On This Day

On This Day in Music for July 25

Events in Music

Music concertMusic Concert

1933 1st Dutch live radio concert: Duke Ellington

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington

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1946 At Club 500 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis stage their first show as a comedy team

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
Actor, Comedian and Singer Dean Martin
Actor, Comedian and Singer
Dean Martin
  • 1964 "Here's Love" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 338 performances
  • 1964 Beatles' album "A Hard Day's Night" goes #1, stays #1 for 14 weeks

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1965 Bob Dylan is booed by sections of the crowd at the Newport Folk Festival for performing with an electric guitar, beginning of folk-rock

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
  • 1966 Brian Jones final performance as a Rolling Stone

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1966 The Supremes release "You Can't Hurry Love"

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
  • 1969 70,000 attend Seattle Pop Festival
  • 1970 "(They Long to Be) Close to You" sung by the Carpenters reaches #1

Music concertMusic Concert

1973 George Harrison pays £1,000,000 tax on his Bangladesh concert & album

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

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1975 David Bowie releases "Fame"

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie

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1978 John Lydon forms rock group Public Ltd Image

Musician John Lydon
John Lydon

Music releaseAlbum Release

1983 Metallica's debut album Kill 'Em All is released on Megaforce Records

Metallica Rocker James Hetfield
Metallica Rocker
James Hetfield
Heavy Metal Musician Jason Newsted
Heavy Metal Musician
Jason Newsted
  • 1990 "Les Miserables" opens at Princess Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver
  • 1997 Rocker Rick Danko gets suspended sentence in Japan for drug smuggling

Birthdays in Music

  • 1579 Valerius Otto, German composer, born in Leipzig (d. after 1612)
  • 1654 Agostino Steffani, Italian-German diplomat and composer, born in Castelfranco Veneto, Italy (d. 1728)
  • 1657 Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, German composer, born in Esens, Germany (d. 1714)
  • 1772 Gottlob Benedikt Bierey, German composer, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1840)
  • 1780 Christian Theodor Weinlig, German composer, teacher and choir master, born in Dresden, Saxony (d. 1842)
  • 1786 Giacomo Cordella, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1846)
  • 1832 Simon Hassler, German-American composer, born in Germany (d. 1901)
  • 1855 Edward Solomon, English composer, born in Lambeth, London (d. 1895)
  • 1878 Heinrich Gebhard, German-born American composer, born in Sobernheim, Rhineland-Palatinate (d. 1963)
  • 1883 Alfredo Casella, Italian composer and conductor (La Giara), born in Turin, Italy (d. 1947)
  • 1893 Dorothy Dickson, American actress and dancer (Paying the Piper, Danny Boy), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 1895 Yvonne Printemps, French singer and actress (Paris Waltz, Voyage to America), born in Ermont, France (d. 1977)
  • 1897 Hermann Ambrosius, German composer, born in Hamburg (d. 1983)
  • 1903 André Fleury, French organist and composer, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1995)
  • 1907 Johnny Hodges, American saxophonist, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1970)
  • 1908 Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Indian Carnatic vocalist, born in Tirukkodikaval, Thanjavur District, India (d. 2003)
  • 1909 Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Italian composer and conductor, born in Bergamo, Italy (d. 1996)
  • 1925 William "Benny" Benjamin, American session drummer (Motown's Funk Brothers), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1969) [1]
  • 1926 Teodor Grigoriu, Romanian composer, born in Galați, Romania (d. 2014)
  • 1930 Maureen Forrester, Canadian operatic contralto (Resurrection Symphony), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2010)
  • 1930 Annie Ross, British-American jazz singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - "Twisted") and actress, born in London (d. 2020)
  • 1932 Gibson Kente, South African playwright and composer, born in Duncan Village, Eastern Cape (d. 2014)
  • 1939 Richard Akre Trythall, American composer, born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1943 Jim McCarty, English rock drummer (Yardbirds - "For Your Love"), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1943 Roy Acuff Jr., American country musician, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1943 Tom Dawes, American rock musician and composer who wrote music for commercial jingles ("Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz” for Alka-Seltzer and “7Up, the Uncola”), born in Albany, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1945 Donna Theodore, American actress and singer (Hollywood Talent Scouts), born in Pleasanton, California
  • 1946 José Areas, Nicaraguan percussionist (Santana), born in Leon, Nicaragua
  • 1948 Steve Goodman, American folk singer and songwriter (City of New Orleans), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1984)
  • 1950 Mark Clarke, English bassist (Colosseum; Tempest; Uriah Heep), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1951 Vanessa [Connie Witteman], Dutch model and singer, born in Voorburg, Netherlands
  • 1951 Verdine White, American bassist (Earth, Wind & Fire), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1954 Ken Greer [Kenneth William Greer], Canadian rock guitarist (Red Rider), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1955 "Country" Jem [Jeremy] Finer, English banjo player (Pogues-Straight to Hell), born in Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • 1957 Roger Clinton Jr., American actor and singer, President Clinton's half-brother, born in Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • 1958 Henk Wanders, Dutch bassist (Frank Boeijen Group), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • 1958 Thurston Moore, American guitarist and songwriter (Sonic Youth), born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • 1965 Marty Brown, American country singer (Wildest Dreams), born in Maceo, Kentucky
  • 1966 Maureen Herman, American bassist (Babes in Toyland) and writer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1966 Lynda Lemay, French Canadian singer, born in Portneuf, Quebec, Canada
  • 1969 Trevor Peres, American metal guitarist (Obituary-The End Complete), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1971 Roger Creager, American country music singer & songwriter, born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 1973 Dani Filth, British singer (Cradle of Filth), born in Hertford, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1980 Diam's [Mélanie Georgiades], French rapper, born in Nicosia, Cyprus

