Monday, August 8, 2016

Over The Years - Things That Rocked Music In August

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Historic Events That Rocked Music in August.



1937: A patent for the “frying pan” electric guitar is granted to George Beauchamp …by mounting a pickup on his acoustic lap steel he’s credited with creating one of the earliest electric guitars…originally developed in 1931-1932, Beauchamp didn’t get a patent till 1937, allowing other manufacturers to jump into the fray…

1938: Robert Johnson dies in Greenwood, Mississippi…the legendary bluesman’s whiskey is said to have been poisoned by the spouse of one of his girlfriends…Johnson’s songs and riffs will become part of the foundation of modern blues…

1947: Future monster of the drum kit Keith Moon is born in Wembley, England…though often remembered for his drum-smashing, bad-boy ways, Moon was among the first truly gifted rock drummers to go far beyond the role of a mere timekeeper…on classic Who tracks like "I Can See for Miles" Moon's escalating rolls and cymbal crashes served as counterpoints and spurs to Pete Townshend's slashing power chords…


Keith Moon would redefine and vastly expand the role of the rock drummer.

1949: Louis Jordan and His Tympani Five record “Saturday Night Fish Fry,” one of the earliest R&B songs cited as a forerunner to rock ‘n’ roll…as the swing of jump blues gives way to the four-on-the-floor rhythm patterns of rockabilly, teens everywhere will kick up a ruckus in the name of rock ‘n’ roll…


Rock ‘n’ roll in its incubation period: Louis Jordan’s swinging “Saturday Night Fish Fry.”

1957: John Lennon and his band, The Quarrymen, play their debut date at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, a hotbed of jazz and skiffle...after the band performs “Come Go With Me,” Hound Dog,” and “Blue Suede Shoes,” irate club owner Alan Sytner sends a note up to the stage reading, “Cut out the bloody rock!”…

1958: “Summertime Blues,” Eddie Cochran’s biggest hit, enters the Billboard Top 100, where it will peak at #8 and sell over a million copies...much covered by other artists, it will be a No. 1 hit for Alan Jackson and sell beaucoup singles in versions by The Who and Blue Cheer…this same month the doo-wopping Elegants score the No. 1 single with “Little Star,” their reworking of a Mozart lullaby…one-hit wonders, their star will soon fade…


“Summertime Blues,” Eddie Cochran’s raw meditation on teenage troubles, deeply influenced future British rockers like Pete Townshend.

1960: Elvis enjoys his first post-army No. 1 hit with the souped-up ballad “It’s Now or Never” based on the melody of the Italian chestnut “O Sole Mio”…

1961: Patsy Cline records her signature song, “Crazy”…the country star is on crutches, recovering from a recent car wreck in which she’d sailed through the windshield…broken ribs make it tough for Patsy to hit the high notes…

1962: The No. 1 Billboard pop hit is “The Loco-Motion” by Little Eva…the singer, a former babysitter for the husband-and-wife songwriting team of Gerry Goffin and Carole King, achieves Cinderella-like stardom after the couple ask her to cut a demo of the song…her performance is so killer she gets to record the master…Grand Funk and Kylie Minogue will also chart with their covers in 1974 and 1988 respectively…

1963: Stevie Wonder becomes the first artist to notch No. 1 album and singles chart positions in the same week…his LP Little Stevie Wonder: The 12 Year Old Genius spawns the single “Fingertips Part 2”…featuring the prodigy blowing some very funky harmonica, it becomes the first-ever live single to go to No. 1…this same month “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes hits the charts...Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys calls it the perfect pop song and his own 1964 hit, “Don’t Worry Baby,” will bear a strong resemblance…


At 12 Stevie Wonder wasn’t just a funky singer, he enthralled crowds with his awesome chops on everything from chromatic harmonica to bongos. Yeah, bongos.

1964: In the UK Glasgow officials decree all males with Beatles haircuts must wear bathing caps in the city’s pools since their hair is clogging the filters…

1965: The Beatles set a pop concert attendance record when 55,600 teenieboppers descend on New York’s Shea Stadium to hear themselves scream…the puny PA is no match for their shrieking…

1967: George Harrison hangs out at a love-in at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park...he’s less than enchanted, recalling “It was full of hideous, spotty little teenagers”…meanwhile in LA, recording resumes on the classic Love album Forever Changes…production began in June but stalled after bickering and personnel changes…members of L.A.’s famed studio elite, The Wrecking Crew, are brought in to cut backing tracks on three songs…

1968: The Jimi Hendrix Experience performs a roaring “Star Spangled Banner” for the first time in concert, a month before Jose Feliciano sings his controversial, melisma-laden version at Game 5 of the World Series in Detroit…this same month Who drummer Keith Moon caps his 21st birthday bash by driving a Rolls into the pool at a Holiday Inn in Flint, Michigan...


Rocked-out versions of “The Star Spangled Banner” like this ripping rendition by Hendrix were controversial with many Americans during the culturally divided late ‘60s.

1969: The Woodstock Music and Art Festival is held on Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, New York...nearly half a million will gather to celebrate what’s billed as "3 Days of Peace and Music" with performances by a who's-who of rock royalty…it becomes the prototype for dozens of similar extravaganzas that follow…meanwhile, photographer Iain Macmillan catches four lads from Liverpool in mid-stride as they traverse a London crosswalk...the photo will become the cover for Abbey Road…

1970: Janis Joplin springs for a headstone to mark classic blues diva Bessie Smith’s grave...the singer was one of her idols…meanwhile, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s LP Cosmos’ Factory begins a nine-week run at the top of the album chart…the title refers to the warehouse where frontman John Fogerty rigorously rehearsed the band leading drummer Doug Clifford to start calling it the “factory”…also this month, Duane Allman begins recording sessions as a member of Derek & The Dominos...frontman Eric Clapton praises Allman as the catalyst in a double-LP project that wraps in just 10 days after producing Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, one the most acclaimed rock albums ever…


Even without Duane Allman along, Derek and the Dominos was a potent blues-rock machine on tour.

