On This Day

On This Day in Music for July 28

Events in Music

  • 1914 Foxtrot 1st danced at New Amsterdam Roof Garden, in NYC, by Harry Fox
  • 1951 "Kiss Me, Kate" closes at New Century Theater NYC after 1077 performances

Film release premierFilm Release

1951 Walt Disney's animated musical film "Alice In Wonderland" released

Animator Walt Disney
Walt Disney

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

1957 Jerry Lee Lewis makes his 1st TV appearance (Steve Allen Show)

Country Singer Jerry Lee Lewis
Country Singer
Jerry Lee Lewis
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • 1978 600,000 attend the "Summer Jam" rock festival at Watkins Glen, New York, at the time the largest ever audience at a pop festival

Music releaseAlbum Release

1989 Gloria Estefan releases her debut solo album "Cuts Both Ways"

  • 1991 "Gypsy" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 105 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1992 R&B singer Mary J. Blige releases her debut album "What's the 411?", with production by Puff Daddy

Singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige
Rapper Puff Daddy
Puff Daddy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2014 Linda Ronstadt receives the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony. [1]

Singer and Actress Linda Ronstadt
Singer and Actress
Linda Ronstadt
44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama

Birthdays in Music

  • 1796 Ignaz Bösendorfer, Austrian musician (d. 1859)
  • 1808 Charles Lucas, English composer, Principle of the Royal Academy of Music, born in Salisbury, England (d. 1869)
  • 1813 Alberto Mazzucato, Italian opera composer, born in Udine, Italy (d. 1877)
  • 1835 Jose Garcia Robles, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1910))
  • 1837 Christian Barnekow, Danish composer, born in Luz-Saint-Sauveur, France (d. 1913)
  • 1893 Rued Immanuel Langgaard, Danish composer and organist, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1952) [1]
  • 1900 Maurice Johnstone, English brass band composer, born in Manchester, England (d. 1976)
  • 1901 Rudy Vallee, American singer and one of the earliest crooners (Vagabond Dreams, My Time Is Your Time), born in Island Pond, Vermont (d. 1986)
  • 1901 Sándor Vándor, Hungarian Jewish composer, born in Miskolc, Hungary (d. 1945) [1]
  • 1906 Gottlob Frick, German opera singer, born in Ölbronn-Dürrn (d. 1994)
  • 1914 Carmen Dragon, American composer and conductor (Hollywood Bowl Symphony), born in Antioch, California (d. 1984)
  • 1924 Irving Burgie [Lord Burgess], American Caribbean music composer and musician (Day-O), born in New York City (d. 2019)
  • 1925 Larry Pruden, New Zealand composer, born in New Plymouth, New Zealand (d. 1982)
  • 1926 Charlie Biddle, American-born Quebec jazz bassist (d. 2003)
  • 1928 Adrian Ratiu, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2005)
  • 1930 David "Junior" Kimbrough, American bluesman, born in Hudsonville, Mississippi (d. 1998)
  • 1934 Jacques d'Amboise, American ballet dancer, and choreographer (NYC Ballet Company, 1949-84), actor (Seven Brides For Seven Brothers), and educator (founded National Dance Institute, 1976), born in Dedham Massachusetts (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1937 Peter Duchin, American pianist and bandleader (Peter Duchin Orchestra), born in NYC, New York
  • 1938 George Cummings, American rocker (Dr Hook & Medicine Show), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • 1938 Arsen Dedić, Croatian singer-songwriter and poet, born in Šibenik, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (d. 2015)
  • 1941 Riccardo Muti, Italian conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1980-92; La Scala, 1986-2005; Chicago Symphony 2010-present), born in Naples, Kingdom of Italy
  • 1943 Mike Bloomfield, American blues guitarist/singer (Analine), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1981)
  • 1943 Richard Wright, English singer-songwriter (Pink Floyd-Time, Echoes), born in Hatch End, Middlesex (d. 2008)
  • 1946 Jonathan Edwards, American singer-songwriter (Sunshine), born in Aitkin, Minnesota
  • 1948 Gerald Casale, American musician and director (founding member of Devo), born in Ravenna, Ohio
  • 1949 Simon Kirke, British rock drummer (Bad Company), born in London, England
  • 1949 Steve Peregrin Took, English musician (Tyrannosaurus Rex), born in London (d. 1980)
  • 1949 Peter Doyle, Australian pop singer (The New Seekers - "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing"), born in Melbourne (d. 2001)
  • 1951 Greg Gluffria, rock keyboardist (House of Lords-Sahara), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1953 Steve Duncan, singer (Desert Rose Band-Love Reunited), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1954 Steve Morse, American rocker (Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple), born in Hamilton, Ohio
  • 1961 David Huff, American drummer (Giant)
  • 1962 Rachel Sweet, American singer, born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1965 Priscilla Chan, Hong Kong singer, born in Hong Kong
  • 1965 Delfeayo Marsalis, American jazz musician, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1966 Shikao Suga, Japanese singer-songwriter, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1970 Michael Amott, Swedish guitarist (Arch Enemy)
  • 1971 Stephen Lynch, American musician, born in Abington, Pennsylvania
  • 1975 Leonor Watling, Spanish actress and singer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1976 Jacoby Shaddix, American singer (Papa Roach), born in Mariposa, California
  • 1978 Hitomi Yaida, Japanese singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Toyonaka, Osaka
  • 1978 Luka Udjbinac, Croatian jazz musician, born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1979 Lee Minwoo, Korean singer (Shinhwa), born in Namwon, South Korea
  • 1979 Birgitta Haukdal, Icelandic singer, born in Húsavík, Iceland
  • 1980 Stephen Christian, American singer (Anberlin), born in Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • 1982 Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir, Icelandic singer and actress, born in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • 1985 Tynisha Keli, American singer, born in New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • 1988 Ayla Brown, American singer (Let Love In), born in Wrentham, Massachusetts
  • 1990 Soulja Boy [DeAndre Cortez Way], American rapper, born in Chicago, Illinois