Deaths in Music

  • 1675 Nicolas Saboly, French composer and poet, dies at 61
  • 1759 Johann C Altnikol, German organist/klavecinist/composer, dies at 39
  • 1814 Charles Dibdin, British composer, author (Sea Songs), and actor, dies at 69
  • 1866 Aloys Schmitt, German pianist, composer and music theorist (Preparatory Exercises, Op. 16) dies at 77
  • 1870 Pierre Dupont, French songwriter, dies at 49
  • 1911 Filippo Capocci, composer, dies at 71
  • 1922 Jarolslaw Zielinski, composer, dies at 75
  • 1952 Herbert Murrill, composer, dies at 43
  • 1955 Ilmari Hannikainen, composer, dies at 62
  • 1955 Isaak Iosifovich Dunayevsky, Soviet operetta and film composer, dies at 55
  • 1969 Douglas Stuart Moore, composer, dies at 75
  • 1971 Leroy Robertson, composer, dies at 74
  • 1980 Vladimir Vysotsky, Russian poet, singer, and actor (b. 1938)
  • 1983 Jerome Moross, American composer (Frankie & Johnny), dies at 69
  • 1984 Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton, American rhythm-and-blues singer and songwriter (Hound Dog, Ball & Chain, Stronger Than Dirt), dies of heart and liver disorders at 57
  • 1992 Alfred Drake [Capurro], American singer and actor (Trading Places, Hamlet, Kiss Me Kate), dies of heart failure at 78
  • 1994 John M Dengler, American jazz multi-instrumentalist - bass sax/trumpet/trombone (The Intensely Vigorous Jazz Band), dies from cancer at 67
  • 1995 Charlie Rich, American country singer (Lonely Weekends), dies at 62
  • 1995 Osvaldo Pugliese, Argentine musician and composer, dies at 89
  • 1998 Tal Farlow, American jazz guitarist, dies at 77
  • 2003 Erik Brann, American musician (Iron Butterfly) (b. 1950)
  • 2005 Albert Mangelsdorff, German jazz trombonist (b. 1928)
  • 2008 Johnny Griffin III, American jazz saxophonist (A Blowin' Session), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • 2008 Hiram Bullock, American jazz, funk, and fusion guitarist (The World's Most Dangerous Band) dies of cancer at 52
  • 2013 Mike Shipley, Australian audio engineer (Paper Airplane), commits suicide at 56
  • 2020 Peter Green [Greenbaum], English guitarist (Fleetwood Mac -"Albatross"), dies at 73 [1] [2]