On This Day in Music for July 15

Events in Music

  • 1949 "Miss Liberty" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 308 performances
  • 1961 "Donnybrook!" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 68 performances
  • 1967 "Sweet Charity" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 608 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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


Birthdays in Music

  • 1638 Giovanni Buonaventura Viviani, composer
  • 1700 Johann Christoph Richter, composer
  • 1802 John Barnett, composer
  • 1818 Heinrich Esser, composer
  • 1849 Moritz Heuzenroeder, composer
  • 1870 Ernest Walker, composer
  • 1884 Enrique Soro Barriga, composer
  • 1898 Noel Gay [Reginald Moxon Armitage], British composer (Who's been polishing the Sun), born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England (d. 1954)
  • 1898 Norman Demuth, composer
  • 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 (Signed Sealed And Delivered), 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
  • 1929 Charles Anthony [Caruso], tenor (2,928 performances at Metropolitan Opera), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • 1933 Frederico Davia, opera singer
  • 1933 Julian Bream, guitarist
  • 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
  • 1946 Linda Ronstadt, American singer (Different Drum) and actress (Pirates of Penzance), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 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)
  • 1948 Alicia Bridges, American singer
  • 1949 John Arthur Casken, composer
  • 1949 Trevor Horn, rock producer (Buggles-Video Killed, Yes, Frankie)
  • 1952 David Pack, rocker (Ambrosia)
  • 1952 Jeff Carlisi, rock guitarist (38 Special)
  • 1952 Larken Collins, rocker (Rossington-Collins Band)
  • 1952 Johnny Thunders, American musician (d. 1991)
  • 1956 Joe Satriani, American guitarist, born in Westbury, New York
  • 1956 Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division-Transmission) (d. 1980)
  • 1959 Shep Pettibone, American record producer
  • 1970 Chi Cheng, American musician (Deftones), (d. 2013)
  • 1971 Danijela, Croatian singer
  • 1972 Michael Barnett, UK musician / producer
  • 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 singer (Morning Musume)

Weddings in Music

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

HeartWedding 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
Actress
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, composer, dies at 66
  • 1810 Jean-Baptiste Rey, composer, dies at 75
  • 1854 Wincenty Studzinski, composer, dies at 39
  • 1857 Carl Czerny, Austrian pianist/composer, dies at 66
  • 1915 Ludwik Grossman, composer, dies at 80
  • 1930 Leopold von Auer, Hungarian-American violinist, dies at 85
  • 1933 Freddie Keppard, American musician (b. 1890)
  • 1947 Walter Donaldson, American songwriter (b. 1893)
  • 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 Mervil Tibbett, baritone, dies after surgery at 63
  • 1973 Clarence White, American guitarist (Byrds), killed by a drunk driver at 29
  • 1980 Henri Martelli, 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
  • 2007 Kelly Johnson, English guitarist, dies at 49
  • 2015 Howard Rumsey, American jazz musician (Lighthouse Cafe), dies at 97