On This Day

On This Day in Music for July 19

Events in Music

  • 1913 Billboard publishes earliest known "Last Week's 10 Best Sellers Among Popular Songs"; "Malinda's Wedding Day" by singers Byron Harlan and Arthur Collins is #1 (recorded in Camden, New Jersey)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1941 BBC World Service begins playing V(ictory) ("...-" in Morse code) (opening of Ludwig van Beethoven's 5th symphony)

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1942 US première of Dmitri Shostakovich' 7th Symphony in NYC by the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini in a concert broadcast nationwide on NBC radio

  • 1951 "2 in the Aisle" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 276 performances
  • 1952 "Paint Your Wagon" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 289 performances
  • 1958 "Oh, Captain!" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 192 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 David Bowie's "Diamond Dog" tour ends in NYC

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • 1976 British rock group Deep Purple disbands
  • 1992 "Price" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 47 performances
  • 1992 NYC ballet dancer Peter Martins is arrested for beating his wife

Music releaseAlbum Release

2013 Selena Gomez releases her debut solo studio album "Stars Dance"

Singer and Actress Selena Gomez
Singer and Actress
Selena Gomez

Birthdays in Music

  • 1592 Erhard Buttner, German composer, born in Römhild (d. 1625)
  • 1670 Richard Leveridge, English bass singer and composer, born in St Martin-in-the-Fields, London (d. 1758)
  • 1735 Garret Wesley, 1st Earl of Mornington, Anglo-Irish composer, born in Dangan Castle, County Meath, Ireland (d. 1781)
  • 1742 Jean-Baptiste Davaux, French classical composer, born in La Côte-Saint-André, France (d. 1822)
  • 1750 Alessio Prati, Italian composer, born in Ferrara, Italy (d. 1788)
  • 1782 Jonathan Blewitt, English organist and composer, born in London (d. 1853)
  • 1797 Johann Gottlieb Schneider, German composer, born in Neugersdorf, Germany (d. 1856)
  • 1811 Vincenz Lachner, German composer, born in Rain am Lech, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1893)
  • 1855 Emil Paur, Austrian conductor (Boston Symphony; New York Philharmonic; Pittsburgh Symphony; Berlin State Opera), born in Czernowitz, Austria (d. 1932)
  • 1863 Hermann Bahr, Austrian writer (Concert), born in Linz, Austria (d. 1934)
  • 1863 Dwijendralal Ray, Bengali poet, playwright and lyricist (Dwijendrageeti), born in Krishnanagar, British India (d. 1913)
  • 1873 Louis Zimmermann, Dutch violinist and 1st concert master of Concert building, born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1954)
  • 1898 Juan Bautista Plaza, Venezuelan composer, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1965)
  • 1905 Boyd Neel, English conductor (Story of an Orchestra), born in Blackheath, London (d. 1981)
  • 1905 Louis Kentner, Hungarian-British pianist and composer, born in Karviná, Austrian Silesia (d. 1987)
  • 1906 Klaus Egge, Norwegian composer (Noregsonger), born in Gransherad, Telemark, Norway (d. 1979)
  • 1907 Günter Bialas, German composer, born in Bielschowitz, Prussian Silesia (d. 1995)
  • 1909 Jeno Vecsey, Hungarian composer, born in Cece (d. 1966)
  • 1914 Josef Páleníček, Czech composer, born in Travnik, Bosnia, Yugoslavia (d. 1991)
  • 1920 Robert Mann, American composer and violinist (String Quartet 1952), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2018)
  • 1925 Sue Thompson [Eva Sue Mckee], American pop and country music singer ("Sad Movies (Make Me Cry"), born in Nevada, Missouri
  • 1926 Helen Gallagher, American Emmy and Tony Award winning singer, dancer and actress (No, No, Nanette; Ryan's Hope), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1932 Arley "Buster" Benton, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Texarkana, Arkansas (d. 1996)
  • 1937 George Hamilton IV, American country musician, born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 2014)
  • 1940 Vikki Carr [Florencia Vicenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona], American singer (Let it Be Him), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1941 Natalia Bessmertnova, Soviet ballerina (Bolshoi, Lenin Prize 1970), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2008)
  • 1944 Commander Cody [George Frayne], American singer and pianist (Commander Cody & Lost Planet Airmen), born in Boise, Idaho
  • 1946 Alan Gorrie, Scottish rock bassist and singer (Average White Band), born in Perth, Scotland
  • 1947 Bernie Leadon, American guitarist, mandolinist, banjo player, and vocalist (Flying Burrito Brothers; Eagles, 1971-75 & 2013-16 - "Take It Easy"), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1947 Brian May, British rock guitarist (Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody"; "We Are The Champions"), born in London, England
  • 1948 Keith Godchaux, American pianist (Grateful Dead), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1979)
  • 1950 Freddy Moore, American rock musician and songwriter, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1952 (Larkin) Allen Collins, American rock guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Free Bird", "Gimme Three Steps"; Rossington-Collins Band), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1990)
  • 1952 Dominic Muldowney, English composer, born in Southampton, England
  • 1958 David Robertson, American symphony orchestra conductor, born in Malibu, California
  • 1965 Evelyn Glennie, Scottish marimba player, percussionist, and bagpiper, born in Methlick, Aberdeenshire Scotland
  • 1968 Robert Flynn, American musician (Machine Head), born in Oakland, California
  • 1969 Gabrielle [Bobb], British pop singer and songwriter ("Dreams"; "Rise"), born in Hackney, London
  • 1971 Urs Bühler, Swiss tenor (Il Divo), born in Willisau, Lucerne, Switzerland
  • 1971 Russell Allen, American rock vocalist (Symphony X; Trans-Siberian Orchestra), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1972 Naohito Fujiki, Japanese actor and singer
  • 1973 Martin Powell, English musician (Cradle of Filth)
  • 1981 Didz Hammond, British bassist and backing vocalist (Dirty Pretty Things; The Cooper Temple Clause), born in Reading, England

