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 is #1

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

  • 1942 Dmitri Shostakovitch' 7th Symphony premieres in USA
  • 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

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

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • 1980 David Bowie appears in role of "Elephant Man" in Denver
  • 1992 "Price" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 47 performances
  • 1992 NYC ballet dancer Peter Martins is arrested for beating his wife
  • 2018 Duck boot sinks in Table Rock Lake, Missouri, drowning 17 people

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, born in Czernowitz, Austria (d. 1932)
  • 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 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 singer, dancer and actress (Ryan's Hope, Strangers When We Meet), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1932 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 and vocalist (Eagles-Take it Easy), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1947 Brian May, English rock guitarist (Queen-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 Allen Collins [Larkin Allen Collins Jr.], American rock guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), 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
  • 1968 Robert Flynn, American musician (Machine Head)
  • 1971 Urs Bühler, Swiss tenor (Il Divo)
  • 1971 Russell Allen, American musician (Symphony X)
  • 1972 Naohito Fujiki, Japanese actor and singer
  • 1973 Martin Powell, English musician (Cradle of Filth)
  • 1981 Didz Hammond, bassist/backing vocalist (Dirty Pretty Things and The Cooper Temple Clause)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1966 50 year old Frank Sinatra marries 21 year old Mia Farrow in Las Vegas

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

  • 2014 Actress and singer Naya Rivera (27) weds actor Ryan Dorsey 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, composer, dies at 62
  • 1730 Jean-Baptiste Loeillet, composer, dies at 49
  • 1811 Christian Gotthilf Tag, German composer, dies at 76
  • 1838 Frederic Nicolas Duvernoy, composer, dies at 72
  • 1844 Heinrich Domnich, German hornist and composer, dies at 77
  • 1847 Johann Wilhelm Wilms, composer, dies at 75
  • 1944 Will Marion Cook, composer, dies at 75
  • 1951 Max Ettinger, Jewish-German composer (Jiddische Requiem), dies at 77
  • 1954 Jean Roger-Ducasse, composer, dies at 81
  • 1970 Barry Wood, singer (Your Hit Parade), dies at 61
  • 1975 Lefty Frizzell, American country music singer and songwriter (b. 1928)
  • 1981 Louis Cheslock, composer, dies at 81
  • 1981 Roger Doucet, French Canadian tenor (b. 1919)
  • 1991 Gino Negri, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • 1993 Yvonne Desportes, French composer, dies at 86
  • 1993 Szymon Goldberg, Polish violinist/conductor, dies at 84
  • 1995 Sydney Lipton, bandleader/violin, dies at 89
  • 1996 Emmanual Tettey Mensah, musician, dies at 77
  • 2001 Judy Clay [Guions], American soul and gospel singer, dies from complications from a car accident at 62
  • 2015 Van Alexander, American composer and band leader (A-Tisket, A-Tasket), dies at 100