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July 1960 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jul 2 "Once Upon a Mattress" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 460 performances

Music ReleaseThe Twist Dance Craze

Jul 15 Chubby Checker releases his version of "The Twist" in the US (date approximate)

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Young people in Berlin taking part in the Twist dance craze, 1964
Young people in Berlin taking part in the Twist dance craze, 1964
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Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 1 Evelyn "Champagne" King, American disco singer (Shame, I'm in Love), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jul 11 David Baerwald, American singer/songwriter (David + David - Boomtown), born in Oxford, Ohio
  • Jul 12 Corynne Charby [Corinne Charbit], French model, actress and pop singer, born in Paris, France
  • Jul 14 Ray Herndon, American singer (McBride & Ride-Can I Count on You), born in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Jul 14 Angélique Kidjo, Beninese singer-songwriter "Africa's premier diva", born in Ouidah, French Dahomey
  • Jul 14 Jane Lynch, American actress, singer and comedian (Best in Show, Two and a Half Men, Criminal Minds), born in Evergreen Park, Illinois
  • Jul 16 Eus van Someren, Dutch pop guitarist (Scene, Blaauw), born in Beverwijk, Netherlands
  • Jul 17 Dawn Upshaw, American soprano (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jul 22 Jon Oliva, American musician (Savatage; Trans-Siberian Orchestra), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jul 27 Conway Savage, Australian piano and organ player (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), born in Victoria, Australia (d. 2018)
  • Jul 31 Malcolm Ross, Scottish rock guitarist (Aztec Camera), born in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, Scotland

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 3 Alfred Henry Ackley, American composer, dies at 73
  • Jul 9 Edward Burlingame Hill, American composer and educator, dies at 86
  • Jul 15 Lawrence Tibbett, American baritone (Metropolitan 1923-50), dies after surgery at 63
  • Jul 24 Carl Deis, composer, dies at 77
  • Jul 31 Karl Hasse, German composer, dies at 77