1971: Soul sax titan King Curtis is stabbed to death by a vagrant outside a New York apartment building he owns…

1972: Paul and Linda McCartney are busted for pot possession following a Wings show in Gothenburg, Sweden...the couple is fined and released…

1973: Stevie Wonder is seriously injured in North Carolina when the auto in which he’s riding is struck by logs rolling off a truck...he emerges from a coma after four days, minus his sense of smell…

1975: Stevie Wonder’s smelling the green when he inks a $13 million, seven-year recording deal, a record-setter for its time……also this month, Peter Gabriel calls it quits with Genesis…the band auditions more than 400 singers before deciding Phil Collins should come out from behind the drum kit to front the group…meanwhile, Queen begins recording “Bohemian Rhapsody” in Wales...by completion, four more studios were used making it one of the most expensive singles ever...the 30-second operatic sequence takes three weeks to record with 180 overdubbed voices...the vocal harmonies are duplicated so many times that the original vocal parts are eight generations down...the original 24-track tape becomes so worn it has to be copied to a fresh reel…and finally this month, in an interview with rising rock journalist Cameron Crowe, Neil Young says he’s committed to continual change: “Shirts, old ladies, whatever. I’d rather keep changing and lose a lot of people along the way. If that’s the price, I’ll pay it”…

1977: Elvis leaves the building...the 42-year-old singer is found dead in his bathroom by girlfriend, Ginger Alden...according to the autopsy, death resulted from coronary arrhythmia… his passing becomes a media event of major proportions...it also sparks rumors the death was staged and Presley’s alive and well…

1980: Four masked intruders break into Todd Rundgren’s New York home, tie him up and proceed to steal stereo gear and paintings…the rocker reports one of the thieves hummed Rundgren’s hit “I Saw the Light” during the home invasion…

1983: David Crosby gets a wakeup call when he is sentenced to five years in prison on cocaine and firearms charges…he had dozed through much of the trial…he’ll be released this same month in 1986…

1984: “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr. is the Billboard #1 pop hit...Parker is later sued by Huey Lewis who claims the tune is a ripoff of his “I Want a New Drug”...the case is settled out of court with the proviso neither party talks about the terms...in 2001, during an episode of VH1’s Behind the Music, Lewis reveals that Parker paid up to settle the case...Parker then sues Lewis for violating the settlement deal…


Ray Parker’s “Ghostbusters” got Huey Lewis in a huff over its similarity to his “I Want a New Drug.”

1985: Introduced to the benefits of owning publishing rights by friend Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson purchases the ATV music catalog, which includes 251 Lennon-McCartney songs, at auction for $47.5 million...McCartney and Yoko Ono had attempted to purchase the songs only to be outbid by Jackson...McCartney and Jackson's friendship comes to an abrupt end…this same month Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon nearly drowns after his yacht capsizes during a race off the English coast…

1986: Drummer Rick Allen performs his first live show with Def Leppard since losing an arm in a 1984 car wreck…he uses a specially engineered electronic drum kit with a foot-operated snare drum…meanwhile, Paul Simon releases his landmark album Graceland…featuring a host of top South African artists, the record lays the groundwork for a boom in world music sales…

1987: CBS Records ships a record-setting 2.25 million pre-ordered copies of Michael Jackson’s latest LP, Bad, to stores…it will sell 13 million worldwide…a huge number for any other artist, it’s a bit of a disappointment in the wake of Thriller and its 35 million copies sold…

1988: The Michelle Shocked album Short Sharp Shocked is released with an actual cover shot of the artist being carted off by a pair of L.A. cops…her label, Cooking Vinyl, slaps sunglasses on a policeman's face and obscures a badge number to protect the innocent…this same month, undervalued blues, rock, and jazz guitarist Roy Buchanan, whose career was plagued by bouts of depression, commits suicide in jail after being arrested for public drunkeness…


Despite monumental chops, Telecaster master Roy Buchanan struggled with depression throughout his career. Check out those bends!

1990: The world of rock and modern blues takes a big hit when Stevie Ray Vaughan is killed in a Wisconsin helicopter crash that also takes the lives of three members of Eric Clapton's entourage…

1991: Nirvana shoots the video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit”…featuring real Nirvana fans, the clip will score big at the MTV Video awards in 1992 and becomes the most played video ever on MTV Europe…also this month, Pearl Jam releases their first LP, Ten…it will sell more than 13 million copies and spin off three hit singles, “Alive,” “Even Flow,” and “Jeremy”…

1992: Citing a sore throat, Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses cuts short the band’s set in Montreal...many of the 55,000 fans riot...it’s a fitting end to a concert in which Metallica had also cut short their set after singer James Hetfield suffered third-degree burns from a pyro effect…

1993: Sheryl Crow releases her debut album,Tuesday Night Music Club…named for the loose collective of musicians who helped record the LP, it will go on to sell more than seven million copies in the US and UK…remembering the sessions, Crow says, “By the end of each night we’d have recorded either a piece of sh*t or a great work”…

1994: Drummer Dave Abbruzzese is dismissed from Pearl Jam…the band tells the media he left to pursue music studies, but Abbruzzese maintains he was fired for unknown reasons…fans speculate that singer Eddie Vedder was unhappy with the drummer’s embrace of the band's superstardom, something the other members are less comfortable with …

1995: Deadheads everywhere mourn the death of Jerry Garcia after he succumbs to a heart attack while in rehab…also this month, Courtney Love throws a hissy fit when the audience at a Hole show doesn't get ecstatic over her performance on the last night of the Lollapalooza tour in Mountain View, California....security guards carry her offstage when she begins physically fighting with the audience…

1998: Pete Townshend plays to an SRO crowd at Chicago's House of Blues and raises $300,000 for Maryville Academy, a home for abused and neglected children…

1999: After running into legal roadblocks, the leading record labels drop their suit against Diamond Multimedia, makers of the Rio MP3 music player...they had charged the device would encourage online piracy…also this month, from the Department of Fleeting Fame: The Backstreet Boys break box office records by selling all 765,000 tickets for their North American tour in just one day, taking in a cool $30 million, most of it within a single hour…

2000: The Jimi Hendrix estate successfully evicts the holder of the web domain jimihendrix.com…meanwhile, Slipknot raises hell at the Kerrang Awards, smashing glasses, trashing a mic, tossing a monitor off the stage and setting their table alight…they win three awards including one for best live act…

2001: Contemporary R&B star and actress Aaliyah dies along with eight others when their Cessna crashes and burns on takeoff in the Bahamas…she had just completed a video and was at the peak of her career…a string of posthumous releases have contributed to sales of more than 50 million records by the singer who was discovered on Star Search…

2002: Eminem draws boos at the MTV Video Music Awards after he calls Moby a girl and tries to pick a fight with the diminutive techno-popper...he’s all het up because Moby called the rapper's music misogynistic and homophobic...Em also mixes it up with Triumph The Insult Comic Dog after Triumph tells the crowd, "Eminem should lighten up. I mean, my mom was a bitch too, but I don't go writing songs about it" ...

