On This Day

On This Day in Music for July 24

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1917 Trial of Dutch exotic dancer Mata Hari begins in Paris for allegedly spying for Germany and thus causing the deaths of 50,000 soldiers

Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy Mata Hari
Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy
Mata Hari

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1942 Irving Berlin's musical "This is the Army" premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • 1965 "Flora, the Red Menace" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 87 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1965 Bob Dylan release "Like a Rolling Stone"

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
  • 1965 Rock group "The Animals" 1st time in British charts
  • 1967 The Beatles sign a petition in Times to legalize marijuana
  • 1982 "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" closes at E O'Neill NYC after 63 performances
  • 1983 "Mame" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 41 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

1984 "Careless Whisper" single released by George Michael (Billboard Song of the Year 1985)

Pop Superstar George Michael
Pop Superstar
George Michael

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Singer Demi Lovato is hospitalized after a drug overdose in Los Angeles

Actress and Singer-Songwriter Demi Lovato
Actress and Singer-Songwriter
Demi Lovato

Birthdays in Music

  • 1725 John Newton, English cleric and hymnist, born in Wapping, London (d. 1807)
  • 1818 Félix Godefroid, Belgian harpist and composer, born in Namur, Belgium (d. 1897)
  • 1832 Johann Christoph Lauterbach, German violinist and concert master, born in Kulmbach, Germany (d. 1918)
  • 1864 Michel-Gaston Carraud, French composer, born in Le Mée-sur-Seine, France (d. 1920)
  • 1880 Ernest Bloch, Swiss-born American composer (MacBeth, Schelomo, Israel), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1959)
  • 1885 Desider Antalffy-Zsiross, Hungarian organist and composer, born in Nagybecskerek, Hungary (d. 1945)
  • 1894 Walter Schulthess, Swiss composer, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1971)
  • 1898 Caterina Jarboro, African-American opera singer and 1st black female performer to sing on opera stage in US, born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 1986)
  • 1902 Hans Chemin-Petit, German composer, born in Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany (d. 1981)
  • 1903 Robert Mills Delaney, American composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1956)
  • 1904 Leo Arnaud, French-American composer (Bugler's Dream), born in Lyon, France (d. 1991)
  • 1907 Hughie Charles, English songwriter and impresario, born in Manchester, England (d. 1995)
  • 1913 Johnny McAfee, American singer (Sammy Kaye Show), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1914 Riccardo Malipiero, Italian composer, born in Milan (d. 2003)
  • 1916 Bob Eberly [Robert Eberle], American singer (Jimmy Dorsey Band), born in Mechanicville, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1917 Robert Farnon, Canadian composer and conductor, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2005)
  • 1918 Ruggiero Ricci, American composer and violinist (Paganini), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2012)
  • 1921 Giuseppe Di Stefano, Italian operatic tenor, born in Motta Sant'Anastasia, Catania, Sicily (d. 2008)
  • 1922 Leo Kraft, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1924 Glenn Loren Glasow, American composer, born in Pine County, Minnesota (d. 2002)
  • 1924 Janine Charrat, French ballerina and choreographer, born in Grenoble, France (d. 2017)
  • 1927 Wilfred Josephs, English composer, born in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne (d. 1997)
  • 1934 Jimmy Holiday, American singer (How Can I Forget), born in Sallis, Mississippi (d. 1987)
  • 1935 Les Reed, English songwriter (It's Not Unusual), born in Woking, Surrey
  • 1937 Barry Lloyd Vercoe, New Zealand composer and computer scientist (MIT Media Lab), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1938 Mike Mainieri, American vibraphonist (Steps Ahead), born in the Bronx, New York
  • 1941 Barbara Love, American soul singer (Friends of Distinction), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942 Heinz [Burt], British rock bassist (The Tornados - "Telstar"), born in Detmold, The Free State of Lippe (now Germany) (d. 2000)
  • 1944 Barbara Thompson, British jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Oxford, England
  • 1944 Jim Armstrong, Irish rock guitarist (Them), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1947 Peter Serkin, American pianist (Tashi), born in NYC, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1953 Jon Faddis, American jazz trumpeter and educator, born in Oakland, California
  • 1957 Pam Tillis, American country singer (Melancholy Child), born in Plant City, Florida
  • 1957 Robbie Grey, English rock singer (Modern English - "I Melt With You")
  • 1957 Walter "Wattie" Buchan, Scottish punk rock singer (The Exploited), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1958 Mick Karn [Andonis Michaelides], English musician (Japan), born in Nicosia, Cyprus (d. 2011)
  • 1961 Paul Geary, American heavy metal drummer (Extreme), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1967 Jasper Teule, Dutch rock singer/bassist (Pilgrims-Once to Everything)
  • 1968 Kristin Chenoweth, American singer and actress (Wicked), born in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Person of interestJennifer Lopez

