On This Day

July 1980 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jul 1 'O Canada' officially becomes the national anthem of Canada.
  • Jul 2 Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Mickey Hart are arrested for incitement

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 18 Billy Joel's "Glass Houses" album tops US charts, featuring "It's Still Rock 'n' Roll to Me"

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 29 David Bowie stars in dramatic stage play "The Elephant Man" at the Auditorium Theater in Denver, Colorado

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie

Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 5 Jason Wade, American singer and musician (Lifehouse), born in Camarillo, California
  • Jul 7 Kaisa Jouhki, Finnish vocalist (Battlelore), born in Sumatra, Indonesia
  • Jul 7 Dan Whitesides, American drummer (The Used, 2006-)

Person of interestJessica Simpson

Jul 10 Jessica Simpson, American singer and popstar ("I Wanna Love You Forever" "I Think I'm In Love" and "Where You Are"), born in Abilene, Texas

Pop Star Jessica Simpson
Pop Star
Jessica Simpson
  • Jul 10 Alejandro Millán, Mexican singer and songwriter
  • Jul 17 Philip Lawrence, American songwriter, musician, and record producer (Bruno Mars), born in Evansville, Indiana
  • Jul 18 Ryōko Hirosue, Japanese actress and singer, born in Kōchi, Japan
  • Jul 20 Mike Kennerty, American guitarist (The All-American Rejects) and record producer, born in Houston, Texas
  • Jul 22 Kate Ryan [Katrien Verbeeck], Belgian pop singer-songriter, born in Tessenderlo, Belgium
  • Jul 22 Tablo [Daniel Lee], Korean-Canadian hip-hop musician (Epik High), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Jul 23 Michelle Williams, American singer (Destiny's Child - "Say My Name"), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • Jul 25 Diam's [Mélanie Georgiades], French rapper, born in Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Jul 26 Dave Baksh, Canadian guitarist (Sum 41), born in Ajax, Ontario
  • Jul 26 Mat Shaw, American pop singer (Mat and Savanna), and real estate agent, born in California
  • Jul 28 Stephen Christian, American singer (Anberlin), born in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 16 Five-time Grammy Award singer Donna Summer (31) weds award-winning arranger Bruce Sudano (31) in Los Angeles, California

Singer Donna Summer
Donna Summer

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 3 James "Buster" Bennett, American blues saxophonist and blues shouter, dies at 66
  • Jul 5 Archibald James Potter, Irish composer, dies at 61
  • Jul 9 Vinicius de Moraes, Brazilian poet and lyricist, dies at 66
  • Jul 11 Bolesław Woytowicz, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 15 Henri Martelli, French composer, dies at 85
  • Jul 23 Keith Godchaux, American pianist, and singer (Grateful Dead, 1971-79 - "Let Me Sing Your Blues Away"), dies in a car accident at 32
  • Jul 25 Vladimir Vysotsky, Russian poet, singer, and actor (b. 1938)
  • Jul 28 Cecil Burleigh, American composer, dies at 95
  • Jul 29 Jan Tausinger, Romanian-Czech violist and composer, dies at 58
  • Jul 30 Norman Lloyd, American pianist, author and composer, dies at 70
  • Jul 31 Bobby Van [Stein], American stage and screen musical singer and actor (The Affairs of Dobie Gillis; Small Town Girl), dies of brain cancer at 49
  • Jul 31 Mohd. Rafi, Indian playback singer (b. 1924)