weds actor Helmuth Sommer; divorce in 1976

Singer Donna Summer
Donna Summer
  • 1975 Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry (25) weds Elissa Jerret

Deaths in Music

  • 1678 Juan García de Zéspedes, Mexican musician and composer (b. 1619)
  • 1778 Thomas Linley the younger, English composer and musician "English Mozart", dies at 22
  • 1856 Robert Lucas Pearsall, English composer, dies at 61
  • 1863 Adolf Friedrich Hesse, German composer, dies at 53
  • 1891 Henry Litolff, French composer and pianist, dies at 73
  • 1907 Gentil Theodoor Antheunis, Flemish poet, dies at 66
  • 1910 Wojciech Gawronski, Polish composer, dies at 42
  • 1916 George Butterworth, English composer, dies at 31
  • 1916 Nikolay Ivanovich Kazanli, Russian composer, dies at 46
  • 1955 Carmen Miranda, Portuguese-born Brazilian samba singer and actress (Down Argentine Way), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • 1958 Joseph Holbrooke, English pianist, conductor and composer (3 Blind Mice), dies at 80
  • 1963 Salvador Bacarisse, Spanish composer, dies at 64
  • 1968 Luther Perkins American guitarist
  • 1970 Otto "Toby" Hardwicke, American jazz alto saxophone player (The Washingtonians, 1923-28; Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1932-46 - "Sophisticated Lady"; "In A Sentimental Mood"), dies at 66
  • 1971 Josef Stanislav, composer, dies at 74
  • 1976 Betty Clooney, American singer (Jack Paar Show), dies at 45
  • 1987 Zygmunt Mycielsky, Polish composer and music critic, dies at 79 [1]
  • 1987 Zygmunt Mycielski, Polish composer and music critic, dies at 79
  • 1992 Jeff Porcaro, drummer (Toto-Africa), dies of cardiac arrest at 38
  • 1993 Randy Hobbs, American rock musician (Johnny Winter Band, McCoys), dies of heart failure at 45
  • 1993 Eugen Suchoň, Slovak composer, dies at 84
  • 2006 Ed Thrasher, American Grammy Award-winning art director (Warner Brothers Records, 1964-79), and photographer (album art for Frank Sinatra; Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead), dies of cancer at 74
  • 2008 Reg Lindsay, Australian country and western singer/songwriter (b. 1929)
  • 2008 Robert Hazard [Rimato], American singer-songwriter (Girls Just Want to Have Fun), dies after surgery at 59
  • 2013 George Duke, American Grammy Award-winning jazz and funk keyboard player, and composer, dies from chronic lymphocytic leukemia at 67
  • 2018 Charlotte Rae, American character actress, comedian, singer and dancer (Edna-Facts of Life), dies at 92