On This Day

July 1940 in Music History

Events in Music


Music release#1 in the Charts

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

Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader Tommy Dorsey
Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader
Tommy Dorsey
  • Jul 27 Billboard magazine starts publishing bestseller charts

Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 3 Jerry "The Geator" Blavat, American disc jockey and music promoter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [1]
  • Jul 3 Fontella Bass, American R&B and soul singer and songwriter ("Rescue Me"), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • Jul 4 Dave Rowberry, English rock organist, and piano player (The Animals - "House of the Rising Sun"), born in Nottingham, England (d. 2003)
  • Jul 5 Arthur Blythe, American jazz saxophonist, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2017)
  • Jul 6 Jeannie Seely, American country music singer (Don't Touch Me), born in Titusville, Pennsylvania

Person of interestRingo Starr

Jul 7 Ringo Starr [Richard Starkey], British drummer, vocalist (The Beatles - "Yellow Submarine"), songwriter ("Early 1970"; "Photograph"), actor (Caveman), "peace & love" activist, and knight, born in Dingle, Liverpool, England [1]

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Jul 8 Joe B. Mauldin, American rock double-bass player (The Crickets), songwriter, and recording engineer (Gold Start Studios), born In Lubbock, Texas (d. 2015)
  • Jul 9 Manfred Jung, German operatic tenor (Wagner's heldentenor roles), born in Oberhausen, Germany (d. 2017)
  • Jul 10 Helen Donath, American soprano, born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Jul 11 Ronnie Mack, American singer-songwriter ("He's So Fine"), born in Harlem, New York (d. 1963)
  • Jul 19 Vikki Carr [Florencia Vicenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona], American Grammy Award winning pop and Latin singer ("It Must Be Him"; "Cosas del Amor"), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Jul 22 Thomas Wayne, American rockabilly singer ("Tragedy"), born in Batesville, Mississippi (d. 1971)
  • Jul 23 Gary Stites, American rock vocalist ("Lonely For You"), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Jul 26 Dobie Gray [Lawrence Brown], American musician and singer ("Drift Away"), born in Simonton, Texas (d. 2011)
  • Jul 26 Tolis Voskopoulos, Greek singer (Oi Erastes tou Oneirou), born in Kokkinia, Piraeus, Greece
  • Jul 27 Pina Bausch, German dancer and choreographer, born in Solingen, Germany (d. 2009)
  • Jul 30 Reva Rose, American singer and 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