July 1940 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jul 20 Billboard publishes its 1st singles record chart (#1 is "I'll Never Smile Again" by Tommy Dorsey)

Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 3 Fontella Bass, American R&B and soul singer and songwriter (Rescue Me), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • Jul 5 Arthur Blythe, American jazz saxophonist, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2017)
  • Jul 6 Jeannie Seely, American singer

Person of interestRingo Starr

Jul 7 Ringo Starr, [Richard Starkey], Beatles drummer (Magic Christian), born in Liverpool, England

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Jul 9 John Salvito, rocker (Duprees)
  • Jul 10 Helen Donath, American soprano
  • Jul 16 Tony Jackson, rock bassist/vocalist (Searchers), born in Liverpool, England
  • Jul 19 Vikki Carr [Florencia Vicenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona)], singer (Let it Be Him), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Jul 23 Gary Stites, rock vocalist (Lonely For You)
  • Jul 26 Dobie Gray [Lawrence Brown], American musician and singer (Drift Away), born in Simonton, Texas (d. 2011)
  • Jul 26 Tolis Voskopoulos, Greek singer
  • Jul 27 Pina Bausch, German dancer
  • Jul 30 Reva Rose, singer/actress (Temperature's Rising), born in Chicago, Illinois

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 2 Bertram Shapleigh, composer, dies at 69
  • Jul 10 Donald Francis Tovey, English musicologist/composer, dies at 64
  • Jul 28 Richard Ohlsson, Swedish composer, dies at 66