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July 1975 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Jul 5 At Knebworth Festival in England, Pink Floyd debut their album "Wish You Were Here" with pyrotechnics and an exploding plane which flies into the stage

Music History

Jul 6 Dmitri Shostakovich completes Sonate for alto opus 147

Music Single

Jul 25 David Bowie releases single "Fame"

Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 1 Sufjan Stevens, American musician ("Illinois"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 2 Erik Ohlsson, Swedish guitarist (Millencolin)
  • Jul 4 Tania Davis, Australian violinist, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jul 5 Gunnar H. Thomsen, Faroese musician (Týr), born in Faroe Islands
  • Jul 6 50 Cent [Curtis James Jackson III], American rapper and businessman, born in Queens, New York
  • Jul 8 Elias Viljanen, Finnish Guitarist
  • Jul 9 Jack White [Gillis], American musician (The White Stripes; Racontuers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 11 Samer el Nahhal, Finnish musician (Lordi)
  • Jul 11 Lil' Kim [Kimberly Denise Jones], American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 12 Cheyenne Jackson, American stage and screen actor and singer, born in Spokane, Washington
  • Jul 14 Taboo [Jaime Gomez], American rapper (Black Eyed Peas), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 16 Jamie Oliver, Welsh keyboardist (No Devotion), born in Pontypridd, Wales
  • Jul 17 Paul Hinojos, American guitarist (At The Drive-In, The Mars Volta), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 18 Daron Malakian, American rock guitarist (System of a Down; Scars on Broadway), born in Hollywood, California
  • Jul 18 M.I.A [Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam], British-Sri Lankan rapper ("Paper Planes"; "Sunshowers"), born in London, England
  • Jul 27 Fred Mascherino, American musician (Taking Back Sunday), born in Coatesville, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 28 Leonor Watling, Spanish actress and singer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Jul 30 Tifini Hale, American rocker (Party-Rodeo, That's Why), born in Palm Springs, California
  • Jul 31 Allan von Schenkel, American double bassist, composer and performance artist
  • Jul 31 Kavinsky [Vincent Belorgey], French DJ and musician (Drive, OutRun), born in Seine-Saint-Denis, France

Weddings in Music

David Gilmour

Jul 7 Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour marries model and artist Virginia Hasenbein

Divorces in Music


Jul 10 American singer and actress Cher (28) files for divorce from musician Gregg Allman (27), 10 days after their marriage

Ringo Starr

Jul 17 Beatle member Ringo Starr & Maureen Cox Starkey divorce, after 10 years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 5 Gilda dalla Rizza, Italian soprano, dies at 82
  • Jul 7 Vito Frazzi, Italian composer, dies at 86
  • Jul 14 [Arthur] Zutty Singleton, American jazz drummer (Louis Armstrong's Hot Five), dies at 77
  • Jul 14 Madan Mohan, India Hindi Film Melodious Music director, dies at 51
  • Jul 18 Federico Ghisi, composer, dies at 74
  • Jul 19 (William) "Lefty" Frizzell, American country music singer and songwriter ("If You've Got the Money (I've Got the Time)"; "Saginaw, Michigan"), dies at 47