July 1996 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Jul 1 Placido Domingo becomes artistic director of Washington Opera

Music Single

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

Album Release

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

  • Jul 14 "Thousand Clowns" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 32 performances
  • Jul 14 Revival of Frank Loesser's musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater, NYC, after 548 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jul 11 Alessia Cara [Caracciolo], Canadian Juno and Grammy Award-winning pop singer-songwriter ("Here"; "How Far I'll Go"), born in Mississauga, Ontario

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 3 Pim Jacobs, Dutch jazz pianist, TV host and actor (Gilas), dies at 61
  • Jul 8 (James Woodie) J.W. Alexander, American gospel and soul music songwriter, singer, and producer (Sam Cooke, Lou Rawls, Solomon Burke), dies of prostate cancer at 80
  • Jul 11 Florrie Rodrigo, Dutch dancer, choreography and teacher (Schepelingen), dies at 102
  • Jul 11 Louis Gottlieb, American musician (The Limeliters), dies at 72
  • 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 Chris Komar, American ballet dancer and artistic director (Milwaukee Ballet, 1969-72; Merce Cunningham Dance Company, 1972-93), dies of AIDS at 48
  • Jul 17 [Bryan] Chas Chandler, British rock bassist (The Animals - "House of the Rising Sun"), and manager of Jimi Hendrix, dies at 57
  • 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, American pop singer (The Shangri-Las - "Leader of the Pack"), dies of breast cancer at 48
  • Jul 29 Jason Thirsk, American punk rock bassist (Pennywise), dies of an accidental self-inflicted gunshot at 28
  • Jul 31 Paul Crawford, American Dixieland jazz musician, arranger, (Olympic Brass Band), and music historian (Tulane University), dies of lung cancer at 71
  • Jul 31 Seagram Miller, American rapper (b. 1970)