2003: Two hundred fans are ejected from the Charlotte, North Carolina Ozzfest for alcohol and drug use...the show started at around 10 am and the first group of partied-out attendees is booted out just after noon, proving Ozzy fans are not into pacing themselves…

2004: The Dave Matthews Band is sued for dumping human waste from its tour bus into the Chicago River and onto a sightseeing boat that happened to be passing below…the band’s bus driver is convicted of the disgusting deed…this same month Drowning Pool's Dave Williams is found dead on the band's tour bus during the Ozzfest tour… the postmortem will show he died from heart disease…and finally this month, The British medical journal Thorax warns music fans ultra-powerful music systems in cars can cause collapsed lungs…this was the fate of a 19-year-old Bristol, U.K. youth who suffered the injury while listening to a 1000-watt system stuffed into his Fiat Panda…

2005: Leonard Cohen files a suit against his former business manager charging that Kelley Lynch ripped him off for $5 million from 1994 through 1999 while Cohen was chilling in a Buddhist center…

2006: A media frenzy ignites when Boy George is spotted sweeping a New York City street as part of a community-service sentence arising out of charges of filing a false police report…he’s quickly hustled into a fenced-off area to keep on sweeping…also this month, Tower Records has its water shut off when the major record labels refuse to ship new product...the 89-store chain will soon fold...

2007: Queen guitarist Brian May hands in his astronomy PhD thesis—36 years after abandoning it to join the band…

2008: The Police cap their 150-show world tour with a two-hour tour de force show at Madison Square Garden… the tour had started shakily then gained momentum as it went along...reflecting on early shows, drummer Stewart Copeland says, “At the beginning, we were crap. Each one of us had our own opinion of what was wrong, which could be summed up as ‘the other two guys’”…this same month a man who leaked nine unreleased songs from the forthcoming Guns N’ Roses album Chinese Democracy is arrested…according to Kevin Cogill’s girlfriend, the cops, “... let me get him a shirt and shoes without laces before they took him away”…Cogill formerly worked at a Universal Records CD plant and is considered one of the major sources of illegal file sharing during the early part of the millennium…

2009: Guitarist Les Paul dies at 94…aside from his phenomenal guitar technique he’s credited with designing the first solidbody guitar and developing multi tracking and overdubbing technology…this same month, with a deepening recession, touring acts like Aerosmith, Kid Rock, and No Doubt are pushing lawn seats for a paltry $10 and even pop phenom Miley Cyrus has to fill the seats at a Memphis venue by blowing out tickets at $15.75 a pop…


Even the pop-friendly, pre-supernaughty Miley Cyrus had to mark down tickets during the 2009 economic slump.

2012: Three members of Russian punk rock group Pussy Riot get two-year prison stretches for a protest performance at a Moscow church that the court calls sacrilegious…

2013: In the Department of Would You Like Chips with That?…following Beyonce’s performance at the V Festival, a British fast food chicken joint called Nando’s fills an order for the singer’s entourage that consists of 48 whole chickens, 24 tubs of coleslaw, 58 chicken wing platters, and 48 orders of chips…the tab’s around $2,400…this same month Miley Cyrus’s risque performance at the MTV VMAs featuring dirty dancing with Robin Thicke draws heat from the Parents Television Council, which says the show was definitely unsuitable for a 14-year-old audience despite its rating…

2015: Columbia House Record Club files for bankruptcy…with the digital music revolution in full swing, the company can’t give away its CDs and DVDs—not even 10 of ‘em for a penny…this same month Taylor Swift calls up veteran singer-songwriter Joan Baez to shake and shimmy at a California show…later the 74-year-old singer says of Swift, ”Sweet, kind, respectful. She knows how much she influences young people, and she doesn’t take that role lightly”…and speaking of Swift, this same month, after receiving a Video Vanguard Award at the 2015 MTV VMAs, fittingly enough from Ms. Swift, Kanye West launches into a rambling acceptance speech in which he acknowledges it was his need for acceptance and his enthusiasm for other acts that led to his barging in on Swift’s VMA acceptance speech in 2009…Kanye also promises to run for president in 2020…
This Month's Births

August 1: Francis Scott Key (1799), bluesman Piano Slim born Robert T. Smith (1928), folk singer Ramblin' Jack Elliott, born Elliott Charles Adnopoz (1931), Jerry Garcia (1942), producer Denny Cordell (1943), Geoff Britton of Wings (1943), Boz Burrell of Bad Company (1946), Rick Coonce of The Grass Roots (1946), guitarist-vocalist Linn Phillips of Flash Cadillac (1947), bassist Rick Anderson of The Tubes (1947), punk musician- author Jim Carroll (1949), James Gang and Deep Purple guitarist Tommy Bolin (1951), BTO's Tim Bachman (1951), bluesman Robert Cray (1953), vocalist Joe Elliott of Def Leppard (1959), Public Enemy's Chuck D (1960), rapper Coolio (1963), Adam Duritz of Counting Crows (1964), metal guitarist Dan Donegan of Disturbed (1968), Ashley Angel of O-Town (1981)

August 2: big band singer Helen Morgan (1900), blues singer-pianist Big Walter Price (1914), country singer Hank Walters (1933), country star Hank Cochran (1935), keyboardist Garth Hudson of The Band (1937), Edward Patten of Gladys Knight and The Pips (1939), Doris Coley Kenner of The Shirelles (1941), soul songwriter Homer Banks (1941), Andrew Malcolm of The Herd (1941), steel guitarist Hank DeVito (1948), funk bandleader “Fat” Larry James (1949), Ted Turner of Wishbone Ash (1950), Andy Fairweather-Low of Amen Corner (1950), singer-songwriter Andrew Gold (1951), singer Joe Lynn Turner of Rainbow and Deep Purple (1951), Clive Wright of Cock Robin (1953), mock rocker Mojo Nixon (1957), producer Butch Vig (1957), singer-actress Apollonia Kotero (1959), Echo and the Bunnymen drummer Pete DeFreitas (1961), Zelma Davis of C+C Music Factory (1970)

August 3: Bahamian guitarist Joseph Spence (1910), singer Tony Bennett (1926), blues harp player Alex Randall (1934), Gordon Stoker of The Jordanaires (1935), Roscoe Mitchell of The Art Ensemble of Chicago (1940), Beverly Lee of The Shirelles (1941), former Byrds bassist John York (1946), B.B. Dickerson of War (1949), Johnny Graham of Earth, Wind and Fire (1951), Spear of Destiny guitarist-vocalist Kirk Brandon (1956), Robert Buck of 10,000 Maniacs (1958), Martin Atkins of Public Image Ltd (1959), Metallica singer-guitarist James Hetfield (1963), Ed Roland of Collective Soul (1963), South African reggae star Lucky Dube (1964), Lonestar keyboard man Dean Sams (1966), Stephen Carpenter of Deftones (1973)

