On This Day

July 1948 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jul 10 "Allegro" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 318 performances
  • Jul 10 "Ballet Ballads" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 62 performances
  • Jul 10 "Look Ma, I'm Dancin'" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 188 performances
  • Jul 18 "Marinka" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 168 performances
  • Jul 31 "Brigadoon" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 581 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 3 Peter Ruzicka, German composer and conductor, born in Dusseldorf, Germany
  • Jul 3 Paul Barrere, American rock guitarist (Little Feat - "Time Loves a Hero"), born in Burbank, California (d. 2019)
  • Jul 4 Jeremy Spencer, British rock guitarist (Fleetwood Mac - "Oh Well"), born in Hartlepool, County Durham, England
  • Jul 7 Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt, rock guitarist (Iron Butterfly) (d. 2012)
  • Jul 8 Raffi [Cavoukian], Armenian-Canadian children's singer and lyricist ("Baby Beluga"), born in Cairo, Egypt,
  • Jul 11 Martin Rushent, British sound engineer (Gentle Giant; Shirley Bassey), and record producer (Buzzcocks; The Human League), born in Enfield, England (d. 2011)
  • Jul 12 Walter Egan, American guitarist, and singer-songwriter ("Magnet And Steel"; "Hot Summer Nights"), born in Queens, New York City
  • Jul 14 Akua Dixon, American jazz cellist, arranger, composer, and educator, (Quartette Indigo), born in New York City
  • Jul 15 Alicia Bridges, American pop singer ("I Love The Nightlife"), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Jul 15 (Thomas) "Artemis" Pyle, American rock drummer (Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Gimme Three Steps"), and plane crash survivor, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Jul 16 Pinchas Zukerman, Israeli-American violinist (Leventritt Prize, 1967), conductor (St. Paul Chamber, 1980-87; National Arts Centre (Canada), 1999-2015), and pedagogue, born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Jul 16 Rubén Blades, Panamanian singer and actor, born in Panama City, Panama
  • Jul 17 Brian Glascock, English rock drummer (Motels - "Only The Lonely"), born in Islington, England
  • Jul 17 Luc Bondy, Swiss theatre and opera director, born in Zurich Switzerland (d. 2015)
  • Jul 17 Ron Asheton, American guitarist, bassist, and songwriter (The Stooges), born in Washington DC (d. 2009)
  • Jul 18 Cesar Zuiderwijk, Dutch rock drummer (Golden Earring - "Radar Love"), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Jul 19 Keith Godchaux, American pianist, and singer (Grateful Dead, 1971-79 - "Let Me Sing Your Blues Away"), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1980)

Person of interestCat Stevens

Jul 21 Cat Stevens [Steven Demetre Georgiou; Yusuf Islam], British singer-songwriter ("Peace Train"; "Moonshadow"), born in Marleybone, London, England

Singer and songwriter Cat Stevens
Singer and songwriter
Cat Stevens
  • Jul 25 Steve Goodman, American folk singer and songwriter ("City of New Orleans"; "You Never Even Called Me by My Name"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1984)
  • Jul 27 Henny Vrienten, Dutch bassist and singer (Doe Maar), born in Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands
  • Jul 27 Pavlos Sidiropoulos, Greek rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (Electric Theseus), born in Athens (d. 1990)
  • Jul 28 Gerald Casale, American new wave bassist, vocalist, keyboardist, and music video director (Devo - "Whip It!': "Jocko Homo"), born in Ravenna, Ohio
  • Jul 28 Eric Sweeney, Irish contemporary composer (The Green One), born in Dublin (d. 2020)

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 21 Donald Nichols Tweedy, American composer, dies at 58
  • Jul 27 Francesco Spetrino, Italian conductor and composer, dies at 91