On This Day

On This Day in Music for July 17

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1717 George Frideric Handel's "Water Music" premieres on the river Thames in London

Film release premierFilm Release

1956 MGM releases film "High Society", a musical re-working of "The Philadelphia Story" set in Newport, Rhode Island; starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra, with songs by Cole Porter

Actress Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly
Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1958 Peter Shaffer's musical "Five Finger Exercise" premieres in London

Playwright Peter Shaffer
Peter Shaffer
  • 1966 "It's a Bird... It's Superman" closes at Alvin NYC after 129 performances
  • 1968 The Beatles' animated film "Yellow Submarine" premieres in London
  • 1974 1st quadrophonic studio in UK is open by Moody Blues

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 John Lennon is ordered to leave US in 60 days

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1981 "This is Burlesque" closes at Princess Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • 1987 "Les Miserables" opens at Imperial Theatre, Tokyo

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Paul McCartney releases "This One"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2001 Craig David releases “Born to Do It” in the United States

Singer-songwriter Craig David
Craig David

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 U2 singer Bono is made a Commandeur of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

Rocker Bono

Birthdays in Music

  • 1674 Isaac Watts, English writer, preacher and hymnist (Horae Lyrican), born in Southampton, England (d. 1748)
  • 1702 Johann Schneider, German composer and pupil of Bach, born in Coburg, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1788)
  • 1775 August Harder, German composer, born in Schönerstädt (d. 1813)
  • 1817 Ignace Leybach, French pianist and composer, born in Gambsheim, Alsace, France (d. 1891)
  • 1832 (Johan) August Söderman, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1876)
  • 1839 Friedrich Gernsheim, German composer, born in Worms, Germany (d. 1916)
  • 1853 Francesco Fanciulli, American-Italian composer, born in Porto Santo Stefano, Tuscany (d. 1915)
  • 1873 Antonina Neshdanova, Russian soprano (Rigoletto)
  • 1875 Donald Francis Tovey, Eton England, musicologist/composer
  • 1876 Vittorio Gnecchi, Italian composer (Cassandra), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1954)
  • 1878 Henri Zagwijn, Dutch composer and musicologist, born in Nieuwer-Amstel, Netherlands (d. 1954)
  • 1885 Benjamin James Dale, composer
  • 1903 Valerian Mikhaylovich Bogdanov-Berezovsky, Russian composer, born in Starozhilovka (d. 1971)
  • 1904 Jef Alpaerts, Flemish pianist/conductor
  • 1908 Rudolf Petzold, composer
  • 1913 Everett Helm, composer
  • 1915 Esther Williamson Ballou, American organist, composer and educator, born in Elmira, New York (d. 1973)
  • 1916 Eleanor Steber, Wheeling WV, soprano (Metropolitan Opera-1940)
  • 1921 George Barnes, Chicago Hgts, guitarist (Skip Farrell Show)
  • 1928 Vince Guaraldi, American jazz pianist and composer (Peanuts TV specials), born in San Francisco (d. 1976)
  • 1928 Joseph Albert Morello, American jazz drummer, born in Irvington, New Jersey (d. 2011)
  • 1928 Joe Morello, American jazz drummer (Dave Brubeck Quartet - "Blue Rondo à la Turk"), born in Springfield, Massachussets (d. 2011)
  • 1930 Ryohei Hirose, composer
  • 1932 Niccolo Castiglioni, Italian composer, born in Milan, Italy (1996)
  • 1932 Wojciech Kilar, Polish classical (Missa Pro Pace), and film score composer (Bram Stoker's Dracula; The Pianist), born in Lwów, Second Polish Republic (now Ukraine) (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Philippe Capdenat, French classical composer, born in Bordeaux, France
  • 1935 P D Q Bach [Peter Schickele], American composer (5th of Beethoven), born in Ames, Iowa
  • 1939 Spencer Davis [Davies], English guitarist (Spencer Davis Group - "Gimme Some Lovin'"), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2020)
  • 1939 Ma Shui-long, Taiwanese classical composer (The Peacock Flies Southeast), born in Keelung, Taiwan (d. 2015)
  • 1942 Gale Garnett, New Zealand singer (We'll Sing in the Sunshine), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1947 Wolfgang Flür, German musician (Kraftwerk), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1948 Brian Glascock, English rock drummer (Motels - "Only The Lonely"), born in Islington, England
  • 1948 Luc Bondy, Swiss theatre and opera director, born in Zurich Switzerland (d. 2015)
  • 1948 Ron Asheton, American guitarist and songwriter (The Stooges), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2009).
  • 1949 Mick Tucker, English rock drummer (Sweet Harlesden), born in London, England
  • 1949 Mike Vale, American rock bassist (Tommy James & The Shondells)
  • 1949 Geezer Butler, English rock bassist (Black Sabbath), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1950 Phoebe Snow [Laub], American singer-songwriter (Poetry Man), born in New York City (d. 2011)
  • 1951 Lucie Arnaz, American actress and singer (Here's Lucy-Kim: The Jazz Singer), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1952 Chet McCracken, American rocker (Doobie Brothers), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1952 Nicolette Larson, American rock vocalist (Lotta Love; Twins), born in Helena, Montana (d. 1997)
  • 1952 Fran Smith, Jr., American rock bassist player (The Hooters - "All You Zombies"; "And We Danced"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1957 Bruce Crump, American rock drummer (Molly Hatchet), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1960 Dawn Upshaw, American soprano (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1964 Craig Morgan [Greer], American singer (My Kind of Livin'), born in Kingston Springs, Tennessee
  • 1970 Mandy Smith, English singer (I Just Can't Wait), born in Tottenham, England
  • 1972 Elizabeth Cook, American country music singer-songwriter (Aftermath), born in Wildwood, Florida
  • 1973 Tony Dovolani, Albanian ballroom dancer, born in Prishtina, Kosovo
  • 1974 Laura Macdonald, Scottish jazz musician, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 1975 Paul Hinojos, American guitarist (At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestLuke Bryan

