July 2016 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jul 24 George Wolfe's musical "Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed", based on Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle's original revue, and featuring Audra MacDonald and Billy Porter, closes at the Music Box Theatre, NYC. after 100 performances

Weddings in Music

Ciara & Russell Wilson

Jul 6 American NFL quarterback Russell Wilson (27) weds second wife American R&B singer-songwriter Ciara (30) at the Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England

  • Jul 9 American fashion designer Christian Siriano (29) weds American singer-songwriter Brad Walsh (34) at their vacation home in Danbury, Connecticut; separate in 2018, divorce in 2021

Misty Copeland

Jul 31 Ballet dancer Misty Copeland (33) weds attorney Olu Evans in Laguna Beach, California

Divorces in Music

Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin

Jul 15 American actress Gwyneth Paltrow and British Coldplay singer Chris Martin divorce after 12 years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • Jul 4 Geoffrey Shovelton, English opera singer, dies at 80
  • Jul 5 Alirio Díaz, Venezuelan guitarist, composer, and musicologist, dies at 92
  • Jul 7 Rokusuke Ei, Japanese author and lyricist (Sukiyaki), dies at 83
  • Jul 12 Gregg Smith, American choral conductor and composer, dies at 84
  • Jul 16 Alan Vega [Bermowitz] American punk rock vocalist (Suicide - "Ghost Rider"; "Dream Baby Dream"; Cubist Blues), and visual artist, dies at 78
  • Jul 16 Bonnie Brown, American country singer (The Browns), dies at 77
  • Jul 17 Gary S. Paxton [Larry Wayne Stevens], American musician and songwriter ("Monster Mash"; "Alley Oop"), dies at 77
  • Jul 20 Wayne Carson, American country musician and songwriter ("Always On My Mind"; "The Letter"), dies at 73
  • Jul 24 (Margaret) "Marni" Nixon [McEathron], American soprano singer and film 'ghost voice' (for Audrey Hepburn in "My Fair Lady"; Natalie Wood in "West Side Story**"; Deborah Kerr in "The King And I"), dies at 86
  • Jul 26 Einojuhani Rautavaara, Finnish composer (Kaivos), dies at 87
  • Jul 26 Sandy Pearlman, American lyricist; music producer, artist manager (Blue Öyster Cult), music journalist and record company executive, dies form complications of a stroke at 72
  • Jul 30 Gloria DeHaven, American musical actress (Step Lively), dies at 91