On This Day

July 1954 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jul 3 "Wonderful Town" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 559 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

Jul 5 Singer Elvis Presley's 1st professional recording session (with guitarist Scotty Moore & bass player Bill Black) takes place at Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Service in Memphis, Tennessee. The trio record four songs including their historic cover of Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's song "That's All Right (Mama)". [1]

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 1 Randall Hall, American rock guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd 1987-94), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jul 5 Jimmy Crespo, American guitarist (Aerosmith), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 9 Debbie Sledge, American vocalist (Sister Sledge-We are Family), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 10 Gene Holder, American musician (the dBs)
  • Jul 10 Neil Tennant, English singer and songwriter (Pet Shop Boy-West End Girl), born in North Shields, Northumberland, England
  • Jul 13 Louise Mandrell, country singer (Mandrell Sisters), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Jul 13 Sezen Aksu, Turkish singer
  • Jul 14 Jos Zoomer, Amsterdam Neth, rock drummer (Vandenberg)
  • Jul 18 Ricky Skaggs, American country singer (Heartbroke, Toy Hearts), born in Cordell, Kentucky
  • Jul 18 Tobias Picker, American composer (Emmeline), born in New York City
  • Jul 20 Jay Jay French [John French Segall], American rock guitarist (Twisted Sister), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 22 Al Di Meola, American jazz guitarist (Return To Forever; Elegant Gypsy), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Jul 23 Marisa DeFranco, Canadian musician (The DeFranco Family), born in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada
  • Jul 25 Ken Greer [Kenneth William Greer], Canadian rock guitarist (Red Rider), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 28 Steve Morse, American rocker (Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple), born in Hamilton, Ohio

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 31 "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" guest host Steve Allen (32) weds actress Jayne Meadows (33)

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 9 Henri Dillon, French composer (Arlequin), dies in combat in Indo-China at 41
  • Jul 19 Jean Roger-Ducasse, French composer, dies at 81