On This Day

On This Day in Music for July 27

Events in Music

  • 1940 Billboard magazine starts publishing bestseller charts
  • 1957 St James' Theatre in London closes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 John Lennon is granted a green card for permanent residence in US

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1979 "Broadway Opry '79" opens at St James Theater NYC for 6 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1982 Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's musical "Little Shop of Horrors" opens Off-Broadway at the Orpheum Theatre in NYC

Disney Composer Alan Menken
Disney Composer
Alan Menken
  • 1997 "Candide" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 103 performances
  • 1997 "Victor/Victoria" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 738 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1502 Francesco Corteccia, Italian composer, born in Florence (d. 1571)
  • 1609 Heinrich Pape, German composer and organist, born in Ratzeburg (d. 1663)
  • 1734 Jakob Zupan, Slovenian composer, born in Schrott, Upper Styria (d. 1810)
  • 1741 François-Hippolyte Barthélémon, French composer, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1808)
  • 1781 Mauro Giuliani, Italian musician and composer, born in Bisceglie, Italy (d. 1829)
  • 1784 George Onslow, English-French composer (chamber music), born in Clermont-Ferrand, France (d. 1853)
  • 1802 Benedikt Randhartinger, Austrian composer, born in Ruprechtshofen, Austria (d. 1893)
  • 1848 Vladimir de Pachmann, Russian-German pianist, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1933)
  • 1853 Vladimir Korolenko, Russian writer (The Blind Musician), born in Zhitomir, Volhynian Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1921)
  • 1867 Enrique Granados, Spanish opera composer (Goyescas), born in Lérida, Spain (d. 1916)
  • 1872 Stanislav Binički, Serbian composer, born in Jasika, Kruševac, Principality of Serbia (d. 1942)
  • 1877 Ernst von Dohnányi [Dohnányi Ernő], Hungarian composer and conductor, born in Pozsony, Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary (d. 1960)
  • 1900 Hans Haug, Swiss composer, born in Luasanne (d. 1967)
  • 1903 Clive Martin Douglas, Australian composer, born in Rushworth, Australia (d. 1977)
  • 1904 Anton Dolin [Sydney Francis Patrick Chippendall Healey-kay], British dancer (Girl From Petrovka), born in Slinfold, Sussex, England (d. 1983)
  • 1912 Igor Markevitch, Russian conductor (Le Paradis Perdu), born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1983)
  • 1912 Vernon Elliott, British bassoonist and composer, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1915 Mario del Monaco, Italian opera singer (Verdi/Puccini), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1982)
  • 1916 Elbert Skippy Williams, American jazz tenor saxophonist and musical arranger, born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (d. 1994)
  • 1916 Siegfried Reda, German church musician and composer, born in Bochum, Germany (d. 1968)
  • 1917 Moses Rascoe, American blues singer, born in Windsor, North Carolina (d. 1994)
  • 1917 Bourvil [André Robert Raimbourg], French actor and singer (Le Corniaud, La Grande Vadrouille), born in Prétot-Vicquemare, France (d. 1970)
  • 1918 Eero Sipilä, Finnish composer, born in Hailuoto, Finland (d. 1972)
  • 1918 Leonard Rose, American concert cellist (NY Phil 1943-51), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1984)
  • 1919 Per Hjort Albertsen, Norwegian organist, composer, and educator, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 2015)
  • 1922 Bob Thiele, American record producer (Impulse! Records), born in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1924 Otar Vasilisdze Taktakishvili, Georgian composer, born in Tbilisi, Georgia (d. 1989)
  • 1927 Guy Carawan, American folk singer and folklorist (popularized "We Shall Overcome"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • 1928 Sakari Mononen, Finnish composer, born in Korpiselkä, Finland (d. 1997)
  • 1929 Harvey Fuqua, American rock vocalist (Moonglows-Sincerely), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2010)
  • 1929 Marc Wilkinson, Australian composer, born in Paris
  • 1930 Andy [Andrew] White, Scottish drummer, drummed on early Beatles records ("Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You"), born in Glasgow (d. 2015)
  • 1933 Nick Reynolds, American folk musician (The Kingston Trio), born in San Diego, California (d. 2008)
  • 1937 Chuck Jackson, American singer (Any Day Now, I Don't Want to Cry), born in Latta, South Carolina
  • 1938 Isabelle Aubret [Thérèse Coquerelle], French singer (Un premier amour), born in Lille, France
  • 1940 Pina Bausch, German dancer and choreographer, born in Solingen, Germany (d. 2009)
  • 1941 Johannes Fritsch, German composer, born in Bensheim, Germany (d. 2010)
  • 1942 Bobby [Robert Arthur Thornbury] Campbell, Scottish journalist and musician, born in Glasgow (d. 1997)
  • 1943 Allan Ramsey, American rocker (Gary Lewis & the Playboys-This Diamond Ring) (d. 1985)
  • 1944 Bobbie Gentry [Roberta Streeter], American singer and songwriter (Ode to Billy Joe), born in Chickasaw County, Mississippi
  • 1948 Henny Vrienten, Dutch bassist and singer (Doe Maar), born in Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands
  • 1948 Pavlos Sidiropoulos, Greek rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (Electric Theseus), born in Athens (d. 1990)
  • 1949 David Muse, American rocker (Firefall - "You Are The Woman"), born in Rome, Georgia

