On This Day

July 1971 in Music History

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Single

Jul 30 George Harrison releases single "Bangladesh"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

Birthdays in Music

Person of interestMissy Elliott

Jul 1 (Melissa) "Missy" Elliott, American rapper ("Work It"; "Lose Control"), born in Portsmouth, Virginia

  • Jul 4 Andy Creeggan, Canadian musician, born in Scarborough, Canada
  • Jul 8 Neil Mavers, British drummer (The La's, 1989–92, 1994–95), born in Liverpool, England
  • Jul 9 Bobby Leslie, American TV rocker (Guys Next Door - "I've Been Waiting for You"), born in New York
  • Jul 9 Kevin Grant, British reggae-rock guitarist (Musical Youth - "Pass the Dutchie"), born in Birmingham, England
  • Jul 10 Carolyn Leonhart, American jazz, session, and touring vocalist, (Swiss Percussion Ensemble; Lyn Leon; Steely Dan), born in New York City
  • Jul 11 Leisha Hailey, American actress and musician (Uh Huh Her)
  • Jul 14 Marie-Chantal Toupin, French-Canadian pop singer, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jul 15 Danijela, Croatian singer
  • Jul 16 Ed Kowalczyk, American singer (Live), born in York, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 19 Urs Bühler, Swiss tenor (Il Divo), born in Willisau, Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Jul 19 Russell Allen, American rock vocalist (Symphony X; Trans-Siberian Orchestra), born in Long Beach, California

Person of interestAlison Krauss

Jul 23 Alison Krauss, American bluegrass singer and fiddler (Union Station; Raising Sand), born in Decatur, Illinois

Country Singer and Musician Alison Krauss
Country Singer and Musician
Alison Krauss
  • Jul 23 Dalvin DeGrate, American R&B singer and rapper, (Jodeci - "Cry For You"), born in Hampton, Virginia
  • Jul 23 Christopher Lee [Lee Meng Soon], Malaysian actor, singer and model (Show Hand), born in Malacca, Malaysia
  • Jul 23 Zindy Laursen, Danish-American pop singer (Cut'N'Move - "Give It Up"; Zindy Kuku Boogaloo), born in Svendborg, Denmark
  • Jul 24 John Partridge, British singer (Cats) and actor (EastEnders), born in Radcliffe, Lancashire, England
  • Jul 25 Roger Creager, American country music singer-songwriter ("Bad Friend to a Good Man"), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Jul 28 Stephen Lynch, American musician, born in Abington, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 29 Lisa Ekdahl, Swedish pop and jazz singer-songwriter (Vem Vet), born in Hägersten, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jul 30 Bard Hargreaves, American drummer (Third Eye Blind - "Semi-Charmed Life"), born in Marin County, California
  • Jul 31 John 5 [Lowery], American heavy metal guitarist (The Devil Knows My Name; Rob Zombie), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 6 Swedish singer-songwriter Bjorn Ulvaeus (26) weds fellow Swedish singer-songwriter Agnetha Faltskog (21), prior to forming half of ABBA; divorce in 1979

  • Jul 19 "The Who" lead singer Roger Daltrey (27) weds British model Heather Taylor (24)

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 2 Edward Ballantine, American composer and music professor, dies at 84

Person of interestJim Morrison

Jul 3 Jim Morrison, American singer-songwriter (The Doors) and poet, dies of heart failure at 27

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison
  • Jul 4 Don McPherson, American R&B singer (The Main Ingredient - "Everybody Plays the Fool")) dies of leukemia at 29

Person of interestLouis Armstrong

Jul 6 Louis Armstrong, American jazz trumpeter and singer (Hello Dolly; What A Wonderful World), dies of a heart attack at 69

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong
  • Jul 8 Charlie Shavers, American jazz trumpet player, dies at 50
  • Jul 17 Cliff Edwards "Ukulele Ike", American singer (54th Street Revue; "When You Wish Upon a Star"), dies at 76
  • Jul 24 Alan Rawsthorne, composer, dies at 66
  • Jul 25 Leroy Robertson, American pianist, composer ("Oratorio from the Book of Mormon"; "Trilogy for Orchestra"), and educator (Brigham Young, 1925-48; University of Utah, 1948-62), dies at 74
  • Jul 27 Bernhard Paumgartner, Austrian conductor, composer, and musicologist, dies at 83