July 1973 in Music History

Events in Music

Musical Finale

Jul 1 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar", starring Jeff Fenholt and Ben Vereen closes at Mark Hellinger, NYC, after 711 performances

Music Single

Jul 2 "You've Never Been This Far Before" single released by Conway Twitty (Billboard Song of the Year, 1973)

Music History

Jul 14 Phil Everly storms off stage at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California and declares an end to "The Everly Brothers"; the show was planned as their last, his exit improvised

Music History

Jul 15 Ray Davies announces his retirement from The Kinks, then attempts suicide; neither effort successful

Music Concert

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

Music Premiere

Jul 26 Peter Shaffer's musical "Equus" premieres in London

  • Jul 28 600,000 attend the "Summer Jam" rock festival featuring The Grateful Dead, The Band, and The Allman Brothers Band, at Watkins Glen, New York; at the time the largest ever audience at a pop festival
  • Jul 29 Led Zeppelin has more than $200,000 in cash stolen from a safety-deposit box at the New York Hilton hotel

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 dance-pop singer, songwriter, and record producer (Moloko), born in Arklow, Wicklow, Ireland
  • Jul 11 Andrew Bird, American indie rock singer-songwriter and musician (Are You Serious), born in Lake Forest, Illinois
  • Jul 14 Adam Quinn, American traditional and Celtic-fusion bagpiper, composer (Lucid Druid), and teacher, born in Clearwater, Florida
  • Jul 15 John Dolmayan, Armenian-American heavy metal drummer (System Of A Down, since 1997 - "Chop Suey!"; "Toxicity"), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 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 - "Truly, Madly, Deeply"), born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
  • Jul 22 Rufus Wainwright, Canadian-American singer, born in Rhinebeck, New York
  • Jul 23 Fran Healy, Scottish rock musician (Travis), born in Stafford, England
  • Jul 23 Himesh Reshammiya, Indian Bollywood composer, singer and actor (Aashiq Banaya Aapne), born in Gujarat, India
  • Jul 23 Omar Epps, American actor (House) and rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 25 Dani Filth [Daniel Davey], British lyricist, and heavy metal singer (Cradle of Filth), born in Hertford, Hertfordshire, England
  • Jul 27 Abe Cunningham, American musician (Deftones), born in Long Beach, California
  • Jul 29 James Otto, American country singer (MuzikMafia), born in Fort Lewis, Washington
  • Jul 29 Wanyá Morris, American R&B singer (Boyz II Men - "I'll Make Love to You"; "End Of The Road"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 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 Laurens Hammond, American engineer and musical instrument inventor (Hammond organ), dies at 78
  • Jul 1 Mario Labroca, Italian composer, dies at 76

Betty GrableBetty Grable (1916-1973)

Jul 2 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

  • Jul 3 Karel Ančerl, Czechoslovak conductor (Czech Philharmonic, 1950-68; Toronto Symphony, 1968-73), composer, and Auschwitz survivor, dies at 65
  • Jul 6 Otto Klemperer, German-American conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic, 1933-39), and composer (Das Ziel), dies at 88
  • Jul 11 Alexander Vasilyevich Mosolov, Russian composer (Zavod), dies at 72
  • Jul 13 Marțian Negrea, Romanian conductor, composer (The Glacier from Scărișoara), and teacher, dies at 80
  • Jul 15 Clarence White, American session and country-rock guitarist (The Byrds, 1968-73 - "Ballad of Easy Rider"), struck and 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