On This Day

July 1987 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jul 1 WHN-AM in NY City changes call letters to WFAN (now WEVD) replacing WHN's country music, WYNY-FM adopts country music format
  • Jul 11 Heart's "Alone" single goes #1 for 3 weeks

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Jul 13 Federal judge throws out Bette Midler's $10 million suit against Ford Motor Co, who used a sound alike voice for their TV commercials

Actress and Singer Bette Midler
Actress and Singer
Bette Midler

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Jul 13 Kylie Minogue releases her debut single "Locomotion"

Pop Star & Singer Kylie Minogue
Pop Star & Singer
Kylie Minogue

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Jul 15 Boy George barred from British TV show, he may be a bad influence

Singer-Songwriter Boy George
Boy George
  • Jul 17 "Les Miserables" opens at Imperial Theatre, Tokyo
  • Jul 21 Guns N' Roses debut album "Appetite for Destruction" is released, and becomes the best-selling debut album of all time with more than 30 million copies sold

Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 6 Kate Nash, English singer songwriter and actress, born in London, England
  • Jul 11 Shigeaki Kato, Japanese idol singer (NEWS)
  • Jul 14 Dan Reynolds, American singer and songwriter (Imagine Dragons - "Radioactive"), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jul 20 Brent Wilson, American rock (Panic! At The Disco), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jul 20 Nicola Benedetti, Scottish classical violinist, born in West Kilbride, North Ayrshire
  • Jul 29 Sabra Johnson, American dancer (Sso You Think You Can Dance), born in The Netherlands

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 1 Snakefinger, British-born musician (b. 1949)
  • Jul 10 John H. Hammond, American music producer, critic and activist, discovered Billie Holiday, dies at 76
  • Jul 15 Jack O'Hagan, cricketer and composer (Our Don Bradman), dies at 88
  • Jul 24 Dick Wellstood, American jazz pianist, dies at 59
  • Jul 26 Joe Liggins, American pianist and vocalist (The Honeydripper), dies at 71