On This Day

July 1941 in Music History

Events in Music

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Jul 2 Noël Coward's "Blithe Spirit" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward

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Jul 19 BBC World Service begins playing V(ictory) ("...-" in Morse code) (opening of Ludwig van Beethoven's 5th symphony)


Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 1 John Gould, British composer and musical comic
  • Jul 1 Twyla Tharp, American dancer and choreographer (Twyla Tharp Dance Troupe), born in Portland, Indiana
  • Jul 2 Stéphane Venne, French Canadian songwriter
  • Jul 7 Jim Rodford, British rock bassist (The Kinks; Argent; Zombies), born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England (d. 2018)
  • Jul 9 Don McPherson, American R&B singer (The Main Ingredient - "Everybody Plays the Fool"), born in Indianapolis (d. 1971)
  • Jul 10 Ian Whitcomb, English rocker (You Turn Me On), born in Woking, Surrey (d. 2020)
  • Jul 10 Jake Eberts, Canadian film producer (Chariots of Fire; Dances with Wolves), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2012)
  • Jul 13 Steve Gibbons, British singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer (The Ugly's - "Wake Up My Mind"; solo - "Tulane"), born in Harbourne, Birmingham, England
  • Jul 15 Geoffrey Burgon, British jazz trumpeter, and film, television and concert composer (City Adventures), born in Hampshire, England (d. 2010)
  • Jul 16 Mišo Kovač, Croatian musician (Mojoj vjernoj publici), born in Tribunj, Croatia
  • Jul 18 Jack Jersey, Indonesian-Dutch singer and producer, born in Cimahi, Indonesia (d. 1997)
  • Jul 18 Lonnie Mack, American rocker (Baby What's Wrong), born in Aurora, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • Jul 18 Martha Reeves, American singer (Martha & the Vandellas - "Dancing in the Street"), born in Eufaula, Alabama
  • Jul 19 Natalia Bessmertnova, Soviet ballerina (Bolshoi, Lenin Prize 1970), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2008)
  • Jul 19 Phil Upchurch, American jazz, blues, and session guitarist ("You Can't Sit Down"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 22 George Clinton, rocker (Parliament-Funkadelic), born in Kannapolis, North Carolina
  • Jul 24 Barbara Love, American soul singer (Friends of Distinction), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 25 Manuel "Manny" Charlton, Spanish hard rock guitarist (Nazareth - "Love Hurts"), born in La Línea, Andalusia, Spain
  • Jul 26 Brenton Wood [Alfred Smith], American rock musician ("Gimme Little Sign"), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Jul 26 Darlene Love [Wright], American singer ("He's a Rebel"; "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" ), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 27 Andrew McMaster, Scottish keyboardist, and songwriter (The Motors - "Airport"; "Tenement Steps"), born in Calton, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Jul 27 Johannes Fritsch, German composer, born in Bensheim, Germany (d. 2010)
  • Jul 28 Riccardo Muti, Italian conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1980-92; La Scala, 1986-2005; Chicago Symphony 2010-present), born in Naples, Kingdom of Italy
  • Jul 30 Paul Anka, Canadian singer (Put Your Head on My Shoulder), born in Ottawa, Ontario

Weddings in Music

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Jul 27 American singer and actress Judy Garland (19) weds British-American musician David Rose (31); divorce in 1944

Actress Judy Garland
Actress
Judy Garland

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 5 Oskar Fried, German-Russian composer, dies at 69
  • Jul 8 Philippe Gaubert, French flautist, conductor (Paris Opéra, 1919-41), composer, and teacher (Paris Conservatoire), dies of a stroke at 62
  • Jul 10 Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton [LeMothe], American jazz pioneer pianist and composer ("King Porter Stomp"), dies at 56
  • Jul 18 Dionyssios Lavrangas, composer, dies at 80