On This Day in Music for July 16

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

1782 Mozart's opera "Das Entfuhrung aus dem Serail" premieres in Vienna

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
  • 1955 "Golden Horseshoe Revue" 1st of 50,000+ performances, Disneyland
  • 1966 "Half a Sixpence" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 512 performances
  • 1994 "Sisters Rosensweig" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 556 performances
  • 1994 3 tenors-Placid Domingo, Luciano Parvoti, Jose Carreras, perform in LA
  • 1995 "Buttons on Broadway" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 40 performances
  • 1995 "Chronicles of a Death Foretold" closes at Plymouth NYC after 55 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1725 Georg Simon Lohlein, composer
  • 1728 Henri Moreau, Flemish composer, born in Liège (d. 1803)
  • 1822 Luigi Arditi, violinist/composer
  • 1834 Carlo Angeloni, composer
  • 1848 Henri[cus A] Viotta, Dutch conductor/composer (Lexicon of Music)
  • 1855 Charles Francis Abdy Williams, composer
  • 1858 Eugene Ysaye, Belgian composer and violinist, born in Liège
  • 1901 Fritz Mahler, composer
  • 1902 Mary Philbin, American actress (Phantom of the Opera), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • 1903 Carmen Lombardo, Canadian musician (d. 1971)
  • 1904 Goffredo Petrassi, Zagarolo Italy, composer (Beatitudines)
  • 1909 John Edward "Teddy" Buckner, trumpeter

Person of interestGinger Rogers

1911 Ginger Rogers [Virginia McMath], American actress, dancer and singer (Top Hat, Kitty Foyle) born in Independence, Missouri (d. 1995)

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
  • 1912 Ray Barr, American pianist (Vincent Lopez Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1918 Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor [Okey Ka Fairy Ko!], born in San Pablo, Laguna, Philippine Islands (d. 1989)
  • 1925 Cal Tjader, American musician (d. 1982)
  • 1928 Bella Davidovich, Baku Russia, pianist (Chopin, Beethoven, Ravel)
  • 1928 Ticho Parly, Danish tenor (d. 1993)
  • 1930 John Everett Watts, composer
  • 1932 John Chilton, English jazz trumpeter (Feetwarmers), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Sollie McElroy, R&B singer (Flamingos-Golden Teardrops)
  • 1936 Buddy Merrill, Torrey Utah, guitarist (Lawrence Welk Show)
  • 1938 Thorkell Sigurbjornsson, composer
  • 1939 William Bell, [Yarborough], US singer (Tryin' to Love Two)
  • 1939 Denise LaSalle [Ora Denise Allen], American blues and R&B singer recognized as the "Queen of the Blues" (Trapped by a Thing Called Love), born in Leflore County, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1940 Tony Jackson, rock bassist/vocalist (Searchers), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1941 Mišo Kovač, Croatian musician
  • 1942 Desmond Dekker, [Dacris], Jamaica, reggae pioneer (Aces-Israelites)
  • 1947 Tom Boggs, rock drummer (Box Tops)
  • 1948 Pinchas Zukerman, Tel Aviv Israel, violinist/violist (Leventritt 1967)
  • 1948 Rubén Blades, Panamanian singer and actor
  • 1949 Alan "Fitz" Fitzgerald, rock keyboardist/vocalist (Night Ranger)
  • 1949 Ray Major, rock guitarist (British Lions)
  • 1950 Tom Terrell, musicologist, deejay
  • 1952 Stewart Copeland, Alexandria Egypt, drummer (Police-Roxanne)

Person of interestMichael Flatley

1958 Michael Flatley, Irish choreographer (Lord of Dance), born in Chicago, Illinois

Irish Dancer Michael Flatley
Irish Dancer
Michael Flatley
  • 1960 Eus van Someren, pop guitarist (Scene, Blaauw)
  • 1971 Ed Kowalczyk, American singer (Live)
  • 1972 Mindy Carson, American vocalist (Club Embassy, Ford Star Revue), born in NYC, New York
  • 1975 Jamie Oliver, Welsh keyboardist
  • 1994 Mark Indelicato, American singer and actor

Weddings in Music

  • 1974 "The Osmonds" singer Alan Osmond (25) weds Suzanne Pinegar at LDS Temple in Provo, Utah

HeartWedding of Interest

1980 Five-time Grammy Award singer Donna Summer (31) weds award winning arranger Bruce Sudano (31) in Los Angeles, California

Singer Donna Summer
Singer
Donna Summer
  • 2010 Def Leppard lead guitarist Phil Collen (52) weds costume designer Helen L. Simmons (42) at Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach Resort in Florida

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2012 Actor-comedian Russell Brand (36) divorces popstar Katy Perry (27) due to irreconcilable differences a year after the fairy-tale wedding in India

Comedian Russell Brand
Comedian
Russell Brand
Pop Star Katy Perry
Pop Star
Katy Perry

Deaths in Music

  • 1698 Cristoph Kaldenbach, composer, dies at 84
  • 1729 Johann David Heinichen, German composer, dies at 46
  • 1762 Jacques Hotteterre, French composer and flautist, dies at 87
  • 1868 Louis-Francois Dauprat, composer, dies at 87
  • 1916 Ludwig P Scharwenka, German composer (Album Polonaise), dies at 70
  • 1917 Ludwig Philipp Scharwenka, German composer (Album Polonaise), dies at 70
  • 1972 Giorgio Nataletti, composer, dies at 65
  • 1972 Max Zehnder, Swiss composer, dies at 70
  • 1979 Alfred Deller, English countertenor (b. 1912)
  • 1981 Harry Chapin, folk vocalist (Taxi), dies in car crash at 38
  • 1984 Billy Williams, singer (Your Show of Shows), dies at 73
  • 1985 Wayne King, orchestra leader (Wayne King Show), dies at 84
  • 1989 Herbert von Karajan, Austrian conductor (Berlin Philharmonic), dies at 81
  • 1990 Sidney Torch, English composer, conductor and organist (b. 1908)
  • 1995 Charles Bruck, Hungarian/French/US conductor (Dutch Opera), dies at 83
  • 1995 Travis Kemp, dancer/teacher, dies at 91
  • 1996 John Panozzo, drummer, dies at 48
  • 1999 Hiromi Yanagihara, Japanese singer (b. 1979)
  • 2003 Celia Cruz, Cuban musician (b. 1924)
  • 2005 Camillo Felgen, Luxembourgish singer, lyricist, and entertainer (b. 1920)
  • 2008 Jo Stafford, American singer of traditional pop music (b. 1917)
  • 2012 Jon Lord, English musician, dies from a pulmonary embolism at 71
  • 2012 Kitty Wells, American country singer, dies from complications after a stroke at 92
  • 2014 Johnny Winter, American Hall of Fame blues musician, dies at 70
  • 2016 Bonnie Brown, American country singer (The Browns), dies at 77