On This Day

July 1933 in Music History

Events in Music

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

Music concertMusic Concert

Jul 25 1st Dutch live radio concert: Duke Ellington

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
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 composer (Hello Dolly), born in NYC, New York (d. 2019)
  • Jul 14 Del Reeves, singer and guitarist
  • 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 Raymond Murray Schafer, Canadian composer (Patria), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • 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 27 Nick Reynolds, American folk musician (The Kingston Trio), born in San Diego, California (d. 2008)

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

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/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