On This Day

On This Day in Music for July 20

Events in Music

  • 1940 Billboard publishes its 1st singles record chart (#1 is "I'll Never Smile Again" by Tommy Dorsey)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1942 Time puts Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich on its cover

HeartEngagement of Interest

1968 Jane Asher breaks her engagement with Paul McCartney on live TV

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1968 Iron Butterfly's "In-a-gadda-da-vida" becomes 1st heavy metal song to hit charts, it comes in at #117
  • 1982 T Macauly & D Vosburghs musical "Windy City," premieres in London

Birthdays in Music

  • 1600 Simon Ives, English court composer (d. 1662)
  • 1726 William Jones, English composer and curate, born in Lowick (d. 1800)
  • 1744 Henri Hamal, composer, born in Liege (d. 1810)
  • 1761 Joseph Lefebvre, composer
  • 1762 Jakob Haibel, Austrian composer, born in Graz, Austria (d.1826)
  • 1779 Ignaz Schuster, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1835)
  • 1796 Edward Hodges, English organist and composer, born in Bristol (d. 1867)
  • 1803 Jakob Zeugheer, Swiss composer, born in Zürich (d. 1865)
  • 1819 Paul Henrion, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1901)
  • 1837 Hans Sommer, German theatre composer, born in Brunswick (d. 1922)
  • 1872 Alick Maclean, composer
  • 1872 Deodat de Severac, composer
  • 1873 Witold Maliszewski, Polish composer (Rector of Odessa Conservatory), born in Mohyliv-Podilskyi, Russian Empire (d. 1939)
  • 1902 Jimmy Kennedy, Irish singer-songwriter (Teddy Bears' Picnic, My Prayer), born in Omagh, Ireland (d. 1984)
  • 1908 Gunnar de Frumerie, composer
  • 1910 Vilém Tauský, Czech conductor and composer (d. 2004)
  • 1911 William Dillard, trumpeter/singer
  • 1918 Cindy Walker, American singer (d. 2006)
  • 1924 Lola Albright, American singer and actress (Delta Country, Kid Galahad, A Cold Wind in August), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2017)
  • 1924 Mort Garson, Canadian composer
  • 1927 Michael Gielen, Austrian conductor/composer
  • 1928 Peter Ind, jazz musician
  • 1930 Sally Ann Howes, British singer and actress (Truly Scrumptious-Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Brigadoon), born in London, England
  • 1933 Buddy Knox, American rock vocalist (Party Doll, Lovey Dovey), born in Happy, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1933 Jose Vicente Asuar, composer
  • 1936 Kaleria Fadicheva, ballerina
  • 1938 Natalie Wood [Natasha Gurdin], American actress (Gypsy, Rebel Without a Cause, West Side Story), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1981)
  • 1942 T G Sheppard, [William Browder], Humbolt Tn, singer (Devil in Bottle)
  • 1943 Dennis Yost, vocalist (The Classics IV), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2008)
  • 1945 John Lodge, English bassist, vocalist, and songwriter(The Moody Blues), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1945 Kim Carnes, rock vocalist (Bette Davis Eyes), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1945 Johnny Loughrey, Irish singer (d. 2005)

Person of interestCarlos Santana

1947 Carlos Santana, Mexican rock guitarist (Santana-Black Magic Woman), born in Autlán de Navarro

Musician Carlos Santana
Musician
Carlos Santana
  • 1953 Marcia Hines, American-born Australian singer
  • 1954 Jay Jay French [John French Segall], American rock guitarist (Twisted Sister), born in NYC, New York
  • 1956 Paul Cook, English rock drummer (Sex Pistols), born in London
  • 1957 Merlina Defranco, Canadian musician (The DeFranco Family)
  • 1958 Mick MacNeil, Scottish musician (Simple Minds), born on the Isle of Barra
  • 1959 Radney Foster, Del Rio Tx, singer (Foster & Lloyd-Crazy Over You)
  • 1964 Chris Cornell, American musician (Soundgarden, Audioslave), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2017)
  • 1965 Stone Gossard, musician with Pearl Jam
  • 1968 Kool G Rap [Nathaniel Thomas Wilson], American rapper, born in Queens, New York
  • 1969 Tobi Vail, American musician (Bikini Kill, The Go Team, The Frumpies)
  • 1972 Vitamin C [Colleen Ann Fitzpatrick], American singer, born in Old Bridge, New Jersey
  • 1976 Andrew Stockdale, Australian musician (Wolfmother)
  • 1980 Mike Kennerty, American guitarist (The All-American Rejects)
  • 1987 Brent Wilson, former bassist for Panic At The Disco
  • 1987 Nicola Benedetti, Scottish classical violinist, born in West Kilbride, North Ayrshire
  • 1988 Julianne Hough, American ballroom dancer

Weddings in Music

  • 2002 ABC's World News Tonight co-host Elizabeth Vargas (39) weds singer-songwriter Marc Cohn (43) at the Council on Foreign Relations

Divorces in Music

  • 2012 "Game of Thrones" actress Lena Headey (38) divorces musician Peter Loughran due to irreconcilable differences
  • 2015 County singers Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert divorce after 4 years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • 1732 Francesco Bartolomeo Conti, composer, dies at 51
  • 1752 John C Pepusch, English composer (Beggar's Opera), dies at about 85
  • 1762 Christoph Nichelmann, German composer and harpsichordist, dies at 44
  • 1808 François-Hippolyte Barthélémon, French composer, dies at 66
  • 1825 Joseph-Denis Doche, French composer, dies at 58
  • 1868 Antoine Prumier, French harpist and composer, dies at 75
  • 1868 Johann Friedrich Kittl, Czech composer, dies at 62
  • 1898 Yuri Karlovich Arnold, Russian composer, dies at 86
  • 1908 Federico Chueca, Spanish composer, dies at 62
  • 1914 Leo van Gheluwe, Belgian composer, dies at 76
  • 1936 Arthur Battelle Whiting, American composer and teacher, dies at 75
  • 1957 Phil Hanna, singer (Once Upon a Tune), dies at 46
  • 1959 Harry Fox [Arthur Carringford], American vaudeville dancer, comedian and actor (Talent Scout), dies at 77
  • 1968 Joseph Keilberth, German conductor (Bayreuther Festival), dies at 60
  • 1969 Roy Hamilton, American singer (You'll Never Walk Alone), dies at 40
  • 1977 Gary Kellgren, American music producer who cofounded The Record Plant studios, drowns along with his girlfriend at 38
  • 1984 Gail Kubik, American composer (Gerald McBoing Boing), dies at 69
  • 1991 Earl Robinson, American composer, dies in a car accident at 81
  • 1995 Natalia Dmitrevna Shpiller, singer, dies at 85
  • 2007 Tammy Faye Bakker (Messner), American Christian singer and former wife of Jim Bakker (The PTL Club), dies at 65
  • 2007 Ivor Emmanuel, Welsh singer and actor (Zulu, Show Boat, Kiss Me, Kate), dies of a stroke at 79
  • 2008 Artie Traum, American guitarist (b. 1943)
  • 2009 Ria Brieffies, Dutch singer (b. 1957)
  • 2016 Wayne Carson, American country musician and songwriter (Always On My Mind), dies at 73
  • 2017 Chester Bennington, American singer and songwriter (Linkin Park), commits suicide at 41