On This Day

July 1996 in Music History

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 1 Placido Domingo becomes artistic director of Washington Opera

Opera Singer and Conductor Plácido Domingo
Opera Singer and Conductor
Plácido Domingo

Music releaseMusic Single

Jul 8 British girls group the Spice Girls release their debut single "Wannabe" in the UK

Singer-Songwriter Mel C
Singer-Songwriter
Mel C
Pop Star Emma Bunton
Pop Star
Emma Bunton
Singer and Fashion Designer Victoria Beckham
Singer and Fashion Designer
Victoria Beckham

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jul 9 "Blue" debut album by LeAnn Rimes is released (Billboard Album of the Year, 1997)

Country Singer LeAnn Rimes
Country Singer
LeAnn Rimes
  • Jul 14 "How To Succeed in Business..." closes at R Rodgers NYC after 548 performances
  • Jul 14 "Thousand Clowns" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 32 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 11 Alessia Cara, Canadian singer-songwriter ("How Far I'll Go"), born in Brampton, Ontario

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 3 Pim Jacobs, Dutch jazz pianist, TV host and actor (Gilas), dies at 61
  • Jul 8 James Woodie Alexander, songwriter/vocalist, dies at 80
  • Jul 11 Louis Gottlieb, American musician (The Limeliters), dies at 72
  • Jul 11 Florrie Rodrigo, Dutch dancer, choreography and teacher (Schepelingen), dies at 102
  • Jul 12 Gottfried von Einem, Austrian composer, mainly of opera (Der Prozeß - The Trial), dies at 78
  • Jul 12 Jonathan Melvoin, American funk-rock keyboardist (Prince; Smashing Pumpkins, 1995-96), dies of a heroin overdose at 34
  • Jul 16 John Panozzo, American rock drummer (Styx), dies of cirrhosis of the liver at 47
  • Jul 17 Amancio D'Silva, Goan-Indian jazz guitarist and composer, dies at 60
  • Jul 17 [Bryan] Chas Chandler, English rock bassist (The Animals - "House of the Rising Sun") and manager of Jimi Hendrix, dies at 57
  • Jul 17 Chris Komar, American dancer, dies of aids at 48
  • Jul 19 (Emmanual Tettey) "E.T." Mensah, Ghanaian saxophonist, known as the "King of Highlife" music (Accra Rhythmic Orchestra; The Tempos), dies at 77
  • Jul 22 Robert Collins, keyboard player, dies at 33
  • Jul 22 Tamara Danz, German singer (Silly), dies of cancer at 43
  • Jul 26 Evelyn Levine, American composer ("Scarlet Ribbons"), dies at 94
  • Jul 28 Harold Fox, American fashion designer and musician, dies at 86
  • Jul 28 Marguerite "Marge" Ganser, pop singer (The Shangri-Las), dies at 48
  • Jul 29 Jason Thirsk, American punk rock bassist (Pennywise) dies of an accidental self-inflicted gunshot at 28
  • Jul 31 Seagram Miller, American rapper (b. 1970)