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1993 Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters (49) weds Pricilla Phillips

Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1964 Broadway musical actress-singer Ethel Merman (56) divorces Academy Award-winning actor Ernest Borgnine (47) after 32 days of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • 1641 John Amner, English composer, dies at 61

Person of interestAntonio Vivaldi

1741 Antonio Vivaldi, Italian Baroque composer (The Four Seasons), dies at 63

Violin Virtuoso and Composer Antonio Vivaldi
Violin Virtuoso and Composer
Antonio Vivaldi

Person of interestJohann Sebastian Bach

1750 Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer (Art of the Fugue, Mattheus-Passion), dies at 65

  • 1778 Arvid Niclas Hopken, Swedish composer, dies at 68
  • 1802 Giuseppe Sarti, Italian composer (Il er pastore, Ifigenia), dies at 72
  • 1837 John Ross, British composer and organist, dies at 73
  • 1838 Bernhard Henrik Crusell, Swedish-Finnish composer, dies at 62
  • 1850 Stefano Pavesi, Italian composer, dies at 71
  • 1864 Johann Hermann Kufferath, German composer, dies at 67
  • 1937 Muslim Magomayev, Azerbaijani-Soviet composer, dies at 51
  • 1940 Richard Ohlsson, Swedish composer, dies at 66
  • 1965 Maurice Yvain, French composer, dies at 74
  • 1969 Ernst Tittel, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 59
  • 1969 Frank H. Loesser, American songwriter and composer (Guys & Dolls), dies at 59
  • 1969 Gabriel von Wayditch, Hungarian American composer, dies at 80
  • 1969 Frank Loesser, American songwriter and composer (Most Happy Fella), dies at 59
  • 1972 Helen Traubel, American soprano, dies at 73
  • 1976 Lucie Mannheim, German singer and actress (39 Steps), dies at 77
  • 1979 Charles Shadwell, English conductor and bandleader (b. 1898)
  • 1980 Cecil Burleigh, American composer, dies at 95
  • 1982 George Kleinsinger, American composer (Tubby the Tuba), dies at 68
  • 1984 Ahti Sonninen, Finnish composer (Pessi and Illusia, Rauhaa, vain rauhaa), dies at 70
  • 1991 Luis Aravena Munoz, Chilean singer/exiled to Netherlands, dies at 45
  • 1996 Harold Fox, American fashion designer and musician, dies at 86
  • 1996 Marguerite "Marge" Ganser, pop singer (The Shangri-Las), dies at 48
  • 1999 Rudolf Halaczinsky, German composer, dies at 78
  • 2000 Jerome Smith, American guitarist (KC & the Sunshine Band-Boogie Shoes), dies in a construction accident at 47
  • 2002 Glenn Loren Glasow, American composer, dies at 78
  • 2004 George Williams, American soul singer (the Tymes), dies at 68
  • 2008 Susan Tamim, Lebanese singer and actress (Studio El Fan), murdered in her apartment in Dubai at 30
  • 2009 Peter Richard Tahourdin, English-Australian composer, dies at 80
  • 2013 Rita Reys [Maria Reijs], Dutch jazz singer, dies from a intracranial hemorrhage at 88
  • 2020 Bent Fabric [Fabricius-Bjerre], Danish pianist and composer (Alley Cat), dies at 95 [1]