On This Day

July 1937 in Music History

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 3 Del Mar Turf Club, with crooner Bing Crosby as president and actor Pat O'Brien as a club officer, opens for racing

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby

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Jul 10 Dutch Django Reinhardt's "Quintette, premieres in du Hot Club"

Jazz Guitarist Django Reinhardt
Jazz Guitarist
Django Reinhardt

Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 2 Dee [David] Palmer, English keyboard player and composer (Jethro Tull, 1972-80), born in Hendon, London
  • Jul 6 Gene Chandler [Eugene Dixon], American rocker (Duke of Earl), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 6 Vladimir Ashkenazy, Russian pianist and conductor (Tchaikovsky-1962), born in Gorky, Russia
  • Jul 10 Sandy Stewart [Galitz], American jazz and cabaret singer ("My Coloring Book"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 10 George Young, American jazz and session saxophonist (White Elephant Orchestra; Saturday Night Live Band), born in Philadelphia, PA)
  • Jul 12 Michel Louvain, French Canadian singer (Buenas Noches Mi Amor), born in Quebec, Canada
  • Jul 12 Howard "Howie" Casey, British rock saxophonist (Derry and the Seniors), born in Liverpool, England
  • Jul 19 George Hamilton IV, American country musician, born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 2014)
  • Jul 22 Chuck Jackson, American pop and R&B singer ("Any Day Now"; "I Don't Want to Cry"; "I Keep Forgettin'"), born in Latta, South Carolina
  • Jul 24 Barry Lloyd Vercoe, New Zealand composer and computer scientist (MIT Media Lab), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Jul 25 Dmitry Smolsky, Belarusian orchestral, choral, theater and pop music composer, and teacher (Belarusian State Academy of Music, 1962-2014), born in Minsk, Belorussian SSR (d. 2017)
  • Jul 28 Peter Duchin, American pianist and bandleader (Peter Duchin Orchestra), born in NYC, New York

Weddings in Music

  • Jul 11 Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas (22) marries dancer Caitlin McNamara (22) in Penzance, Cornwall

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 10 Attilio Brugnoli, Italian pianist and composer, dies at 56

Person of interestGeorge Gershwin

Jul 11 George Gershwin [Jacob Gershwine], American composer (An American in Paris; Porgy And Bess), dies from a brain tumor at 38

Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin
  • Jul 17 Henri-Constant-Gabriel Pierne, composer, dies at 73
  • Jul 28 Muslim Magomayev, Azerbaijani-Soviet composer, dies at 51