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July 1951 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jul 14 "Courtin' Time" closes at National Theater NYC after 37 performances
  • Jul 14 "Make a Wish" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 102 performances
  • Jul 19 "2 in the Aisle" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 276 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 28 Cole Porter's musical "Kiss Me, Kate", an adaptation of Shakespeare's " The Taming of the Shrew", closes at New Century Theater NYC after 1077 performances

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 28 Walt Disney's animated musical film "Alice In Wonderland" released

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney

Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 1 Fred Schneider, American vocalist and guitarist (B-52's - "Rock Lobster"), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Jul 1 Anne Feeney, American political activist and singer, born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 1 Terrence Mann, American actor and dancer, born in Ashland, Kentucky
  • Jul 2 Joe Puerta, American rock bassist (Ambrosia; The Range), born in Lomita, California [1]
  • Jul 3 Mike Corby, British guitarist and keyboardist (The Babys- "Every Time I Think Of You"), born in Windsor, Berkshire, England
  • Jul 4 Ralph Johnson, American rock drummer (Earth Wind & Fire - "Shining Star"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 5 Geert Jan Hessing, Dutch rock drummer (Catapult)
  • Jul 5 Keiko Fuji, Japanese enka singer and actress, born in Ichinoseki, Iwate, Japan (d. 2013)
  • Jul 8 Greg T Walker, rock bassist (Blackfoot)
  • Jul 8 Pleas Ned Sublette, composer
  • Jul 9 Eugeniusz Knapik, Polish pianist and classical music composer (Islands; Up Into The Silence), born in Ruda Śląska, Poland
  • Jul 10 Cheryl Wheeler, American singer and songwriter, born in Timonium, Maryland
  • Jul 12 Sylvia Sass, Hungarian soprano, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Jul 17 Lucie Arnaz, American actress (Here's Lucy - "Kim": The Jazz Singer), and singer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 22 Steven Springer, Port of Spain, Trinidad, guitarist and songwriter (Sir Lancelot Pinard), (d. 2012)
  • Jul 22 Richard Bennett, American session and touring guitarist (Neil Diamond; Mark Knopfler), and record producer (Steve Earle; Emmylou Harris; Marty Stuart), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 25 Vanessa [Connie Witteman], Dutch model and singer, born in Voorburg, Netherlands
  • Jul 25 Verdine White, American soul-funk, and R&B bassist songwriter (Earth, Wind & Fire - "Mighty, Mighty"; "That's The Way Of The World"), and philanthropist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 27 Tris Imboden, American rock and jazz session and touring drummer (Chicago, 1990-2018; Kenny Loggins, 1979-85; Neil Diamond; Al Jarreau), born in Orange County, California
  • Jul 28 Greg Gluffria, rock keyboardist (House of Lords - "Sahara"), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 28 T. M. Stevens, American rock, pop, and R&B session and touring bass guitarist (Shocka Zooloo; The Pretenders, 1986-87), born in New York City
  • Jul 29 Dean Pitchford, American songwriter ("Fame"; "Let's Hear It For The Boy"), and screenwriter (Footloose), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Jul 31 Carlo Karges, German guitarist and songwriter (Nena - "99 Luftballons"0, born in Hamburg, germany (d. 2002)

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 31 Musician Ray Charles (20) weds Eileen Williams in Georgia

Musician Ray Charles
Musician
Ray Charles

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 6 Josef Hüttel, Czech composer, dies at 57
  • Jul 9 Jorgen Bentzon, Danish composer, dies at 54

Person of interestArnold Schoenberg

Jul 13 Arnold Schoenberg, Austrian-American composer (Verklärte Nacht - Transfigured Night; 2nd Quartet), and painter associated with the expressionist movement, dies at 76

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • Jul 19 Max Ettinger, Jewish-German composer (Jiddische Requiem), dies at 77