On This Day in Music for July 18

Events in Music

  • 1948 Emmerich Kálmán's operetta "Marinka" opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 168 performances
  • 1970 Revival of Sandy Wilson's musical "The Boy Friend", starring Judy Carne and Sandy Duncan, closes at Ambassador Theater, NYC, after 111 performances
  • 1976 "Something's Afoot" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 61 performances
  • 1980 Billy Joel's "Glass Houses" album tops US charts, featuring "It's Still Rock 'n' Roll to Me"
  • 1982 "Blues in the Night" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 53 performances
  • 1994 "Kiss From a Rose" released by Seal (Grammy Record of the Year and Song of the Year)
  • 2008 Billy Joel performs last of two concerts dubbed "The Last Play at Shea"; the final concert event before demolition of the 1964 baseball stadium in Flushing Meadows, Queens, NYC; featured guests include Roger Daltrey, Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, and Paul McCartney
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Weddings in Music

  • 1933 American heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (38) weds American Broadway singer and actress Hannah Williams (22); divorce in 1943
  • 1976 American country singer Tammy Wynette (34) weds real-estate mogul Michael Tomlin, divorced, later in 1976
  • 1992 American R&B singers Whitney Houston (28) & Bobby Brown (23) marry

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Musicians Who Died on Jul 18

  • 1591 Jakob Handl [Petelin], Austrian composer and bandmaster, dies at 40
  • 1735 Johann Krieger, German organist and composer, dies at 83
  • 1831 Thomas Greatorex, English composer, dies at 72
  • 1898 Emil Hartmann, organist and composer (Towards The Light), dies at 62
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