On This Day

On This Day in Music for July 22

Events in Music

  • 1933 Caterina Jarboro sings "Aida" at the New York Hippodrome, becoming the 1st black female opera singer to perform in the US

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1959 Benjamin Britten's "Missa Brevis" in D premieres

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1969 Aretha Franklin arrested for disturbing the peace in Detroit

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • 1976 "Let My People Come" opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 106 performances
  • 1999 Woodstock 99 music festival begins Griffiss Park, Rome NY (till 25th) attended by 200,000. Ended due to violence.

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2020 Kim Kardashian asks for understanding of her husband Kanye West's struggles with his bipolar disorder on Instagram

Rapper Kanye West
Kanye West
TV Personality and Model Kim Kardashian
TV Personality and Model
Kim Kardashian

Birthdays in Music

  • 1597 Virgilio Mazzocchi, Italian composer, born in Veja (d. 1646)
  • 1642 Johann Quirsfeld, German composer, born in Dresden (d. 1686)
  • 1651 Ferdinand Tobias Richter, Austrian composer, born in Würzburg (d. 1711)
  • 1830 Herbert Stanley Oakeley, English composer, born in Ealing (d. 1903)
  • 1833 Benjamin Hanby, American composer (Jolly Old Saint Nicholas"), born in Rushville, Ohio (d. 1867)
  • 1853 Victor Roger, French composer (Les vingt-huit jours de Clairette), born in Montpellier, France (d. 1903)
  • 1871 Akos Buttykai, Hungarian composer, born in Halmi (d. 1935)
  • 1873 Ettore Pozzoli, Italian composer and pianist, born in Seregno (d. 1957)
  • 1879 Gustaf Heintze, Swedish pianist, organist, pedagogue and composer, born in Jönköping (d. 1946)
  • 1889 Frederick Preston Search, American cellist, composer and conductor (Bridge Builders), born in Pueblo, Colorado (d. 1959)
  • 1901 Charles Weidman, American choreographer and modern dancer (Candide), born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 1975)
  • 1902 Vladimir Nikolayevich Kryukov, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1960)
  • 1905 Boris Alexandrov, conductor (Red Army Song/Dance Ensemble)
  • 1907 Zubir Said, Singaporean composer who composed Singapore's national anthem (d. 1987)
  • 1909 Licia Albanese, Italian-American operatic soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1940-66), born in Torre Pelosa (now Bari), Italy (d. 2014)
  • 1913 Gorni Kramer, Italian bandleader and musician, born in Rivarolo, Mantovano, Italy (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Cecil Effinger, American composer, born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 1990)
  • 1923 Mukesh [Mathur], Indian "playback singer" for Bollywood films, born in Delhi, British India (d. 1976)
  • 1924 Margaret Whiting, American singer (It Might As Well Be Spring, Time After Time), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2011)
  • 1928 Georg Dreyfus, German-born Australian composer, born in Elberfeld
  • 1928 Keter Betts, American jazz bassist (d. 2005)
  • 1930 Leoncjusz Ciuciura, Polish classical composer (Spirals), born in Grodzisk Mazowieck, Poland (d. 2017) [1] [2]
  • 1933 Bertice Reading, American stage and screen actress and singer (The Jazz Train; Requiem For A Nun; Moon In The Gutter), born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • 1936 Don Patterson, American jazz organist (Hip Cake Walk; Holiday Soul), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1988)
  • 1941 George Clinton, rocker (Parliament-Funkadelic), born in Kannapolis, North Carolina
  • 1941 Thomas Wayne, American singer (Tragedy) (d. 1971)
  • 1943 Bobby Sherman [Robert Cabot Sherman Jr.], American actor/singer (Here Comes the Brides), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1944 Estelle Bennett, vocalist (Ronettes - Be My Baby), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1944 Rick Davies, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Supertramp), born in London, England
  • 1946 Mirelle Mathieu, French singer (So Ein Schone r Abend), born in Avigno, Vaucluse
  • 1946 Stephen M. Wolownik, Russian musician (d. 2000)
  • 1947 Don Henley, American rock drummer/vocalist (Eagles - "Desparado"; "Boys Of Summer"), born in Linden, Texas

Person of interestAlan Menken

1949 Alan Menken, American Disney composer (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast - 8 Oscars), born in New Rochelle, New York

