On This Day

July 1981 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jul 17 "This is Burlesque" closes at Princess Theater NYC after 28 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 7 Synyster Gates, American guitarist (Avenged Sevenfold), born in Long Beach, California
  • Jul 12 Adie [Adrienne Camp], South African contemporary Christian music singer-songwriter (The Benjamin Gate), born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Jul 14 Yomi [Jun Chiba], Japanese rock vocalist (Nightmare), born in Ōsaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
  • Jul 19 Didz Hammond, British bassist and backing vocalist (Dirty Pretty Things; The Cooper Temple Clause), born in Reading, England
  • Jul 21 Blake Lewis, American musician (American Idol), born in Redmond, Washington
  • Jul 21 Paloma Faith, English singer, songwriter and actress, born in Hackney, London, England
  • Jul 21 Romeo Santos, American Bachata singer-songwriter (Aventura), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jul 23 Steve Jocz, Canadian drummer (Sum 41 - "In Too Deep"), born in Ajax, Ontario
  • Jul 31 Ira Losco, Maltese singer (Walk on Water), born in Sliema, Malta
  • Jul 31 Matthew Sanders, American singer (Avenged Sevenfold), born in Huntington Beach, California

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 1 Rushton Moreve [Morey], American bass player (Steppenwolf - "Magic Carpet Ride"), dies at in a car accident at 32
  • Jul 5 Jorge Urrutia Blondel, Chilean composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 9 Oscar van Hemel, Belgian-Dutch violinist and composer, dies at 88
  • Jul 12 Merrill Ellis, American classical and experimental music composer, and performer (Kaleidoscope; Mutations), dies at 64
  • Jul 13 Kirby Stone, American jazz combo leader (Kirby Stone Four - "Baubles Bangles & Beads"), dies at 63
  • Jul 16 Harry Chapin, American folk-rock singer-songwriter ("Taxi"; "Cat's In The Cradle"), dies in car crash at 38
  • Jul 19 Roger Doucet, French Canadian tenor (b. 1919)
  • Jul 19 Louis Cheslock, British-born American violinist, composer and educator of Polish heritage (Peabody Institute, 1916-76), dies at 82
  • Jul 26 Donald Lybbert, American composer (Zap; Lines for the Fallen), and educator, dies at 58
  • Jul 27 Ray Harrison, dancer (American Song), dies at 64
  • Jul 30 Daisy Kennedy, Australian concert violinist, dies at 88