On This Day

July 1956 in Music History

Events in Music

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Jul 1 Elvis Presley, wearing a tuxedo, appears on Steve Allen Show

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • Jul 2 Elvis Presley records "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel"
  • Jul 7 Douglas Moore/John Latouche' opera "Ballad of Baby Doe," premieres

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 17 MGM releases film "High Society", a musical re-working of "The Philadelphia Story" set in Newport, Rhode Island; starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra, with songs by Cole Porter

Actress Grace Kelly
Actress
Grace Kelly
Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter

Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 1 Kenneth Fuchs, American Grammy Award-winning classical composer, and college professor
  • Jul 2 Jeffrey Cooper, American R&B guitarist (Midnight Star - "No Parking On The Dance Floor"; "Operator")
  • Jul 6 John Jorgenson, American singer (Desert Rose Band-Love Reunited), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Jul 8 Russell Christian, British rock keyboardist, and vocalist (The Christians - "Harvest For The World"), born in Liverpool, England
  • Jul 13 Mark "The Animal' Mendoza [Glickman], American bassist (Twisted Sister - "We're Not Gonna Take It"), born in Long Island, New York
  • Jul 14 Bob Birch, American musician (Elton John), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2012)
  • Jul 15 Joe Satriani, American rock guitarist, born in Westbury, New York
  • Jul 15 Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division - "Transmission") (d. 1980)
  • Jul 18 Audrey Landers [Hamburg], American actress and singer (Dallas; Chorus Line), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 20 Paul Cook, English rock drummer (Sex Pistols), born in London, England
  • Jul 22 Mick Pointer, British rock drummer (Marillion), born in Brill, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Jul 27 Duncan Cameron, American guitarist (Sawyer Brown) and commercial pilot, born in Utica, New York
  • Jul 29 Patti Scialfa, American singer-songwriter ("As Long As I Can Be (With You)"), wife of Bruce Springsteen, born in Deal, New Jersey
  • Jul 30 Phil Fearon, English rocker (Galaxy, Kandidate-I Don't Want to Lose You), born in London

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 13 Vladimir Grigor'yevich Zakharov, Soviet-Russian composer, dies at 54
  • Jul 14 Jaroslav Řídký, Czech composer, dies at 58
  • Jul 17 Jozef de Voght, Flemish priest and songwriter (Under the Snow), dies at 78
  • Jul 26 Miguel Bernal Jiménez, Mexican organist, composer and pedagogue (Tata Vasco; Tres Cartas de México), dies of a heart attack at 46