On This Day

On This Day in Music for August 7

Events in Music

  • 1949 "All after Love" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 121 performances
  • 1954 "Golden Apple" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 125 performances
  • 1970 Christine Perfect (McVie) joins Fleetwood Mac
  • 1977 "Shenandoah" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 1,050 performances
  • 1983 "Merlin" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 199 performances
  • 1984 Harmonica Frank [Floyd], American blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player dies of lung cancer and diabetes complications at 75

Music releaseMusic Recording

1985 Barbra Streisand records "Broadway Album"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1986 "Honky Tonk Nights" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 1993 "Camelot" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • 1994 "Hedda Gabler" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 33 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

1997 Garth Brooks performs a free concert in NYC's Central Park for HBO, later releasing it as Garth: Live from Central Park

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks

Music releaseMusic Single

2009 “Tik Tok” single released by Kesha (Billboard Song of the Year 2010)

Singer-Songwriter Kesha

Music releaseMusic Single

2020 Cardi B releases single "WAP", featuring Megan Thee Stallion, debuts at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

Rapper Cardi B
Cardi B
Rapper and Singer-Songwriter Megan Thee Stallion
Rapper and Singer-Songwriter
Megan Thee Stallion

Birthdays in Music

  • 1818 Henry Litolff, French composer and pianist, born in London, England (d. 1891)
  • 1823 Faustina Hasse Hodges, English-American composer, born in Malmesbury, England (d. 1895)
  • 1868 Granville Bantock, English composer and conductor (Hebridean Symphony), born in London (d. 1946)

Person of interestMata Hari

1876 Mata Hari [Margaretha Geertruida Zelle], Dutch exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German WWI spy, born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (d. 1917)

Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy Mata Hari
Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy
Mata Hari
  • 1887 Charles Luckyth "Luckey" Roberts, stride pianist and composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1968)
  • 1903 Saburō Moroi, Japanese composer and educator, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1977)
  • 1906 Gerhard Frommel, German composer and pedagogue, born in Karlsruhe, Germany (d. 1984)
  • 1913 George Van Eps, American seven-string jazz guitarist, born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 1998)
  • 1921 Karel Husa, Czech-American Pulitzer prize winning composer (Trojan Women), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2016)
  • 1921 Manitas de Plata, flamenco guitarist, born in Sète, France (d. 2014)
  • 1925 Felice Bryant, American songwriter (Bye Bye Love; Wake Up Little Susie), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Julian Orbon De Soto, Cuban composer, born in Aviles, Spain (d. 1991)
  • 1928 Herb Reed, American musician (The Platters), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • 1930 Veljo Tormis, Estonian composer, specializing in choral music (Curse Upon Iron (Raua needmine)), born in Kuusalu, Estonia (d. 2017)
  • 1935 Rahsaan Roland Kirk, American jazz multi-instrumentalist (Bright Moments, The Case of the 3 Sided Dream in Audio Color), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • 1936 Charles Pope, American soul singer (Tams-Hey Girl Don't Bother Me), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2013)
  • 1941 Howard Johnson, American jazz baritone saxophonist and tuba player (SNL band), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1942 B.J. Thomas, American singer (Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head; Hooked On A Feeling; Growing Pains Theme), born in Hugo, Oklahoma
  • 1942 Caetano Veloso, Brazilian musician, born in Santo Amaro, Brazil
  • 1943 Lana Cantrell, Australian singer (Those Were the Days), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1945 Kerry Chater, Canadian musician (Gary Puckett & Union Gap - "Young Girl") and Nashville songwriter, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1945 Patrice Mestral, French composer, born in Paris, France
  • 1949 Carlo Novi, Mexican songwriter and saxophone player (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2010)
  • 1949 Tim[othy] Renwick, British rock guitarist (Sutherland Brothers & Quiver), born in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
  • 1950 Rodney Crowell, American country singer (She's Crazy for Leavin'), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1958 Bruce Dickinson, English heavy metal rocker (Iron Maiden-Run to Hills), born in Worksop, United Kingdom
  • 1960 Jacquie O'Sullivan, English singer and songwriter (Bananarama-Venus), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1962 Bruno Pelletier, Québécois pop singer, born in Charlesbourg, Quebec City, Canada
  • 1963 Marcus Lewis, American soul singer (Sing Me A Song), born in Pontiac, Michigan
  • 1966 Kristin Hersch, American singer and songwriter (Throwing Muses), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1968 [James] Lynn Strait, American singer (Snot), born in Manhasset, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1975 Gaahl [Kristian Eivind Espedal], Norwegian black metal vocalist (Gorgoroth), born in Sunnfjord, Norway
  • 1975 Koray Candemir, Turkish singer, songwriter and producer (Kargo; maSKott), born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1978 Jamey Jasta [James Shanahan], American metal singer (Hatebreed), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1978 Vanness Wu, Taiwanese-American singer (F4, Kangta & Vanness), born in Santa Monica, California

