On This Day in Music for July 3

Events in Music

  • 1954 "Wonderful Town" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 559 performances
  • 1969 78,000 attend Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1970 200,000 attend Atlanta Pop Festival
  • 1982 Riot at building Stopera Amsterdam (damages Ÿ1 million)

Birthdays in Music

  • 1802 Joseph Labitzky, composer
  • 1814 Janis Cimze, Latvian composer, Father of Latvian choir music, born Rauna parish, Russian Empire (d. 1881)
  • 1819 Louis Theodore Gouvy, composer
  • 1846 Achilles Alferaki, composer
  • 1850 Alfredo Kiel, composer
  • 1854 Leoš Janáček, Czech composer (d. 1928)
  • 1855 Piotr Maszynski, composer
  • 1860 William Wallace, composer
  • 1862 Friedrich Ernst Koch, composer
  • 1871 Vicente Arregui Garay, composer

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1878 George M. Cohan, American father of musical comedy (Phantom President, Give My Regards to Broadway), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1942)

Composer George M. Cohan
Composer
George M. Cohan
  • 1879 Philippe Gaubert, composer
  • 1880 Carl Schuricht, composer
  • 1892 Wilhelm Rettich, composer
  • 1893 Mississippi John Hurt, Teoc Mississippi, American blues singer and guitarist
  • 1895 Oles' Semyonovich Chishko, composer
  • 1899 Klimenty Arkad'yevich Korchmaryov, composer
  • 1899 Otto Reinhold, composer
  • 1907 Gene Gutche, German-born composer, born in Berlin (d. 2000)
  • 1920 John Ayers Lessard, composer
  • 1926 Johnny Coles, trumpeter
  • 1930 Carlos Kleiber, conductor (Bavarian State Orch 1968), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1930 Pete Fountain, jazz clarinetist (Lawrence Welk TV show 1957-59), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2016)
  • 1940 Fontella Bass, American R&B and soul singer and songwriter (Rescue Me), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • 1943 Judith Durham, Australian singer (The Seekers), born in Essendon, Victoria
  • 1946 John Klemmer, American composer and saxophonist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1947 Betty Buckley, Big Springs Tx, actress (Abby-8 is Enough, 1776, Cats)
  • 1948 Peter Ruzicka, composer
  • 1949 Johnnie Wilder, Jr., American singer (Heatwave) (d. 2006)
  • 1950 Damon Harris, musician (The Temptations-My Girl), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2013)
  • 1951 Mike Corby [Michael John], Windsor, Berkshire, English guitarist/keyboardist (The Babys)
  • 1952 Andy Fraser, rock bassist (Free London), born in London, England
  • 1955 Neil Clar, rock guitarist (Lloyd Cole & The Commotions)
  • 1955 Marc Bonilla, American guitarist (Keith Emerson Band), born in Contra Costa, California
  • 1957 Laura Branigan, American singer-songwriter (Gloria), born in Mount Kisco, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1958 Aaron Tippin, singer (You've Got to Stand for Something), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1959 Stephen Pearcy, heavy metal vocalist (RATT-Round & Round), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1961 Vince Clarke, Basildon Essex, rock keyboardist (Erasure)
  • 1961 Pedro Romeiras, Portuguese dancer
  • 1961 Tim Smith, English musician (Cardiacs)
  • 1964 Gary Ryan, rocker (Blackhearts)
  • 1969 Kevin Hearn, Canadian musician (Barenaked Ladies)

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1970 Audra McDonald, American actress (Private Practice) and singer (6x Tony award winner), born in West Berlin

Actress and Singer Audra McDonald
Actress and Singer
Audra McDonald
  • 1976 Shane Lynch, Irish singer (Boyzone), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1983 Steph Jones, American singer and model
  • 1985 Minami Keisuke, Japanese singer and actor.

Deaths in Music

  • 1778 Jean-Jacques Rousseau, French writer/composer (Pygmalion), dies
  • 1801 Johann Nepomuk Went, composer, dies at 56
  • 1809 Joseph Quesnel, French-Canadian composer and playwright (b. 1746)
  • 1873 Josef Michal Ksawery Jan Poniatowski, composer, dies at 57
  • 1891 Stefano Golinelli, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • 1952 Daniel Zamudio, composer, dies at 64
  • 1952 Henriette Bosmans, composer, dies
  • 1957 Richard Mohaupt, German composer (Bucolica), dies at 52
  • 1960 Alfred Henry Ackley, American composer, dies at 73
  • 1965 Clarence Loomis, composer, dies at 75
  • 1966 Andre Gailhard, composer, dies at 81
  • 1966 Joseph Deems Taylor, composer, dies at 80
  • 1969 Brian Jones [Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones], English musician (Rolling Stones), drowns to death at 27
  • 1969 Hermann Grabner, composer, dies at 83

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1971 Jim Morrison, rock singer (Doors), dies of heart failure at 27

Rocker Jim Morrison
Rocker
Jim Morrison
  • 1972 Mississippi Fred McDowell, jazz artist, dies at 68
  • 1973 Charles Ancerl, Czech conductor (Prague/Toronto), dies at 63
  • 1977 Hugh Le Caine, composer, dies at 63
  • 1979 Louis Durey, French composer, dies at 91
  • 1986 Rudy Vallee, singer (Vagabond Dreams), dies at 84
  • 1991 Irina Nijinska, Russian/US dancer, dies at 77
  • 1995 Brad Lee Sexton, bass guitarist, dies at 47
  • 1999 Mark Sandman, American musician (b. 1952)
  • 2001 Johnny Russell, American country singer and songwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2001 Delia Derbyshire, English musician and composer (Doctor Who theme, White Noise), dies of renal failure at 64
  • 2007 Boots Randolph, American saxophonist (b. 1927)
  • 2008 Oliver Schroer, Canadian fiddler and composer (b. 1956)