On This Day

July 1970 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jul 3 200,000 attend Atlanta Pop Festival
  • Jul 18 "Boy Friend" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 119 performances
  • Jul 25 "(They Long to Be) Close to You" sung by the Carpenters reaches #1

Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 2 Colin Edwin, Australian musician (Porcupine Tree)
  • Jul 2 Monie Love, English rapper

Person of interestAudra McDonald

Jul 3 Audra McDonald, American Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning theatrical and operatic singer, and stage and screen actress (Lady Day At Emerson's Bar and Grill; Sweeney Todd; Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny; Private Practice, The Good Wife) born in West Berlin

Actress and Singer Audra McDonald
Actress and Singer
Audra McDonald
  • Jul 5 Mac Dre [Andre Louis Hicks], American rapper and hip hop pioneer, born in Oakland, California (d. 2004)
  • Jul 6 Inspectah Deck [Jason Hunter], American rapper and producer (Wu-Tang Clan, Czarface), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 6 Frank Salvato II, Italian-American sound Engineer and composer, born in Camden, New Jersey
  • Jul 6 Martin Smith, English singer (Delirious?), born in London, England
  • Jul 7 Robia LaMorte, American actress and dancer, born in Queens, New York City
  • Jul 8 Beck [Bek David Campbell], American singer-songwriter, musician and record producer ("Loser"; "Where It's At"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 10 Helen Sjöholm, Swedish singer and actress
  • Jul 10 Gary LeVox, American singer (Rascal Flatts)
  • Jul 10 Jason Orange, English singer and musician (Take That), born in Lancashire, England
  • Jul 13 Steven J Brown, American rock guitarist (Trixter - "Give It To Me Good"), born in Hackensack, New Jersey
  • Jul 14 Thomas Lauderdale, American musician (Pink Martini), born in Oakland, California
  • Jul 15 Chi Cheng, American musician (Deftones), (d. 2013)
  • Jul 17 Mandy Smith, English singer ("I Just Can't Wait"), born in Tottenham, England
  • Jul 18 Patrick Dancy, TV rocker (Guys Next Door - "I've Been Waiting For You"), born on Long Island, New York
  • Jul 21 Michael Fitzpatrick, French-American musician (Fitz and The Tantrums), born in Montluçon, France
  • Jul 23 Sam Watters, American R&B singer and songwriter (Color Me Badd - "Wanna Sex You Up"), born in Camp Springs, Maryland
  • Jul 26 Joan Wasser, American rock violinist, guitarist, singer-songwriter and producer (Joan As Police Woman; Antony and the Johnsons), born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • Jul 28 Michael Amott, Swedish guitarist (Arch Enemy)

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 7 Louise Harrison, mother of Beatle George, dies at 59
  • Jul 19 Barry Wood {Louis Rappaport], American singer (Your Hit Parade), and television producer, dies at 61
  • Jul 29 (Giovanni) "John" Barbirolli, British cellist, and conductor (New York Philharmonic, 1936-43; Hallé Orchestra, 1943-1970; Houston Symphony, 1961-67), dies of a heart attackat 70
  • Jul 29 Jonel Perlea, Romanian opera conductor, dies at 69
  • Jul 30 George Szell, Hungarian-born American conductor (Cleveland Orchestra, 1946-70), dies at 73
  • Jul 31 Booker Ervin [Booker Telleferro Ervin II], American saxophonist (Charles Mingus), dies of kidney disease at 39