July 1969 in Music History

Events in Music

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Jul 1 John Lennon and Yoko Ono are admitted to hospital after he crashes his car near Durness in the Scottish Highlands

  • Jul 2 American guitarist Leslie West and producer, bassist Felix Pappalardi form rock group Mountain

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Jul 3 Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island opens, 78, 000 attend over 4 days; performers include: George Benson; Blood, Sweat, and Tears; Jeff Beck; James Brown; Bill Evans; Sun Ra; Mothers of Invention; Dave Brubeck; Miles Davis; Stephane Grapelli; and Sly & The Family Stone

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Jul 4 140,000 attend 2-day Atlanta Pop Festival in Byron, Georgia; performers include: Janis Joplin; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Chicago; Led Zeppelin; Delaney and Bonnie; Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Heat; Joe Cocker; Chuck Berry; Spirit; and Johnny Winter

  • Jul 5 Rolling Stones play a free concert in London's Hyde Park

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Jul 6 "Ned Kelly" starring Mick Jagger begins filming in and around Braidwood, New South Wales, Australia

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Jul 11 David Bowie releases the single "Space Oddity" 9 days before Apollo 11 lands on the moon

  • Jul 11 Rolling Stones release "Honky Tonk Woman"

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Jul 22 Aretha Franklin arrested for disturbing the peace in Detroit

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Jul 25 70,000 attend Seattle Pop Festival (across 3 days); performers included: Bo Diddley, Flying Burrito Brothers, Ten Years After, Guess Who, Santana, Tim Buckley, Byrds, Ike & Tina Turner Revue, Chicago Transit Authority, Chuck Berry, Led Zeppelin, and The Doors

Birthdays in Music

Jenni RiveraJenni Rivera (1969-2012)

Jul 2 Mexican-American singer-songwriter (Jenni, 2008), born in Long Beach, California

  • Jul 2 Kevin Hearn, Canadian keyboardist, guitarist, and accordion player (Barenaked Ladies; Thin Buckle), born in Grimsby, Ontario
  • Jul 5 RZA [Robert Fitzgerald Diggs], American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 6 Michael Grant, British reggae-rock keyboardist and singer (Musical Youth - "Pass the Dutchie"), born in Birmingham, England
  • Jul 7 Nathalie Simard, French Canadian singer, born in Île d'Orléans, Canada
  • Jul 8 Sugizo [Yasuhiro Sugihara], Japanese guitarist and singer, born in Hadano, Kanagawa
  • Jul 11 David Tao, Taiwanese singer-songwriter
  • Jul 12 Jesse Pintado, Mexican-American guitarist (Napalm Death), born in Sonora, Mexico (d. 2006)
  • Jul 12 Kumiko Ida, Japanese classical pianist (d. 2007)
  • Jul 13 (Mark) "Barney" Greenway, British extreme metal-punk vocalist (Napalm Death), born in Great Barr, England
  • Jul 19 Gabrielle [Bobb], British pop singer and songwriter ("Dreams"; "Rise"), born in Hackney, London
  • Jul 20 Tobi Vail, American musician (Bikini Kill, The Go Team, The Frumpies), born in Auburn, Washington
  • Jul 21 Emerson Hart, American singer-songwriter (Tonic -"If You Could Only See"), born in Washington, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 22 Despina Vandi [Malea], Greek pop singer ("Ipofero"), born in Tübingen, Germany

Jennifer LopezJennifer Lopez (53 years old)

Jul 24 American actress (Selena) and pop singer (J. Lo; Jenny From The Block), born in The Bronx, New York

  • Jul 25 Trevor Peres, American heavy metal guitarist (Obituary - "The End Complete"), born in Tampa, Florida

Weddings in Music

  • Jul 26 "The 5th Dimension" lead vocalist Marilyn McCoo (25) weds fellow bandmate Billy Davis, Jr. (31)

Deaths in Music

Brian JonesBrian Jones (1942-1969)

Jul 3 British blues and rock guitarist, organist and sitar player (Rolling Stones, 1962-69), drowns in his swimming pool at 27

  • Jul 3 Hermann Grabner, Austrian composer, dies at 83
  • Jul 5 Wilhelm Backhaus, German pianist (Rubinstein-1905), dies at 85
  • Jul 7 Gladys Swarthout, American mezzo-soprano (La Gioconda), dies of heart disease at 68
  • Jul 9 Pierre Capdevielle, French conductor, composer (Élégie de Duino), music critic (Monde musicale), and teacher, dies at 63
  • Jul 20 Roy Hamilton, American singer (You'll Never Walk Alone), dies at 40
  • Jul 25 Douglas Moore, American organist, pianist, songwriter ("Goodnight Harvard"), and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer (Giants in the Earth; The Ballad of Baby Doe), dies at 75
  • Jul 28 Ernst Tittel, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 59
  • Jul 28 Frank Loesser, American songwriter and composer (Guys And Dolls; "Baby, It's Cold Outside"; The Most Happy Fella), dies at 59
  • Jul 28 Gabriel von Wayditch, Hungarian-American composer, dies at 80