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July 1988 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jul 8 Rockers Jonathan "Chico" & Robert DeBarge indicted on drug trafficking

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Jul 8 Stevie Wonder announces he will run for mayor of Detroit in 1992

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder

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Jul 9 Jessye Norman begins recording Bizet's "Carmen"

Composer Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet

Music concertMusic Concert

Jul 13 Sting performs his 1st Rain Forest benefit at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC

Singer and Actor Sting
Singer and Actor

Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 7 Kaci Brown, American singer, born in Sulphur Springs, Texas
  • Jul 12 Melissa O'Neil, Canadian pop singer (Canadian Idol, 2005), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Jul 20 Julianne Hough, American ballroom dancer and TV personality (Dancing With The Stars), born in Orem, Utah
  • Jul 25 Sarah Geronimo, Filipino pop singer ("Tala") and actress (You Changed My Life), born in Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines
  • Jul 28 Ayla Brown, American singer ("Let Love In"), born in Wrentham, Massachusetts

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 1 Hellmuth Christian Wolff, composer, dies at 82
  • Jul 1 Lex van Delden [Alexander Zwaap], Dutch composer and writer (Canto della Guerra), dies at 68
  • Jul 1 Robert Riefling, Norwegian concert pianist and pedagogue (Royal Danish Academy, 1967-88; Norwegian Academy of Music from ,1973-88), dies at 76
  • Jul 2 Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, American blues, jazz, and R&B alto saxophonist, dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Jul 18 Nico [Christa Päffgen], German model, and pop singer (Velvet Underground - "Sunday Morning"; "I'll Be Your Mirror"), dies from a bicycle accident at 43
  • Jul 18 Joly Braga Santos, Portuguese composer and conductor, dies of a stroke at 64
  • Jul 22 Luigi Lucioni, Italian-American landscape painter (opera stars), dies at 87
  • Jul 29 Pete Drake, American pedal steel guitarist and producer, dies at 55