On This Day in Music for July 12

Events in Music

  • 1946 Benjamin Britten's "Rape of Lucretia" premieres at Glyndebourne Opera Festival
  • 1958 "Li'l Abner" closes at St James Theater NYC after 693 performances
  • 1962 Rolling Stones 1st performance (Marquee Club, London)
  • 1985 "Singin' in the Rain" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 367 performances
  • 1990 "Les Miserables," opens at National Theatre, Washington

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Sunset Promenade" opens in London


Birthdays in Music

  • 1675 Evaristo Felice dall'Abaco, Italian cellist and composer, born in Verona, Italy (d. 1742)
  • 1757 Christian Danner, German violinist and composer, born in Schwetzingen, Germany (d. 1813)
  • 1802 Charles-Louis Hanssens, Belgian composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1871)
  • 1821 Cesare Dominiceti, Italian composer, born in Desenzano del Garda, Italy (d. 1888)
  • 1861 Anton Arensky, Russian composer, born in Novgorod, Russia (d. 1906)
  • 1885 George Butterworth, English composer, born in Paddington, London (d. 1916)
  • 1895 Kirsten Flagstad, Norwegian soprano (Wagner), born in Hamar, Norway (d. 1962)
  • 1895 Oscar Hammerstein II, American lyricist who worked with Richard Rodgers (Sound of Music), born in NYC, New York (d. 1960)
  • 1908 Johan Franco, Dutch composer, born Zaandam, Netherlands (d. 1988)
  • 1920 Paul Foster, American singer (Soul Stirrers), born in Grand Cane, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • 1924 Jaap Geraedts, Dutch composer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Yasushi Akutagawa, Japanese composer (Orpheus of Hiroshima, Ellora Symphony), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1989)
  • 1927 Pavle Merku, Italian-Slovene composer and ethnomusicologist, born in Trieste (d. 2014)
  • 1928 Barbara Cowsill, singer and mother of The Cowsills, born in Cranston, Rhode Island (d. 1985)
  • 1931 André Laporte, Flemish composer, born in Oplinter, Tienen, Belgium
  • 1934 Van Cliburn, American pianist (Tchaikovsky Competition winner, 1958), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • 1937 Michel Louvain, French Canadian singer (Buenas Noches Mi Amor), born in Quebec, Canada
  • 1942 Richard Stoltzman, American clarinetist (Tashi), born in Omaha, Nebraska

Person of interestChristine McVie

1943 Christine McVie, English rock vocalist (Fleetwood Mac-Got A Hold on Me), born in Bouth, England

Rock vocalist Christine McVie
Rock vocalist
Christine McVie
  • 1948 Walter Egan, American rock vocalist (Not Shy, Fundamental Roll), born in NYC, New York
  • 1950 Eric Carr [Paul Charles Caravello], American rock drummer (Kiss), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1951 Sylvia Sass, Hungarian soprano, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1952 Liz Mitchell, Jamaican-British rock vocalist (Boney M), born in Clarendon, Jamaica
  • 1952 Philip Taylor Kramer, American bass guitar player (Iron Butterfly), born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 1995)
  • 1960 Corynne Charby [Corinne Charbit], French model, actress and pop singer, born in Paris, France
  • 1965 Robin Wilson, American rocker (Gin Blossoms), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1967 John Petrucci, American guitar player (Dream Theater), born in Kings Park, New York
  • 1969 Jesse Pintado, American guitarist (Napalm Death) (d. 2006)
  • 1972 Brett Reed, American musician (Rancid)
  • 1974 Sharon den Adel, Dutch singer (Within Temptation)
  • 1975 Cheyenne Jackson, American actor and singer
  • 1976 Tracie Spencer, rocker
  • 1978 Mélanie De Biasio, Belgian jazz singer (A Stomach Is Burning), born in Charleroi, Belgium
  • 1981 Adrienne Camp, South African singer/songwriter
  • 1984 Gareth Gates, British singer
  • 1985 Luiz Ejlli, Albanian singer
  • 1988 Melissa O'Neil, Canadian singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1918 Artist Pablo Picasso (36) marries ballet dancer Olga Khokhlova (27)

Painter Pablo Picasso
Painter
Pablo Picasso
  • 2008 Black Eyed Peas rapper Taboo (32) weds fashion publicist Jaymie Dizon (29) at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Pasadena, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1742 Evaristo Felice dall'Abaco, Italian cellist and composer, dies on 67th birthday
  • 1773 Johann Joachim Quantz, German royal flautist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1839 Christian Traugott Tag, composer, dies at 62
  • 1850 Robert Stevenson, Scottish civil engineer (Bell Rock Lighthouse, Scotland), dies at 78
  • 1882 Alfred Humphreys Pease, composer, dies at 44
  • 1883 Hermann Zopff, composer, dies at 57
  • 1897 Félix Godefroid, Belgian harpist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1906 Henrique Alves de Mesquita, composer, dies at 70
  • 1926 Charles Wood, composer, dies at 40
  • 1947 Jimmie Lunceford, American saxophonist and bandleader, dies at 45
  • 1953 Joseph Jongen, Belgian composer, dies at 79
  • 1953 Marie-Alphonse-Nicolas-Joseph Jongen, composer, dies at 79
  • 1962 Roger Wolfe Kahn, American band leader (b. 1907)
  • 1973 Leonidas "Lon" Chaney, American actor nicknamed "the man of a 1000 faces" (High Noon, Phantom of the Opera), dies after long illness at 67
  • 1977 Frantisek Suchy, composer, dies at 75
  • 1979 Kalervo Tuukkanen, Finnish composer, dies at 69
  • 1979 Minnie Ripperton, [Andrea Davis], singer (Lovin' You), dies at 30
  • 1983 Chris Wood, rocker (Traffic), dies at 39
  • 1995 Alan David Marks, pianist/composer, dies at 49
  • 1995 Earl Coleman, American jazz singer, dies at 69
  • 1995 Ernie Furtado, bassist, dies at 72
  • 1996 Gottfried von Einem, composer, dies at 78
  • 1996 Jonathan Melvoin, keyboardist (Smashing Pumpkins), dies of heorin OD
  • 1998 Jimmy Driftwood, American folk songwriter and musician (b. 1907)
  • 2003 Benny Carter, American musician (b. 1907)
  • 2007 Robert Burås, Norwegian guitar player (b. 1975)
  • 2010 Paulo Moura, Brazilian clarinetist and saxophonist (b. 1932)
  • 2011 David Carr, English rock keyboardist (The Fortunes), dies at 67
  • 2016 Gregg Smith, American choral conductor and composer, dies at 84