On This Day

On This Day in Music for July 15

Events in Music

  • 1922 Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake's musical "Shuffle Along" closes on Broadway, July 15, 1922, after 504 performances
  • 1949 "Miss Liberty" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 308 performances

Music ReleaseThe Twist Dance Craze

1960 Chubby Checker releases his version of "The Twist" in the US (date approximate)

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Young people in Berlin taking part in the Twist dance craze, 1964
Young people in Berlin taking part in the Twist dance craze, 1964
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  • 1961 "Donnybrook!" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 68 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 Paul McCartney is fined £17 for speeding

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1967 "Sweet Charity" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 608 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972 "Honky Chateau" becomes Elton John's first No. 1 album in the US, includes hit "Rocket Man"

Singer Elton John
Elton John
  • 1973 Ray Davies announces his retirement from The Kinks then attempts suicide

Film release premierFilm Premier

1983 Film version of "The Pirates of Penzance", starring Kevin Kline, Angela Lansbury, and Linda Ronstadt premieres in US

Actress Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
Singer and Actress Linda Ronstadt
Singer and Actress
Linda Ronstadt
Actor Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 John Lennon's "I'm Stepping Out" released posthumously

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 Boy George barred from British TV show, he may be a bad influence

Singer-Songwriter Boy George
Boy George

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015 Robbie Williams announces he is returning to boy band Take That

Birthdays in Music

  • 1638 Giovanni Buonaventura Viviani, Italian composer, born in Florence (d. 1693)
  • 1700 Johann Christoph Richter, German composer Pantaleon Player and Organist, born in Dresden (d. 1785)
  • 1802 John Barnett, English composer (The Mountain Sylph), born in Bedford, England (d. 1892)
  • 1818 Heinrich Esser, German violinist and composer, born in Mannheim (d. 1872)
  • 1849 Moritz Heuzenroeder, German pianist and composer who settled in Australia, born in Ottersberg, Germany (d. 1897)
  • 1870 Ernest Walker, British composer, born in Bombay, British India (d. 1949)
  • 1884 Enrique Soro, Chilean composer, born in Concepción, Chile (d. 1954)
  • 1898 Noel Gay [Reginald Moxon Armitage], British composer (Who's been polishing the Sun), born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England (d. 1954)
  • 1898 Norman Demuth, British composer and musicologist specializing in French works, born in Croyden, Surrey, England (d. 1968)
  • 1901 John Wesley Work III, African-American composer, musicologist and scholar of African-American folklore and music, born in Tullahoma, Tennessee (d. 1967)
  • 1904 Dorothy Fields, American lyricist (I'm in the Mood for Love), born in Allenhurst, New Jersey (d. 1974)
  • 1910 Ronald Binge, British composer (Elizabethan Serenade, Sailing By), born in Derby, England (d. 1979)
  • 1913 Lloyd "Cowboy" Copas, American country singer ("Candy Kisses"; "Alabam"), born in Blue Creek, Ohio (d. 1963)
  • 1913 Dorothy Schwartz, American violinist (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Jack Hamilton Beeson, composer
  • 1923 [Joseph Rudolph] Philly Joe Jones, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis Quintet), born in Philadelphia (d. 1985)
  • 1926 John Arthur Neill Lambert, composer
  • 1928 Joseph Arthurlin "Joe" Harriott, Jamaican-British be-bop and free-form jazz alto saxophonist (Abstract), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1973)
  • 1929 Charles Anthony [Caruso], tenor (2,928 performances at Metropolitan Opera), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • 1932 Nina Van Pallandt, Danish actress and singer (American Gigolo), born in Copenhagen Denmark
  • 1933 Frederico Davia, opera singer
  • 1933 Julian Bream, English classical guitarist and lutenist, born in London, England (d. 2020)
  • 1934 Harrison Birtwistle, English composer, born in Accrington, Lancashire
  • 1939 William David Hellerman, composer
  • 1941 Geoffrey Burgon, composer
  • 1944 Millie Jackson, Thompson Ga, model/singer (Get it out 'cha system)
  • 1945 Peter Lewis, rock guitarist/vocalist (Moby Grape), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestLinda Ronstadt

1946 Linda Ronstadt, American rock/country/pop/Latin/opera singer (Different Drum; What's New?) and actress (Pirates of Penzance), born in Tucson, Arizona