Disney Composer Alan Menken
Disney Composer
Alan Menken
  • 1951 Steven Springer, Port of Spain, Trinidad, guitarist and songwriter (Sir Lancelot Pinard), (d. 2012)
  • 1953 Jimmy Bruno, American jazz guitarist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1953 Brian Howe, British rock singer (Bad Company, 1986-93 - "This Love"; "Holy Water"), born in Portsmouth, England (d. 2020)
  • 1954 Al Di Meola, American jazz guitarist (Return To Forever; Elegant Gypsy), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1956 Mick Pointer, British rock drummer (Marillion), born in Brill, Buckinghamshire, England
  • 1960 Jon Oliva, American musician (Savatage; Trans-Siberian Orchestra), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1961 Keith Sweat, American new jack swing singer, born in Harlem, New York
  • 1962 Steve Albini, American writer, recording engineer and musician (Big Black, Rapeman, Shellac), born in Pasedena, California
  • 1962 Martine St. Clair [Nault], Canadian singer, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1963 Emily Saliers, American singer (Indigo Girls - "Closer to Fine"), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1967 Pat Badger, American heavy metal bassist (Extreme-"More Than Words"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1967 Rhys Ifans [Rhys Evans], Welsh actor/musician (Notting Hill, Enduring Love), born in Haverfordwest, Wales
  • 1969 Despina Vandi [Malea], Greek pop singer ("Ipofero"), born in Tübingen, Germany
  • 1973 Daniel Jones, Australian rock musician (Savage Garden), born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
  • 1973 Rufus Wainwright, Canadian-American singer, born in Rhinebeck, New York
  • 1974 Viktoria Tolstoy [Louise Viktoria Kjellberg], Swedish jazz singer (Meet Me at the Movies), born in Sigtuna Municipality, Sweden
  • 1980 Kate Ryan [Katrien Verbeeck], Belgian pop singer-songriter, born in Tessenderlo, Belgium
  • 1980 Tablo [Daniel Lee], Korean-Canadian hip-hop musician (Epik High), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1983 Arsenium [Arsenie Todiraș], Moldovan pop singer (O-Zone) Chișinău

Person of interestSelena Gomez

1992 Selena Gomez, American actress and singer (Revival, Stars Dance), born in Grand Prairie, Texas

Singer and Actress Selena Gomez
Singer and Actress
Selena Gomez
  • 1997 Field Cate, American actor and musician (Pushing Daisies), born in Burlington, Vermont

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1850 Composer Stephen Foster (24) weds Jane Denny McDowell at Trinity Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Father of American Music Stephen Foster
Father of American Music
Stephen Foster
  • 2006 Spanish singer David Bustamante (24) weds Spanish TV star Paula Echevarria at Basilica de Santa Maria la Real de Covadonga in the Asturias

Deaths in Music

  • 1635 Pietro Antonio Tamburini, composer, dies at 45
  • 1786 Vaclav Kalous [Simon à Scto Bartholomaeo], Czech composer, dies at 71
  • 1794 Jean-Benjamin de La Borde, French composer, dies at 59
  • 1840 Józef Javurek, Polish-Russian composer, dies at 83
  • 1848 Karl Guhr, German composer, dies at 60
  • 1863 Carl Schuberth, composer, dies at 52
  • 1868 Zikmund Kolešovský, Czech composer, dies at 51
  • 1870 Josef Strauss, Austrian composer (Dynamids), dies at 42
  • 1880 Anna Caroline Oury, German pianist and composer, dies at 72
  • 1929 Bror Beckman, Swedish composer, dies at 63
  • 1952 Antonio Maria Valencia, Colombian composer, dies at 49
  • 1972 Hugo Kauder, Austrian composer, dies at 84
  • 1972 Pavel Bořkovec, Czech composer (Suite for Piano), dies at 78
  • 1982 Sonny Stitt [Edward Hammond Boatner Jr], American jazz saxophonist (Blows the Blues), dies of cancer at 58
  • 1988 Luigi Lucioni, Italian-American landscape painter (opera stars), dies at 87
  • 1990 Otmar Nussio, Swiss conductor and composer (Boccaccio Suite), dies at 87
  • 1992 David Wojuarowicz, artist (U2 album cover), dies of AIDs at 37
  • 1995 Dave Clark, music promoter/songwriter, dies at 85
  • 1995 Percy Humphrey, American jazz trumpet player and bandleader in New Orleans, Louisiana, dies at 90
  • 1996 Robert Collins, keyboard player, dies at 33
  • 1996 Tamara Danz, German singer (Silly), dies of cancer at 43
  • 1998 Hermann Prey, German bass-baritone (b. 1929)
  • 2004 Sacha Distel, French singer (Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head cover), dies at 71
  • 2004 Illinois Jacquet, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 81
  • 2005 Eugene Record American songwriter and singer (The Chi-Lites) (b. 1940)
  • 2006 Dika Newlin, American composer, Schoenberg expert and punk rocker, dies at 82
  • 2010 Phillip Walker, American electric blues guitarist, and singer ("Hello My Darling"), dies at 73
  • 2012 Nan Merriman, American-Dutch singer (Arturo Toscanini NBC Orchestra), dies at 92
  • 2017 Bobby Taylor, American singer and producer who discovered "The Jackson 5" (Motown Records), dies of cancer at 83