August 4: jazz titan Louis Armstrong (1901), composer David Raksin (1912), Elsbeary Hobbs of The Drifters (1936), Louisiana swamp rocker Frankie Ford (1939), David Carr of The Fortunes (1940), pop singer Timi Yuro (1940), session keyboardist-bassist Larry Knechtel (1940), Klaus Schulze of Tangerine Dream (1947), Paul Layton of The New Seekers (1947), Maire Ni Bhraonain of Clannad (1952), Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby (1959), Paul Reynolds of A Flock of Seagulls (1962), Marques Houston of Immature (1981)

August 5: jazz singer Jeri Southern (1926), country singer Vern Gosdin (1934), jazz and R&B singer Damita Jo (1940), jazz percussionist Airto Moreira (1940), jazz guitarist Lenny Breau (1941), Rick Huxley of The Dave Clark Five (1942), country singer Sammi Smith (1943), guitarist Rick Derringer (1947), Eddie Ojeda of Twisted Sister (1955), Henry “Big Hank” Jackson of Sugarhill Gang (1957), Pat Smear of X and Foo Fighters (1959), Pete Burns of Dead or Alive (1959), violin prodigy Mark O’Connor (1961), Adam Yauch of The Beastie Boys (1964)

August 6: Delta bluesman Willie Brown (1900), Jimmy Ricks of The Ravens (1924), jazz singer-actress Abbey Lincoln (1930), Brazilian composer-guitarist Baden Powell (de Aquino) (1937), soul man-songwriter-producer Isaac Hayes (1938), Judy Craig of The Chiffons (1943), fusion guitarist Allan Holdsworth (1946), reggae singer Dennis Alcapone (1947) Pat McDonald of Timbuk 3 (1951), soul singer-bassist Randy DeBarge (1958), singer-songwriter Elliott Smith (1969), Geri Halliwell aka Ginger Spice of The Spice Girls (1972)

August 7: swing bandleader Freddie Slack (1908), jazz/ blues pianist Mose Vinson (1917), flamenco guitar maestro Manitas de Plata (1921), songwriter Felice Bryant (1925), oldies DJ Art Laboe (1925), Herb Reed of The Platters (1931), titanic jazz multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1937), blues singer-guitarist Magic Slim (1937), singer Ron Holden (1939), pop singer B.J. Thomas (1942), Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden (1958), Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses (1964), Ian Dench of EMF (1966)

August 8: jazz bandleader Lucky Millinder (1900), jazz musician Benny Carter (1907), country music pioneer Webb Pierce (1921), jazz/blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon (1923), Sonny Til of The Orioles (1925), country star Mel Tillis (1932), soul singer Joe Tex (1933), pop singer-actress Connie Stevens (1938), Philip Balsley of The Statler Brothers (1939), John “Jay” David of Dr. Hook (1942), British acoustic guitarist John Renbourn (1944) Airrion Love of The Stylistics (1949), Ali Score of A Flock of Seagulls (1956), Dennis Drew of of 10,000 Maniacs (1957), Chris Foreman of Madness (1958), Rikki Rockett of Poison (1959), U2’s The Edge aka David Evans (1961), rapper Kool Moe Dee (1962), JC Chasez of *NSYNC (1976), Drew Lachey of 98 Degrees (1976), singer-songwriter Marsha Ambrosius (1977) Swedish DJ -producer Tim Bergling aka Avicii (1989)

August 9: barrelhouse pianist Robert Shaw (1908), country blues guitarist Odell Thompson (1911), Bill Henderson of The Spinners (1939), jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette (1942), Rinus Gerritsen of Golden Earring (1946), singer Barbara Mason (1947), Cars bassist Benjamin Orr (1955), rap pioneer Kurtis Blow (1959), Whitney Houston (1963), Arion Salazar of Third Eye Blind (1970)

August 10: guitar innovator Leo Fender (1909), bluegrass ace Jimmy Martin (1927), country crooner-sausage mogul Jimmy Dean (1928), country/pop singer Larry Finnegan (1938), Righteous Brother Bobby Hatfield (1940), singer Ronnie Spector (1943), Bread co-founder Jimmy Griffin (1943), Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull (1947), jazz/pop singer Patti Austin (1950), INXS drummer Jon Farriss (1961), singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry (1964), Todd Nichols of Toad The Wet Sprocket (1967), Michael Bivins of New Edition and Bel, Biv, Devoe (1968), Aaron Kamin of The Calling (1977)

August 11: King Records house drummer Philip Paul (1925), drummer Mike Hugg of Manfred Mann (1942), Buddy Holly sound-alike David Box (1943), Jim Kale of Guess Who (1943), Dave Clark Five sax man Denis Payton (1943), Eric Carmen of The Raspberries (1949), Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Brann (1949), Wild Cherry guitarist and singer Brian Basset (1954), UK musician-songwriter Joe Jackson (1955), Bragi Olafsson of The Sugarcubes (1962), guitarist-songwriter Charlie Sexton (1968), Ali of A Tribe Called Quest (1970), Death Cab for Cutie lead singer Ben Gibbard (1976), Kris Kross rapper Chris “Daddy Mac” Kelly (1978), J-Boog of B2K (1985)

August 12: songwriter Roy C. Bennett (1912), R&B singer-songwriter Percy Mayfield (1920), singer Joe Jones (1926), country star Porter Wagoner (1927), country singer Buck Owens (1929), guitarist-songwriter Mark Knopfler (1949), Kid Creole aka August Darnell (1950), Ron Mael of Sparks (1950), jazz/fusion guitarist Pat Metheny (1953), Jerry Speiser of Men at Work (1953), singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega (1959), Culture Club's Roy Hay (1961), rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot (1963), singer-songwriter Tanita Tikaram (1969)

August 13: Detroit bluesman "Baby Boy" Robert Warren (1919), Hawaiian bandleader Don Ho (1930), organist Dave "Baby" Cortez (1938), blues guitarist-singer Frank “Son” Seals (1942), Paper Lace bassist Cliff Fish (1949), singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg (1951), Wings and Thunderclap Newman guitarist Jimmy McCulloch (1953), Feargal Sharkey of The Undertones (1958), bassist Michael Bradley of The Undertones (1959), country singer Leann Rimes (1982)

