Def Leppard Vivian Campbell by Anne Erickson

From the births of iconic musicians such as Jerry Garcia and Bruce Dickinson to Def Leppard’s first U.S. concert, early August is packed with many memorable moments. Read on for some major events, historic record releases and notable births and deaths happening August 1 through 7.


1962 - Robert Zimmerman legally changes his name to Bob Dylan.

1963 - The Beatles plays at the Cavern Club in Liverpool for the last time.

1971 - "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour" debuts on CBS television.

1971 - Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention record Just Another Band From L.A.

1979 - Led Zeppelin perform for the last time in the UK.

1980 - Def Leppard rock their first U.S. live gig, opening for AC/DC in New York City.

1987 - MTV Europe debuts. The first music video played is Dire Straits' “Money for Nothing.”

1987 - Guns N' Roses start shooting their video for “Welcome to the Jungle” at Park Plaza and 450 South La Brea in

1991 - Pearl Jam plays RKCNDY in Seattle, and their gig is filmed for the music video for “Alive.”

1996 - MTV launches MTV2.

2010 - Dave Mustaine of Megadeth releases his autobiography, Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir.


Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead), August 1, 1942

Boz Burrell (Bad Company), August 1, 1946

Tommy Bolin (Deep Purple, the James Gang), August 1, 1951

Joe Elliot (Def Leppard), August 1, 1959

Garth Hudson (The Band), August 2, 1937

Pete De Freitas (Echo And The Bunnymen), August 2, 1961

Tony Bennett, August 3, 1926

John Graham (Earth, Wind & Fire), August 3, 1951

Ed Roland (Collective Soul), August 3, 1963

James Hetfield (Metallica), August 3, 1963

Louis Armstrong, August 4, 1901

Robbin Crosby (Ratt), August 4, 1959

Greg Leskiw (The Guess Who), August 5, 1947

Pat Smear (Foo Fighters), August 5, 1959

Adam Yauch (MCA of the Beastie Boys), August 5, 1964

Herb Reed (The Platters), August 7, 1931

Andy Fraser (Free), August 7, 1952

Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), August 7, 1952


John Locke (Nazareth, Spirit), August 4, 2006

Luther Perkins (a member of Johnny Cash's backing band), August 5, 1968

Jeff Porcaro (drummer for Toto), August 5, 1992

Rick James, August 6, 2004

Carlo Little (The Rolling Stones' original drummer), August 6, 2005


The Beatles, Revolver, 1966


The Eagles, Witchy Woman, 1972

Alabama, Lady Down on Love, 1983

Def Leppard, Hysteria, 1987

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George Clinton, The Cinderella Theory, 1989

Live photo by Anne Erickson