On This Day

On This Day in Music for July 20

Events in Music

Music release#1 in the Charts

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

Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader Tommy Dorsey
Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader
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

CameraFamous Photo

1984 Vanessa Williams is asked to resign as Miss America due to publication of nude photos of her

Singer and Actress Vanessa Williams
Singer and Actress
Vanessa Williams

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, Belgian organist and composer, born in Liège (d. 1820)
  • 1761 Joseph Lefèbvre, French composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1822?)
  • 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 Alexander "Alick" Maclean, British composer and conductor (Scarborough Spa Orchestra, 1912-35), born in Windsor, Berkshire, England (d. 1936) [1]
  • 1872 Déodat de Séverac, French composer (Cerdaña), born in Saint-Félix-de-Caraman, France (d. 1921)
  • 1873 Witold Maliszewski, Polish composer (founder and first director of Odessa Conservatory), born in Mohyliv-Podilskyi, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1939)
  • 1902 Jimmy Kennedy, Irish singer-songwriter (Teddy Bears' Picnic, My Prayer), born in Omagh, Ireland (d. 1984)
  • 1908 Gunnar de Frumerie, Swedish pianist and composer (Circulus Quintus), born in Nacka, Sweden (d. 1987)
  • 1910 Vilém Tauský, Czech conductor and composer (d. 2004)
  • 1911 William Dillard, American jazz trumpeter and Broadway singer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1995) [1]
  • 1918 Cindy Walker, American songwriter ("Dream Baby"; "You Don't Know Me") and country singer, born in Mart, Texas (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-American composer ("Our Day Will Come") and Moog synthesizer pioneer, born in St. John, New Brunswick (d. 2008)
  • 1927 Michael Gielen, Austrian conductor/composer
  • 1928 Peter Ind, British jazz double bassist, born in Middlesex, England
  • 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 José Vicente Asuar, Chilean electronic music composer, born in Santiago, Chile (d. 2017)
  • 1936 Kaleria Fadicheva, Russian ballerina (Kirov) and choreographer, born in Ust-Ijori, Leningrad, Russia (d. 1994) [1]
  • 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], American country singer (Devil in the Bottle), born in Humbolt, Tennessee
  • 1943 Dennis Yost, American 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, American rock vocalist (Bette Davis Eyes), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1945 Johnny Loughrey, Irish singer, born in Newtownstewart, Northern Ireland (d. 2005)

Person of interestCarlos Santana

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

Musician Carlos Santana
Carlos Santana
  • 1953 Marcia Hines, American-born Australian singer (Marcia Shines), born in Boston, Massachessetts
  • 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, England
  • 1957 Merlina DeFranco, Canadian pop singer (The DeFranco Family - "Heartbeat, It's A Lovebeat"), born in Port Colborne, Ontario
  • 1958 Mick MacNeil, Scottish keyboardist (Simple Minds - "Don't You Forget About Me"), born on the Isle of Barra
  • 1959 Radney Foster, American country singer and songwriter (Foster & Lloyd - "Crazy Over You"), born in Del Rio, Texas
  • 1964 Chris Cornell, American musician (Soundgarden; Audioslave), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2017)
  • 1965 Stone Gossard, American guitarist (Pearl Jam), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 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), born in Auburn, Washington
  • 1972 Vitamin C [Colleen Ann Fitzpatrick], American singer and actress, born in Old Bridge, New Jersey
  • 1976 Andrew Stockdale, Australian rock musician (Wolfmother), born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • 1980 Mike Kennerty, American guitarist (The All-American Rejects) and record producer, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1987 Brent Wilson, American rock (Panic! At The Disco), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1987 Nicola Benedetti, Scottish classical violinist, born in West Kilbride, North Ayrshire
  • 1988 Julianne Hough, American ballroom dancer and TV personality (Dancing With The Stars), born in Orem, Utah
  • 1999 Pop Smoke [Bashar Barakah Jackson], American rapper and singer-songwriter (Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2020)

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

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2015 County singers Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert divorce after 4 years of marriage

Country Singer Blake Shelton
Country Singer
Blake Shelton
Country Music Singer-Songwriter Miranda Lambert
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Miranda Lambert

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
  • 1946 Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton, American trombonist and plunger mute pioneer (Duke Ellington Orchestra), dies of a stroke at 42
  • 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
  • 2001 Werner Haentjes, German conductor and composer of operas and film scores, dies at 77
  • 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