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 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

Music History

Jul 29 Bob Dylan is not seriously injured in car accident in New York City


Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 3 Pedro Romeiras, Portuguese dancer, born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Jul 3 Tim Smith, English musician (Cardiacs), born in Carshalton, Surrey, England
  • Jul 3 Vince Clarke [Martin], British rock keyboardist, and songwriter (Depeche Mode; Erasure), born in South Woodford, Essex, England
  • Jul 4 M. M. Keeravani, Indian composer, producer and singer (Naatu Naatu), born in Kovvur, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • 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 (d. 2022)
  • Jul 8 Graham Jones, British rock guitarist (Haircut 100 - "Love Plus One")

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

  • Jul 9 Ronnie Bowman, American bluegrass singer-songwriter, guitarist, and bassist (Lonesome River Band, 1990-2001; Band of Ruhks), born in Mount Airy, North Carolina
  • 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 Amar Singh Chamkila [Dhanni Ram], Punjabi folk singer "The Elvis of Punjab", born in Dugri, Punjab, India (d. 1988)
  • Jul 21 Jim Martin, American rock guitarist (Faith No More - "Real Thing"), born in Oakland, California
  • 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 Medofrd, Massachusetts
  • Jul 26 Andy Connell, British 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 (née Doi), Japanese jazz pianist and composer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 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 orchestral and film score composer, and conductor, 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