On This Day

On This Day in Music for July 11

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 Kenny Rogers forms 1st Edition

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers

Music releaseMusic Single

1969 David Bowie releases the single "Space Oddity" 9 days before Apollo 11 lands on the moon

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie
  • 1969 Rolling Stones release "Honky Tonk Woman"
  • 1982 "7 Brides for 7 Brothers" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1984 Britain's MusicBox begins satellite transmission to Europe
  • 1987 Heart's "Alone" single goes #1 for 3 weeks

Music releaseAlbum Release

1995 Shaggy releases his third studio album "Bombastic" (Grammy Award Best Reggae Album)

Pop Singer and Rapper Shaggy
Pop Singer and Rapper

Birthdays in Music

  • 1801 John Hill Hewitt, American songwriter (A Minstrel's Return from the War), born in NYC, New York (d. 1890)
  • 1824 Adolphe-Abraham Samuel, Belgian composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1898)
  • 1836 Antônio Carlos Gomes, New World composer, born in Campinas, São Paulo, Empire of Brazil (d. 1896)
  • 1837 Paul Lacombe, French composer, born in Carcassonne, France (d. 1927)
  • 1841 Daniël de Lange, Dutch composer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1918)
  • 1862 Liza Lehmann, English composer, born in London (d. 1918)
  • 1892 Giorgio Federico Ghedini, Italian composer (Concerto dell'albatro), born in Cuneo, Piedmont, Kingdom of Italy (d. 1965)
  • 1892 Hugo Myrtelius, Swedish conductor, composer, and educator, born in Nosaby, Sweden (d. 1977)
  • 1914 Ahti Sonninen, Finnish composer (Pessi and Illusia, Rauhaa, vain rauhaa), born in Kuopio, Finland (d. 1984)
  • 1916 Howard Brubeck, American composer (Dialogues for Jazz Combo and Orchestra), born in Concord, California (d. 1993)
  • 1925 Mattiwilda Dobbs, American soprano, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2015)
  • 1925 Nicolai Gedda, Swedish opera tenor (Opera Two to Six), born in Stockholm (d. 2017)
  • 1926 Rodolfo Arizaga, Argentinian composer and musicologist, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1985)
  • 1927 Herbert Blomstedt, American conductor (Dresdner Staatskapelle, 1975-85; San Francisco Symphony 1985-95), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1928 Robert Washburn, American composer and teacher, born in Bouckville, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1929 Hermann Prey, German baritone, born in Berlin (d. 1998)
  • 1931 Tab Hunter [Arthur Andrew Kelm], American actor (Tab Hunter Show, Lust in the Dust) and singer (Young Love), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1931 Thurston Harris, American pop vocalist (The Sharps, Little Bitty Pretty One), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1990)
  • 1932 Alex Hassilev, American actor and folk musician (The Limeliters), born in Paris, France
  • 1932 Bob McGrath, American musician, voice artist and actor (Sesame Street), born in Ottawa, Illinois
  • 1932 Billy Davis, American music producer and songwriter (I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2004)
  • 1935 Frederick Hemke, American classical saxophonist and educator, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2019)
  • 1938 Terry Garthwaite, US guitarist/singer (Joy of Cooking)
  • 1940 Ronnie Mack, American singer-songwriter (He's So Fine), born in Harlem, New York (d. 1963)
  • 1942 Tomasz Stańko, Polish trumpeter (Astigmatic), born in Rzeszów, Poland (d. 2018)
  • 1943 Oscar D'León, Venezuelan musician
  • 1945 Robin Muyser, Dutch bassist (Les Baroques - "Such A Cad"), born in Baarn, Netherlands
  • 1946 John Lawton, British rock singer (Lucifer's Friend & Uriah Heep), born in Halifax, England
  • 1946 Cuthbert Johnson, English musician and Benedictine abbot, born in County Durham, England (d. 2017)
  • 1947 Jeff Hanna, country singer (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1950 Bonnie Pointer, American pop singer (Pointer Sisters - "Jump"; "I'm So Excited"), born in Oakland, California (d. 2020)
  • 1953 Benny DeFranco, Canadian musician (The DeFranco Family)
  • 1957 Michael Rose, rocker (Black Uhuru-Brutal, Positive), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1957 Peter Murphy, English singer and musician (Bauhaus), born in Northamptonshire, England
  • 1958 Ray Dodds, rocker (Fairground Attraction-You Send Me)

