On This Day

On This Day in Music for August 8

Events in Music

  • 1948 "Hold It!" opens at National Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • 1960 "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini" hits #1
  • 1963 Kingsmen release "Louie, Louie", radio stations label it obscene
  • 1964 "110 in the Shade" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 330 performances
  • 1964 Dutch Opera forms in Amsterdam
  • 1964 Rolling Stones 1st Dutch concert
  • 1966 South African Broadcasting bans Beatles (Lennon's anti-Jesus remark)
  • 1969 The Beatles are photographed by Iain MacMillan crossing the street as they walk away from EMI Studios, for the cover of their "Abbey Road" album. [1]

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 Hank Williams Jr. falls off the side of Ajax Peak in Montana

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
  • 1984 "Rink" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 204 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Carlos Santana pleads no contest to marijuana possession charge

Musician Carlos Santana
Carlos Santana

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Metallica band member James Hetfield suffers second and third-degree burns during a pyrotechnics explosion on stage at Olympic Stadium, Montreal

Metallica Rocker James Hetfield
Metallica Rocker
James Hetfield

Music releaseMusic Single

1995 "Gangster's Paradise" single released by Coolio (Billboard Song of the Year 1995)

Rapper Coolio
  • 2016 K-pop girl group Blackpink debuts with the song Whistle

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 Music mogul Simon Cowell breaks his back riding an electric bike

Recording Executive Simon Cowell
Recording Executive
Simon Cowell

Birthdays in Music

  • 1571 John Ward, English composer, born in Canterbury, England (d. 1638)
  • 1693 Laurent Belissen, composer
  • 1755 Luigi Marchesi, composer
  • 1857 Cecile Chaminade, composer
  • 1871 William Henry Squire, composer
  • 1886 Daniel Ruyneman, composer
  • 1886 Pietro Alessandro Yon, Italian organist and composer, born in Settimo Vittone, Italy
  • 1891 Adolf Busch, German violinist (d. 1952)
  • 1900 Victor Young, American composer and orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show, In Old California), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1956)
  • 1904 István Szelényi, Hungarian pianist and composer, born in Altsohl, Austria-Hungary (d. 1972)
  • 1905 André Jolivet, French composer (Jeune France, Mana), born in Paris, France (d. 1974)
  • 1907 Benny Carter, American musician and composer (Easy Money, King Carter), born in NYC, New York
  • 1913 Axel Stordahl, American arranger & orchestra leader (Frank Sinatra Show), born in Staten Island, New York (d. 1963)
  • 1920 Leo Chiosso, Italian lyricist (d. 2006)
  • 1920 James "Jimmy" Witherspoon, American jump blues singer (Ain't Nobody's Business), born in Gurdon, Arkansas (d. 1997)
  • 1921 Roger Nixon, American composer, born in Tulare, California (d. 2009)
  • 1921 Webb Pierce, American singer (In the Jailhouse Now), born in West Monroe, Louisiana (d. 1991)
  • 1924 Thomas Beversdorf, composer
  • 1926 Urbie [Urban Clifford] Green, American jazz trombonist (toured with Woody Herman, Frankie Carlie), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1928 Don Burrows, Australian musician
  • 1929 Josef Suk, Czech composer and violinist (Artist of Merit-1977), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2011)
  • 1931 Jonathan Elkus, composer
  • 1932 Mel Tillis [Lonnie Melvin Tillis], American country singer (Who's Julie, M-M-Mel), born in Pahokee, Florida (d. 2017)
  • 1933 Joe Tex [Joseph Arrington, Jr.], American soul musician (Hold What You've Got, I Gotcha), born in Rogers, Texas (d. 1982)
  • 1937 Louis Neefs, Belgian singer
  • 1938 Connie Stevens [Concetta Ingoglia], singer/actress (Hawaiian Eye, Back to Beach), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1938 Jacques Hétu, Canadian composer, born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec (d. 2010)
  • 1939 Philip E Baisley, Augusta Va, singer (Statler Bros-Class of '57)
  • 1939 William Alden Hibbard, composer
  • 1942 Jay David, rocker (Dr Hook & Medicine Show)
  • 1943 Daniel Börtz, Swedish classical composer, born in Hässleholm, Sweden
  • 1944 Hans van Eijk, Dutch rock guitarist (Jumping Jewels)
  • 1944 Michael Johnson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, born in Alamosa, Colorado
  • 1944 John Renbourn, English folk musician (Pentangle), born in London
  • 1947 Brenda Lee Eager, American gospel and soul singer and songwriter, born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1949 Airrion Love, American singer (Stylistics-16 Bars)
  • 1950 Willie Hall, American drummer (Blues Brothers Band), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1950 Liberatori "Liberty" DeVitto, American rock drummer (Billy Joel, 1976-2006), born in New York City
  • 1951 Laurie Ann Frink, American big band jazz trumpeter and educator, born in Pender, Nebraska (d. 2013) [1]
  • 1955 Ali Score, rock drummer (Flock Of Seagulls)
  • 1955 Diddú, Icelandic soprano and songwriter
  • 1956 Chris Foreman [Chrissy Boy], English guitarist (Madness-Burning Down the House), born in London
  • 1956 David Grant, Jamaica, singer/songwriter (Stop & Go, Heaven Knows)
  • 1961 The Edge [Dave Evans], rock guitarist (U2-I Will Follow), born in London, England
  • 1961 Daniel House, American music executive
  • 1961 Rikki Rockett, American drummer (Poison-Every Rose Has a Thorn), born in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1965 Aaron Abeyta, American musician
  • 1969 Faye Wong, Hong Kong cantopop singer-songwriter and actress (Chungking Express), born in Beijing, China
  • 1972 Lüpüs Thünder, American musician (The Bloodhound Gang)
  • 1973 Scott Stapp, American singer (Creed)
  • 1976 JC Chasez, American singer (*NSYNC)
  • 1976 Drew Lachey, American singer
  • 1977 Robert Randolph, American pedal steel guitarist (Robert Randolph and the Family Band), born in Irvington, New Jersey
  • 1978 Countess Vaughn, American actress and singer
  • 1979 Richard Harwood, British cellist
  • 1979 Sam Totman, English musician (Dragonforce)
  • 1980 Mike Hindert, American musician
  • 1981 Vanessa Amorosi, Australian singer and songwriter
  • 1981 Kaori Iida, Japanese singer and actress
  • 1981 Bradley McIntosh, British pop singer
  • 1995 Malin Reitan, Norwegian singer
  • 1995 Jake Blount, American bluegrass musician (Spider Tales), born in Washington, D.C.

