July 1949 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jul 2 "High Button Shoes" closes at Century Theater NYC after 727 performances
  • Jul 7 "Cabatgata (A Night in Spain)" opens at Broadway NYC for 76 performances
  • Jul 8 Monte Irvin & Hank Thompson, 1st black players for New York Giants, 4-3 loss to Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field

Music Premiere

Jul 9 Benjamin Britten's Jump Symphony premieres

  • Jul 15 "Miss Liberty" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 308 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 1 John Farnham, English-Australian singer (Age of Reason), born in Dagenham, Essex, England
  • Jul 2 Roy Bittan, American rock piano and accordion player (E Street Band), sometimes referred to as "The Professor", born in Queens, New York City
  • Jul 3 Johnnie Wilder, Jr., American singer (Heatwave - "Always and Forever"), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2006)
  • Jul 4 James Stroud, American session drummer, keyboard player, and record producer, born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Jul 4 Tonio K. [Steven Krikorian], American singer (Romeo Unchained; 16 Tons of Monkeys), born in Palm Desert, California
  • Jul 5 Tommy Eyre, British touring and session keyboardist, and musical director (Joe Cocker, Gerry Rafferty, Wham!), born in Sheffield, England (d. 2001)
  • Jul 6 Michael Shrieve, American drummer, percussionist, and composer (Santana), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jul 8 Colin Walker, British cellist (Electric Light Orchestra, 1972-73; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House), born in Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, England
  • Jul 10 Dave Smalley, American power pop guitarist and bassist (Raspberries - "Go All The Way"; "Tonight"), born in Oil City, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 10 Greg Kihn, American pop musician ("The Break-Up Song (They Don't Write 'Em)"; "Jeopardy"), radio personality (KFOX, 1996-2012), and novelist, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jul 10 John C. Whitehead, American R&B singer (McFadden & Whitehead - "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now"), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • Jul 11 Liona Boyd, Canadian classical and new-age guitarist, and composer of Spanish and English heritage, born in London, England
  • Jul 14 Tommy Mottola, American music executive (Casablanca Records), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jul 15 John Arthur Casken, British composer (The Dream of the Rood), born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England
  • Jul 15 Trevor Horn, British rock musician/producer (Buggles - "Video Killed The Radio Star"; Yes - Drama; Frankie Goes To Hollywood), born in Durham, England
  • Jul 16 Alan "Fitz" Fitzgerald, American rock bassist (Sammy Hagar), and keyboardist (Night Ranger)
  • Jul 16 Ray Major, rock guitarist (British Lions)
  • Jul 17 (Terence) "Geezer" Butler, English rock bassist (Black Sabbath), born in Birmingham, England
  • Jul 17 Mike Vale [Vucish], American rock bassist and songwriter (Tommy James & The Shondells - "Crystal Blue Persuasion")
  • Jul 18 Craig Fuller, American singer-songwriter (Pure Prairie League, 1970-73, 1985-88, 2005-11 - "Amie"; Little Feat,1987-93 - "Hate To Lose Your Lovin'"), born in Portsmouth, Ohio
  • Jul 18 Wally Bryson, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Fotomaker; Raspberries), born in Gastonia, North Carolina

Alan MenkenAlan Menken (73 years old)

Jul 22 American 8-time Academy Award-winning composer (Disney's Aladdin; Disney's Beauty and the Beast), born in New Rochelle, New York

  • Jul 23 Sławomir Czarnecki, Polish composer and teacher, born in Jelenia Góra, Poland
  • Jul 24 Graham Lear, British-Canadian session and touring rock drummer (Gino Vanneli, 1975-76; Santana, 1976-87, REO Speedwagon, 1988-89), born in Plymouth, England
  • Jul 25 Denman Maroney, American jazz pianist and composer (Hyperpiano), born in New Jersey
  • Jul 26 Roger Taylor, English rock drummer (Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody"), born in Norfolk, England
  • Jul 27 David Muse, American rocker (Firefall - "You Are The Woman"), born in Rome, Georgia

Maureen McGovernMaureen McGovern (73 years old)

Jul 27 American Academy Award-winning pop singer ("The Morning After"), born in Youngstown, Ohio

  • Jul 28 Peter Doyle, Australian pop singer (The New Seekers - "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing"), born in Melbourne (d. 2001)
  • Jul 28 Simon Kirke, British rock drummer (Bad Company), born in London, England
  • Jul 28 Steve Peregrin Took, English musician (Tyrannosaurus Rex), born in London (d. 1980)
  • Jul 30 Joyce Jones, American soul singer (First Choice), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 30 Richard "Duck" Baker, American acoustic guitarist, born in Washington, D.C.

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 7 Bunk Johnson, American musician (b. 1879 or 1889)
  • Jul 8 Riccardo Pick-Mangiagalli, Italian composer, dies at 66
  • Jul 9 Fritz Bennicke Hart, British composer, and conductor, dies of cardiac issues at 75
  • Jul 18 Vítězslav Novák, Czech composer, dies at 78