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1954 Musician Johnny Cash (22) marries 1st wife Vivian Liberto (20)

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash

LoveWedding of Interest

1966 Latin music king Xavier Cugat (60) weds singer Charo (20) at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

Actress Charo

LoveWedding of Interest

1987 "Magnum, P.I." actor Tom Selleck (42) weds actress and dancer Jillie Mack (29) in Incline Village, Nevada

LoveWedding of Interest

1995 Rapper LL Cool J (27) weds Simone Johnson

Actor and Rapper LL Cool J
Actor and Rapper
LL Cool J

LoveWedding of Interest

2008 Singer-songwriter Jewel Kilcher (34) weds rodeo champion Ty Murray (38) at The Cove Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas

Singer-Songwriter Jewel Kilcher
Jewel Kilcher

LoveWedding of Interest

2010 British pop star Robbie Williams (36) weds actress Ayda Field (31) in an intimate ceremony at a Beverly Hills mansion

Deaths in Music

  • 1609 Eustache du Caurroy, composer, dies at 60
  • 1712 Friederich Wilhelm Zachow, composer, dies at 48
  • 1786 Friedrich Schwindl, Dutch composer, dies at 49
  • 1798 Johann Gottlieb Sollner, composer, dies at 65
  • 1846 Johann Christian Heinrich Rinck, composer, dies at 76
  • 1893 Alfredo Catalani, Italian operatic composer, dies at 39
  • 1913 David Popper, composer, dies at 70
  • 1914 Boleslaw Dembinski, Polish composer, dies at 81
  • 1924 Camille Zeckwer, American composer, dies at 49
  • 1959 Armas Launis, Finnish composer, dies at 75
  • 1960 Vaino Hannikainen, composer, dies at 60
  • 1967 Max Branch, music/radio commentator, dies at 75
  • 1967 Max [Marcus] Tak, Dutch violinist and radio commentator, dies at 75
  • 1969 Joseph Kosma, composer, dies at 63
  • 1969 Russ Morgan, American orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), dies at 65
  • 1972 Joi Lansing [Joyce Brown], American model, film and television actress, and nightclub singer (Touch of Evil, Bob Cummings Show), dies of cancer at 43
  • 1978 Franz Alphons Wolpert, German composer, dies at 60
  • 1978 (Albert) Eddie Calvert, British trumpeter ("Oh, Mein Papa"; "Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White)"), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 1984 Esther Phillips, American singer (What a Difference a Day Makes), dies at 48
  • 1991 Billy James, comedian/singer (Women at Play, Lusty Business), dies
  • 1992 Titti Sotto, Cuban composer (La Esquina Habanera), dies
  • 1993 Roy Budd, English jazz pianist/composer (Paper Tiger), dies at 46
  • 2009 Mike Seeger, American folk musician (b. 1933)
  • 2011 Marshall Grant, American bassist (Johnny Cash's Tennessee Two), dies at 83
  • 2013 Kelly Garrett, American actress and singer (The Night That Made America Famous), dies of cancer at 69
  • 2017 David Henry Maslanka, American composer (Angel Of Mercy; Sea Dreams), and educator, dies of colon cancer at 73
  • 2020 Constance Weldon, American symphonic tuba player (Boston Pops; Concertgebouw) and educator, dies at 88