July 1964 in Music History

Events in Music

It's For You

Jul 2 Cilla Black records Lennon/McCartney song "It's For You", Paul McCartney plays piano

  • Jul 4 Beachboys' "I Get Around" reaches #1
  • Jul 6 The Beatles' film "A Hard Day's Night" premieres at The Pavilion in London, England
  • Jul 10 The Beatles release "A Hard Day's Night", their 3rd studio album

Music History

Jul 20 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 10th String quartet

  • Jul 25 Beatles' album "A Hard Day's Night" goes #1, stays #1 for 14 weeks
  • Jul 25 Meredith Wilson's musical "Here's Love", based on thefil "Miracle on 34th Street". closes at Shubert Theater, NYC. after 338 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 1 Pol Burton, British rock drummer (Transvision Vamp - "Baby I Don't Care"; "I Want Your Love"), born in UK
  • Jul 2 Dave Parsons, rocker (Transvision Vamp, Sham 69-That's Life)
  • Jul 3 Gary Ryan [Moss], American rock bassist (Joan Jett & The Blackhearts), born in California
  • Jul 4 Mark Allen Slaughter, American guitarist (Slaughter-Stick it Live), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jul 5 Toni Halliday, British rock singer and lyricist (Curve; Chatelaine), born in Parsons Green, London, England
  • Jul 7 Theo Travis, British progressive rock and ambient music saxophonist, flautist, and composer (Soft Machine/Legacy, 2006-present; Gong, 1999-2010), born in Birmingham, England

Courtney Love (59 years old)

Jul 9 American muscian (Hole), and actress (People vs Larry Flynt), born in San Francisco, California

  • Jul 13 Damon Johnson, American guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter (Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders), born in Macon, Georgia
  • Jul 13 Leanne Benjamin, Australian ballet dancer (principal ballerina Royal Ballet), born in Rockhampton, Australia
  • Jul 14 Mike Morasky, American video game music composer, visual effects artist, and punk rock guitarist (Steel Pole Bath Tub), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 17 Craig Morgan [Greer], American singer ("My Kind of Livin'"), born in Kingston Springs, Tennessee
  • Jul 20 Chris Cornell, American musician (Soundgarden; Audioslave), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2017)
  • Jul 22 Will Calhoun, American jazz and rock drummer (Living Colour - "Love Rears Its Ugly Head"), born in the Bronx, New York City
  • Jul 27 Rex Brown, American heavy metal bassist (Pantera), born in Graham, Texas
  • Jul 27 Ron Jackson, American jazz guitarist, composer, arranger (Flubby Dubby), and educator, born in Manila, Philippines
  • Jul 31 Jim Corr, Irish singer and musician (The Corrs - "What Can I Do"), born in Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland

Weddings in Music

Mahalia Jackson

Jul 2 Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson (52) weds Sigmond Galloway

Divorces in Music

Ernest Borgnine & Ethel Merman

Jul 28 Broadway musical actress-singer Ethel Merman (56) divorces Academy Award-winning actor Ernest Borgnine (47) after 32 days of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 1 Pierre Monteux, French-American conductor (Boston Symphony, 1919-24; Concertgebouw, 1924–34; Orchestre Symphonique de Paris, 1929–38; San Francisco Symphony, 1936–52, London Symphony, 1961-64), dies at 89
  • Jul 4 Hank Sylvern [Henry Silverstein], American organist, radio and television theme composer and musical director (Suspense; Jane Froman's USA Canteen; The Phil Silvers Show), dies at 56
  • Jul 31 Jim Reeves, American country singer ("He'll Have To Go"; "Distant Drums"), and actor (Kimberley Jim), dies in airplane crash at 39