1976 Luke Bryan, American country singer (I'll Stay Me), born in Leesburg, Georgia

Country Music Singer-Songwriter Luke Bryan
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Luke Bryan
  • 1977 Lehmber Hussainpuri, Indian singer, born in Kapurthala, India
  • 1978 Émilie Simon, French singer, born in Montpellier, France
  • 1982 Natasha Hamilton, British singer (Atomic Kitten), born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1984 Asami Kimura, Japanese singer (Country Musume), born in Hokkaido, Japan
  • 1985 Tom Fletcher, British singer (McFly), born in Harrow, United Kingdom
  • 1986 Dana, Korean singer and actress (TSZX), born in Seoul, South Korea

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1943 One of the world's greatest contraltos Marian Anderson (46) weds architect Orpheus H. Fisher in Bethel, Connecticut

LoveWedding of Interest

1990 Record producer Berry Gordy (60) weds Grace Easton

Founder of Motown Records and Songwriter Berry Gordy
Founder of Motown Records and Songwriter
Berry Gordy

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1975 Beatle member Ringo Starr & Maureen Cox divorce

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr

Deaths in Music

  • 1682 Johann Heinrich Kittel, German composer, dies at 29
  • 1709 Pascal Collasse, composer, dies at 60
  • 1763 Wenzel Raimund Pirck, composer, dies at 45
  • 1794 Jean-Frédéric Edelmann, French composer, dies at 45
  • 1804 Christian Ernst Graf, Dutch composer, dies at 80
  • 1826 Joseph Graetz, German composer, dies at 65
  • 1851 Béni Egressy, Hungarian composer, dies at 37
  • 1871 Carl Tausig, Polish pianist, student and protégé of Liszt, and composer noted for his transcriptions, dies of typhoid at 29
  • 1875 Gábor Mátray, Hungarian composer and musicologist, dies at 77
  • 1901 John Farmer, English composer, dies at 64
  • 1915 Francesco Fanciulli, American-Italian composer, dies on 62nd birthday
  • 1937 Henri-Constant-Gabriel Pierne, composer, dies at 73
  • 1953 Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer, Dutch composer, dies at 65
  • 1955 Bronislaw Zygmunt Szulc, composer, dies at 73
  • 1956 Jozef de Voght, Flemish priest and songwriter (Under the Snow), dies at 78

Person of interestBillie Holiday

1959 Billie Holiday [Eleanora Fagan], American jazz singer ( "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm"; "Strange Fruit"), and songwriter ("God Bless The Child"; "Lady Sings the Blues"), dies of cirrhosis of the liver at 44

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • 1965 Luiz Cosme, Brazilian composer, dies at 57
  • 1966 August Baeyens, Flemish composer (Piranesi-suite), dies at 71

Person of interestJohn Coltrane

1967 John Coltrane, American jazz saxophonist & composer (Blue Train), dies of cancer at 40

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane
  • 1970 Juano Hernandez, actor (St Louis Blues, Two Loves), dies at 74
  • 1971 Cliff Edwards "Ukulele Ike", American singer (54th Street Revue, When You Wish Upon a Star), dies at 76
  • 1983 Roosevelt Sykes, American blues and boogie-woogie pianist, and singer (The Honeydripper), dies of a heart attack at 77
  • 1984 J Delos Jewkes, singer/actor (Stars & Stripes Forever), dies at 89
  • 1985 Czesław Marek, Polish composer, dies at 93
  • 1987 Howard McGhee, American be-bop bebop jazz trumpeter, dies at 69
  • 1995 Rainer Kunad, German composer, dies at 58
  • 1995 Carlos Sánchez Málaga, Peruvian composer, dies at 91
  • 1996 Amancio D'Silva, musician, dies at 60
  • 1996 [Bryan] Chas Chandler, English rock bassist (The Animals-House of the Rising Sun) and manager of Jimi Hendrix, dies at 57
  • 1996 Chris Komar, American dancer, dies of aids at 48
  • 1998 Ronald Tremain, New Zealand composer, dies at 74
  • 1999 Kevin Wilkinson, English drummer (The Waterboys), commits suicide at 41
  • 2003 Rosalyn Tureck, American pianist (Bach & Rock), dies at 88
  • 2005 Laurel Aitken, Jamaican singer and one of the pioneers of Jamaican ska music, dies at 78
  • 2006 Sam Myers, American musician and songwriter (b. 1936)
  • 2009 Gordon Waller, Scottish singer (Peter & Gordon-World Without Love), dies at 64
  • 2010 Fred F. Carter Jr., American country session guitarist, singer, producer and composer (Nashville's "A-Team"), dies of a stroke at 76
  • 2012 Ilhan Mimaroglu, Turkish electronic music composer and musician, dies at 86
  • 2013 Peter Appleyard, British-Canadian jazz vibraphonist, dies from natural causes at 84
  • 2014 Elaine Stritch, American actress (30 Rock, Two's Company), singer and member of the American Theater Hall of Fame, dies in her sleep at 89
  • 2016 Gary S. Paxton [Larry Wayne Stevens], American musician and songwriter (Monster Mash, Alley Oop), dies at 77
  • 2020 Zizi Jeanmaire, French dancer, singer and actress (Carmen), dies at 96