On This Day

July 1959 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Jul 22 Benjamin Britten's "Missa Brevis" in D premieres

Music History

Jul 31 Cliff Richard and the Shadows have their 1st British No. 1 single with "Living' Doll" (biggest British single of 1959)


Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 3 Stephen Pearcy, American heavy metal vocalist (RATT - "Round & Round"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 4 Bill McCorvey, American country singer (Pirates of Mississippi - "Feed Jake"), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Jul 5 Marc Cohn, American folk rock singer (Walking in Memphis), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jul 6 John Keeble, English rock drummer (Spandau Ballet-True), born in London, England
  • Jul 9 Jim Kerr, Scottish rock singer-songwriter (Simple Minds - "Don't You (Forget About Me)"; "Alive And Kicking"), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Jul 9 D. H. Peligro [Darren Henley], American punk rock drummer ( Dead Kennedys, Red Hot Chili Peppers,1988), born in St. louis, Missouri
  • Jul 9 Ronnie Bowman, American bluegrass guitarist, bass player and singer-songwriter (Lonesome River Band.), born in Mount Airy, North Carolina

Richie Sambora

Jul 11 Richie Sambora, American guitarist (Bon Jovi), boyfriend of Cher, and Heather Locklear, born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey

Rock Guitarist Richie Sambora
Rock Guitarist
Richie Sambora
  • Jul 11 Suzanne Vega, American folk-rock singer-songwriter ("Luka"; "Tom's Diner"), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jul 15 Shep Pettibone, American record producer, born in Ocean Grove, New Jersey
  • Jul 16 Doug Herzog, American television executive (Viacom Music and Entertainment Group), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Jul 20 Radney Foster, American country singer and songwriter (Foster & Lloyd - "Crazy Over You"), born in Del Rio, Texas
  • Jul 20 James Irvin, British new wave rock singer (Furniture - "Brilliant Mind"), born in London, England
  • Jul 29 John Sykes, English rock guitarist and singer (Thin Lizzy, 1983-2009; Blue Murder), born in Reading, Berkshire,England
  • Jul 31 Stanley Jordan, American jazz guitarist (Magic Touch), born in Chicago, Illinois

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 15 Ernest Bloch, Swiss-born American composer (MacBeth, Schelomo, Israel), dies on cancer at 78

Billie Holiday

Jul 17 Billie Holiday [Eleanora Fagan], American jazz singer ("I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm"; "Strange Fruit"), and songwriter ("God Bless The Child"; "Lady Sings the Blues"), dies of cirrhosis of the liver at 44

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • Jul 20 Harry Fox [Arthur Carringford], American vaudeville dancer, comedian and actor (Talent Scout), dies at 77