On This Day

July 1933 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jul 1 Strauss & von Hofmannsthal's opera "Arabella," premieres at the Semperoper Opera House in Dresden, Germany
  • Jul 22 Caterina Jarboro sings "Aida" at the New York Hippodrome, becoming the 1st black female opera singer to perform in the US

Radio Premiere

Jul 25 1st Dutch live radio concert: Duke Ellington


Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 2 David Lewin, American composer, born in New York City (d. 2003)
  • Jul 9 Nodar Gabunia, Georgian composer, born in Tbilisi, Georgia (d. 2000)
  • Jul 10 Jerry Herman, American musical theater composer (Hello, Dolly!; Mame; La Cage aux Folles), born in NYC, New York (d. 2019)
  • Jul 14 Del Reeves, American country music singer and guitarist, born in Sparta, North Carolina (d. 2007)
  • Jul 15 Frederico Davia, opera singer
  • Jul 15 Julian Bream, English classical guitarist and lutenist, born in London, England (d. 2020)
  • Jul 16 Sollie McElroy, R&B singer (Flamingos-Golden Teardrops), born in Gulfport, Harrison County, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • Jul 18 R. Murray Schafer, Canadian composer (Patria), music educator, and environmentalist, born in Sarnia, Ontario (d. 2021)
  • Jul 20 Buddy Knox, American rock vocalist ("Party Doll"; "Lovey Dovey"), born in Happy, Texas (d. 1999)
  • Jul 20 José Vicente Asuar, Chilean electronic music composer, born in Santiago, Chile (d. 2017)
  • Jul 22 Bertice Reading, American stage and screen actress and singer (The Jazz Train; Requiem For A Nun; Moon In The Gutter), born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • Jul 27 Nick Reynolds, American folk singer, tenor guitarist, and bongo player (The Kingston Trio, 1957-67 - "Tom Dooley"; "M.T.A."), born in San Diego, California (d. 2008)

Weddings in Music

Fred Astaire

Jul 12 Fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time Fred Astaire (34) weds socialite Phyllis Livingston Potter (25)

Jack Dempsey

Jul 18 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (38) weds broadway singer Hannah Williams (22)


Deaths in Music

  • Jul 6 Robert Kajanus, Finnish conductor and composer, dies at 76
  • Jul 15 Freddie Keppard, American jazz cornetist (Original Creole Orchestra), dies of tuberculosis at 44
  • Jul 23 Max Schillings, German composer and conductor (Mona Lisa), dies at 65
  • Jul 24 Max von Schillings, German composer and conductor (Der Pfeifertag), dies at 65
  • Jul 29 Gerhard Schjelderup, Norwegian opera composer and musicologist, dies at 73