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)

Music History

Jul 14 Phil Everly storms off stage and declares an end to "The Everly Brothers"

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

Music Concert

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

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

Music Premiere

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

Playwright Peter Shaffer
Playwright
Peter Shaffer
  • Jul 29 Led Zeppelin has 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 dance-pop singer, songwriter, and record producer (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, 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 Omar Epps, American actor (House) and rapper, born in Brooklyn, 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 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 Wanyá Morris, American R&B singer (Boyz II Men - "I'll Make Love to You"; "End Of The Road"), 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

Betty 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

Actress Betty Grable
Actress
Betty Grable
  • 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/US conductor, 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