On This Day

On This Day in Music for July 1

Events in Music

  • 1933 Strauss & von Hofmannsthal's opera "Arabella," premieres in Dresden

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1950 "Lost in the Stars" by Maxwell Anderson and Kurt Weill, based on the novel "Cry the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 281 performances

Author and Apartheid Activist Alan Paton
Author and Apartheid Activist
Alan Paton
Playwright and Dramatist Maxwell Anderson
Playwright and Dramatist
Maxwell Anderson

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

1956 Elvis Presley wearing a tuxedo appears on Steve Allen Show

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1960 Benjamin Britten's cantate "Carmen Baseliense" premieres in Basel

  • 1963 The Beatles record "She Loves You" and "I'll Get You"
  • 1967 "Funny Girl" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 1348 performances

Album Release Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

1967 The Beatles' album "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" goes #1 in the United States, where it would stay for 15 weeks

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One of the most famous album covers in music history, The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band, designed by artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth
One of the most famous album covers in music history, The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band, designed by artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 John Lennon's 1st full art exhibition (You are Here)

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono are admitted to hospital after a car crash
  • 1972 Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 524 performances
  • 1972 "Hair" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 1750 performances
  • 1973 "Jesus Christ Superstar" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 711 performances
  • 1978 "Act" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 233 performances
  • 1980 'O Canada' officially becomes the national anthem of Canada.
  • 1982 ABC national music radio network scheduled premiere (never happened)
  • 1984 "Baby" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 241 performances
  • 1987 WHN-AM in NY City changes call letters to WFAN (now WEVD) replacing WHN's country music, WYNY-FM adopts country music format
  • 1995 "Kiss of the Spider Woman" closes at Broadhurst NYC after 906 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Placido Domingo becomes art director of Washington Opera

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

Birthdays in Music

  • 1586 Claudio Saracini, Italian composer, born in Siena, Italy (d. 1630)
  • 1663 Franz Xaver Murschhauser, German composer and theorist, born in Saverne, Alsace, France (d. 1738)
  • 1688 Johann Ludwig Steiner, Swiss composer, born in Zürich (d. 1761)
  • 1735 James Lyon, American composer, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1794)
  • 1764 Georg Christoph Grosheim, German composer, born in Kasel, Germany (d. 1841)
  • 1899 Cavan O'Connor, British singer (I'm Only a Strolling Vagabond), born in Nottingham, England (d. 1997)
  • 1908 Peter Anders, German opera singer, born in Essen, Germany (d. 1954)
  • 1909 Vera Brodsky Lawrence, American concert pianist (CBS Symphony) and musicologist (Joplin; Gottschalk), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1996)
  • 1911 Alvino Rey, American orchestra leader (King Family), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2004)
  • 1914 Earle Warren, American alto sax player, born in Springfield, Ohio (d. 1994)
  • 1915 Willie Dixon, American blues musician ("Hoochie Coochie Man"), born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • 1926 Hans Werner Henze, German composer, born in Gütersloh, Westphalia, Germany) (d. 2012)
  • 1927 Hans Eklund, Swedish composer, born in Sandviken (d. 1999)
  • 1928 Volker Wangenheim, German conductor and composer (Sinfonia Notturna), born in Berlin (d. 2014)
  • 1932 Bobby Day [Robert Byrd], American rock vocalist (Rockin' Robin), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1990)
  • 1935 James Cotton, American blues vocalist and harmonica player, born in Tunica, Mississippi (d. 2017)
  • 1939 Delaney Bramlett, American rocker (Shindogs, Delaney & Bonnie), born in Pontotoc, Mississippi (d. 2008)
  • 1941 John Gould, British composer and musical comic
  • 1941 Twyla Tharp, American dancer and choreographer (Twyla Tharp Dance Troupe), born in Portland, Indiana
  • 1942 Andraé Crouch, American gospel singer (The Color Purple, The Lion King), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2015)
  • 1943 Jeff Wayne, American-British musician and composer, born in Forest Hills, Queens, New York
  • 1945 Deborah Harry, American singer (Blondie-Heart of Glass), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1946 June Montiero, American vocalist (Toys-A Lover's Concerto), born in Queens, New York
  • 1947 Marc Benno, American musician (Rock 'n' Roll Me Again), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1949 John Farnham, English-Australian singer (Age of Reason), born in Dagenham, Essex, England
  • 1951 Fred Schneider, American vocalist and guitarist (B-52's-Rock Lobster), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1951 Anne Feeney, American political activist and singer, born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania
  • 1951 Terrence Mann, American actor and dancer, born in Ashland, Kentucky
  • 1952 Timothy J. Tobias, American composer and musician, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2006)
  • 1954 Randall Hall, American rock guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd 1987-94), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1955 Keith Whitley, American country music singer (Don't Close Your Eyes), born in Ashland, Kentucky (d. 1989)
  • 1960 Evelyn "Champagne" King, American disco singer (Shame, I'm in Love), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1960 Angélique Kidjo (born July 14, 1960), Beninese singer-songwriter (Djin, Djin; Eve; IFÉ), and human rights activist, born in Ouidah, Republic of Dahomey (now Benin)
  • 1962 Marti[n] Frederiksen, American songwriter, record producer, and musician, born in Hawthorne, California.
  • 1963 Roddy Bottum, American rock keyboardist (Faith No More-Real Thing), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1964 Poi Burton, rocker (Transvision Vamp-Velveteen)

