On This Day in Music for July 26

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

1882 Richard Wagner's opera "Parsifal" premieres in Bayreuth, Germany

Composer Richard Wagner
Composer
Richard Wagner
  • 1992 "Man of La Mancha" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 108 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1694 Johann Samuel Endler, composer
  • 1782 John Field, Irish pianist and composer (Nocturnes), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1837)
  • 1791 Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, 6th child of Austrian composer WAM
  • 1863 Jazeps Witols, composer
  • 1874 Serge Koussevitzky, Vishny-Volotchok, Russia conductor (Boston Symp)
  • 1876 Ernest Schelling, American composer and conductor (Victory Ball), born in Belvidere, New Jersey (d. 1939)
  • 1892 Philipp Jarnach, composer
  • 1903 Donald Voorhees, conductor (Bell Telephone Hour), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • 1904 Jack Allan Westrup, composer
  • 1906 Armando Jose Fernandes, composer
  • 1907 Gioconda de Vito, violinist
  • 1914 Ralph Hunsecker Blane, songwriter
  • 1914 Erskine Hawkins, American musician and bandleader (d. 1993)
  • 1922 Andrzej Koszewski, composer
  • 1924 Louis Bellson, Rock Falls Ill, orchestra leader (Pearl Bailey Show)
  • 1928 Hans Haselbock, composer
  • 1928 Tadeusz Baird, Polish composer (Giocosa)
  • 1929 Alexis Weissenberg, Bulgarian born pianist (Levintritt-1948), born in Sofia, Bulgaria (d. 2012)
  • 1933 Lance Percival, actor/singer (Darling Lili, Our Miss Fred)
  • 1934 Anthony Gilbert, composer
  • 1936 Antonio Mastrogiovanni, composer
  • 1938 Bobby Hebb, American country singer and songwriter (Sunny), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2010)
  • 1940 Dobie Gray [Lawrence Brown], American musician and singer (Drift Away), born in Simonton, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1940 Tolis Voskopoulos, Greek singer
  • 1941 Brenton Wood, rocker (Gimme Little Sign), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1941 Darlene Love [Wright], American singer (He's a Rebel), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1943 Mick Jagger, English rock vocalist (Rolling Stones), born in Dartford, Kent

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • 1943 Roger Smalley, British-Australian composer, born in Swinton, Lancashire (d. 2015)
  • 1947 Al Anderson, American songwriter and guitarist (NRBQ), born in Windsor, Connecticut
  • 1949 Roger Taylor, English rock drummer (Queen-Bohemian Rhapsody), born in Norfolk, England
  • 1953 Robert Phillips, American classical guitarist, born in New York City
  • 1958 Angela Hewitt, Canadian classical pianist
  • 1961 Andy Connell, English musician and composer (Swing Out Sister), born in Manchester, England
  • 1961 Gary Cherone, American heavy metal vocalist (Extreme, Van Halen), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1961 Keiko Matsui, Japanese musician and composer, born in Tokyo
  • 1963 Andrew C Timmons, guitarist (Danger Danger-Screw It), born in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 1965 Jim Lindberg, American musician (Pennywise)
  • 1974 Dan Konopka, American musician (OK Go)
  • 1977 Rebecca St. James, Australian-born singer
  • 1980 Dave Baksh, Canadian guitarist (Sum 41)
  • 1985 Audrey De Montigny, Quebec singer
  • 1993 Taylor Momsen, American singer and actress (Gossip Girl), born in St. Louis, Missouri

Weddings in Music

  • 1969 "The 5th Dimension" lead vocalist Marilyn McCoo (25) weds fellow bandmate Billy Davis, Jr. (31)
  • 1992 "Kiss" guitarist Paul Stanley weds model Pamela Bowen

HeartWedding of Interest

1995 Musician Mick Fleetwood (48) weds Lynn Frankel

Musician Mick Fleetwood
Musician
Mick Fleetwood

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2006 Former Baywatch actor David Hasselhoff (54) divorces actress and singer Pamela Bach (42) due to irreconcilable differences after 16 years of marriage


Deaths in Music

  • 1677 Michael Franck, German composer and baker, dies at 68
  • 1719 Johann Georg Christian Storl, composer, dies at 43
  • 1770 Michael Schevenstuhl, composer, dies at 65
  • 1801 Daniel Dal Barba, composer, dies at 86
  • 1826 Freidrich Wilhelm Weis, composer, dies at 82
  • 1836 Jose Melchor Gomiz y Colomer, composer, dies at 45
  • 1872 Michele Carafa, composer, dies at 84
  • 1916 Gellio Benevenuto Coronaro, composer, dies at 52
  • 1920 Carlos Troyer, composer, dies at 83
  • 1956 Miguel Bernal Jiminez, composer, dies at 46
  • 1967 Matthijs Vermeulen, Dutch composer/critic, dies at 79
  • 1968 Lilian Harvey, British actress (Congress Dances), dies
  • 1977 Gena Branscombe, composer, dies at 95
  • 1977 Hans-Otto Borgmann, composer, dies at 75
  • 1977 Karac Plant, son of Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, dies of respiratory failure at 6
  • 1981 Donald Lybbert, composer, dies at 58
  • 1987 Joe Liggins, US composer (I've a Right to Cry), dies at 71
  • 1990 Brent Mydland, American rock keyboardist and vocalist (Grateful Dead), dies of a drug overdose at 38
  • 1992 Mary Wells, US soul singer (My Guy), dies at 49
  • 1995 Laurindo Almeida, composer/guitarist, dies at 76
  • 1996 Evelyn Levine, American composer (Scarlet Ribbons), dies at 94
  • 2004 Sipho Gumede, South African jazz legend, lung cancer (birthdate unknown)
  • 2013 JJ Cale, American rock guitarist, dies from a heart attack at 74
  • 2016 Einojuhani Rautavaara, Finnish composer (Kaivos), dies at 87