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July 1946 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jul 6 "St Louis Woman" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 113 performances
  • Jul 8 "Tidbits of 1946" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 8 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jul 12 Benjamin Britten's "Rape of Lucretia" premieres at Glyndebourne Opera Festival

  • Jul 13 "Tidbits of 1946" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 8 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 25 At Club 500 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis stage their first show as a comedy team

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
Actor, Comedian and Singer Dean Martin
Actor, Comedian and Singer
Dean Martin

Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 1 June Montiero, American pop vocalist (Toys - "A Lover's Concerto"), born in Queens, New York
  • Jul 3 John Klemmer, American composer and saxophonist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 3 Johnny Lee [John Lee Ham], American country music singer ("Lookin' For Love"), born in Texas City, Texas
  • Jul 8 Cynthia Gregory, American ballerina (NY Ballet Company), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 8 Pentti "Whitey" Glan, Finnish-Canadian touring and session drummer (Lou Reed; Alice Cooper - "Welcome To My Nightmare"), born in Finland (d. 2017)
  • Jul 9 (Ronald) "Bon" Scott, Scottish-Australian rock lead singer and lyricist (AC/DC - "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap"; "Highway To Hell"), born in Forfar, Scotland (d. 1980)
  • Jul 11 John Lawton, British rock singer (Lucifer's Friend, 1970-76, 1981-82, 2014–21; Uriah Heep, 1977-79), born in Halifax, England (d. 2021)
  • Jul 11 Cuthbert Johnson, English musician and Benedictine abbot, born in County Durham, England (d. 2017)
  • Jul 13 Rodney Mills, American mastering engineer (The Doobie Brothers; Pearl Jam; Gucci Mane), born in Douglas, Georgia
  • Jul 13 Andrew Pryce Jackman, British progressive rock keyboardist, arranger and composer (d. 2003)

Person of interestLinda Ronstadt

Jul 15 Linda Ronstadt, American rock/country/pop/Latin/opera singer ("Different Drum"; "It's So Easy"; "What's New?") and actress (Pirates of Penzance), born in Tucson, Arizona

Singer and Actress Linda Ronstadt
Singer and Actress
Linda Ronstadt
  • Jul 19 Alan Gorrie, Scottish rock bassist and singer (Average White Band), born in Perth, Scotland
  • Jul 22 Steve Wolownik, American ethno-musicologist, balalaika player, arranger, and co-founder of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America, born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 2000)
  • Jul 22 Mireille Mathieu, French pop and 'chanson réaliste' singer ("Pourquoi mon amour"; "La dernière valse"; "So Ein Schoner Abend"), born in Avignon, Vaucluse, France
  • Jul 23 Andy MacKay, English rock saxophone and oboe player (Roxy Music), born in London
  • Jul 23 Keith Ferguson, American blues bassist (Fabulous Thunderbirds), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1997)
  • Jul 25 José Areas, Nicaraguan percussionist (Santana, 1969-77, 1987-89), born in Leon, Nicaragua
  • Jul 25 Rita Marley (née Alpharita Anderson), Jamaican singer (I Threes), and the widow of Bob Marley, born in Santiago de Cuba
  • Jul 28 Jonathan Edwards, American singer-songwriter ("Sunshine"), born in Aitkin, Minnesota
  • Jul 29 Neal Doughty, American rock piano, Hammond organ, and Moog synthesizer player (REO Speedwagon - "Can't Fight This Feeling"'; "One Lonely Night" ), born in Evansville, Indiana
  • Jul 30 Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond, English rock bassist (Jethro Tull), born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England
  • Jul 31 Gary Lewis [Levitch], American drummer, and singer (Gary Lewis & Playboys - "This Diamond Ring"), born in Newark, New Jersey

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 24 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Howard Hanson (49) weds Margaret Elizabeth Nelson at the Chautauqua Institution in New York

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 8 Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov, Russian composer {Alexnadrov Ensemble}, dies at 63
  • Jul 20 Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton, American trombonist and plunger mute pioneer (Duke Ellington Orchestra), dies of a stroke at 42