August 14: jazz violinist Stuff Smith (1909), R&B singer-saxman Jackie Brenston (1927), Dash Crofts of Seals and Crofts (1940), David Crosby (1942), Tim Bogert of Vanilla Fudge (1944), influential bassist Larry Graham of Sly and the Family Stone (1946), George Newsome of The Climax Blues Band (1947), Slim Dunlap of The Replacements (1951), film composer James Horner (1953), Sharon Bryant of Atlantic Starr (1956), singer-actress Sarah Brightman (1961), Jez Willis of Utah Saints (1963), The Charlatans guitarist Mark Collins (1965), singer-guitarist Tanya Donelly of Throwing Muses (1966) Kevin Cadogan of Third Eye Blind (1970)

August 15: electronic instrument inventor Leon Theremin (1896), singer-harp player Buster Brown (1911), country/rockabilly singer Rose Maddox (1925), jazz pianist Oscar Peterson (1925), Bill Pinkney of The Drifters (1925), folk musician-folklorist Mike Seeger (1933), Floyd Ashman of The Tams (1933), R&B singer and James Brown bandleader Bobby Byrd (1934), pop singer Bobby Helms (1936), drummer Stix Hooper of The Crusaders (1938), country artist Don Rich (1941), Peter York of the Spencer Davis Group (1942), songwriter Jimmy Webb (1946), Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers (1948), drummer Tommy Aldridge of Black Oak Arkansas and Whitesnake (1950), singer-songwriter Matt Johnson of The The (1961), MCA of The Beastie Boys (1967), guitarist David Welsh of The Fray (1984), Joe Jonas of The Jonas Brothers (1989)

August 16: jazz/pop singer Al Hibbler (1915), bluesman Eddie Kirkland (1923), jazz pianist Mal Waldron (1925), jazz pianist Bill Evans (1929), UK country/pop singer Carl Denver (1931), pop singer Eydie Gorme (1931), Richard Blandon of The Dubs (1934), New Orleans R&B singer Bobby Mitchell (1935), singer Barbara George (1942), Robert “Squirrel” Lester of The Chi-Lites (1942), tour musician-songwriter Kin Vassy (1943), Kevin Ayers of Soft Machine (1944), Barry Hay of Golden Earring (1948), Stooges drummer Scott Asheton (1949), J.T. Taylor of Kool & The Gang (1953), Tim Farriss of INXS (1957), Madonna (1958), Chris Pederson of Camper Van Beethoven (1960), Mudhoney bassist Matt Lukin (1964), Emily Erwin of Dixie Chicks (1972), singer Vanessa Carlton (1980), bassist Bob Hardy of Franz Ferdinand (1980)

August 17: pop singer Georgia Gibbs (1919), tenor sax man Sam Butera (1927), singer Mark Dinning (1933), blues guitarist Luther Allison (1939), guitarist Gary Talley of The Box Tops (1947), Sib Hashian of Boston (1949), Dexy’s Midnight Runners singer Kevin Rowland (1953), guitar virtuoso Eric Johnson (1954), bassist Colin Moulding of XTC (1955), Belinda Carlisle (1958), guitarist Gilby Clarke of Guns N' Roses (1962), singer-songwriter Maria McKee of Lone Justice (1964), drummer Steve Gorman of The Black Crowes (1965), singer Jill Cunniff of Luscious Jackson (1966), Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block (1969), Posdnuos aka Kelvin Mercer of De La Soul (1969), Lostprophets guitarist Mike Lewis (1979)

August 18: lyricist Otto Harbach (1873), folk singer Cisco Houston (1918), The Move singer Carl Wayne (1944), singer Sarah Dash of Labelle (1945), singer Barbara Harris of The Toys (1945), Split Enz bassist Nigel Griggs (1949), Dennis Elliott of Foreigner (1950), John Rees of Men At Work (1951), Marvin Isley of the Isley Brothers (1953), Bob Dylan bassist Tony Garnier (1956), guitarist and vocalist Ron Strykert of Men at Work (1957), Mudhoney drummer Dan Peters (1967), singer-songwriter Everlast, born Erik Schrody (1969), Richard James of Aphex Twin (1971), multi-instrumentalist-singer RĂ©gine Chassagne of Arcade Fire (1977)

August 19: Harry Mills of the Mills Brothers (1913), jazz pianist Jimmy Rowles (1918), pop/country singer Johnny Preston (1939), drummer Ginger Baker (1939), reggae singer Johnny Nash (1940), vocalist Billy J. Kramer of the Dakotas (1943), Ian Gillan of Deep Purple (1945), bassist John Deacon of Queen (1951), blues harp man Lynwood Slim born Richard Duran (1953), country singer Lee Ann Womack (1966), rapper Nate Dogg born Nathaniel Dwayne Hale (1969), Technotronic DJ MC Eric (1970), rapper Lil’ Romeo (1989)

August 20: jazz trombonist Jack Teagarden (1905), country star Jim Reeves (1924), jazz guitarist Jimmy Raney (1927), Paul Robi of The Platters (1931), pedal steel maestro “Sneaky” Pete Kleinow (1934), bluesman J.J. Malone (1935), country singer-songwriter Justin Tubb (1935), Ralph “Pee Wee” Middlebrooks of The Ohio Players (1939), Tom Coster of Santana (1941), John Povey of The Pretty Things (1942), James Pankow of Chicago (1947), Robert Plant (1948), Thin Lizzy singer-bassist Phil Lynott (1951), Rudy Gatlin of The Gatlin Brothers (1952), Doug Fieger of The Knack (1952), Americana singer-guitarist John Hiatt (1952), heavy metal guitarist Dimebag Darrell, born Darrell Abbott (1966), Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit (1970), pop singer Demi Lovato (1992)

August 21: bandleader-pianist William "Count" Basie (1904), big band singer Savannah Churchill (1920), gospel singer Clara Ward (1924), songwriter Carolyn Leigh (1926), singer Kenny Rogers (1938), Nashville guitarist James Burton (1939), Harold W. Reid of The Statler Brothers (1939), background vocal queen Clydie King (1943), Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple (1952), Joe Strummer of The Clash (1952), drummer Steve Smith of Journey (1954), Budgie born Pete Clark of Siouxsie and the Banshees (1957), System of a Down singer Serj Tankian (1967), Liam Howlett of Prodigy (1971), country guitarist Sam McGee (1975), singer Melissa Schuman of Dream (1984)

