On This Day in Music for July 18

Events in Music

  • 1948 "Marinka" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 168 performances
  • 1970 "Boy Friend" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 119 performances
  • 1972 200,000 attend Mt Pocono rock festival in Penns
  • 1976 "Something's Afoot" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 61 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Billy Joel's Glass Houses album tops charts

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel
  • 1982 "Blues in the Night" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 53 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1670 Giovanni Battista Bononcini, Italian (opera)composer
  • 1711 Pierre-Joseph Le Blan, composer
  • 1766 Friedrich Fleischmann, German composer
  • 1810 Peter Singer, composer
  • 1821 Pauline Garcia-Viardot, French mezzo-soprano and composer (d. 1910)
  • 1870 Emil Mlynarski, composer
  • 1872 Julius Fucik, composer
  • 1880 Otto Vrieslander, composer
  • 1893 Josef Huttel, composer
  • 1894 Bernard Wagenaar, Arnhem Holland, composer (3 Songs for Chinese)
  • 1902 Karel Mengelberg, Dutch composer and conductor, born in Utrecht (d. 1984)
  • 1902 Chill Wills, American singer and actor (Fronteir Circus, Rounders), born in Seagoville Texas (d. 1978)
  • 1903 Bozidar Kunc, composer
  • 1906 Belle Stewart, Scottish traditional singer, born in Caputh (d. 1997)
  • 1907 Yvonne Desportes, composer
  • 1909 Harriet Nelson, American singer and actress (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Follow the Fleet), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1994)
  • 1914 Herbert Collum, composer
  • 1917 Henri Salvador, French singer (d. 2008)
  • 1918 Jane Frazee, Duluth Minn, actress/singer (Alice-Beulah)
  • 1923 Hector Tosar, composer
  • 1926 Bryan Johnson, English singer and actor, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1927 Carlo Franci, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1927 Kurt Masur, German conductor (New York Philharmonic), born in Breig (d. 2015)
  • 1929 "Screamin' Jay" Hawkins, R&B musician (I Put a Spell on You), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2000)
  • 1930 Siegfried Kurz, composer
  • 1933 Raymund Murray Schafer, Canadian composer (Patria), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • 1938 Dudu Pukwana, [Mtutuzel], South African/British saxophonist/composer
  • 1938 Ian Stewart, Scottish pianist (d. 1985)
  • 1939 Brian Auger, fusion keyboardist (Befour, Genesis), born in London, England
  • 1939 Dion DiMucci, rocker (Dion & Belmonts-Teenager in Love), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1941 Jack Jersey, [de Nijs], Indonesian/Dutch singer/producer
  • 1941 Lonnie Mack, American rocker (Baby What's Wrong), born in Aurora, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • 1941 Martha Reeves, singer (& Vandellas-Dancing in St), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1943 Robin McDonald, Scotland, rock guitarist (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas)
  • 1948 Cesar Zuiderwijk, Dutch rock drummer (Golden Earring, Radar Love)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1950 Richard Branson, British music entrepreneur (Virgin Group), born in London, England

Business Magnate Richard Branson
Business Magnate
Richard Branson
  • 1950 Glenn Hughes, American singer (Village People), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1954 Ricky Skaggs, Cordell Ky, country singer (Heartbroke, Toy Hearts)
  • 1954 Tobias Picker, composer
  • 1956 Audrey Landers [Hamburg], American actress/singer (Dallas, Chorus Line), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1958 Nigel Twist, Manchester, rock drummer (Alarm-In the Summertime)
  • 1962 Jack Irons, American drummer
  • 1970 Patrick Dancy, TV rocker (Guys Next Door-I Was Made For You)
  • 1975 Daron Malakian, American guitarist (System of a Down, Scars on Broadway)
  • 1975 M.I.A. (Mathangi Arulpragasam), Hounslow, London, rapper (Sunshowers)
  • 1977 M.I.A7-17 [Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam], British rapper (Paper Planes, Boyz), born in London, England
  • 1978 Verónica Romeo, Spanish singer
  • 1979 Jermaine Paul, American musician
  • 1980 Ryoko Hirosue, Japanese actress and singer
  • 1982 Priyanka Chopra, Indian actress, singer and beauty queen (Miss World 2000), born in Jamshedpur, India
  • 1982 Ryan Cabrera, American musician and TV host
  • 1991 Karina Pasian, American singer and pianist

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1933 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (38) weds broadway singer Hannah Williams (22)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

HeartWedding of Interest

1976 Country singer Tammy Wynette (34) weds real-estate mogul Michael Tomlin

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette

HeartWedding of Interest

1992 Singers Whitney Houston (28) & Bobby Brown (23) marry

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
  • 1994 "The Cranberries" lead singer Dolores O'Riordan (22) weds Don Burton (32) in Ireland

Deaths in Music

  • 1591 Jakob Handl, [Petelin], Austrian composer and bandmaster, dies at 40
  • 1735 Johann Krieger, German composer and organist, dies at 83
  • 1831 Thomas Greatorex, composer, dies at 72
  • 1898 Emil Hartmann, composer, dies at 62
  • 1901 Alfredo Carlo Piatti, composer, dies at 79
  • 1902 John White, American composer, dies at 47
  • 1908 Jaime Nunó, Spanish composer (Mexican national anthem), dies at 83
  • 1915 George William Louis Marshall-Hall, composer, dies at 53
  • 1939 Witold Maliszewski, composer, dies at 65
  • 1941 Dionyssios Lavrangas, composer, dies at 80
  • 1949 Vítězslav Novák, Czech composer (b. 1870)
  • 1965 Shalva Mikhailovich Taktakishvili, composer, dies at 64
  • 1966 Bobby Fuller, American rock singer and guitarist (I Fought the Law), found dead at 23
  • 1966 German Germanovich Galinin, composer, dies at 44
  • 1975 Federico Ghisi, composer, dies at 74
  • 1982 Lionel Daunais, French-Canadian singer and composer, dies at 80
  • 1988 Nico, US model/pop singer (Velvet Underground), dies at 43
  • 1990 Gerry Boulet, Quebec rock singer (b. 1946)
  • 2007 Jerry Hadley, American opera singer, (b. 1952)