August 1 –
The Concert for Bangladesh was a pair of benefit concerts organized by former Beatle George Harrison and Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar. The shows were held at 2:30 and 8:00 pm on Sunday, August 1, 1971, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
August 2 –
Jim Capaldi, one of the co-founders of Traffic with Steve Winwood is born in 1944.
Garth Hudson, the keyboardist and occasional saxophonist for The Band was born in 1937.
August 10 –
Ian Anderson best known for his work as the lead vocalist, flautist, acoustic guitarist and leader of Jethro Tull born in 1947.
August 11 –
Erik Braunn born in 1950, was the guitarist for Iron Butterfly. He was featured on the band’s greatest hit, the 17-minute long In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.
August 14 –
Johnny Burnette’s fishing boat was struck by an unaware cabin cruiser on Clearlake in Northern California in 1964. The impact threw him off the boat and he drowned. He was 30 years old.
David Crosby born in 1941 in addition to his solo career, he was a founding member of both the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash.
August 15-18 –
Woodstock Music and Art Fair, commonly referred to simply as “Woodstock”, was a music festival held August 15–18, 1969, on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, New York.
August 19 –
Peter Edward “Ginger” Baker was born in 1939. He was a drummer, composer, songwriter and a co-founder and occasional vocalist of the rock band Cream.
August 20 –
Isaac Hayes was born in 1942.
Robert Plant was born in 1948.
August 21 –
Jackie DeShannon was born in 1941.
August 23 –
Keith Moon was born in 1946.
August 24 –
John Cipollina was born in 1943. He best known as a founder and the lead guitarist for Quicksilver Messenger Service.
August 29 –
Michael Jackson was born in 1958. Dubbed the “King of Pop”, he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century.
August 30 –
John Edmund Andrew Phillips was born in 1935. He was the leader of The Mamas & the Papas and was regularly referred to as “Papa John Phillips”.
August 31 –
Van Morrison was born in 1945.