July 2008 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Concert

Jul 18 Billy Joel performs last of two concerts dubbed "The Last Play at Shea"; the final concert event before demolition of the 1964 baseball stadium in Flushing Meadows, Queens, NYC; featured guests include Roger Daltrey, Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, and Paul McCartney

Weddings in Music

  • Jul 12 "Black Eyed Peas" rapper Taboo (32) weds fashion publicist Jaymie Dizon (29) at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Pasadena, California
  • Jul 21 Actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai and actress and singer Carina Lau marry in Bhutan

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 1 Mel Galley, English guitarist (Whitesnake; Phenomena), dies of esophageal cancer at 60
  • Jul 2 Natasha Shneider, Russian musician (Eleven), dies at 52
  • Jul 3 Colin Cooper, British vocalist and harmonica player (Climax Blues Band - "Couldn't Get It Right"), dies of cancer at 69 [1]
  • Jul 3 Oliver Schroer, Canadian fiddler and composer, dies of leukemia at 52
  • Jul 6 Bobby Durham, American jazz drummer (b. 1937)
  • Jul 7 Hugh Mendl, British record label executive (Decca/Deram Records), dies at 88 [1]
  • Jul 16 Jo Stafford, American pop singer (The Pied Pipers - "I'll Never Smile Again"; Tommy Dorsey - "Let's Just Pretend"; solo - "You Belong to Me"), dies of heart failure at 90
  • Jul 18 Tauno Marttinen, Finnish composer (Dalai Lama Concerto; Elegia), dies at 95
  • Jul 20 Artie Traum, American folk guitarist, songwriter, producer, and filmmaker, dies of ocular cancer at 65
  • Jul 22 Joe Beck, American session and jazz guitarist (Don Sebesky; Gil Evans; Gato Barbieri; Esther Phillips), and bandleader, dies of lung cancer at 62
  • Jul 24 Norman Dello Joio [Nicodemo DeGioio], American classical composer (Choreography: Three Dances for Strings), dies at 95
  • Jul 25 Hiram Bullock, American jazz, funk, and fusion guitarist (The World's Most Dangerous Band), dies of cancer at 52
  • Jul 25 Johnny Griffin III, American jazz saxophonist (A Blowin' Session), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • Jul 27 Horst Stein, German conductor (Hamburg State Opera, 1963-77), dies at 80
  • Jul 28 Susan Tamim, Lebanese singer and actress (Studio El Fan), murdered in her apartment in Dubai at 30
  • Jul 29 Ishmeet Singh [Sodhi], Indian playback singer (Voice of India, 2007), drowns in a Maldives hotel swimming pool at 19