On This Day

On This Day in Music for July 12

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

Music concertMusic Concert

1992 Axl Rose arrested on riot charges in St Louis stemming from a concert on Jul 2

Rocker and Singer-Songwriter Axl Rose
Rocker and Singer-Songwriter
Axl Rose

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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 in 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
  • 1937 Howard "Howie" Casey, British rock saxophonist (Derry and the Seniors), born in Liverpool, England
  • 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, Mexican-American guitarist (Napalm Death), born in Sonora, Mexico (d. 2006)
  • 1969 Kumiko Ida, Japanese classical pianist (d. 2007)
  • 1972 Brett Reed, American rock drummer (Rancid), born in Oakland, California
  • 1974 Sharon den Adel, Dutch singer (Within Temptation)
  • 1975 Cheyenne Jackson, American stage/film actor and singer, born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1976 Tracie Spencer, American singer (Make The Difference), born in Waterloo, Iowa
  • 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-songwriter, born in Bradford, England
  • 1985 Luiz Ejlli, Albanian singer
  • 1988 Melissa O'Neil, Canadian pop singer (Canadian Idol-2005), born in Calgary, Alberta

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Painter Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso

LoveWedding of Interest

1933 Fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time Fred Astaire (34) weds socialite Phyllis Livingston Potter (25)

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
  • 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
  • 1882 Alfred Pease, American 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, Brazilian composer, conductor and educator, dies at 70
  • 1926 Charles Wood, Irish composer, dies at 40
  • 1947 Jimmie Lunceford, American saxophonist and bandleader, dies at 45
  • 1953 Joseph Jongen, Belgian organist and composer (Symphonie concertante, Op. 81), dies at 79 [1]
  • 1962 Roger Wolfe Kahn, American band leader (b. 1907)
  • 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, Austrian composer, mainly of opera (Der Prozeß - The Trial), dies at 78
  • 1996 Jonathan Melvoin, American funk-rock keyboardist (Prince; Smashing Pumpkins, 1995-96), dies of a heroin overdose at 34
  • 1998 Jimmy Driftwood, American folk songwriter and musician, dies at 91
  • 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
  • 2020 Rod Bernard, American "swamp pop" singer ("Allons Danser Colinda"), dies at 79 [1]
  • 2020 Judy Dyble, British folk singer-songwriter (Fairport Convention), dies of lung cancer at 71