On This Day in Music for July 31

Events in Music

  • 1948 "Brigadoon" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 581 performances

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1959 Cliff Richard and the Drifters have their 1st No. 1 British single with "Living' Doll" (biggest British single of 1959)

  • 1964 Rolling Stone concert in Ireland halts after 12 minutes due to riot

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1966 Alabamans burn Beatle products due to John Lennon's anti-Jesus remark

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

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1967 Rolling Stone Mick Jagger & Keith Richards end 1 month jail sentence

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • 1968 Beatles close Apple Boutique, giving clothes away for free
  • 1979 "But Never Jam Today" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • 1987 Guns & Roses song "Appetite for Destruction" is released
  • 1993 Allman Bros guitarist Dickey Betts arrested for shoving 2 cops

Birthdays in Music

  • 1550 Jakob Handl, [Petelin], Austrian composer/bandmaster
  • 1629 Johann Jakob Lowe von Eisenach, composer
  • 1767 Amelie Julia Candielle, composer
  • 1808 Frederick Nichols Crouch, composer
  • 1828 Francois Auguste Gevaert, Belgian composer (Le diable au moulin)
  • 1830 Frantisek Zdenek Xavier Alois Skuhersky, composer
  • 1847 Ignatio Cervantes, composer
  • 1848 Jean Robert Planquette, French composer (Bells of Corneville), born in Paris (d. 1903)
  • 1893 Charles Wilfred Orr, composer
  • 1894 Roy Bargy, Mich, orchestra leader (Jimmy Durante Show)
  • 1900 Erich Katz, German-born American composer and musicologist, born in Posen (d. 1974)
  • 1911 George Liberace, American violinist (Liberace Show), born in Menasha, Wisconsin (d. 1983)
  • 1918 Hank Jones, American jazz pianist and composer, born in The Bronx, NY (d. 2010)
  • 1919 Norman Del Mar, British conductor and writer (Conducting Brahms), born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1920 Rudolf Halaczinsky, composer
  • 1931 Kenny Burrell, American guitarist (Organ Grinder Swing), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1932 Morey Carr, American singer (Playmates) (d. 1987)
  • 1936 Bonnie Brown, country singer (The Browns), born in Sparkman, Arkansas (d. 2016)
  • 1939 John R. West, rock guitarist (Gary Lewis & Playboys-This Diamond Ring), born in Uhrichsville, Ohio
  • 1943 Lobo [Kent Lavoie], American singer-songwriter, born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1945 Tomas Vackar, composer
  • 1946 Gary Lewis, Jerry's son, singer, (& The Playboys-This Diamond Ring)
  • 1947 Karl Green, English rock bassist (Herman's Hermits), born in Salford, England
  • 1957 Daniel Ash, British musician (Bauhaus), born in Northampton, England
  • 1958 Bill Berry, American drummer (R.E.M.), born in Duluth, Minnesota
  • 1959 Stanley Jordan, American jazz guitarist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1963 Norman Cook, English musician and record producer (Housemartins, Fatboy Slim), born in Bromley
  • 1964 Jim Corr, Irish singer and musician (The Corrs), born in Dundalk, Ireland
  • 1967 Mitsuo Iwata, Japanese voice actor and singer, born in Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan
  • 1967 Minako Honda, Japanese singer and musical actress, born in Itabashi, Tokyo (d. 2005)
  • 1971 John Lowery, American guitarist (The Devil Knows My Name), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan
  • 1973 Jerry Rivera, Puerto Rican singer (Abriendo Puertas), born in Humacao, Puerto Rico
  • 1975 Allan von Schenkel, American musician
  • 1976 Joshua Cain, American musician (Motion City Soundtrack)
  • 1978 Will Champion, English musician (drummer for Coldplay), born in Southampton, England
  • 1978 Zac Brown, American musician (Zac Brown Band), born in Dahlonega, Georgia
  • 1979 Jade Kwan, Hong Kong singer, born in Hong Kong
  • 1981 Ira Losco, Maltese singer (Walk on Water), born in Sliema, Malta
  • 1981 Matthew Sanders, American singer (Avenged Sevenfold), born in Huntington Beach, California

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1951 Musician Ray Charles (20) weds Eileen Williams in Georgia

Musician Ray Charles
Musician
Ray Charles

HeartWedding of Interest

1954 "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" guest host Steve Allen (32) weds actress Jayne Meadows (33)

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen

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1976 Singer Natalie Cole marries songwriter Marvin Yancy

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole

HeartWedding of Interest

1985 Bee Gees member Robin Gibb (35) weds author and artist Dwina Murphy

Singer-songwriter Robin Gibb
Singer-songwriter
Robin Gibb

HeartWedding of Interest

2010 R&B singer-songwriter Alicia Keys (31) weds Grammy Award winning rapper Swizz Beatz (33) at a private home on the French island of Corsica

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys
Singer-songwriter
Alicia Keys
  • 2016 Ballet dancer Misty Copeland (33) weds attorney Olu Evans in Laguna Beach, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1790 Johann Christian Frischmuth, composer, dies at 48

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1886 Franz Liszt [Ferencz], Hungarian pianist/composer, dies at 74

Composer/Pianist Franz Liszt
Composer/Pianist
Franz Liszt
  • 1932 Francesco Paolo Neglia, composer, dies at 58
  • 1960 Karl Hasse, German composer, dies at 77
  • 1964 Jim Reeves, US country singer, dies in air crash at 39
  • 1967 Mario Varvoglis, composer, dies at 81
  • 1978 Enoch Light, orchestra leader (Gulf Road Show with Bob Smith), dies at 70
  • 1980 Mohd. Rafi, Indian playback singer (b. 1924)
  • 1984 Paul Le Flem, composer, dies at 103
  • 1986 Theodore "Teddy" Wilson, US jazz pianist/arranger, dies at 73
  • 1993 Rob Jones "The Bass Thing" English musician (The Wonder Stuff), dies at 29
  • 1994 Anne Shelton, British singer (Glenn Miller Band), dies at 66
  • 1996 Seagram Miller, American rapper (b. 1970)