On This Day

July 1958 in Music History

Events in Music

Film Premier

Jul 2 Musical drama Film "King Creole" starring Elvis Presley based on a novel by Harold Robbins premieres

Television Premiere

Jul 3 "Andy Williams Show" premieres on ABC (later on CBS & NBC)

  • Jul 12 "Li'l Abner" closes at St James Theater, NYC, after 693 performances

Music Premiere

Jul 17 Peter Shaffer's musical "Five Finger Exercise" premieres in London

  • Jul 19 "Oh, Captain!" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 192 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 3 Aaron Tippin, American country singer ("You've Got to Stand for Something"), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • Jul 4 Kirk Pengilly, Australian rocker (Inxs - "Kiss the Dirt"), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Jul 5 Paul Daniel, British opera and symphony conductor, born in Birmingham
  • Jul 8 Carlos Cavazo, rocker (Quiet Riot - Metal Health)
  • Jul 8 Fred Young, American singer (Kentucky Headhunters - "Davy Crockett"), born in Glasgow, Kentucky
  • Jul 9 Bruce Waibel, American touring and session rock bassist (Gregg Allman; Firehouse), born in Livingston, New Jersey (2003)
  • Jul 10 Béla Fleck, American banjo player, born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 10 Fiona Shaw, Irish actress and theatre and opera director, born in County Cork, Munster, Ireland
  • Jul 11 Ray Dodds, British drummer (Fairground Attraction - "Perfect")

Michael Flatley

Jul 16 Michael Flatley, Irish-American dancer-choreographer (Riverdance; Lord of Dance), flute player, and film maker, born in Chicago, Illinois

  • Jul 18 Nigel Twist, British rock drummer (The Alarm - "In The Summertime"), born in Manchester
  • Jul 19 David Robertson, American symphony orchestra conductor, born in Malibu, California
  • Jul 20 Mick MacNeil, Scottish keyboardist (Simple Minds - "Don't You Forget About Me"), born on the Isle of Barra, Scotland
  • Jul 21 Jean Rivier, French composer and educator (Paris Conservatory, 1946-66), born in Villemonble, France (d. 1987)
  • Jul 24 Mick Karn [Andonis Michaelides], English musician (Japan), born in Nicosia, Cyprus (d. 2011)
  • Jul 25 Henk Wanders, Dutch bassist (Frank Boeijen Group), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • Jul 25 Thurston Moore, American guitarist and songwriter (Sonic Youth - "100%"), born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • Jul 26 Angela Hewitt, Canadian classical pianist, born in Ottawa, Canada
  • Jul 30 Kate Bush, English singer-songwriter (Running Up That Hill, Wuthering Heights), born in Bexleyheath, Kent, England
  • Jul 30 Kevin Mahogany, American jazz vocalist ("Double Rainbow"; "Pride And Joy"), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2017) [1] [2]
  • Jul 31 Bill Berry, American drummer (R.E.M., 1980-97 - "Losing My Religion"; "Stand"), born in Duluth, Minnesota

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 1 Rudolf von Laban, Czech-German choreographer (modern dance), dies at 78
  • Jul 13 Karl Erb, German tenor, dies on his 81st birthday
  • Jul 14 René Guillou, French organist and composer (L'Autre mère), dies at 55
  • Jul 15 Julia Lennon, mother of Beatle John, dies in an auto accident
  • Jul 30 Alexander Albrecht, composer, dies at 72