Events in Music on August 4

  • 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

Music History

1956 Elvis Presley releases "Hound Dog", a cover of Big Mama Thorton's original, written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

#1 in the Charts

1958 The Billboard Hot 100 is published for the 1st time, with "Poor Little Fool" by Ricky Nelson at #1

  • 1959 "Billy Barnes Revue" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 87 performances

Album Release

1967 Pink Floyd releases their first album "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn", their only record made under the leadership of Syd Barrett.

Music History

1970 Jim Morrison arrested for public drunkenness in Los Angeles

Music History

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

Music History

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

#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

Music History

2021 Rihanna named the world's wealthiest female musician worth $1.7 billion by Forbes [1]