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

  • 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
  • 1970 30,000 attend Randall's Island Rock Festival, NYC
  • 1974 1st quadrophonic studio in UK is open by Moody Blues

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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

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1989 Paul McCartney releases "This One"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

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

Singer-songwriter Craig David
Singer-songwriter
Craig David

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

Rocker Bono
Rocker
Bono

Birthdays in Music

  • 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, composer
  • 1885 Benjamin James Dale, composer
  • 1903 Valerian Mikhaylovich Bogdanov-Berezovsky, Russian composer, born in Starozhilovka (d. 1971)
  • 1904 Jef Alpaerts, Flemish pianist/conductor
  • 1905 Norman Waterhouse Lees, jazz fan
  • 1908 Rudolf Petzold, composer
  • 1913 Everett Helm, composer
  • 1915 Esther Williamson Ballou, composer
  • 1916 Eleanor Steber, Wheeling WV, soprano (Metropolitan Opera-1940)
  • 1921 George Barnes, Chicago Hgts, guitarist (Skip Farrell Show)
  • 1928 Vince Guaraldi, American jazz musician 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)
  • 1930 Ryohei Hirose, composer
  • 1932 Niccolo Castiglioni, composer
  • 1932 Wojciech Kilar, Lwów, Second Polish Republic, composer (The Pianist), (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Philippe Capdenat, composer
  • 1935 P D Q Bach, [Peter Schickele], Iowa, composer (5th of Beethoven)
  • 1938 Stan Bronstein, rocker
  • 1939 Spencer Davis, Wales, vocalist (Spencer Davis Group-Gimme Some Lovin)
  • 1942 Gale Garnett, singer (We'll Sing in the Sunshine), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1947 Wolfgang Flür, German musician (Kraftwerk)
  • 1948 Brian Glascock, rock drummer (Motels-Only the Lonely)
  • 1948 Luc Bondy, Swiss theatre and opera director, born in Zurich Switzerland (d. 2015)
  • 1948 Ron Asheton, guitarist and song writer (Iggy Pop), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2009).
  • 1949 Mick Tucker, rock drummer (Sweet Harlesden), born in London, England
  • 1949 Mike Vale, 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, actress (Kim-Here's Lucy, Jazz Singer), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1952 Chet McCracken, rocker (Doobie Brothers), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1952 Nicolette Larson, rock vocalist (Twins, Lotta Love), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1997)
  • 1957 Bruce Crump, rock drummer (Molly Hatchet)
  • 1960 Dawn Upshaw, American soprano
  • 1965 Craig Morgan [Greer], American singer (My Kind of Livin'), born in Kingston Springs, Tennessee
  • 1970 Mandy Smith, England, rocker (I Just Can't Wait)/wife of Bill Wyman
  • 1973 Tony Dovolani, Albanian ballroom dancer
  • 1974 Laura Macdonald, Scottish jazz musician
  • 1975 Paul Hinojos, American guitarist (At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1977 Lehmber Hussainpuri, Famous Indian Singer
  • 1978 Émilie Simon, French singer
  • 1982 Natasha Hamilton, British singer (Atomic Kitten)
  • 1984 Asami Kimura, Japanese singer (Country Musume)
  • 1985 Tom Fletcher, British singer (McFly)
  • 1986 Dana, Korean singer and actress (TSZX)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding of Interest

1990 Record producer Berry Gordy (60) weds Grace Easton

Record Company Owner Berry Gordy
Record Company Owner
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, composer, dies at 80
  • 1826 Joseph Graetz, composer, dies at 65
  • 1851 Beni Egressy, composer, dies at 37
  • 1871 Carl Tausig, Polish pianist and composer, dies of typhoid at 29
  • 1875 Gabor Matray, composer, 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, 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, jazz singer, dies at Metropolitan Hospital in New York 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", singer (54th Street Revue), dies at 76
  • 1984 J Delos Jewkes, singer/actor (Stars & Stripes Forever), dies at 89
  • 1985 Czeslaw Josef Marek, composer, dies at 93
  • 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 and harpsichordist (b. 1914)
  • 2005 Laurel Aitken, Jamaican singer (b. 1927)
  • 2006 Sam Myers, American musician and songwriter (b. 1936)
  • 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