On This Day

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
Richard Wagner

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1973 Peter Shaffer's musical "Equus" premieres in London

Playwright Peter Shaffer
Peter Shaffer
  • 1992 "Man of La Mancha" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 108 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Sir Paul McCartney performs a secret gig at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where the Beatles began

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Birthdays in Music

  • 1694 Johann Samuel Endler, German composer, born in Olbernhau, Germany (d. 1762)
  • 1782 John Field, Irish pianist and composer (Nocturnes), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1837)
  • 1791 Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, Austrian composer and 6th child of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1844)
  • 1863 Jāzeps Vītols, Latvian composer, born in Valmiera, Russian Empire (d. 1948)
  • 1874 Serge Koussevitzky, Russian-American conductor (Boston Symphony, 1924-49), born in Vyshny Volochyok, Russia (d. 1951)
  • 1876 Ernest Schelling, American composer and conductor (Victory Ball), born in Belvidere, New Jersey (d. 1939)
  • 1892 Philipp Jarnach, French composer, born in Noisy-le-Sec, France (d. 1982)
  • 1903 Donald Voorhees, American conductor (Bell Telephone Hour), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania (d. 1989)
  • 1904 Jack Westrup, English composer, born in London (d. 1975)
  • 1906 Armando José Fernandes, Portuguese neoclassical composer, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1983)
  • 1907 Gioconda de Vito, Italian-British violinist, born in Martina Franca, Italy (d. 1994)
  • 1914 Ralph Blane [Hunsecker], American songwriter (Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, The Trolley Song), born in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Erskine Hawkins, American trumpeter and composer (After Hours), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1993)
  • 1922 Andrzej Koszewski, Polish choral and orchestral composer, and musicologist, born in Poznań, Poland (d. 2015)
  • 1928 Hans Haselböck, Austrian organist and composer, born in Nesselstauden, Lower Austria
  • 1928 Tadeusz Baird, Polish composer (Giocosa), born in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland (d. 1981)
  • 1929 Alexis Weissenberg, Bulgarian born pianist (Levintritt-1948), born in Sofia, Bulgaria (d. 2012)
  • 1934 Anthony Gilbert, British composer, born in London
  • 1936 Antonio Mastrogiovanni, Uruguayan composer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 2010)
  • 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 (Oi Erastes tou Oneirou), born in Kokkinia, Piraeus, Greece
  • 1941 Brenton Wood [Alfred Smith], American rock musician (Gimme Little Sign), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1941 Darlene Love [Wright], American singer (He's a Rebel), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestMick Jagger

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 - "Ridin' In My Car"), born in Windsor, Connecticut
  • 1949 Roger Taylor, English rock drummer (Queen-Bohemian Rhapsody), born in Norfolk, England
  • 1950 Duncan Mackay, British composer and keyboard player, born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England
  • 1952 Jan Randall, Canadian film and TV composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1953 Robert Phillips, American classical guitarist, born in NYC, New York
  • 1958 Angela Hewitt, Canadian classical pianist, born in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1961 Andy Connell, English musician and composer (Swing Out Sister), born in Manchester, England
  • 1961 Gary Cherone, American rock vocalist (Extreme - "More Than Words"; Van Halen), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1961 Keiko Matsui, Japanese musician and composer, born in Tokyo
  • 1963 Andy Timmons, American guitarist (Danger Danger-Screw It), born in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 1965 Jim Lindberg, American musician (Pennywise), born in Hermosa Beach, California
  • 1974 Dan Konopka, American musician (OK Go)
  • 1977 Rebecca St. James, Australian Christian pop rock singer, born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1980 Dave Baksh, Canadian guitarist (Sum 41), born in Ajax, Ontario
  • 1985 Audrey De Montigny, Quebec singer, born in Sainte-Julienne, Quebec
  • 1993 Taylor Momsen, American singer and actress (Gossip Girl), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1993 Stormzy [Michael Owuo Jr.] English rapper (Shut Up), born in London, England

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

LoveWedding of Interest

1995 Musician Mick Fleetwood (48) weds Lynn Frankel

Musician Mick Fleetwood
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

  • 1667 Michael Franck, German composer, poet and baker, dies at 58 [1]
  • 1719 Johann Georg Christian Störl, composer, dies at 43
  • 1770 Michael Schevenstuhl, composer, dies at 65
  • 1801 Daniel Dal Barba, Italian composer, dies at 86
  • 1826 Friedrich Wilhelm Weis, German physician and 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, Italian pianist and composer, dies at 52
  • 1920 Carlos Troyer, American composer, dies at 83
  • 1956 Miguel Bernal Jiménez, Mexican organist, composer and pedagogue (Tata Vasco; Tres Cartas de México), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • 1967 Matthijs Vermeulen, Dutch composer/critic, dies at 79
  • 1977 Gena Branscombe, Canadian pianist and 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, American composer (Zap; Lines for the Fallen), and educator, dies at 58
  • 1987 Joe Liggins, American pianist and vocalist (The Honeydripper), dies at 71
  • 1990 Brent Mydland, American rock keyboardist and vocalist (Grateful Dead), dies of a drug overdose at 38
  • 1992 Mary Wells, American soul singer (My Guy), dies of laryngeal cancer at 49
  • 1995 Laurindo Almeida, Brazilian classical, jazz and Latin guitarist and composer (developed bossa nova), dies of leukemia at 77
  • 1996 Evelyn Levine, American composer (Scarlet Ribbons), dies at 94
  • 1998 Chico [David-Allen] Ryan, American rock vocalist (Sha Na Na), dies at 50
  • 2004 Sipho Gumede, South African jazz legend, lung cancer (birthdate unknown)
  • 2010 Ben Keith [Bennett Keith Schaeufele], American musician and record producer (Neil Young, Great Speckled Bird), dies at 73
  • 2013 J. J. Cale, American rock guitarist, dies from a heart attack at 74
  • 2016 Einojuhani Rautavaara, Finnish composer (Kaivos), dies at 87
  • 2017 Paul Angerer, Austrian violist, violinist, conductor (Concilium Musicum Wien), harpsichordist, composer and radio host, dies at 90