Singer and Actress Linda Ronstadt
Singer and Actress
Linda Ronstadt
  • 1947 Peter Banks [Brockbanks], British rock guitarist and singer-songwriter described as "the architect of progressive music" (Yes, the Syn, Flash), born in Chipping Barnet, London (d. 2013)
  • 1947 Roky Erickson [Roger Kynard], American musician (The 13th Floor Elevators - "Starry Eyes"; "Don't Slander Me"), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2019)
  • 1948 Alicia Bridges, American pop singer ("I Love The Nightlife"), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1949 John Arthur Casken, British composer (The Dream of the Rood), born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England
  • 1949 Trevor Horn, British rock musician/producer (Buggles-"Video Killed The Radio star";Yes-Drama; Frankie Goes To Hollywood), born in Durham, England
  • 1952 David Pack, rocker (Ambrosia)
  • 1952 Jeff Carlisi, American rock guitarist (.38 Special), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1952 Larken Collins, rocker (Rossington-Collins Band)
  • 1952 Johnny Thunders [Genzale], American punk rock guitarist (New York Dolls), born in Queens, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1956 Joe Satriani, American rock guitarist, born in Westbury, New York
  • 1956 Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division-Transmission) (d. 1980)
  • 1959 Shep Pettibone, American record producer, born in Ocean Grove, New Jersey
  • 1970 Chi Cheng, American musician (Deftones), (d. 2013)
  • 1971 Danijela, Croatian singer
  • 1973 John Dolmayan, Lebanese-born drummer (System of a Down)
  • 1974 Chot Ulep, Filipino musician, born in Quezon City, Philippines
  • 1976 Jim Jones, African Puerto Rican American rapper
  • 1977 Ray Toro, American musician (My Chemical Romance)
  • 1977 Faraz Anwar, Pakistani guitarist (Mizraab)
  • 1979 Laura Benanti, American musical theatre actress
  • 1984 Vice Cooler, American musician
  • 1990 Olly Alexander [Oliver Thornton], British actor, singer-songwriter (Years & Years), and LGBT activist, born in Harrogate, England
  • 1992 Koharu Kusumi, Japanese pop singer (Morning Musume), born in Ojimaya, Niigata Prefecture, Japan

Weddings in Music

  • 1999 "Grateful Dead" guitarist Bob Weir (51) weds Natasha Muenter (31) in Mill Valley, California

LoveWedding of Interest

2006 Singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne (21) weds "Sum 41" lead singer and guitarist Deryck Whibley (26) at a private estate in Montecito, California

Pop Singer and Songwriter Avril Lavigne
Pop Singer and Songwriter
Avril Lavigne
  • 2011 American TV personality and host Vanessa Minnillo (30) weds American singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (37) at Sir Richard Branson's private Necker Island in British Virgin Islands

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2016 Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and singer Chris Martin divorce after 12 years of marriage

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow
Lead Vocalist of Coldplay Chris Martin
Lead Vocalist of Coldplay
Chris Martin

Deaths in Music

  • 1738 Antonio Maria Pacchioni, Baroque composer, dies at 84
  • 1782 Farinelli, Italian singer, dies at 77
  • 1782 Robert Wainwright, English composer and church organist, dies at 33
  • 1789 Jacques Duphly, French composer and harpsichordist, dies at 74
  • 1798 Gaetano Pugnani, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 66
  • 1810 Jean-Baptiste Rey, composer, dies at 75
  • 1854 Wincenty Studzinski, Polish violinist and composer, dies at 39
  • 1857 Carl Czerny, Czech-Austrian pianist, composer (Schule der Virtuosen), and teacher, dies at 66
  • 1915 Ludwik Grossman, composer, dies at 80
  • 1930 Leopold von Auer, Hungarian-American violinist, dies at 85
  • 1933 Freddie Keppard, American jazz cornetist (Original Creole Orchestra), dies of tuberculosis at 44
  • 1947 Walter Donaldson, American pianist and popular song composer ("Makin' Whoopee"; "My Blue Heaven"; My Buddy"), dies at 54
  • 1958 Julia Lennon, mother of Beatle John, dies in an auto accident
  • 1959 Ernest Bloch, Swiss-born American composer (MacBeth, Schelomo, Israel), dies on cancer at 78
  • 1960 Lawrence Tibbett, American baritone (Metropolitan 1923-50), dies after surgery at 63
  • 1973 Clarence White, American session and country-rock guitarist (The Byrds, 1968-73 - "Ballad of Easy Rider"), struck and killed by a drunk driver at 29
  • 1980 Henri Martelli, French composer, dies at 85
  • 1982 Bill Justis, American musician and producer (Raunchy), dies of cancer at 58
  • 1987 Jack O'Hagan, cricketer and composer (Our Don Bradman), dies at 88
  • 1990 Troy Dixon, rapper (Trouble T-Roy of Heavy D), dies at 22 of a fall
  • 1992 Henk van der Molen, guitarist/composer/writer (Martine Bijl), dies
  • 1995 Willie George "Bill" Woodruff Sr, vocalist, dies at 66
  • 2000 Louis Quilico, Canadian baritone (b. 1925)
  • 2000 Paul Young, English singer (Mike + The Mechanics), dies of a cardiac arrest at 53
  • 2000 Genrikh Matusovich Vagner, Belarusian composer, dies at 78
  • 2003 Elisabeth Welch, American born British-based singer (Stormy Weather), dies at 99
  • 2007 Kelly Johnson, English guitarist, dies at 49
  • 2015 Howard Rumsey, American jazz musician (Lighthouse Cafe), dies at 97
  • 2015 Alan Curtis, American harpsichordist, musicologist and conductor, dies at 80