On This Day

July 1955 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jul 2 "7th Heaven" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 44 performances
  • Jul 2 "Almost Crazy" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 16 performances

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Jul 9 Bill Haley & Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" tops the billboards chart, one of the best-selling singles ever

Father of Rock 'n' Roll Bill Haley
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Bill Haley
  • Jul 16 "Golden Horseshoe Revue" 1st of 50,000+ performances, Disneyland

Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 1 Keith Whitley, American country music singer ("Don't Close Your Eyes"), born in Ashland, Kentucky (d. 1989)
  • Jul 3 Neil Clark, Scottish rock guitarist (Lloyd Cole & The Commotions - "Brand New Friend"), born in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
  • Jul 3 Marc Bonilla, American guitarist (Keith Emerson Band), born in Contra Costa, California
  • Jul 4 Aram Gharabekian, Armenian conductor (National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia; Boston SinfoNova, 1983-96), born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2014)
  • Jul 5 Michael Gismondi, rock bassist (Michael Stanley Band, 1979-87)
  • Jul 9 Fred Norris [Nukis], American comedy writer (Howard Stern Show), singer, guitarist, and actor, born in Willimantic, Connecticut
  • Jul 13 Chris White, British jazz-rock saxophonist (Dire Straits), born in Bristol, England
  • Jul 14 Matthew Seligman, British studio and touring new wave rock bassist (Robyn Hitchcock; Thompson Twins; Thomas Dolby), born in Pentageia, Cyprus (d. 2020)
  • Jul 18 Terry Chambers, English drummer (XTC, 1972-82 - "Generals And Majors"), born in Wiltshire, England
  • Jul 20 (Jeremy) "Jem" Finer, British celtic-folk-punk banjo player (The Pogues; Longplayer), born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
  • Jul 21 Henry Preistman, English rocker (Christians - "Harvest For The World"), born in Kingston upon Hull, England
  • Jul 21 Howie Epstein, American bassist (The Heartbreakers), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2003)
  • Jul 21 Taco Ockerse, Indonesian singer, born in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Jul 30 Rat Scabies [Chris Miller], British rock drummer (the Damned), born in Surrey, England

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 6 Paolo Gallico, Italian-American pianist and composer (The Apocalypse), dies at 87
  • Jul 7 Franco Casavola, composer, dies at 63
  • Jul 17 Bronislaw Zygmunt Szulc, composer, dies at 73
  • Jul 25 Ilmari Hannikainen, Finnish composer, drowns during a sailing trip at 62
  • Jul 25 Isaak Iosifovich Dunayevsky, Soviet operetta and film composer, dies at 55