On This Day

July 1979 in Music History

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 10 Chuck Berry sentenced to 4 months for $200,000 in tax evasion

Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Chuck Berry
Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Chuck Berry

Music releaseMusic Single

Jul 13 George Harrison releases single "Faster"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Jul 27 "Broadway Opry '79" opens at St James Theater NYC for 6 performances
  • Jul 31 "But Never Jam Today" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 7 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 2 Diana Gurtskaya, Georgian singer
  • Jul 5 Shane Filan, Irish singer and songwriter (Westlife), born in Sligo, Ireland
  • Jul 6 Nic Cester, Australian musician (Jet), born in Dingley, Melbourne, Australia
  • Jul 9 Ella Koon [Yun-na], Hong Kong Canto-pop singer and actress of Hakka heritage, born in Tahita, French Polynesia
  • Jul 15 Laura Benanti, American musical theatre actress
  • Jul 18 Jermaine Paul, American gospel and R&B singer, winner of "The Voice" (2012), born in Harriman, New York
  • Jul 24 Stat Quo [Stanley Benton], American rapper, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jul 28 Lee Minwoo, Korean singer (Shinhwa), born in Namwon, South Korea
  • Jul 28 Birgitta Haukdal, Icelandic singer, born in Húsavík, Iceland
  • Jul 31 Jade Kwan, Hong Kong singer, born in Hong Kong

Weddings in Music

  • Jul 8 Singer Marianne Faithfull (32) weds Ben Briefly

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 3 Louis Durey, French composer, dies at 91
  • Jul 5 Judson Laire, American actor and singer (Papa-Mama, Adm Broadway Revue), dies at 76
  • Jul 6 Van McCoy, American musician and songwriter (The Hustle), dies of a heart attack at 39
  • Jul 10 Arthur Fiedler, orchestra leader (Boston Pops), dies at 84
  • Jul 12 Kalervo Tuukkanen, Finnish composer, dies at 69
  • Jul 12 Minnie Ripperton [Andrea Davis], singer (Lovin' You), dies at 30
  • Jul 16 Alfred Deller, English countertenor (b. 1912)
  • Jul 23 Keith Godchaux, American pianist (Grateful Dead), dies in a car accident at 31
  • Jul 28 Charles Shadwell, English conductor and bandleader (b. 1898)