Person of interestMaureen McGovern

1949 Maureen McGovern, singer (The Morning After), born in Youngstown, Ohio

  • 1950 Michael Vaughn, English rocker (Paper Lace - "The Night Chicago Died"), born in Sheffield, Yorkshire
  • 1952 Steve Gluzband, American Latin jazz trumpeter, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1956 Duncan Cameron, American guitarist (Sawyer Brown) and commercial pilot, born in Utica, New York
  • 1960 Conway Savage, Australian piano and organ player (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), born in Victoria, Australia (d. 2018)
  • 1963 Karl Mueller, American bassist (Soul Asylum - "Runaway Train"), born in Minneapolis (d. 2005)
  • 1963 Karrin Allyson, American jazz singer (Wild for You), born in Great Bend, Kansas
  • 1964 Rex Brown, American musician (Pantera), born in Graham, Texas
  • 1964 Ron Jackson, American jazz guitarist, composer, arranger (Flubby Dubby), and educator, born in Manila, Philippines
  • 1967 Juliana Hatfield, American musician (Blake Babies), born in Wiscasset, Maine
  • 1973 Abe Cunningham, American musician (Deftones), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1974 Pete Yorn, American musician (Musicforthemorningafter), born in Pompton Plains, New Jersey
  • 1975 Fred Mascherino, American musician (Taking Back Sunday), born in Coatesville, Pennsylvania
  • 1990 Cheyenne Kimball, American musician (Gloriana), born in Wilmington, North Carolina

Weddings in Music

LovePerson of Interest

1941 American singer and actress Judy Garland (19) weds British-American musician David Rose (31); divorce in 1944

Actress Judy Garland
Judy Garland
  • 1986 "Say Anything" director Cameron Crowe (29) weds "Heart" guitarist Nancy Wilson (32)
  • 1991 American rocker Jani Lane (27), (Warrant - "Cherry Pie") marries American model Bobbie Brown (23); (divorced 1993)

Deaths in Music

  • 1720 Johann Samuel Welter, German composer, dies at 69
  • 1777 William Hayes, English composer and organist, dies at 69
  • 1783 Johann Philipp Kirnberger, German music theorist and violist, dies at 62
  • 1881 Johann Christian Lobe, German composer, dies at 84
  • 1883 Albert Franz Doppler, Austrian flautist and composer, dies at 61
  • 1924 Ferruccio Busoni, Italian pianist/composer, dies at 58
  • 1939 Alexandre Stellio [Fructueux], Martinican biguine clarinetist, composer, and bandleader, dies at 54
  • 1944 Victor Jean Leonard Vreuls, composer, dies at 68
  • 1948 Francesco Spetrino, Italian conductor and composer, dies at 91
  • 1952 W de Basil [US Voskresenski], Russian ballet dancer, dies
  • 1961 Theodore Chanler, American composer, dies at 59
  • 1971 Bernhard Paumgartner, Austrian conductor/composer, dies at 83
  • 1974 Lightning Slim, blues singer (Nothing But the Devil), dies at 61
  • 1974 Lightnin' Slim [Otis Hicks], American Louisiana blues electric guitarist, singer, and songwriter ("Bad Luck And Trouble"), dies of stomach cancer at 64
  • 1978 Aasan Ferit Alnar, composer, dies at 72
  • 1978 Willem Van Otterloo, Dutch conductor, cellist and composer (Melbourne 1967-71), dies at 70
  • 1981 Ray Harrison, dancer (American Song), dies at 64
  • 1986 Leroy Holmes, American orchestra leader (The Tonight Show, 1956-57), dies at 72
  • 1990 Bobby Day [Robert Byrd], American rock musician (Rockin' Robin), dies of cancer at 58
  • 1994 Tatiana Tauer, harpist, dies at 48
  • 1995 Doris Mae Akers, American gospel singer-songwriter (Sky Pilot Choir - Sweet, Sweet Spirit), dies at 72
  • 1995 Miklós Rózsa, Hungarian-American classical and film music composer (Spellbound; A Double Life; Ben-Hur), dies at 88
  • 1999 Sweets Edison, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1915)
  • 2001 Leon Wilkeson, American guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies at 49
  • 2008 Horst Stein, German conductor (b. 1928)
  • 2009 George Russell, American jazz pianist (The Jazz Workshop), dies of complications from Alzheimer's disease at 86
  • 2012 Tony Martin, American singer, dies from natural causes at 98
  • 2020 Denise Johnson, British rock and soul singer (Primal Scream - "Don’t Fight It, Feel It"), and songwriter (Where Does It Go), dies at 56