On This Day

July 2018 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jul 2 Singers Cheryl and Liam Payne announce they are splitting up after two years

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Jul 3 Cardi B becomes first female rapper to get two number one US Billboard hits, with "I Like It" with Bad Bunny and J Balvin

  • Jul 5 English rapper Stormzy announces partnership with Penguin Books, an imprint called #Merky Books

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Jul 10 Drake surpasses The Beatles record of most singles in Billboard Hot One 100 with seven against their five from his album "Scorpion"

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Jul 18 Cliff Richard wins privacy case against the BBC, for reporting he was being investigated over historic child sexual assaults

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Jul 24 Singer Demi Lovato is hospitalized after a drug overdose in Los Angeles

Music Concert

Jul 26 Sir Paul McCartney performs a secret gig at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where the Beatles began

Music Concert

Jul 27 American singer-songwriter Neil Diamond gives a small thank-you concert to firefighters near his home in Colorado

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Jul 31 Rihanna becomes the first black woman to appear on the cover of British Vogue's September issue


Deaths in Music

  • Jul 1 Dame Gillian Lynne [Pyrke], British dancer, choreographer and actress, known for Broadway work on "Cats" and "The Phantom of the Opera," dies at 92
  • Jul 2 Alan Longmuir, Scottish pop-rock musician (Bay City Rollers), dies at 70
  • Jul 3 William "Bill" Watrous, American jazz trombonist, dies at 79
  • Jul 3 Richard Swift [Ochoa], American singer and songwriter (The Black Keys), dies of complications from hepatitis at 41
  • Jul 7 Paul Fetler, American composer (December Stillness; Three Poems By Walt Whitman), dies at 98
  • Jul 8 Tab Hunter [Arthur Andrew Kelm], American actor (Tab Hunter Show, Lust in the Dust) and singer ("Young Love"), dies of complications of deep vein thrombosis at 86
  • Jul 8 Oliver Knussen, British composer (Where the Wild Things Are, Chicara), dies at 66
  • Jul 8 Alan Johnson, American screen and stage choreographer (The Producers - "Springtime for Hitler"; Legs Diamond; 3 Emmy Awards), director (To Be Or Not To Be), and dancer (West Side Story),, dies at 81
  • Jul 29 Tomasz Stańko, Polish trumpeter (Astigmatic), dies of complication from lung cancer at 76