On This Day

July 1983 in Music History

Events in Music

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jul 15 Film version of "The Pirates of Penzance", starring Kevin Kline, Linda Ronstadt, and Angela Lansbury premieres in US

Actress Angela Lansbury
Actress
Angela Lansbury
Singer and Actress Linda Ronstadt
Singer and Actress
Linda Ronstadt
Actor Kevin Kline
Actor
Kevin Kline

Music concertMusic Concert

Jul 21 Thunder storm cuts short Diana Ross' free concert in NY's Central Park

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
  • Jul 24 "Mame" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 41 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jul 25 Metallica's debut album Kill 'Em All is released on Megaforce Records

Metallica Rocker James Hetfield
Metallica Rocker
James Hetfield
Heavy Metal Musician Jason Newsted
Heavy Metal Musician
Jason Newsted

Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 1 Marit Larsen, Norwegian musician (M2M)
  • Jul 1 Leeteuk [Park Jeong-su], Korean singer (Super Junior), born in Soul, South Korea
  • Jul 1 Brandee Younger, American session and touring classical, jazz, soul, and funk harpist, born in Hempdtead, Long Island, New Yorki
  • Jul 2 Michelle Branch, American singer (The Wreckers)
  • Jul 4 Ben Jorgensen, American musician, born in Teaneck, New Jersey
  • Jul 4 Andy Mrotek, American musician (The Academy Is...), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Jul 7 D. Woods, American singer (Danity Kane), born in Anaheim, California
  • Jul 9 Lucia Micarelli, American violinist (Josh Groban) and actress (Treme), born in Queens, New York
  • Jul 10 Kim Heechul, Korean Singer
  • Jul 11 Peter Cincotti, American pop and jazz singer-songwriter, born in New York City
  • Jul 11 Kelly Poon, Singaporean singer
  • Jul 11 Marie Serneholt, Swedish musician (A*Teens)
  • Jul 12 Kimberly Perry, American country Singer (The Band Perry - "If I Die Young"; "Better Dig Two"), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Jul 16 Sarah Quartel, Canadian composer, chiefly of choral music, born in London, Ontario
  • Jul 21 Eivør [Pálsdóttir], Faroese singer-songwriter, born in Syðrugøta, Faroe Islands
  • Jul 22 Arsenium [Arsenie Todiraș], Moldovan pop singer (O-Zone) Chișinău
  • Jul 29 Ashley McBryde, American country music singer-songwriter ("Girl Goin' Nowhere"; "A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega"), born in Waldron, Arkansas
  • Jul 31 Yola [Yolanda Quartey], British folk-roots-country-soul singer, and songwriter ("Walk Through Fire"), born in Bristol, England

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 1 Sandy Mosse, American jazz tenor saxophonist, and bandleader (Pieces of Eight), dies at 54
  • Jul 4 Claus Adam, American composer and cellist (Juilliard Quartet), dies at 65
  • Jul 5 Václav Trojan, Czech composer, dies at 76
  • Jul 5 Harry James, American swing-era bandleader, trumpeter and husband to Betty Grable, dies from lymphatic cancer at 67
  • Jul 10 Werner Egk, German composer (Die Zaubergeige), dies at 82
  • Jul 12 Chris Wood, British rock saxophone and flute player (Traffic; Ginger Baker's Air Force, Jimi Hendrix), dies of pneumonia at 39
  • Jul 17 Roosevelt Sykes, American blues and boogie-woogie pianist, and singer ("The Honeydripper"), dies of a heart attack at 77
  • Jul 23 Georges Auric, French composer (one of Les Six), dies at 84
  • Jul 25 Jerome Moross, American composer (Frankie & Johnny), dies at 69
  • Jul 30 Howard Dietz, American lyricist and librettist ("Dancing In The Dark"; "I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plans"), and MGM executive, dies of Parkinson's disease at 86