On This Day

July 1944 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 4 Harvey Brooks [Goldstein], American rock, blues, and folk session bassist (Bob Dylan; The Electric Flag), and record producer (Karen Dalton), born in Manhattan, New York
  • Jul 6 Byron Berline, American world champion bluegrass fiddle player, born in Caldwell, Kansas (d. 2021) [1]
  • Jul 7 Warren Entner, rock vocalist/guitarist (Grass Roots), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jul 8 Jaimoe "Johnny" Johanson, American rock drummer (The Allman Brothers Band), born in Ocean Springs, Mississippi
  • Jul 8 Jonelle Allen, American stage and screen actress (Two Gentlemen of Verona; Palmerstown, USA - "Bessie"; Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman - "Grace"), and singer, born in New York City
  • Jul 8 Michael Dunford, British guitarist and songwriter (The Nashville Teens, 1960-63; Renaissance - "Scheherazade"), born inn Surrey, England (d. 2012)
  • Jul 9 Joe Miceli, American drummer (John Fred and His Playboy Band - "Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)"), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • Jul 9 Dorian Rudnytsky, American concert and session cellist (New York Rock & Roll Ensemble), and composer (Costa Blanca Suite), born in New York City
  • Jul 15 Millie Jackson, American disco and R&B singer ("Hurts So Good"; "If You're Not Back in Love By Monday"), born in Thompson, Georgia
  • Jul 16 Thomas Boggs, American rock drummer (Box Tops), born in Wynne, Arkansas (d. 2008)
  • Jul 19 Commander Cody [George Frayne], American singer and pianist (Commander Cody & Lost Planet Airmen - "Hot Rod Lincoln"), born in Boise, Idaho (d. 2021)
  • Jul 22 Estelle Bennett, vocalist (Ronettes - "Be My Baby"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)
  • Jul 22 Rick Davies, British rock vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter (Supertramp - "Goodbye, Stranger"), born in London, England
  • Jul 23 Dino Danelli, American rock drummer (Fotomaker; Young Rascals), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Jul 24 Jim Armstrong, Irish rock guitarist (Them - "Here Comes The Night"), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Jul 25 Tom Dawes, American rock bassist (The Cyrkle -"Red Rubber Ball"), and commercial jingle composer ("Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz” for Alka-Seltzer and “7Up, the Uncola”), born in Albany, New York (d. 2007)
  • Jul 27 Barbara Thompson, British jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Oxford, England
  • Jul 27 Bobbie Gentry [Roberta Streeter], American singer and songwriter ("Ode to Billy Joe"), born in Chickasaw County, Mississippi
  • Jul 28 Bobby King, American session and touring soul singer (Bobby & Terry; Ry Cooder; Bruce Springsteen; Boz Scaggs), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Jul 30 Teresa Cahill, British soprano opera singer, born in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 5 William Gillies Whittaker, English composer, dies at 67
  • Jul 19 Will Marion Cook, American violinist, choral director, and composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 27 Victor Vreuls, Belgian violinist, teacher, and composer, dies at 68