On This Day

July 1950 in Music History

Events in Music

Theatrical Finale

Jul 1 Maxwell Anderson and Kurt Weill's "Lost in the Stars", based on Alan Paton's novel "Cry the Beloved Country", closes at Music Box Theater, NYC, after 281 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 3 Damon Harris, African-American soul singer (The Temptations - "My Girl"), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2013)
  • Jul 5 Huey Lewis [Hugh Anthony Cregg III], American musician (Huey Lewis and the News), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 5 Michael Monarch, American rock guitarist (Steppenwolf), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 6 Phyllis Hyman, American jazz singer (Prime of My Life), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • Jul 9 Gwen Guthrie, American R&B, soul, and dance singer-songwriter ("Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent"), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1999)
  • Jul 10 Willie Ford, American R&B singer (Dramatics-Me & Mrs Jones), born in LaGrange, Georgia
  • Jul 11 Bonnie Pointer, American pop singer (Pointer Sisters - "Jump"; "I'm So Excited"), born in Oakland, California (d. 2020)
  • Jul 11 Nick Jameson, American actor (24), musician, record producer (Foghat), born in Columbia, Missouri
  • Jul 12 Eric Carr [Paul Charles Caravello], American rock drummer (Kiss), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1991)
  • Jul 16 Tom Terrell, American musicologist, deejay and NPR reviewer, born in Summit, New Jersey (d. 2007)
  • Jul 17 Phoebe Snow [Laub], American singer-songwriter ("Poetry Man"), born in New York City (d. 2011)

Richard Branson

Jul 18 Richard Branson, British music entrepreneur (Virgin Group), born in London, England

  • Jul 18 Glenn Hughes, American singer (Village People), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • Jul 19 Freddy Moore, American rock musician and songwriter, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jul 21 Larry Tolbert, rock drummer (Raydio)
  • Jul 23 Blair Thornton, Canadian rock guitarist (Bachman-Turner Overdrive, 1974-79), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jul 23 Ian Thomas, Canadian singer-songwriter (Painted Ladies), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Jul 25 Mark Clarke, English bassist (Colosseum; Tempest; Uriah Heep), born in Liverpool, England
  • Jul 26 Duncan Mackay, British composer and keyboard player, born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England
  • Jul 27 Michael Vaughn, English rocker (Paper Lace - "The Night Chicago Died"), born in Sheffield, Yorkshire
  • Jul 30 Wime de Craene, Flemish singer and composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1990)

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 1 Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, Swiss musician and educator (Dalcroze erythmics), dies at 84
  • Jul 6 Theodore "Fats" Navarro, American jazz trumpet player, dies from poor health following long-term heroin addiction, tuberculosis, and a weight problem, at 26
  • Jul 11 Timotei Popovici, composer, dies at 79
  • Jul 21 Albert Riemenschneider, American pianist, educator, musicologist, and founder of America'a oldest Bach Festival, dies at 71