On This Day

On This Day in Music for July 21

Events in Music

Film release premierFilm Premier

1943 "Stormy Weather", directed by Andrew L. Stone, starring Bill Robinson, Lena Horne and Fats Waller singing "Ain't Misbehavin'" premieres in the US

Tap Dancer and Actor Bill Robinson
Tap Dancer and Actor
Bill Robinson
Jazz Musician and Songwriter Fats Waller
Jazz Musician and Songwriter
Fats Waller
  • 1976 "Guys & Dolls" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 239 performances
  • 1978 "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" film, based on the Beatles' album of the same name, premieres in NYC

Music concertMusic Concert

1983 Storm cuts short Diana Ross' free concert in NY's Central Park

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
  • 1985 "Leader of the Pack" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 120 performances
  • 1987 Guns N' Roses debut album "Appetite for Destruction" is released, and becomes the best-selling debut album of all time with more than 30 million copies sold

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Pink Floyd's "The Wall" is performed where the Berlin Wall once stood

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 Singer Justin Bieber barred from performing in China by Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture citing his "bad behavior"

Pop Star Justin Bieber
Pop Star
Justin Bieber

Birthdays in Music

  • 1748 Louis-Henry Paisible, French composer, born in Saint Cloud, Paris (d. 1782)
  • 1779 Gottlob Wiedebein, German composer, born in Eilenstedt (d. 1854)
  • 1797 Franz Schoberlechner, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1843)
  • 1865 Robert Kahn, German composer, born in Mannheim (d. 1951)
  • 1898 Ernest Willem Mulder, composer
  • 1898 Sara Carter, American country musician, songwriter and vocalist (Carter Family), born in Cooper Creek, Virginia (d. 1979)
  • 1903 Theodore Karyotakis, composer
  • 1906 Daniel Ayala Perez, composer
  • 1915 Floyd McDaniel, blues singer/guitarist
  • 1920 Isaac Stern, American-Ukrainian violinist (debut San Francisco Symphony), born in Kremenets, Ukraine, Soviet Union (d. 2001)
  • 1920 Manuel Valls Gorina, composer
  • 1921 Billy Taylor, orchestra leader (David Frost Show), born in Greenville, North Carolina
  • 1925 Lovro Zupanovic, composer
  • 1926 Queenie Watts [Mary Spenton], British singer and actress (Up the Junction, Holiday on the Buses), born in London, England (d. 1980)
  • 1930 Anand Bakshi, Indian lyricist (d. 2002)
  • 1931 Plas Johnson, American jazz musician (The Pink Panther Theme), born in Donaldsonville, Louisiana
  • 1931 Leon Schidlowsky, composer
  • 1935 Kaye Stevens, Pitts, singer/comedienne (Jerry Lewis Show)
  • 1938 Anton Emil Kuerti, composer
  • 1942 Kim Fowley, Philippines/US rock vocalist/producer/songwriter
  • 1943 Henry McCullough, Irish guitarist (Wings), born in Portstewart, Northern Ireland (d. 2016)

Person of interestCat Stevens

1948 Cat Stevens [Steven Demetre Georgiou; Yusaf Islam], rock vocalist (Peace Train), born in London, England

Singer and songwriter Cat Stevens
Singer and songwriter
Cat Stevens
  • 1950 Larry Tolbert, rock drummer (Raydio)
  • 1953 Eric Bazilian, American musician (The Hooters), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1955 Henry Preistman, rocker (Christians-Harvest the World)
  • 1955 Howie Epstein, American musician (d. 2003)
  • 1955 Taco Ockerse, Indonesian singer
  • 1961 Jim Martin, rock guitarist (Faith No More-Real Thing), born in Oakland, California
  • 1961 Amar Singh Chamkila, Punjabi folk singer
  • 1962 Lee Aaron, Canadian rock singer (Metal Queen), born in Belleville, Canada
  • 1969 Emerson Hart, American musician (Tonic)
  • 1970 Michael Fitzpatrick, French-American musician (Fitz and The Tantrums), born in Montluçon, France
  • 1978 Damian Marley, Jamaican musician
  • 1981 Blake Lewis, American musician
  • 1981 Paloma Faith, English singer, songwriter and actress, born in Hackney, London, England
  • 1981 Romeo Santos, American Bachata singer-songwriter (Aventura), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1983 Eivør Pálsdóttir, Faroese singer

Weddings in Music

  • 2005 Tennis star player Lleyton Hewitt (24) weds "Home and Away" TV actress Bec Cartwright (22) at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia
  • 2008 Actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai and actress and singer Carina Lau marry in Bhutan

Deaths in Music

  • 1782 Placidus Cajetan von Camerloher, German composer, dies at 63
  • 1891 Franco Faccio, Italian composer and conductor, dies at 51
  • 1910 Johan Peter Selmer, composer, dies at 66
  • 1948 Donald Nichols Tweedy, American composer, dies at 58
  • 1950 Albert Riemenschneider, American musician and composer, dies at 71
  • 1968 Ruth St. Denis, American modern dance pioneer and teacher (Dances of the 5 Senses), dies at 91
  • 1984 Michael Osborne, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Axe), dies at 34
  • 1993 Richard Tee, American pianist, singer and arranger (Slip' Slidin' Away, In Your Eyes), dies of prostate cancer at 49
  • 1994 Dorothy Collins [Marjorie Chandler], Canadian-American singer and actress (Your Hit Parade), dies at 67
  • 1995 Edwin "Russell" House, saxophonist, dies at 65
  • 2002 Gus Dudgeon [Angus Boyd Dudgeon], British pop record producer (Elton John, David Bowie), dies in a car crash at 59
  • 2004 Jerry Goldsmith, American pianist and composer (Twilight Zone, Planet Of The Apes), dies of colon cancer at 75
  • 2005 Long John Baldry, British blues musician (Don't try to Lay No Boogie), dies at 64
  • 2015 Theodore Bikel, Austrian-American folk singer and actor (The Russians Are Coming), dies at 91
  • 2019 Ben Johnston [Benjamin Burwell Johnston Jr], American microtonal composer (Gambit), dies at 93