On This Day

On This Day in Music for July 23

Events in Music

  • 1961 Bricusse & Newley's musical "Stop the world I want to ..." premieres

Music concertMusic Concert

1961 American opera singer Grace Bumbry becomes the first black singer to perform at the Bayreuth Festival, Germany, she earns 42 curtain calls

Opera Singer Grace Bumbry
Opera Singer
Grace Bumbry
  • 1965 The Beatles' "Help" is released in UK

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1966 Frank Sinatra's album "Strangers In The Night" is No. 1 on the US charts, (Grammy for Record Of The Year and Best Male Vocal Performance)

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1976 Wings release "Let 'em In"

CameraFamous Photo

1984 Vanessa Williams, 1st African American Miss America, resigns after Penthouse publishes unauthorized nude photos of her

Singer and Actress Vanessa Williams
Singer and Actress
Vanessa Williams

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Bruce Springsteen begins a world tour

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Dancer and actor Gene Kelly suffers a mild stroke

Actor and Dancer Gene Kelly
Actor and Dancer
Gene Kelly
  • 1995 "Hamlet" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 121 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2010 One Direction is formed during the X Factor show as Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson join together

Singer Harry Styles
Harry Styles
Singer-songwriter Zayn Malik
Zayn Malik

Birthdays in Music

  • 1735 Johannes Herbst, German composer, born in Kempten, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1812)
  • 1769 Alexey Titov, Russian composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1827)
  • 1773 Karl Ludwig Hellwig, German composer, born in Bliesdorf, Germany (d. 1838)
  • 1793 Joseph Hartmann Stuntz, Swiss composer, born in Arlesheim, Switzerland (d. 1859)
  • 1796 Franz Berwald, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1868)
  • 1803 Johann Vesque von Püttlingen, Austrian lawyer and composer, born in Lubomirski Palace, Opole Lubelskie, Poland (d. 1883)
  • 1806 Eduard Marxsen, German pianist and composer, born in Nienstädten, Hamburg, Germany (d. 1887)
  • 1825 Richard Hol, Dutch composer, organist and conductor, born in Amsterdam (d. 1904)
  • 1838 Édouard Colonne, French composer and violinist, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1910)
  • 1849 Geza Zichy, Hungarian composer and one-armed pianist, born at Sztára Castle (d. 1924)
  • 1856 Arthur H. Bird, American composer, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1923)
  • 1866 Francesco Cilea, Italian composer (L'arlesiana), born in Palmi (d. 1950)
  • 1876 William Gillies Whittaker, English composer, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (d. 1944)
  • 1884 Apolinary Szeluto, Polish pianist and composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1966)
  • 1892 Petros John Petridis, Greek composer (Isotope Suite), born in Nigdé (Capodocia), Turkey (d. 1977)
  • 1902 Walter Burle Marx, Brazilian pianist and composer, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1990)
  • 1904 Adone Zecchi, Italian composer, born in Bologna (d. 1995)
  • 1905 Erich Itor Kahn, German composer of Jewish descent, born in Rimbach, Odenwald (d. 1956)
  • 1916 Ben Weber, American composer (Thorne Music Award-1965), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1979)
  • 1920 Amália Rodrigues, Portuguese fado singer, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1999)
  • 1921 Jerome Rosen, American composer and educator, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2011)
  • 1922 Stefans Grové, South African composer (Nonyana, The Ceremonial Dancer; Cyclops; Glimpses), born in Bethlehem, Orange Free State, Union of South Africa (d. 2014)
  • 1925 Gloria DeHaven, American musical actress (Step Lively), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1928 Leon Fleisher, American pianist and conductor (Annapolis Symphony 1970-82), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1929 Jack Richardson, Canadian record producer (The Guess Who), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2011)
  • 1934 Cleve Duncan, American rocker (The Penguins-Earth Angel), born in Los Angeles (d. 2012)
  • 1934 Steve Lacy [Lackritz], American jazz soprano saxophonist (Thelonious Monk), born in New York City (d. 2004)
  • 1940 Gary Stites, American rock vocalist (Lonely For You), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1942 Jan de Hont, Dutch guitarist (ZZ & Masks), born in Amsterdam
  • 1942 Madeline Bell, American singer (Black Nativity), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1943 Tony Joe White, American rocker (Polk Salad Annie), born in Oak Grove, Louisiana (d. 2018)
  • 1944 Dino Danelli, American rock drummer (Fotomaker, Young Rascals), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1945 Harold W Hennep, Arubians Dutch dancer and actor (Plus Echo)
  • 1946 Andy MacKay, English rock saxophone and oboe player (Roxy Music), born in London
  • 1946 Keith Ferguson, American blues bassist (Fabulous Thunderbirds), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1997)
  • 1947 David Essex [Cook], English rock vocalist and actor (That'll be the Day), born in London, England
  • 1950 Blair Thornton, Canadian rock guitarist (Bachman-Turner-Overdrive), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1950 Ian Thomas, Canadian singer-songwriter (Painted Ladies), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1952 Janis Siegel, American jazz singer (Manhattan Transfer-Tuxedo Junction), born in NYC, New York
  • 1954 Marisa DeFranco, Canadian musician (The DeFranco Family), born in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada
  • 1961 Martin Gore, English rocker (Depeche Mode-Just Can't Get Enough), born in Dagenham, Essex, England
  • 1965 Slash [Saul Hudson], English-American rock guitarist & songwriter (Guns N' Roses-Sweet Child o' Mine), born in London, England
  • 1968 Nick Menza, American musician and drummer (Megadeth), born in Munich, West Germany (d. 2016)
  • 1970 Sam Watters, American R&B singer and songwriter (Color Me Badd - "Wanna Sex You Up"), born in Camp Springs, Maryland

