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 "Its Still Rock 'n' Roll to Me"

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 19 David Bowie appears in role of "Elephant Man" in Denver

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
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)

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 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), 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 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
Singer
Donna Summer

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 5 Archibald James Potter, Irish composer, dies at 61
  • Jul 9 Vinicius de Moraes, Brazilian poet and lyricist (b. 1913)
  • Jul 11 Bolesław Woytowicz, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 15 Henri Martelli, French composer, dies at 85
  • 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, American musical actor (The Affairs of Dobie Gillis), dies of cancer at 49
  • Jul 31 Mohd. Rafi, Indian playback singer (b. 1924)