On This Day

July 1973 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jul 1 "Jesus Christ Superstar" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 711 performances
  • Jul 2 "You've Never Been This Far Before" single released by Conway Twitty (Billboard Song of the Year 1973)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 14 Phil Everly storms off stage declaring an end to Everly Brothers

Singer Phil Everly
Singer
Phil Everly
  • Jul 15 Ray Davies announces his retirement from The Kinks then attempts suicide

Music concertMusic Concert

Jul 25 George Harrison pays £1,000,000 tax on his Bangladesh concert & album

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Jul 29 Led Zeppelin have more than $200,000 in cash stolen from a safety-deposit box at the New York Hilton

Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 4 Gackt, Japanese singer, born in Okinawa, Japan
  • Jul 5 Bengt Lagerberg, Swedish musician (The Cardigans), born in Jönköping, Sweden
  • Jul 5 Róisín Murphy, Irish singer and songwriter (Moloko), born in Arklow, Wicklow, Ireland
  • Jul 11 Andrew Bird, American indie rock singer/musician/songwriter (Are You Serious), born in Lake Forest, Illinois
  • Jul 15 John Dolmayan, Lebanese-born drummer (System of a Down)
  • Jul 17 Tony Dovolani, Albanian ballroom dancer, born in Prishtina, Kosovo
  • Jul 19 Martin Powell, English musician (Cradle of Filth)
  • Jul 22 Daniel Jones, Australian rock musician (Savage Garden), born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
  • Jul 22 Rufus Wainwright, Canadian-American singer, born in Rhinebeck, New York
  • Jul 23 Fran[cis] Healy, Scottish rock musician (Travis), born in Stafford, England
  • Jul 23 Himesh Reshammiya, Indian Bollywood composer, singer and actor.
  • Jul 25 Dani Filth, British singer (Cradle of Filth), born in Hertford, Hertfordshire, England
  • Jul 27 Abe Cunningham, American musician (Deftones), born in Long Beach, California
  • Jul 29 Wanyá Morris, American R&B singer (Boyz II Men), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 29 James Otto, American country singer (MuzikMafia), born in Fort Lewis, Washington
  • Jul 30 Sonu Nigam, Indian playback singer, born in Haryana, India
  • Jul 31 Jerry Rivera, Puerto Rican singer (Abriendo Puertas), born in Humacao, Puerto Rico

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 1 Mario Labroca, Italian composer, dies at 76

Person of interestBetty Grable

Jul 2 Betty Grable, American singer, dancer, pin-up girl and actress (I Wake Up Screaming, How to Marry a Millionaire, Gay Divorcee), dies of lung cancer at 56

Film actress Betty Grable
Film actress
Betty Grable
  • Jul 3 Charles Ancerl, Czech conductor (Prague/Toronto), dies at 63
  • Jul 6 Otto Klemperer, German/US conductor, dies at 88
  • Jul 11 Alexander Vasilyevich Mosolov, Russian composer (Zavod), dies at 72
  • Jul 13 Martian Negrea, composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 15 Clarence White, American guitarist (Byrds), killed by a drunk driver at 29
  • Jul 23 Marius-François Gaillard, French pianist (DeBussy), conductor and composer (La passion noire), dies at 72
  • Jul 24 Mary Frasca, singer/actress, dies in NYC
  • Jul 30 Erich Katz, German-born American composer and musicologist, dies at 72