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
Singer-Songwriter
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

Birthdays in Music

  • 1824 Adolphe-Abraham Samuel, composer
  • 1836 Carlos Gomes, composer
  • 1837 Paul Lacombe, composer
  • 1841 Daniel de Lange, Dutch composer
  • 1857 Iacob Moresianu, composer
  • 1862 Liza Nina Mary Frederica Lehmann, composer
  • 1892 Giorgio Federico Ghedini, composer
  • 1914 Ahti Sonninen, composer
  • 1916 Howard Brubeck, composer
  • 1925 Mattiwilda Dobbs, 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, composer
  • 1927 Herbert Blomstedt, American conductor, born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1928 Robert Washburn, composer
  • 1929 Hermann Prey, German baritone (d. 1998)
  • 1931 Thurston Harris, vocalist (Little Bitty Pretty One), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1932 Alex Hassilev, actor and musician (Limeliters), born in Paris, France
  • 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 saxophonist
  • 1938 Terry Garthwaite, US guitarist/singer (Joy of Cooking)
  • 1943 Oscar D'León, Venezuelan musician
  • 1945 Robin Muyser, Dutch bassist (Les Baroques)
  • 1946 John Lawton, British rock singer (Uriah Heep)
  • 1947 Jeff Hanna, country singer (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1950 Bonnie Pointer, singer (Pointer Sisters-Jump, I'm So Excited)
  • 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 interestPerson of Interest

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, rock vocalist (My Name is Luka, Tom's Diner)
  • 1960 David Baerwald American songwriter/composer
  • 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 musician
  • 1975 Samer el Nahhal, Finnish musician (Lordi)
  • 1975 Lil' Kim [Kimberly Denise Jones], American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1983 Peter Cincotti, American singer songwriter
  • 1983 Kelly Poon, Singaporean singer
  • 1983 Marie Serneholt, Swedish musician (A*Teens)
  • 1984 Tanith Belbin, Canadian ice dancer
  • 1987 Shigeaki Kato, Japanese idol singer (NEWS)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding 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 convicted German spy Mata Hari
Exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German spy
Mata Hari
  • 1937 Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas (22) marries dancer Caitlin McNamara (22) in Penzance, Cornwall

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

HeartWedding 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
  • 1937 George Gershwin, American composer (An American in Paris), dies at 38
  • 1950 Timotei Popovici, composer, dies at 79
  • 1973 Alexander Vasilyevich Mosolov, Russian composer (Zavod), dies at 72
  • 1980 Boleslaw Woytowicz, 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 P Humphries, drummer, dies at 57
  • 1996 Louis Gottlieb, musician, dies at 72
  • 1999 Helen Forrest, American singer (b. 1917)
  • 2001 Herman Brood, Dutch singer and artist (b. 1946)
  • 2005 Frances Langford, American actress and singer (b. 1914)
  • 2010 Walter Hawkins, Gospel music singer
  • 2014 Tommy Ramone [Erdélyi Tamás], Hungarian-American punk rock drummer/bassist (Ramones), dies of bile duct cancer at 65
  • 2014 Charlie [Charles Edward] Haden, American jazz double-bassist (Liberation Music Orchestra), dies at 76