July 1959 in Music

Events in Music


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


Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 3 Stephen Pearcy, heavy metal vocalist (RATT-Round & Round), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 4 Bill McCorvey, singer (Pirates of Miss-Fred Jake), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Jul 5 Marc Cohn, singer (Walking in Memphis)
  • Jul 6 John Keeble, rock drummer (Spandau Ballet-True), born in London, England
  • Jul 9 Jim Kerr, rock vocalist (Simple Minds), born in Glasgow, Scotland

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

Rock guitarist Richie Sambora
Rock guitarist
Richie Sambora
  • Jul 11 Suzanne Vega, rock vocalist (My Name is Luka, Tom's Diner)
  • Jul 15 Shep Pettibone, American record producer
  • Jul 20 Radney Foster, Del Rio Tx, singer (Foster & Lloyd-Crazy Over You)
  • Jul 29 John Sykes, Irish hard rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy-Blue Murder)
  • Jul 31 Stanley Jordan, American jazz guitarist, born in Chicago, Illinois

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 15 Ernest Bloch, Swiss/US composer (Macbeth), dies at 78

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Jul 17 Billie Holiday, jazz singer, dies at Metropolitan Hospital in New York 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