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

1966 American saloon singer Frank Sinatra (50) marries American actress Mia Farrow (21) at the Las Vegas, Nevada home of casino executive Jack Entratter; divorce in 1968

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1971 "The Who" lead singer Roger Daltrey (27) weds British model Heather Taylor (24)
  • 2003 "King of Queens" actress Leah Remini (33) weds actor/salsa musician Angelo Pagan (45) at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas

LoveWedding of Interest

2003 "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" actress Melissa Joan Hart (27) weds "Course of Nature" lead singer-guitarist Mark Wilkerson (26) in Florence, Italy

  • 2014 Actress and singer Naya Rivera (27) weds actor Ryan Dorsey (31) in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • 2014 Maroon 5 lead vocalist Adam Levine (35) weds Victoria's Secret model Behati Prinsloo (25) in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Deaths in Music

  • 1625 Samuel Besler, German-Polish composer, dies at 50
  • 1700 Hieronymus Gradenthaler, German composer, dies at 62
  • 1730 Jean-Baptiste Loeillet, Flemish composer, dies at 49
  • 1811 Christian Gotthilf Tag, German composer, dies at 76
  • 1838 Frédéric-Nicolas Duvernoy, French horn player and composer, dies at 72
  • 1844 Heinrich Domnich, German hornist and composer, dies at 77
  • 1847 Johann Wilhelm Wilms, German-Dutch organist and composer (Wien Neêrlands Bloed - Dutch national anthem, 1815-1932), dies at 75
  • 1944 Will Marion Cook, American violinist, choral director, and composer, dies at 75
  • 1951 Max Ettinger, Jewish-German composer (Jiddische Requiem), dies at 77
  • 1954 Jean Roger-Ducasse, French composer, dies at 81
  • 1970 Barry Wood {Louis Rappaport], American singer (Your Hit Parade), and television producer, dies at 61
  • 1975 (William) "Lefty" Frizzell, American country music singer and songwriter ("If You've Got the Money (I've Got the Time)"; "Saginaw, Michigan"), dies at 47
  • 1981 Roger Doucet, French Canadian tenor (b. 1919)
  • 1981 Louis Cheslock, British-born American violinist, composer and educator of Polish heritage (Peabody Institute, 1916-76), dies at 82
  • 1991 Gino Negri, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • 1993 Szymon Goldberg, Polish violinist/conductor, dies at 84
  • 1995 Sydney Lipton, British dance band leader, dies at 89
  • 1996 (Emmanual Tettey) "E.T." Mensah, Ghanaian saxophonist, known as the "King of Highlife" music (Accra Rhythmic Orchestra; The Tempos), dies at 77
  • 2001 Judy Clay [Guions], American soul and gospel singer, dies from complications from a car accident at 62
  • 2010 Andy Hummell, American rock bassist (Big Star, 1971-73), dies of cancer at 59
  • 2011 Karen Khachaturian, Russian composer, dies at 90
  • 2015 Van Alexander, American composer and band leader ("A-Tisket, A-Tasket"), dies at 100