Person of interestMissy Elliott

1971 Missy Elliott, American rapper (Supa Dupa Fly, Under Construction), born in Portsmouth, Virginia

  • 1972 Alex Machacek, Austrian jazz fusion musician (Featuring Ourselves), born in Tulln an der Donau, Austria
  • 1975 Sufjan Stevens, American musician (Illinois), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1976 [Julia Liane] Aleah Stanbridge, South African metal musician (Trees of Eternity), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2016)
  • 1977 Keigo Hayashi, Japanese music artist (Flow), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1977 Birgit Schuurman, Dutch singer and actress, born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1983 Marit Larsen, Norwegian musician (M2M)
  • 1983 Leeteuk [Park Jeong-su], Korean singer (Super Junior), born in Soul, South Korea
  • 1998 Chloe Bailey, American R&B singer (Chloe X Halle - Ungodly Hour), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1998 Pa Salieu, Gambian British rapper (Frontline), born in Slough, England

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1990 Country singer-songwriter Hank Williams Jr (41) weds model Mary Jane Thomas at a Congregational church near his ranch in Missoula, Montana

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr

LoveWedding of Interest

1998 Eight-time Grammy Award-winning singer Barbra Streisand (57) weds actor James Brolin (58) in Malibu

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 2006 "Hi-5" actress and singer Jennifer Peterson-Hind (26) weds recording artist Tom Korbee in Madison, Wisconsin

LoveWedding of Interest

2011 English model Kate Moss (37) weds English guitarist Jamie Hince (42) at St. Peter's Church, Southrop in Gloucestershire

Supermodel Kate Moss
Kate Moss

LoveWedding of Interest

2013 Canadian singer Avril Lavigne (28) weds Canadian singer Chad Kroeger (38) at the Château de La Napoule, a reconstructed medieval castle on the Mediterranean Sea in the South of France.

Pop Singer and Songwriter Avril Lavigne
Pop Singer and Songwriter
Avril Lavigne

Deaths in Music

  • 1592 Marc A Ingegneri, Italian violinist/composer (Responsoria), dies
  • 1662 Simon Ives, English court composer, dies at 61
  • 1691 Marc'Antonio Pasqualini, Italian composer, dies at 77
  • 1742 Bohuslav Matěj Černohorský, Czech monk and composer, dies at 58
  • 1784 Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, German composer and son of J.S. Bach (Sinfonias 64), dies at 73
  • 1805 Georg Ritschel, German composer, dies at 60
  • 1883 Manuel Gregorio Tavárez, Puerto Rican composer, dies at 39
  • 1910 Marius Petipa, French ballet dancer/choreographer (Casse-noisette), dies at 92
  • 1925 Erik Satie, French composer (Dreamy Fish), dies at 59
  • 1947 Clarence Lucas, Canadian composer, dies at 80
  • 1950 Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, Swiss musician (b. 1865)
  • 1958 Rudolf von Laban, Czech-German choreographer (modern dance), dies at 78
  • 1964 Pierre Monteux, French-American conductor (Concert Bldg Orchestra), dies at 89
  • 1965 Claude Thornhill, composer, dies at 55
  • 1973 Mario Labroca, Italian composer, dies at 76
  • 1981 Rushton Moreve [Morey], American bass player (Steppenwolf - "Magic Carpet Ride"), dies at in a car accident at 32
  • 1982 John Everett Watts, American composer, dies at 51
  • 1983 Sandy Mosse, American jazz tenor saxophonist, and bandleader (Pieces of Eight), dies at 54
  • 1987 Snakefinger, British-born musician (b. 1949)
  • 1988 Hellmuth Christian Wolff, composer, dies at 82
  • 1988 Lex van Delden [Alexander Zwaap], Dutch composer and writer (Canto della Guerra), dies at 68
  • 1989 Chauncey Haughton, American jazz clarinetist, and saxophonist (Blanche Calloway; Chick Webb; Cab Calloway), dies at 80
  • 1999 Guy Mitchell [Albert George Cernik], American singer and actor (Red Garters, 3 Redheads from Seattle), dies at 72
  • 2000 Micheal "Cub" Koda, American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (Brownsville Station - "Smokin' In The Boys Room'), dies of kidney disease at 50
  • 2003 Herbie Mann, American jazz flutist (Just Wallin'), dies at 73
  • 2004 Todor Skalovski, Macedonian composer (b. 1909)
  • 2005 Luther Vandross, American soul singer, songwriter ("Endless Love"; "Dance With My Father"), and vocal arranger (David Bowie - Young Americans, dies of a heart attack at 54
  • 2005 Renaldo "Obie" Benson, American singer (The Four Tops), dies at 69
  • 2008 Mel Galley, English guitarist (b. 1948)
  • 2012 Evelyn Lear, American operatic soprano, dies at 86
  • 2014 Oscar C. Yatco, Filipino violinist and conductor, dies at 82
  • 2015 Val Doonican [Michael Valentine], Irish singer and entertainer, dies at 88
  • 2018 Dame Gillian Lynne [Pyrke], British dancer, choreographer and actress, known for Broadway work on "Cats" and "The Phantom of the Opera," dies at 92
  • 2019 Bogusław Schaffer, Polish composer and playwright, dies at 90 [1]
  • 2020 Ida Haendel, Polish-British-Canadian child prodigy violinist, teacher, and author (Woman with Violin), dies of kidney cancer at 91