On This Day

July 1968 in Music History

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 1 John Lennon's 1st full art exhibition (You are Here)

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Jul 17 The Beatles' animated film "Yellow Submarine" premieres in London

HeartEngagement of Interest

Jul 20 Jane Asher breaks her engagement with Paul McCartney on live TV

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Jul 20 Iron Butterfly's "In-a-gadda-da-vida" becomes 1st heavy metal song to hit charts, it comes in at #117
  • Jul 31 The Beatles close Apple Boutique in London, giving clothes away for free

Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 3 Chien-lien Wu [Jacklyn Wu], Taiwanese actress and singer, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Jul 4 Jack Frost [John Dempsey], American heavy metal guitarist (Seven Witches), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Jul 5 Kenji Ito, Japanese video game composer, born in Tokyo
  • Jul 19 Robert Flynn, American musician (Machine Head), born in Oakland, California
  • Jul 20 Kool G Rap [Nathaniel Thomas Wilson], American rapper, born in Queens, New York
  • Jul 23 Nick Menza, American musician and drummer (Megadeth), born in Munich, West Germany (d. 2016)
  • Jul 24 Kristin Chenoweth, American singer and actress (Wicked), born in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
  • Jul 29 Paavo Lötjönen, Finnish Cellist (Apocalyptica), born in Kuopio, Finland
  • Jul 30 Sean Moore, Welsh drummer (Manic Street Preachers), born in Pontypool, Wales

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 6 US Army General Norman Schwarzkopf (33) weds Brenda Halsinger

US General Norman Schwarzkopf
US General
Norman Schwarzkopf

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 7 Leo Sowerby, American composer (Pulitzer Prize for Music, 1946), dies at 73
  • Jul 20 Joseph Keilberth, German conductor (Bayreuther Festival), dies at 60
  • Jul 21 Ruth St. Denis, American modern dance pioneer and teacher (Dances of the 5 Senses), dies at 91
  • Jul 30 Jon Leifs, composer, dies at 69