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)
  • 1942 Time puts Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovitch on its cover
  • 1962 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 13th Symphony
  • 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, composer
  • 1796 Edward Hodges, composer
  • 1803 Jakob Zeugheer, composer
  • 1819 Paul Henrion, composer
  • 1837 Hans Sommer, German theatre composer, born in Brunswick (d. 1922)
  • 1872 Alick Maclean, composer
  • 1872 Deodat de Severac, composer
  • 1873 Witold Maliszewski, composer
  • 1902 Jimmy Kennedy, Irish composer (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
  • 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)

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

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  • 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 Nichelsmann, German klavecinist/composer, dies
  • 1808 Francois-Hippolyte Barthelemon, composer, dies at 66
  • 1825 Joseph-Denis Doche, composer, dies at 58
  • 1868 Antoine Prumier, 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, composer, dies at 76
  • 1936 Arthur Battelle Whiting, composer, 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
  • 1969 Roy Hamilton, American rocker, dies at 40 (b. 1929)
  • 1977 Gary Kellgren, American music producer (b. 1939)
  • 1984 Gail Kubik, American composer (Gerald McBoing Boing), dies at 69
  • 1995 Natalia Dmitrevna Shpiller, singer, dies at 85
  • 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