August 22: composer Achille-Claude Debussy (1862), classic blues singer Addie "Sweet Peas" Spivey (1910), R&B bandleader-pianist Sonny Thompson (1916), primal Mississippi bluesman John Lee Hooker (1917), bluesman Carolina Slim born Edward P. Harris (1923), Bob Flanigan of The Four Freshmen (1926), producer-songwriter Jerry Capehart (1928), blues/R&B artist Roscoe Shelton (1931), rockabilly pioneer Dale Hawkins (1936), jazz drummer Lex Humphries (1936), “Godfather of Go-Go”, Chuck Brown (1936), Freddie Milano of Dion and The Belmonts (1939), singer Jackie DeShannon (1944), Donna Godchaux of The Grateful Dead (1947), guitarist-singer Carl Giammarese of The Buckinghams (1947), Teresa Davis of The Emotions (1950), rock bassist-singer Glenn Hughes (1951), Pere Ubu guitarist Peter Laughner (1952), country singer-writer Holly Dunn (1957), Kim Sledge of Sister Sledge (1958), Ian Mitchell of The Bay City Rollers (1958), Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid (1958), Debbi Peterson of The Bangles (1961), Roland Orzabal of Tears For Fears (1961), singer-songwriter Tori Amos (1963), James DeBarge of DeBarge (1963), Layne Staley of Alice in Chains (1967), Matchbox Twenty drummer Paul Doucette (1972), Howie Dorough of Backstreet Boys (1973)

August 23: song and dance man Gene Kelly (1912), country singer Tex Williams (1917), Rudy Lewis of The Drifters (1936), Jamaican producer Bunny Lee (1941), Ramon Phillips of The Nashville Teens (1941), British singer-songwriter Roger Greenaway (1942), Who drummer Keith Moon (1947), singer Rick Springfield (1949), Jim Sohns of Shadows of Knight (1949), Jim Jamison of Survivor (1951), Dean DeLeo of the Stone Temple Pilots (1961), Colin Angus of The Shamen (1961), The Happy Mondays' Shaun Ryder (1962), Tejano musician Emilio Navaira (1962), reggae singer Cedella Marley (1967), Shifty Shellshock aka Seth Binzer of Crazy Town (1974), Strokes singer-songwriter Julian Casablancas (1978), Sky Blu aka Skyler Austen Gordy of LMFAO (1986)

August 24: bluesman Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup (1905), jump blues singer Wynonie Harris (1915), country songwriter Fred Rose (1917), Louis Teicher of Ferrante and Teicher (1924), William Winfield of The Harptones (1929), David Frieberg of Quicksilver Messenger Service (1938), guitarist Mason Williams (1938), Ernest Wright of Little Anthony and the Imperials (1939), rock promoter-manager Tony Secunda (1940), pop singer Jimmy Soul (1942), Joe Chambers of The Chambers Brothers (1942), Quicksilver Messenger Service guitarist John Cipollina (1943), drummer Jim Capaldi of Traffic (1944), Malcolm Duncan of Average White Band (1945), Ken Hensley of Uriah Heep (1945), James Gang drummer-organist Jim Fox (1947), Heart's Mike DeRosier (1951), bassist Juan Nelson (1958), bassist Mark Bedford of Madness (1961), John Bush of Anthrax (1963), Pebbles born Perri McKissack (1964), metal guitarist Andreas Kisser of Sepultura (1968), Kristyn Osborn of SHeDAISY (1974)

August 25: multi-instrumentalist Charlie Burse of The Memphis Jug Band (1901), composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein (1918), jazz sax player Wayne Shorter (1933), Walter Williams of The O'Jays (1942), jazz guitar wizard Pat Martino (1944), Tavares drummer Francis Donia (1945), Kiss bassist-singer Gene Simmons (1949), Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford (1951), guitarist-keyboardist Bob Mayo (1951), Elvis Costello born Declan McManus (1954), roots reggae singer Junior Delgado (1958), singer Billy Ray Cyrus (1961), Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard (1962), Candida Doyle of Pulp (1963), Gits singer Mia Zapata (1965), DJ Terminator X aka Norman Rogers of Public Enemy (1966), country chirper Jo Dee Messina (1969)

August 26: jazz singer Jimmy “ Mr. Five by Five” Rushing (1903), drummer Jet Black aka Brian Duffy of The Stranglers (1938), Nik Turner of Hawkwind (1940), Chris Curtis of The Searchers (1941), Valerie Simpson of Ashford and Simpson (1948), Bill and Dick Cowsill of The Cowsills (1950), Bill Rush of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (1952), jazz sax man Branford Marsalis (1960), Shirley Manson of Garbage (1966), Dan Vickrey of Counting Crows (1966), Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy (1967), drummer Adrian Young of No Doubt (1969)

August 27: saxophone great Lester "Pres" Young (1909), bluegrass guitarist Carter Stanley
(1925), harpist and keyboardist Alice Coltrane (1937), Edward Patten of Gladys Knight & The Pips (1939), jazz-rock guitarist Sonny Sharrock (1940), Daryl Dragon of Captain & Tennille (1942), Jeff Cook of Alabama (1949), Willy DeVille of Mink DeVille (1950), Kevin Kavanaugh of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (1951), Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson (1953), Glen Matlock of The Sex Pistols (1956), gospel singer Yolanda Adams (1962), Tony Kanal of No Doubt (1970), rapper Mase born Mason Durrell Betha (1977), Jon Siebels of Eve 6 (1979), Arcade Fire violinist Sarah Neufeld (1979), R&B singer Mario (Barrett) (1986)

August 28: Mississippi bluesman L.C. Ulmer (1928), John Perkins of The Crew Cuts (1931), drummer Clem Cattini of The Tornadoes (1939), pop singer-actor David Soul (1943), drummer Danny Seraphine of Chicago (1948), guitarist Hugh Cornwell of The Stranglers (1949), Fairport Convention drummer Martin Lamble (1949), Wayne Osmond of The Osmonds (1951), session drummer Dennis Davis (1951), John Rees of Men At Work (1951), country star Shania Twain (1965), actor and musician Jack Black (1969), country singer LeAnn Rimes (1982), singer Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine (1986)

August 29: bluesman Jimmy Bell (1910), pioneering jazz saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker (1920), jazz and R&B singer Dinah Washington (1924), gospel singer Marion Williams (1927), country singer Jimmy C. Newman (1927), multi-instrumentalist Dick Halligan of Blood, Sweat & Tears (1943), Sterling Morrison of the Velvet Underground (1944), Chris Copping of Procol Harum (1945), Patrick Woodward of Rick Nelson’s Stone Canyon Band (1948), Dave Jenkins of Pablo Cruise (1949), Rick Downey of Blue Oyster Cult (1953), punk rocker G.G. Allin (1956), Cocteau Twins' singer Elizabeth Fraser (1958), Michael Jackson (1958), rock guitarist Tony MacAlpine (1960), Belly drummer Chris Gorman (1967), singer-bassist Me'shell NdegeOcello (1969), Carl Martin of Shai (1970), guitarist Kyle Cook of Matchbox Twenty (1975), David Desrosiers of Simple Plan (1980)

