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July 1984 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jul 1 "Baby" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 241 performances
  • Jul 10 Prolific studio drummer Jim Gordon convicted of murdering his mother and sentenced 16 years to life in prison. Diagnosed with schizophrenia after the killing, he is serving time in a medical / psychiatric prison, and has been denied parole 10 times as of 2018. [1]
  • Jul 11 Britain's MusicBox begins satellite transmission to Europe

Music concertMusic Concert

Jul 13 Eddie Van Halen makes a guest appearance, performing "Beat It", in a Jacksons concert, in Dallas, Texas

Rock Guitarist Eddie Van Halen
Rock Guitarist
Eddie Van Halen

Music releaseMusic Single

Jul 15 John Lennon's single "I'm Stepping Out" released posthumously

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

CameraFamous Photo

Jul 20 Vanessa Williams is asked to resign as Miss America due to publication of nude photos of her

Singer and Actress Vanessa Williams
Singer and Actress
Vanessa Williams
  • Jul 23 Vanessa Williams, 1st African American Miss America, resigns after Penthouse publishes unauthorized nude photos of her

Music releaseMusic Single

Jul 24 "Careless Whisper" single released by George Michael (credited in US to Wham!) (Billboard Song of the Year 1985)

Pop Superstar George Michael
Pop Superstar
George Michael

Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 4 Gina Glocksen, American singer, born in Tinley Park, Illinois
  • Jul 4 Akanishi Jin, Japanese singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jul 5 Yu Yamada, Ryukyuan model, actress and singer, born in Okinawa, Japan
  • Jul 6 Lauren Harris, British rock singer, born in Essex, England
  • Jul 7 Marie-Mai, Canadian singer, born in Varennes, Canada
  • Jul 9 Jacob Hoggard, Canadian singer (Hedley), born in Surrey, British Columbia
  • Jul 12 Gareth Gates, British singer-songwriter, born in Bradford, England
  • Jul 14 Chris Steele, Canadian rock bassist, (Alexisonfire), born in St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Jul 15 Vice Cooler, American musician
  • Jul 17 Asami Kimura, Japanese singer (Country Musume), born in Hokkaido, Japan
  • Jul 24 John Dhani Lennevald, Swedish pop singer (A-Teens), born in Stockholm

Weddings in Music

  • Jul 7 Singer Frankie Valli (50) marries Randy Clohessy (24)

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 2 Ramiro Cortes, composer, dies at 50
  • Jul 4 Jimmie Spheeris, American singer and songwriter, dies at 34
  • Jul 8 Christine McIntyre, American actress and singer (The Three Stooges, The Rangers' Round-Up), dies from cancer at 73
  • Jul 9 Randall Thompson, American composer (Trip to Nahant), dies at 85
  • Jul 11 Karel Mengelberg, Dutch composer and conductor, dies at 81
  • Jul 14 Philippe Wynne, American soul singer ("I'll Be Around"), dies at 43
  • Jul 14 Siegfried Kohler, German composer (Tausend Sterne sind ein Dom), dies at 57
  • Jul 16 Billy Williams, American singer (Your Show of Shows), dies at 73
  • Jul 17 J Delos Jewkes, American light opera, vaudeville, choral (Mormon Tabernacle), film and television bass singer, and actor (Stars And Stripes Forever; The Music Man; The Andy Griffith Show), dies of a heart attack at 89
  • Jul 20 Gail Kubik, American composer (Gerald McBoing Boing), dies at 69
  • Jul 21 Michael Osborne, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Axe), dies at 34
  • Jul 25 Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton, American rhythm-and-blues singer and songwriter ("Hound Dog"; "Ball & Chain"; "Stronger Than Dirt"), dies of heart and liver disorders at 57
  • Jul 28 Ahti Sonninen, Finnish composer (Pessi and Illusia, Rauhaa, vain rauhaa), dies at 70
  • Jul 29 Fred Waring, American bandleader, conductor, and Waring Blender namesake, dies at 84
  • Jul 31 Paul Le Flem, French composer and music critic, dies at 103