On This Day

July 1961 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jul 15 "Donnybrook!" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 68 performances
  • Jul 20 Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley's musical "Stop The World - I Want To Get Off" premieres at Queen's Theater in London's West End

Music concertMusic Concert

Jul 23 American opera singer Grace Bumbry becomes the first black singer to perform at the Bayreuth Festival, Germany, she earns 42 curtain calls

Opera Singer Grace Bumbry
Opera Singer
Grace Bumbry

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 29 Bob Dylan injured in car accident

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan

Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 3 Vince Clarke [Martin], British rock keyboardist, and songwriter (Depeche Mode; Erasure), born in South Woodford, Essex, England
  • Jul 3 Pedro Romeiras, Portuguese dancer, born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Jul 3 Tim Smith, English musician (Cardiacs), born in Carshalton, Surrey, England
  • Jul 5 Isabelle Poulenard, French contemporary soprano, born in Paris
  • Jul 7 Michael Kieran Harvey, Australian classical and contemporary music pianist and composer (GRETA - Concerto in No Need of an Orchestra), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jul 8 Andy Fletcher, Britich synthesizer and bass player (Depeche Mode - "Just Can't Get Enough"), born in Nottingham, England
  • Jul 8 Graham Jones, British rock guitarist (Haircut 100 - "Love Plus One")

Person of interestToby Keith

Jul 8 Toby Keith [Coval], American country singer ("Should've Been A Cowboy"; "She Never Cried In Front Of Me"), and actor (Broken Bridges), born in Clinton, Oklahoma

Country Singer and Actor Toby Keith
Country Singer and Actor
Toby Keith
  • Jul 10 Jacky Cheung, Hong Kong singer and actor (Bullet in the Head), born in Hong Kong
  • Jul 13 Lawrence Donegan, Scottish rock bassist (Lloyd Cole and the Commotions) and author, born in Stirling, Scotland
  • Jul 21 Jim Martin, rock guitarist (Faith No More - "Real Thing"), born in Oakland, California
  • Jul 21 Amar Singh Chamkila [Dhanni Ram], Punjabi folk singer "The Elvis of Punjab", born in Dugri, Punjab, India (d. 1988)
  • Jul 22 Keith Sweat, American new jack swing singer, born in Harlem, New York
  • Jul 23 Martin Gore, English rocker (Depeche Mode - "Just Can't Get Enough"), born in Dagenham, Essex, England
  • Jul 24 Paul Geary, American heavy metal drummer (Extreme), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jul 26 Andy Connell, English musician and composer (Swing Out Sister), born in Manchester, England
  • Jul 26 Gary Cherone, American rock vocalist (Extreme - "More Than Words"; Van Halen), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jul 26 Keiko Matsui, Japanese jazz pianist and composer, born in Tokyo
  • Jul 28 David Huff, American drummer (Giant)

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 6 Scott LaFaro, American jazz bassist (Bill Evans Trio), dies in a car accident at 25
  • Jul 8 Julián Bautista, Spanish composer, dies at 60
  • Jul 11 Erskine Butterfield American swing and boogie-woogie jazz pianist, singer, and composer, dies at 48
  • Jul 27 Theodore Chanler, American composer, dies at 59