August 30: blues pianist-singer Mercy Dee Walton (1915), country great Kitty Wells (1919), vaudeville/blues singer Olive Brown (1922), guitar builder and Slinkys creator Ernie Ball (1930), John McNally of The Searchers (1931), bluesman Luther "Georgia Snake Boy" Johnson (1934), John Phillips of The Mamas and The Papas (1935), bluesman "Spider" John Koerner (1938), influential BBC radio DJ John Peel (1939), guitarist Mick Moody of Whitesnake and Juicy Lucy (1950), Horace Panter of General Public (1953), Sir Horace Gentleman of The Specials (1954), drummer Martin Jackson of Swing Out Sister (1958), drummer Nicky Hammerhead (1960), Gwar guitarist Dave Brockie (1963), remixer and DJ Paul Oakenfold (1963), Rich Cronin of LFO (1974), Panic! at the Disco guitarist George Ross III (1986)

August 31: jazz pianist Todd Rhodes (1900), tunesmith Alan Jay Lerner (1918), Jerry Allison of The Crickets (1939), Wilton Felder of The Crusaders (1940), Bob Welch of Fleetwood Mac (1945), Van Morrison (1945), bluesman Son Bonds (1947), Rudolf Schenker of the Scorpions
(1948), Gina Schock of The Go-Go's (1957), Squeeze singer-songwriter Glenn Tilbrook (1957), Tony DeFranco of The DeFranco Family (1959), guitarist Chris Whitley (1960), singer Debbie Gibson (1970), Craig Nicholls of The Vines (1977)
This Month's Deaths

August 1: pianist Sviatoslav Richter (1997), gospel star Sandra Crouch (1998), Tommy Makem of The Clancy Brothers (2007)

August 2: Brian Cole of The Association (1972), legendary Motown bassman James Jamerson (1983), Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs bassist David Martin (1987), Afrobeat star Fela Anikulapo-Kuti (1997), KC and the Sunshine band guitarist Jerome Smith (2000), Ron Townson of The 5th Dimension (2001), rockabilly musician Billy Lee Riley (2009), pop singer Cilla Black born Priscilla White (2015)

August 3: Richard Nickens of The El Dorados (1991), Don Lang of The Frantic Five (1992), reed player Bob Tate (1993), jazz bassist Leroy Vinnegar (1999), Love guitarist Arthur Lee (2006), folk singer Erik Darling (2008), Lou Teicher of piano duo Ferrante and Teicher (2008), John Mayall guitarist Roger Dean (2008), pop-soul singer Bobby Hebb (2010)

August 4: jazz reed player Johnny Dodds (1980), jazz singer Jeri Southern (1991), gifted R&B/blues singer-guitarist “Little” Milton Campbell (2005), classical and rock violinist Monroe Clark (2006), songwriter-producer Lee Hazlewood (2007), bluesman Johnnie Bassett (2012), blues harp player-singer Lynwood Slim born Richard Duran (2014), producer Billy Sherrill (2015)

August 5: blues guitarist-harp player Joe Hill Louis (1957), Johnny Cash guitarist Luther Perkins (1968), bassist George Scott (1980), influential New Orleans pianist Tuts Washington (1984), Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro (1992), McCoys and Johnny Winter bass player Randy Hobbs (1993), singer-songwriter Robert Hazard (2008)

August 6: legendary trumpeter Leon "Bix" Beiderbecke (1931), blues singer-guitarist Memphis Minnie (1973), singer Klaus Nomi (1983), trumpeter Nat Gonella (1998), singer Rick James (2004), guitarist Tony Mottola (2004), journeyman jazz bassist and session player Keter Betts (2005), legendary Cuban vocalist Ibrahim Ferrer (2005), opera legend Luciano Pavarotti (2007), singer Willy DeVille (2009), funk musician Phelps “Catfish: Collins (2010), composer Marvin Hamlisch (2012)

August 7: Henry “Homer” Haynes of country duo Homer and Jethro (1971), R&B singer Esther Phillips (1984), music-store mogul Sam Goody (1991), country guitarist William “Billy” Bird (2001), harmonica virtuoso Larry Adler (2001), singer-songwriter Marc Cohn (2005), folk musician-folklorist Mike Seeger (2009), Johnny Cash bassist Marshall Grant (2011), Marshall Tucker Band guitarist Stuart Swanlund (2012), reggae toaster Ranking Trevor (2012), TK Records founder Henry Stone (2014)

August 8: masterful alto sax player-bandleader Julian “Cannonball” Adderley (1975), jazz pianist Duke Jordan (2006)

August 9: Joe Gilbert of vocal duo Joe and Eddie (1966), jazz-rock trumpeter Bill Chase (1974), Wreckx-N-Effects rapper Brandon Mitchell (1990), New Orleans session sax man Clarence Ford (1994), Jerry Garcia (1995), producer Bob Herbert (1999), film composer David Raksin (2004), conguero Miguel “Anga” Diaz (2006), R&B producer Carl Davis (2012)

August 10: blues diva Lucille Bogan (1948), bandleader Freddie Slack (1965), rock critic Lillian Roxon (1973), jazz singer Ernestine Allen (1992), Ruby and The Romantics singer Ed Roberts (1993), Bill Baker of The Five Satins (1994), Widespread Panic guitarist Mikey Houser (2002), soul singer Isaac Hayes (2008), country artist Billy Grammer (2011)

August 11: guitar-banjo player Lefty Baker of Spanky and Our Gang (1971), R&B singer-songwriter Percy Mayfield (1984), Ventures drummer Mel Taylor (1996), conductor Rafael Kubelik (1996), pop singer-talk show host Mike Douglas (2006), pedal steel player Don Helms (2008), Warrant singer Jani Lane (2011), jazz saxophonist Von Freeman (2012)

August 12: jazz guitarist Lenny Breau (1984), Japanese pop singer Kyu Sakamoto (1985), composer John Cage (1992), blues guitarist Luther Allison (1997), singer turned TV host Merv Griffin (2007), free jazz drummer Rashied Ali (2009), Little Feat drummer Richie Hayward (2010), Artful Dodger guitarist Gary Cox (2012), gospel singer Willa Ward (2012), singer-songwriter Scott McKenzie (2012)