Person of interestRichie Sambora

1959 Richie Sambora, American guitarist (Bon Jovi) and boyfriend of Cher and Heather Locklear, born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey

Rock guitarist Richie Sambora
Rock guitarist
Richie Sambora
  • 1959 Suzanne Vega, American folk/rock singer-songwriter ("Luka"; "Tom's Diner"), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1960 David Baerwald, American singer/songwriter (David + David - Boomtown), born in Oxford, Ohio
  • 1965 Scott Shriner, American musician (Weezer)
  • 1966 Mel Appleby, rocker (Mel & Kim-Coming to America)
  • 1969 David Tao, Taiwanese singer-songwriter
  • 1971 Leisha Hailey, American actress and musician (Uh Huh Her)
  • 1972 Jussi 69, Finnish musician (The 69 Eyes)
  • 1973 Andrew Bird, American indie rock singer/musician/songwriter (Are You Serious), born in Lake Forest, Illinois
  • 1975 Samer el Nahhal, Finnish musician (Lordi)
  • 1975 Lil' Kim [Kimberly Denise Jones], American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1983 Peter Cincotti, American pop/jazz singer-songwriter, born in New York City
  • 1983 Kelly Poon, Singaporean singer
  • 1983 Marie Serneholt, Swedish musician (A*Teens)
  • 1987 Shigeaki Kato, Japanese idol singer (NEWS)
  • 1996 Alessia Cara, Canadian singer-songwriter (How Far I'll Go), born in Brampton, Ontario

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1895 Dutch exotic dancer, courtesan and accused spy Mata Hari (18) weds Dutch colonial army Captain Rudolph MacLeod in Amsterdam

Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy Mata Hari
Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy
Mata Hari
  • 1937 Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas (22) marries dancer Caitlin McNamara (22) in Penzance, Cornwall

LoveWedding of Interest

1976 Singer Andy Gibb (18) weds Kim Reeder in Australia

Singer and TV Host Andy Gibb
Singer and TV Host
Andy Gibb

LoveWedding of Interest

1976 Singer and actor Frank Sinatra (60) marries 4th wife Barbara Marx (45)

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 2015 Professional dancer Kevin Clifton (33) weds fellow dancer Karen Hauer (33) at One Great George Street in Westminster
  • 2015 Singer Peter Andre (42) weds Emily MacDonagh at Mamhead House in Exeter

Deaths in Music

  • 1768 Jose Melchior de Nebra Blascu, composer, dies at 66
  • 1781 Adolph Carl Kunzen, composer, dies at 60
  • 1826 Carl Bernhard Wessely, composer, dies at 57

Person of interestGeorge Gershwin

1937 George Gershwin [Jacob Gershvin], American composer (An American in Paris), dies at 38

Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin
  • 1950 Timotei Popovici, composer, dies at 79
  • 1961 Erskine Butterfield American swing and boogie-woogie jazz pianist, singer, and composer, dies at 48
  • 1973 Alexander Vasilyevich Mosolov, Russian composer (Zavod), dies at 72
  • 1980 Bolesław Woytowicz, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 80
  • 1984 Karel Mengelberg, Dutch composer and conductor, dies at 81
  • 1993 Mario Bauza, Cubans/US jazz musician, dies at 82
  • 1994 Charles "Lefty" Edwards, saxophonist, dies at 67
  • 1994 Lex Humphries, American jazz drummer (Sun Ra Arkestra), dies at 57
  • 1996 Louis Gottlieb, American musician (The Limeliters), dies at 72
  • 1996 Florrie Rodrigo, Dutch dancer, choreography and teacher (Schepelingen), dies at 102
  • 1999 Helen Forrest, American singer of traditional pop and swing music, dies at 82
  • 2001 Herman Brood, Dutch painter and pianist (Sleepin' Bird), dies at 54
  • 2002 Rosco Gordon, American R&B pianist, singer, and songwriter ("Booted"; "No More Doggin'"), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 2005 Frances Langford, American singer (Armed Forces Hour, Star Time), dies at 92
  • 2007 Rod Lauren, American rocker (If I Had a Girl), commits suicide at 66
  • 2010 Walter Hawkins, Gospel music singer
  • 2011 George Lascelles, English Earl of Harewood, Director of the Royal Opera House, dies at 88
  • 2014 Tommy Ramone [Tamás Erdélyi], Hungarian-American rock drummer and bassist (Ramones), dies of bile duct cancer at 65
  • 2014 Charlie [Charles Edward] Haden, American jazz double-bassist (Liberation Music Orchestra), dies at 76