On This Day

July 1953 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 6 Nanci Griffith, American singer and songwriter (Poet in My Window), born in Seguin, Texas
  • Jul 7 Lynval Golding, rocker (Fun Boy Three)
  • Jul 9 Margie Gillis, Canadian dancer and choreographer, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jul 10 Rik "The Rocket" Emmett, rock vocalist (Triumph), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 11 Benny DeFranco, Canadian musician (The DeFranco Family)
  • Jul 14 Bebe Buell [Beverle Lorence], American model, singer, and Playboy playmate (Nov 1974), born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Jul 18 Neil Stubenhaus, American session and touring bass guitarist, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut [1]
  • Jul 20 Marcia Hines, American-born Australian singer (Marcia Shines), born in Boston, Massachessetts
  • Jul 21 Eric Bazilian, American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and mandolin player (The Hooters - "All You Zombies"; "And We Danced"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 22 Jimmy Bruno, American jazz guitarist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 22 Brian Howe, British rock singer (Bad Company, 1986-93 - "This Love"; "Holy Water"), born in Portsmouth, England (d. 2020)
  • Jul 24 Jon Faddis, American jazz trumpeter and educator, born in Oakland, California
  • Jul 26 Robert Phillips, American classical guitarist, born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 28 Steve Duncan, singer (Desert Rose Band-Love Reunited), born in Knoxville, Tennessee

Person of interestGeddy Lee

Jul 29 Geddy Lee, lead vocalist/bassist (Rush-Tom Sawyer), born in Toronto, Ontario

Singer-Songwriter Geddy Lee
Singer-Songwriter
Geddy Lee
  • Jul 31 Hugh McDowell, British cellist (Electric Light Orchestra), born in Hampstead, London (d. 2018)

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 6 "James Bond" actor Roger Moore (25) weds Welsh singer Dorothy Squires (38) in Jersey City

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 13 Academy award-winning actor José Ferrer (41) weds singer and actress Rosemary Clooney (25) in Durant, Oklahoma

  • Jul 13 American bandleader Louis Prima (42) marries American singer Keely Smith (25), in Virginia Beach, Virginia (his 4th, her 2nd); divorce in 1961

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 7 Actor José Ferrer divorces dancer and actress Phyllis Hill after 5 years of marriage


Deaths in Music

  • Jul 10 Sidney Homer, American composer, dies at 88
  • Jul 12 Joseph Jongen, Belgian organist and composer (Symphonie concertante, Op. 81), dies at 79 [1]
  • Jul 17 Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer, Dutch composer, dies at 65