On This Day

July 1990 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jul 4 2 Live Crew release "Banned in the USA" the lyrics quote Star Spangled Banner and Gettysburg Address

Music Concert

Jul 7 1st 'Three Tenors' concert featuring Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti at Baths of Caracalla in Rome; recording becomes world's best-selling classical record

  • Jul 12 "Les Miserables," opens at National Theatre, Washington, DC

Music Concert

Jul 21 Pink Floyd's "The Wall" is performed where the Berlin Wall once stood; charity concert led by Roger Waters, with guests Cyndi Lauper, Joni Mitchell, The Scorpions,; Sinéad O'Connor, Bryan Adams, The Band, Van Morrison, The Hooters, and others

  • Jul 25 "Les Miserables" opens at Princess Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver

Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 15 Olly Alexander [Oliver Thornton], British actor, singer-songwriter (Years & Years), and LGBT activist, born in Harrogate, England
  • Jul 24 Evan James Springsteen, American rocker and Bruce Springsteen's son, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 24 Daveigh Chase, American actress, singer and model (Samantha Darko, Donnie Darko), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jul 26 Zach Serleth, American jazz, bluegrass, and klezmer bassist and banjo player, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jul 27 Cheyenne Kimball, American musician (Gloriana), born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Jul 28 Soulja Boy [DeAndre Cortez Way], American rapper, born in Chicago, Illinois

Weddings in Music

Hank Williams Jr

Jul 1 Country singer-songwriter Hank Williams Jr (41) weds model Mary Jane Thomas at a Congregational church near his ranch in Missoula, Montana

Berry Gordy

Jul 17 American Motown Records founder Berry Gordy (60) weds Grace Easton; divorce in 1993


Deaths in Music

  • Jul 2 Snooky Lanson [Roy Landman], American singer (Your Hit Parade; 5 Star Jubilee), dies at 76
  • Jul 7 Cazuza, Brazilian poet, singer and composer, dies at 32
  • Jul 15 Troy Dixon, Ameican rapper (Trouble T-Roy of Heavy D), dies at 22 of a fall
  • Jul 16 Sidney Torch, English composer, conductor and theater organist, dies from an intentional medication overdose at 82
  • Jul 18 Gerry Boulet, Quebec rock singer (b. 1946)
  • Jul 22 Otmar Nussio, Swiss conductor and composer (Boccaccio Suite), dies at 87
  • Jul 23 Joe Turner, American jazz pianist, dies of cardiac arrest at 82
  • Jul 23 Robert Sommer, singer, dies of liver failure at 42
  • Jul 26 Brent Mydland, American rock keyboardist and vocalist (Grateful Dead - "Hell In A Bucket"; "I Will Take You Home"), dies of a cocaine and morphine "speedball" overdose at 38
  • Jul 27 Bobby Day [Robert Byrd], American rock musician (Rockin' Robin), dies of cancer at 58