Person of interestShawn Mendes

1998 Shawn Mendes, Canadian singer-songwriter (Handwritten, Treat You Better), born in Toronto, Ontario

Singer-Songwriter Shawn Mendes
Shawn Mendes

Weddings in Music

  • 2009 International opera group Il Divo singer David Miller weds singer and theater actress Sarah Joy Kabanuck in New York City

Deaths in Music

  • 1445 Oswald von Wolkenstein, Austrian composer
  • 1700 Matthias Henriksen Schacht, Danish scholar and composer, dies at 40
  • 1759 Karl Heinrich Graun, German composer, dies at 55
  • 1816 Blas de Laserna, composer, dies at 65
  • 1834 Silvestro Palma, composer, dies at 80
  • 1888 Friedrich Wilhelm Jahns, German composer, voice teacher and musicologist, dies at 79
  • 1918 Gertrude E Durden Rush, American composer/playwright, dies at 38
  • 1940 Johnny Dodds, American early jazz clarinetist, dies at 48
  • 1950 Nicolai Yakovlevich Miaskovsky, composer, dies at 69
  • 1950 Nikolai Myaskovsky, Russian composer (Kirov is With Us), dies at 69
  • 1954 Gino Tagliapietra, Italian pianist and composer (Antologia di musica antica e moderna per pianoforte), dies at 67
  • 1961 Méi Lánfāng, Chinese opera performer (b. 1894)
  • 1963 Sándor Jemnitz, Hungarian composer, dies at 72
  • 1967 Jaromir Weinberger, Czech/American composer (Czech Rhapsody), dies at 71
  • 1975 Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, American jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader of the 1950-60s hard bop era (The Black Messiah), dies of a stroke at 46
  • 1975 Bernie Green, American orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey Show, Garry Moore Show), dies at 66
  • 1982 Ferre Grignard, Belgian pop singer/painter (Crucified Jesus), dies
  • 1982 Kurt Edelhagen, West German jazz pianist, dies at 62
  • 1988 Félix Leclerc, French Canadian singer and composer (Moi, mes souliers), dies at 74
  • 1989 Irv Cottler, American session and touring drummer (Frank Sinatra; Dinah Shore), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 1990 Andrzej Dobrowolski, Polish classical and experimental composer, dies at 68
  • 1996 Didi Duprat, French guitarist, dies at 69
  • 1996 Åke Hermanson, Swedish composer, dies at 73
  • 1997 Duncan Swift, jazz pianist, dies at 74
  • 2003 Maki Ishii, Japanese composer, dies at 66
  • 2006 Michael Hurd, British composer and musicologist known for his choral music (Jonah-Man Jazz), dies at 77
  • 2006 Irving "Duke" Jordan, American jazz pianist (Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Sonny Stitt), dies at 84
  • 2008 Joseph Gelineau, French Catholic Jesuit priest and composer, dies at 87
  • 2013 Regina Resnik, American operatic singer, dies at 90
  • 2014 Peter Sculthorpe, Australian composer (Kakadu), dies at 85

Person of interestGlen Campbell

2017 Glen Campbell, American actor and singer (Time I Get to Phoenix), dies at 81

Country Singer Glen Campbell
Country Singer
Glen Campbell
  • 2017 Barbara Cook, American stage singer and actress (Music Man), dies at 89