1969 Jennifer "J.Lo" Lopez, American actress and pop singer (Selena), born in The Bronx, New York

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez
  • 1971 John Partridge, British singer (Cats) and actor (EastEnders), born in Radcliffe, Lancashire, England
  • 1979 Stat Quo [Stanley Benton], American rapper, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1984 John Dhani Lennevald, Swedish pop singer (A-Teens), born in Stockholm
  • 1990 Evan James Springsteen, American rocker and Bruce Springsteen's son, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1997 Andreas Varady, Hungarian-Romani jazz guitarist, born in Rimavská Sobota, Slovakia

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1946 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Howard Hanson (49) weds Margaret Elizabeth Nelson at the Chautauqua Institution in New York

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson

LoveWedding of Interest

1972 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (24) weds Sarah Hugill

  • 2004 "The Calling" singer Alex Band (23) weds "Cleopatra 2525" actress Jennifer Sky (27) in West Palm Beach, Florida

Deaths in Music

  • 1652 Johann Weichmann, German organist, and sacred and secular music composer (Sorgen-Lägerin), dies at 32
  • 1739 Benedetto Marcello, Italian author and composer (Lettera Famigliare), dies on 53rd birthday
  • 1809 Johann Gottfried Eckard, composer, dies at 74
  • 1812 Joseph Schuster, composer, dies at 63
  • 1819 Sophie Gail, French singer and composer, dies at 43
  • 1826 Jacob Kimball, composer, dies at 65
  • 1831 Maria Szymanowska, Polish pianist and composer, dies of cholera at 41
  • 1846 Joseph Leopold Eybler, Austrian composer/choir master, dies at 81
  • 1865 Johan Filip von Schantz, composer, dies at 30
  • 1876 Thomas Molleson Mudie, English composer, dies at 66
  • 1933 Max von Schillings, German composer and conductor (Der Pfeifertag), dies at 65
  • 1936 James Philip Dunn, composer, dies at 52
  • 1947 Ernest Austin, composer, dies at 72
  • 1960 Carl Deis, composer, dies at 77
  • 1971 Alan Rawsthorne, composer, dies at 66
  • 1972 Bobby Ramirez, drummer (White Trash), killed at 23 in bar brawl
  • 1973 Mary Frasca, singer/actress, dies in NYC
  • 1976 Leo Shuken, American film music composer and arranger (Stagecoach; The Fabulous Dorseys; The Unsinkable Molly Brown), dies at 69
  • 1987 Dick Wellstood, American jazz pianist, dies at 59
  • 1995 Jerry Lordan, English singer and composer (Wonderful Land), dies at 61
  • 2001 Georges Dor, Canadian author, composer, singer and playwright (b. 1931)
  • 2004 Claude André François Ballif, French composer, dies at 80
  • 2008 Norman Dello Joio [Nicodemo DeGioio], American classical composer (Choreography: Three Dances for Strings), dies at 95
  • 2011 Dan Peek, American rock vocalist and guitarist (America), dies at 60
  • 2011 Jane White, African-American actress and singer (Strange Fruit, Once Upon a Mattress), dies at 88
  • 2014 Ik-Hwan Bae, South Korean-American violinist (Bargemusic, 1982-95) and educator (Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, 1999-2014), dies of cancer at 57
  • 2016 Marni Nixon, American singer (for Audrey Hepburn, Natalie Wood & Deborah Kerr), dies at 86