August 13: R&B star Joe Hinton (1968), soul sax master King Curtis (Ousley) (1971), witty soul man Joe Tex (1982), blues drummer Fred Below (1988), composer David Tudor (1996), Southern Records founder John Loder (2005), guitar legend Les Paul (2009), The Charlatans drummer Jon Brookes (2013), sax player Harold Ousley (2015)

August 14: rockabilly singer-bassist Johnny Burnette (1964), Telecaster master Roy Buchanan (1988), Hawkwind vocalist Robert Calvert (1988), singer Tony Williams of The Platters (1992), Drowning Pool's Dave Williams (2002), L.A. punk venue Madame Wong’s owner, Esther Wong (2005), country artist Johnny Duncan (2006), jazz singer-actress Abbey Lincoln (2010), Allen Lanier of Blue Oyster Cult (2013), Dylan producer Bob Johnston (2015)

August 15: influential bluesman and prolific songwriter Big Bill Broonzy (1958), blues/R&B artist Stick McGhee (1961), pop singer Thomas Wayne (1971), producer Norman Petty (1984), Jamaican singer-songwriter Jackie Edwards (1992), singer-songwriter Joe Seneca (1996), Hank Williams bassist William Herbert “Lum” York (2004), legendary producer Jerry Wexler (2008), record producer-pianist Jim Dickinson (2009), journeyman bassist Bob Birch (2012)

August 16: pioneering bluesman Robert Johnson (1938), 13th Floor Elevators guitarist Stacy Sutherland (1978), Christian rock songwriter Mark Heard (1992), R&B singer Bobby DeBarge (1995), limber-voiced Sufi qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (1997), Tornadoes guitarist Alan Caddy (2000), virtuoso country fiddler Vassar Clements (2006), percussionist Ray Romero (2006), master jazz drummer Max Roach (2007), Bo Diddley guitarist-vocalist Lady Bo born Peggy Jones (2015)

August 17: Temptations singer-guitarist Paul Williams (1973), Elvis Presley (1977), soul singer Lorraine Ellison (1985), session drummer Gary Chester (1987), singer Pearl Bailey (1990), soul singer Johnny Sayles (1993), drummer-singer Phil Seymour of The Dwight Twilley Band (1993), guitar builder Tony Zemaitis (2002), James Brown bassman Bernard Odum (2004), Skatalites trumpeter Dizzy Moore (2008)

August 18: blues/R&B pianist Michael M. Jones (1984), psychedelic concert poster artist Rick Griffin (1981), session pianist Richard Tee (1993), Leonard “Chick” Carbo of The Spiders (1998),concert promoter Freddy Cousaert (1998), bluegrass picker Charlie Waller (2004), film composer Elmer Bernstein (2004), Pervis Jackson of The Spinners (2008)

August 19: blues legend Blind Willie McTell (1959), rockabilly star Dorsey Burnette (1979), jazz sax player -organist Guy Durosier (1999), soul singer Betty Everett (2001), Culture singer Joseph Hill (2006), sax player LeRoi Moore of The Dave Matthews Band (2008), singer Michael Been of The Call (2010)

August 20: jazz trumpeter Thad Jones (1986), steel guitarist Leon McAuliffe of Bob Wills' Texas Playboys (1988), rock singer Rio Reiser (1996), Blues Traveler bassist Bobby Sheehan (1999), session keyboard-bass player Larry Knechtel (2009), Jamaican folk musician Joseph Bennett of The Jolly Boys (2014)

August 21: gospel/blues singer Alden Bunn aka Tarheel Slim (1977), synth pioneer Robert Moog (2005), producer Jerry Finn 2008), Nashville session drummer Buddy Harman (2008), Johnny Carter of The Flamingos and The Dells (2009)

August 22: bluesman John Lee Granderson (1979), Chicago bluesman Leonard “Baby Doo” Caston (1987), honky-tonk legend Floyd Tillman (2003), drummer Bruce Gary (2006) Ralph Young of the Sandler-Young singing duo (2008), songwriter Jerry Leiber (2011), songwriter Nick Ashford (2011)

August 23: songwriter Oscar Hammerstein II (1960), Skinny Puppy drummer Dwayne Goettel (1995), Eleanor Guest of Gladys Knight and The Pips (1997), jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson (2006), jazz multi-instrumentalist Byard Lancaster (2012)

August 24: trumpeter-singer Louis Prima (1978), bluesman L.C. Greene (1985), Motown session drummer Larry Londin (1992), Jesse Bolian of The Artistics (1994), Billy Joel bassist Doug Stegmeyer (1995), producer-arranger Gene Page (1998)

August 25: bandleader Stan Kenton (1979), Rob Fisher of Naked Eyes and Climie Fisher (1999), composer-producer Jack Nitzsche (2000), neo-R&B star Aaliyah (Haughton) (2001)

August 26:R&B sax man Jimmy Forrest (1980), Lee Hays of The Weavers (1981), bluesman “Professor” Eddie Lusk (1992), Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule bassist Allen Woody (2000) singer-songwriter Laura Branigan (2004), Brill Building songwriter Ellie Greenwich (2009)

August 27: Beatles manager Brian Epstein (1967), Bob Scholl of The Mello-Kings (1975), KRS-One DJ Scott La Rock (1987), Stevie Ray Vaughan (1990), percussionist Richard Jaeger (2000)

August 28: rockabilly artist-songwriter Ronnie Self (1981), producer Guy Stevens (1981), Gene Knight of The Showmen (1992), CBGB founder Hilly Kristal (2007), Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein (2009)

August 29: influential bluesman Jimmy Reed (1976), country star Archie Campbell (1987), record store mogul “Waxie Maxie” Silverman (1989), rockabilly pioneer Wee Willie Williams (1999), Delta bluesman David “Honeyboy” Edwards (2011), Jethro Tull bassist Glenn Cornick (2014)

August 30: jazz drummer Philly Joe Jones (1985), War percussionist Papa Dee Allen
(1988), Sterling Morrison of The Velvet Underground (1995), Swedish producer Denniz Pop aka Dag Volle (1998), jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson (2006), jazz vocalist Chris Connor (2009)

August 31: British rocker and Ziggy Stardust inspiration Vince Taylor (1991), songwriter Harold Clayton (2000), jazz vibist-bandleader Lionel Hampton (2002), The Move singer Carl Wayne (2004), cajun artist Joe Barry (2004), Survivor frontman Jimmy Wayne “Jimi” Jamison

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