On This Day

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
  • 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 US charts, featuring "Its Still Rock 'n' Roll to Me"

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 "Kiss From a Rose" released by Seal (Grammy Record and Song of the Year)

Musician & Songwriter Seal
Musician & Songwriter

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Cliff Richard wins privacy case against the BBC, for reporting he was being investigated over historic child sexual assaults

Birthdays in Music

  • 1670 Giovanni Battista Bononcini, Italian opera-composer, born in Modena, Italy (d. 1747)
  • 1711 Pierre-Joseph Le Blan, composer, born in Soignies, Belgium (d. 1765)
  • 1766 Friedrich Fleischmann, German composer, born in Marktheidenfeld, Germany (d. 1798)
  • 1810 Peter [Josef Anton] Singer, Austrian monk, organist and composer, born in Unterhäselgehr, Tyrol (d. 1882)
  • 1821 Pauline Viardot, French pianist, mezzo-soprano, and composer (Cendrillon), born in Paris (d. 1910)
  • 1870 Emil Młynarski, Polish violinist, conductor and composer, born in Kybartai, Russian Empire (now Lithuania) (d. 1935)
  • 1872 Julius Fučík, Czech composer, born in Prague, Austria-Hungary (d. 1916)
  • 1880 Otto Vrieslander, German composer, born in Münster, Germany (d. 1950)
  • 1893 Josef Hüttel, Czech composer, born in Mělník, Bohemia (d. 1951)
  • 1894 Bernard Wagenaar, Dutch-American composer (3 Songs for Chinese), born in Arnherm, Netherlands (d. 1971)
  • 1902 Karel Mengelberg, Dutch composer and conductor, born in Utrecht (d. 1984)
  • 1902 Chill Wills, American singer and actor (Frontier Circus, Rounders), born in Seagoville, Texas (d. 1978)
  • 1903 Božidar Kunc, Croatian composer, born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1964)
  • 1906 Belle Stewart, Scottish traditional singer, born in Caputh, Blairgowrie, Scotland (d. 1997)
  • 1907 Yvonne Desportes, French composer, born in Coburg, Germany (d. 1993)
  • 1909 Harriet (Hilliard) Nelson [Peggy Lou Snyder], American singer and actress (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet; Follow the Fleet), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1994)
  • 1914 Herbert Collum, German composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1982)
  • 1915 Jane Frazee [Mary Jane Frehse], American actress, singer, and dancer (Beautiful But Broke, Beulah), born in Duluth, Minnesota (d. 1985)
  • 1917 Henri Salvador, French Caribbean singer, born in Cayenne, French Guiana (d. 2008)
  • 1923 Héctor Tosar, Uruguayan pianist and composer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 2002)
  • 1924 Earl Beal American doo-wop baritone (The Silhouettes - "Get A Job"), born in Demora, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • 1927 Carlo Franci, Italian composer and conductor, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2019)
  • 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, German conductor and composer, born in Dresden
  • 1931 "Papa" Dee Allen, American percussionist (War-World is a Ghetto), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1988)
  • 1933 R. Murray Schafer, Canadian composer (Patria), music educator, and environmentalist, born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • 1938 Dudu Pukwana [Mtutuzel], South African saxophonist and composer, born in Walmer Township, Port Elizabeth, South Africa (d. 1990)
  • 1938 Ian Stewart, Scottish keyboardist, road manager, and co-founder of the Rolling Stones, born in Pittenweem, Fife, Scotland (d. 1985)
  • 1939 Brian Auger, English fusion keyboardist (Befour, Genesis), born in London, England
  • 1939 Dion DiMucci, American rocker (Dion & Belmonts-Teenager in Love), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1941 Jack Jersey, Indonesian-Dutch singer and producer, born in Cimahi, Indonesia (d. 1997)
  • 1941 Lonnie Mack, American rocker (Baby What's Wrong), born in Aurora, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • 1941 Martha Reeves, American singer (Martha Reeves & Vandellas - "Dancing in the Street"), born in Eufaula, Alabama
  • 1943 Robin McDonald, Scottish rock guitarist (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas), born in Nairn, Scotland (d. 2015)
  • 1945 James William Guercio, American music producer (Chicago), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1948 Cesar Zuiderwijk, Dutch rock drummer (Golden Earring - "Radar Love"), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1949 Wally Bryson, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Fotomaker, Raspberries), born in Gastonia, North Carolina
  • 1949 Craig Fuller, American singer-songwriter (Pure Prairie League - "Amie"), born in Portsmouth, Ohio

Person of interestRichard Branson

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)
  • 1953 Neil Stubenhaus, American session and touring bass guitarist, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut [1]
  • 1954 Ricky Skaggs, American country singer (Heartbroke, Toy Hearts), born in Cordell, Kentucky
  • 1954 Tobias Picker, American composer (Emmeline), born in New York City
  • 1955 Terry Chambers, English drummer (XTC), born in Wiltshire, England
  • 1956 Audrey Landers [Hamburg], American actress and singer (Dallas, Chorus Line), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1958 Nigel Twist, British rock drummer (Alarm-In the Summertime), born in Manchester
  • 1962 Jack Irons, American drummer (Red Hot Chilli Peppers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 Patrick Dancy, TV rocker (Guys Next Door -"I've Been Waiting for You"), born on Long Island, New York
  • 1975 Daron Malakian, American rock guitarist (System of a Down; Scars on Broadway), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1975 M.I.A [Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam], British-Sri Lankan rapper (Paper Planes, Sunshowers), born in London, England
  • 1978 Verónica Romeo [Sotoca], Spanish pop singer, born in Elche, Spain
  • 1979 Jermaine Paul, American gospel and R&B singer, winner of "The Voice" (2012), born in Harriman, New York
  • 1980 Ryōko Hirosue, Japanese actress and singer, born in Kōchi, Japan

Person of interestPriyanka Chopra

1982 Priyanka Chopra, Indian actress, singer and beauty queen (Miss World 2000), born in Jamshedpur, India

Actress and Model Priyanka Chopra
Actress and Model
Priyanka Chopra
  • 1982 Ryan Cabrera, American singer-songwriter (Take It All Away), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1991 Karina Pasian, American-Dominican pop/R&B singer and pianist, born in New York City
  • 1992 Bishop Briggs, English singer-songwriter (River), born in London, England

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

1976 American country singer Tammy Wynette (34) weds real-estate mogul Michael Tomlin, divorced, later in 1976

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette

LoveWedding of Interest

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

  • 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 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
  • 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, English composer, dies at 53
  • 1939 Witold Maliszewski, Polish composer, dies at 65
  • 1941 Dionyssios Lavrangas, composer, dies at 80
  • 1949 Vítězslav Novák, Czech composer, dies at 78
  • 1965 Shalva Mikhailovich Taktakishvili, Russian 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
  • 1988 Joly Braga Santos, Portuguese composer and conductor, dies of a stroke at 64
  • 1990 Gerry Boulet, Quebec rock singer (b. 1946)
  • 2001 Mimi Fariña, American rocker (Reflections in a Crystal Wind), dies at 56
  • 2007 Jerry Hadley, American opera singer, (b. 1952)
  • 2008 Tauno Marttinen, Finnish composer, dies at 95