On This Day

July 1924 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 1 Ruth Olay, American jazz and cabaret singer, born in San Francisco, California (d. 2021)
  • Jul 2 Rick Besoyan, American singer, actor, playwright, composer and director (Little Mary Sunshine), born in Reedley, California (d. 1970)
  • Jul 5 János Starker, Hungarian-American cellist, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2013)
  • Jul 6 Louie Bellson, American jazz drummer and orchestra leader (Pearl Bailey Show), born in Rock Falls, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • Jul 7 Dieter Nowka, German composer, conductor and musicologist, born in Madlow, Germany (d. 1998)
  • Jul 7 Mary Ford [Iris Colleen Summers], American vocalist (with Les Paul - "How High The Moon"), born in El Monte, California (d. 1977)
  • Jul 8 Johnnie Johnson, American blues, jazz, and rock piano player (Chuck Berry's band), born in Fairmount, West Virginia (d. 2005)
  • Jul 9 Leonard Pennario, American concert pianist (Rózsa's Piano Concerto with L.A. Philharmonic), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2008)
  • Jul 9 Pierre Cochereau, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1984)
  • Jul 12 Jaap Geraedts, Dutch composer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2003)
  • Jul 13 Carlo Bergonzi, Italian operatic tenor, born in Vidalenzo, Italy (d. 2014)
  • Jul 18 Earl Beal American doo-wop baritone (The Silhouettes - "Get A Job"), born in Demora, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • Jul 20 Lola Albright, American singer and actress (Delta Country; Kid Galahad; A Cold Wind in August), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2017)
  • Jul 20 Mort Garson, Canadian-American composer ("Our Day Will Come") and Moog synthesizer pioneer, born in St. John, New Brunswick (d. 2008)
  • Jul 22 Margaret Whiting, American singer ("It Might As Well Be Spring"; "Time After Time"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2011)
  • Jul 24 Glenn Loren Glasow, American composer, born in Pine County, Minnesota (d. 2002)
  • Jul 24 Janine Charrat, French ballerina and choreographer, born in Grenoble, France (d. 2017)
  • Jul 27 Otar Vasilisdze Taktakishvili, Georgian composer, conductor, teacher, and musicologist, born in Tbilisi, Georgia SSR (d. 1989)
  • Jul 28 Irving Burgie [Lord Burgess], American Caribbean music composer and musician ("Day-O"), born in New York City (d. 2019)
  • Jul 29 Robert Horton [Meade Howard Horton Jr.], American actor and singer (Kings Row; Wagon Train; Arena), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • Jul 30 Christopher Shaw, British composer, born in London (d. 1995)

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 27 Ferruccio Busoni, Italian pianist/composer, dies at 58