Person of interestAlison Krauss

1971 Alison Krauss, American bluegrass singer and fiddler (Union Station; Raising Sand), born in Decatur, Illinois

Country Singer and Musician Alison Krauss
Country Singer and Musician
Alison Krauss
  • 1971 Dalvin DeGrate, American R&B singer and rapper, (Jodeci - "Cry For You"), born in Hampton, Virginia
  • 1971 Christopher Lee [Lee Meng Soon], Malaysian actor, singer and model (Show Hand), born in Malacca, Malaysia
  • 1971 Zindy Laursen, Danish-American pop singer (Cut'N'Move - "Give It Up"; Zindy Kuku Boogaloo), born in Svendborg, Denmark
  • 1973 Fran[cis] Healy, Scottish rock musician (Travis), born in Stafford, England
  • 1973 Himesh Reshammiya, Indian Bollywood composer, singer and actor.
  • 1976 Jonathan Gallant, Canadian musician (Billy Talent), born in Streetsville, Ontario
  • 1978 Stefanie Sun, Singaporean singer
  • 1980 Michelle Williams, American singer (Destiny's Child), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • 1981 Steve Jocz, Canadian drummer (Sum 41)
  • 1985 Matthew Murphy, English musician (The Wombats), born in Liverpool

Deaths in Music

  • 1685 Pietro Reggio, Italian composer and musician, dies at 53
  • 1757 Domenico Scarlatti, Italian composer and harpsichordist (La Silvia), dies at 71
  • 1829 Wojciech Boguslawski, Polish composer, dies at 72
  • 1840 František Max Kníže, Czech composer, dies at 55
  • 1866 Thomas Forbes Walmisley, English composer, dies at 83
  • 1878 Miguel Hilarion Eslava y Elizondo, composer, dies at 70
  • 1909 Zygmunt Noskowski, Polish composer, dies at 63
  • 1933 Max Schillings, German composer/conductor (Mona Lisa), dies at 65
  • 1966 Donald Novis, British singer and actor (Monte Carlo, The Singing Plumber), dies at 60
  • 1973 Marius-François Gaillard, French pianist (DeBussy), conductor and composer (La passion noire), dies at 72
  • 1977 René de Vos, Dutch actor and composer (Jij Bent Mijn Leven), dies at 79
  • 1979 Keith Godchaux, American pianist (Grateful Dead), dies in a car accident at 31
  • 1983 Georges Auric, French composer (one of Les Six), dies at 84
  • 1985 Kay Kyser, bandleader (Kay Kyser's Kollege), dies at 79
  • 1986 Jouko Paavo Kalervo Tolonen, Finnish composer, dies at 73
  • 1990 Joe Turner, American jazz pianist, dies of cardiac arrest at 82
  • 1990 Robert Sommer, singer, dies of liver failure at 42
  • 1994 Hans J Salter, Austrian-American film composer (The Wolf Man, Christmas Holiday, This Love Of Ours), dies at 98
  • 1995 Floyd McDaniel, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 80
  • 2004 Mehmood [Ali], Indian actor, singer, director and producer (Do Phoo!, Vardaan), dies at 71
  • 2004 Carlos Paredes, Portuguese musician and composer (b. 1925)
  • 2004 Piero Piccioni, Italian musician, conductor and composer, dies at 82
  • 2004 Serge Reggiani, French singer and actor (b. 1922)
  • 2005 Ted Greene, American jazz guitarist and teacher (b. 1946)
  • 2005 Myron Floren, American accordionist (The Lawrence Welk Show), dies at 85
  • 2007 Ron Miller, American songwriter and record producer (b. 1933)
  • 2009 Danny McBride, American musician (Sha Na Na), dies at 63
  • 2010 Willem Breuker, Dutch saxophonist and conductor (WB Collective), dies at 65

Person of interestAmy Winehouse

2011 Amy Winehouse, British singer songwriter ("Stronger Than Me"; "Rehab"), dies from alcohol poisoning at 27

  • 2011 Johnny Hoes, Dutch musician and producer (Wished I'd stayed with my Mom), dies at 94
  • 2012 Robert Cage, American blues guitarist (From Lake Mary), dies at 75 (b. 1937)