On This Day

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 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 piano player (E Street Band), born in Belle Harbor, Queens, New York City
  • Jul 3 Johnnie Wilder, Jr., American singer (Heatwave), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2006)
  • Jul 4 Tonio K. [Steven Krikorian], American singer (Romeo Unchained; 16 Tons of Monkeys), born in Palm Desert, California
  • Jul 6 Michael Shrieve, American drummer, percussionist, and composer (Santana), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jul 10 Dave Smalley, American rocker (Raspberries)
  • Jul 10 Greg Kihn, American pop musician and radio personality, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jul 10 John C. Whitehead, American singer (McFadden & Whitehead), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 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, rock keyboardist and vocalist (Night Ranger)
  • Jul 16 Ray Major, rock guitarist (British Lions)
  • Jul 17 Mick Tucker, English rock drummer (Sweet Harlesden), born in London, England
  • Jul 17 Mike Vale, American rock bassist (Tommy James & The Shondells)
  • Jul 17 Geezer Butler, English rock bassist (Black Sabbath), born in Birmingham, England
  • Jul 18 Wally Bryson, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Fotomaker, Raspberries), born in Gastonia, North Carolina
  • Jul 18 Craig Fuller, American singer-songwriter (Pure Prairie League - "Amie"), born in Portsmouth, Ohio

Person of interestAlan Menken

Jul 22 Alan Menken, American Disney composer (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast - 8 Oscars), born in New Rochelle, New York

Disney Composer Alan Menken
Disney Composer
Alan Menken
  • 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

Person of interestMaureen McGovern

Jul 27 Maureen McGovern, singer (The Morning After), born in Youngstown, Ohio

  • 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 28 Peter Doyle, Australian pop singer (The New Seekers - "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing"), born in Melbourne (d. 2001)
  • 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, composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 18 Vítězslav Novák, Czech composer, dies at 78