On This Day

July 1942 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jul 5 1st performance of Heitor Villa-Lobos' Chôros 6/9/11

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Jul 19 US première of Dmitri Shostakovich' 7th Symphony in NYC by the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini in a concert broadcast nationwide on NBC radio

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Jul 24 Irving Berlin's musical "This is the Army" premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin

Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 1 Andraé Crouch, American gospel singer (The Color Purple; The Lion King), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2015)
  • Jul 3 "Dr." Lonnie Smith, American jazz Hammond B3 organist (George Benson Quartet; Lou Donaldson), born in Lackawanna, New York
  • Jul 7 Christopher "Chris" Stamp, British music producer, psychodrama therapist and manager (The Who, Jimi Hendrix), born in London, England (d. 2012)
  • Jul 10 Ronnie James Dio [Padavona], American singer, songwriter and musician (Elf; Rainbow; Black Sabbath; Dio; and Heaven & Hell), born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire (d. 2010)
  • Jul 11 Tomasz Stańko, Polish trumpeter (Astigmatic), born in Rzeszów, Poland (d. 2018)
  • Jul 12 Richard Stoltzman, American clarinetist (Tashi), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Jul 13 Jay Uzzell, rocker (Corsairs)
  • Jul 13 (Jim) "Roger" McGuinn, American folk-rock guitarist, and singer-songwriter (The Byrds - "Turn! Turn! Turn!"; "Eight Miles High"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 13 Stephen Jo Bladd, American drummer (J Geils Band - "Centerfold"; "Freeze Frame"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jul 13 Tom King, American rock guitarist, songwriter, guitarist, and arranger (The Outsiders - "Time Won't Let Me"), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2011)
  • Jul 16 Desmond Dekker, Jamaican reggae pioneer (Aces - "Israelites"), born in Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica (d. 2006)
  • Jul 17 Gale Garnett, New Zealand singer (We'll Sing in the Sunshine), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jul 20 T.G. Sheppard [William Browder], American country singer ("Devil in the Bottle"), born in Humbolt, Tennessee
  • Jul 21 Alun Davies, Welsh touring and session guitarist (Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam), born in Wales
  • Jul 23 Jan de Hont, Dutch guitarist (ZZ & Masks), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Jul 23 Madeline Bell, American singer (Black Nativity), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Jul 24 Heinz [Burt], British rock bassist (The Tornados - "Telstar"), born in Detmold, The Free State of Lippe (now Germany) (d. 2000)
  • Jul 25 Bruce Woodley, Australian folk-pop singer-songwriter ("Red Rubber Ball"; "Cloudy"; "I Am Australian"), guitarist, and banjo player (The Seekers - "Georgy Girl"; "I'll Never Find Another You" ), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jul 27 Bobby Campbell [Thornbury], Scottish journalist and musician, born in Glasgow (d. 1997)

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 8 Catherinus Elling, Norwegian organist, composer, educator, and ethno-musicologist, dies at 83