On This Day

Musicians Who Died in August 2008

  • Aug 3 Erik Darling, American folk musician (Rooftop Singers), dies at 74
  • Aug 5 Reg Lindsay, Australian country and western singer/songwriter (b. 1929)
  • Aug 5 Robert Hazard [Rimato], American singer-songwriter (Girls Just Want to Have Fun), dies after surgery at 59
  • Aug 8 Joseph Gelineau, French Catholic Jesuit priest and composer, dies at 87
  • Aug 10 Isaac Hayes, American musician and composer (Shaft), dies at 65
  • Aug 12 Christie Allen, British-Australian pop singer (b. 1954)
  • Aug 12 Donald Erb, American composer known for large orchestral works, dies at 81
  • Aug 14 Lita Roza, English singer ("How Much is That Doggie in the Window"), dies at 82
  • Aug 15 Jerry Wexler, American music producer who coined the term "rhythm and blues" (Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan), dies from congestive heart failure at 91
  • Aug 16 Ronnie Drew, Irish singer (The Dubliners), dies at 73
  • Aug 16 Dorival Caymmi, Brazilian singer and songwriter (b. 1914)
  • Aug 18 Pervis Jackson, American R&B singer (Spinners), dies at 70
  • Aug 19 LeRoi Moore, American saxophonist (Dave Matthews Band), dies at 46
  • Aug 21 Jerry Finn, American record producer (b. 1969)
  • Aug 21 Buddy Harman, Country music drummer (Grand Ole Opry, Elvis Presley), dies at 79
  • Aug 25 Josef Tal, Israel composer (Israeli art music), dies at 97
  • Aug 31 Jerry Reed, American country music singer (When You're Hot, You're Hot) and actor (Bat 21, Smokey & the Bandit), dies of complications from emphysema at 71