On This Day

On This Day in Music for July 3

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1937 Del Mar Turf Club, with crooner Bing Crosby as president and actor Pat O'Brien as a club officer, opens for racing

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • 1954 "Wonderful Town" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 559 performances

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1958 "Andy Williams Show" premieres on ABC (later on CBS & NBC)

Singer and TV Host Andy Williams
Singer and TV Host
Andy Williams
  • 1969 78,000 attend Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1970 200,000 attend Atlanta Pop Festival

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1976 Brian Wilson performs with the Beach Boys after 12 years apart

Singer-Songwriter Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson
  • 1982 Riot at building Stopera Amsterdam (damages Ÿ1 million)
  • 2007 "Just Got Started Lovin' You" single released by James Otto (Billboard Song of the Year 2008)

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2018 Cardi B becomes first female rapper to get two number one US Billboard hits, with "I Like It" with Bad Bunny and J Balvin

Rapper Cardi B
Cardi B

Birthdays in Music

  • 1643 Alessandro Stradella, Italian violinist and composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1682)
  • 1802 Joseph Labitzky, Bohemian composer, born in Krásno, Czech Republic (d. 1881)
  • 1814 Janis Cimze, Latvian composer, Father of Latvian choir music, born in Rauna parish, Russian Empire (d. 1881)
  • 1819 Louis Théodore Gouvy, French-German composer, born in Sarre (d. 1898)
  • 1846 Achilles Alferaki, Russian composer, born in Kharkov, Russian Empire (d. 1919)
  • 1850 Alfredo Keil, Portuguese composer, born in Lisbon, Kingdom of Portugal (d. 1907)
  • 1854 Leoš Janáček, Czech composer, born in Hukvaldy, Moravia, Austrian Empire (d. 1928)
  • 1855 Piotr Maszyński, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1934)
  • 1860 William Wallace, Scottish composer, born in Greenock, Scotland (d. 1940)
  • 1862 Friedrich Ernst Koch, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1927)
  • 1871 Vicente Arregui Garay, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1925)

Person of interestGeorge M. Cohan

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

Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer George M. Cohan
Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer
George M. Cohan
  • 1879 Philippe Gaubert, French musician and composer, born in Cahors, France (d. 1941)
  • 1880 Carl Schuricht, German conductor and composer, born in Gdańsk, Poland (d. 1967)
  • 1892 Wilhelm Rettich, German composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1988)
  • 1895 Oles' Semyonovich Chishko, Russian-Ukrainian composer, born in Dvorichnyi Kut, Ukraine (d. 1976)
  • 1899 Klimenty Arkad'yevich Korchmaryov, Ukrainian composer, born in Verkhnodniprovsk, Ukraine (d. 1958)
  • 1899 Otto Reinhold, German composer, born in Erzgebirge (d. 1965)
  • 1907 Gene Gutche, German-born composer, born in Berlin (d. 2000)
  • 1920 John Lessard, American composer, born in San Francisco, California (d. 2003)
  • 1926 Johnny Coles, American jazz trumpeter (Little Johnny C), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 1997)
  • 1930 Carlos Kleiber, Austrian conductor (Bavarian State Orchestra 1968-97), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2004)
  • 1930 Pete Fountain, American jazz clarinetist (Lawrence Welk TV show 1957-59), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2016)
  • 1940 Jerry "The Geator" Blavat, American disc jockey and music promoter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [1]
  • 1940 Fontella Bass, American R&B and soul singer and songwriter (Rescue Me), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • 1942 "Dr." Lonnie Smith, American jazz Hammond B3 organist ( George Benson Quartet; Lou Donaldson), born in Lackawanna, New York
  • 1943 Judith Durham, Australian singer (The Seekers), born in Essendon, Victoria
  • 1946 John Klemmer, American composer and saxophonist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1946 Johnny Lee [John Lee Ham], American country music singer (Lookin' for Love), born in Texas City, Texas
  • 1947 Betty Buckley, American actress (Abby-8 is Enough, 1776, Cats), born in Big Spring, Texas
  • 1948 Peter Ruzicka, German composer and conductor, born in Dusseldorf, Germany
  • 1949 Johnnie Wilder, Jr., American singer (Heatwave), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2006)
  • 1950 Damon Harris, African-American soul singer (The Temptations-My Girl), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2013)
  • 1951 Mike Corby, English guitarist and keyboardist (The Babys), born in Windsor, Berkshire, England
  • 1952 Laura Branigan, American singer-songwriter (Gloria), born in Mount Kisco, New York (d. 2004) [1]
  • 1952 Andy Fraser, English rock bassist (Free), born in Paddington, London (d. 2015)
  • 1955 Neil Clark, Scottish rock guitarist (Lloyd Cole & The Commotions), born in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire
  • 1955 Marc Bonilla, American guitarist (Keith Emerson Band), born in Contra Costa, California
  • 1958 Aaron Tippin, American singer (You've Got to Stand for Something), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1959 Stephen Pearcy, American heavy metal vocalist (RATT-Round & Round), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1961 Vince Clarke, English rock keyboardist (Erasure), born in South Woodford, Essex
  • 1961 Pedro Romeiras, Portuguese dancer, born in Lisbon
  • 1961 Tim Smith, English musician (Cardiacs), born in Carshalton, Surrey, England
  • 1964 Gary Ryan [Moss], American rock bassist (Joan Jett & The Blackhearts), born in California
  • 1968 Chien-lien Wu [Jacklyn Wu], Taiwanese actress and singer, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1969 Kevin Hearn, Canadian musician (Barenaked Ladies), born in Grimsby, Ontario

Person of interestAudra McDonald

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

  • 1801 Johann Nepomuk Went, Bohemian composer, dies at 56
  • 1809 Joseph Quesnel, French-Canadian composer and playwright (Colas et Colinette), dies at 62
  • 1873 Josef Michal Ksawery Jan Poniatowski, composer, dies at 57
  • 1891 Stefano Golinelli, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • 1952 Daniel Zamudio, Columbian organist, composer and folklorist, 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
  • 1966 André Gailhard, French classical music composer, dies at 81
  • 1966 Joseph Deems Taylor, American composer (Peter Ibbetson) and promoter of classical music, dies at 80
  • 1969 Brian Jones, British blues and rock guitarist, organist and sitar player (Rolling Stones, 1962-69), drowns in his swimming pool at 27
  • 1969 Hermann Grabner, composer, dies at 83

Person of interestJim Morrison

1971 Jim Morrison, American singer-songwriter (The Doors) and poet, dies of heart failure at 27

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison
  • 1972 Mississippi Fred McDowell, jazz artist, dies at 68
  • 1973 Charles Ancerl, Czech conductor (Prague/Toronto), dies at 63
  • 1973 Karel Ančerl, Czechoslovak conductor (Czech Philharmonic, 1950-68; Toronto Symphony, 1968-73), and composer, dies at 65
  • 1977 Hugh Le Caine, Canadian physicist and composer, dies at 63
  • 1979 Louis Durey, French composer, dies at 91
  • 1980 James "Buster" Bennett, American blues saxophonist and blues shouter, dies at 66
  • 1986 Rudy Vallee, American singer (Vagabond Dreams), dies at 84
  • 1991 Irina Nijinska, Russian/US dancer, dies at 77
  • 1995 Brad Lee Sexton, bass guitarist, dies at 47
  • 1996 Pim Jacobs, Dutch jazz pianist, TV host and actor (Gilas), dies at 61
  • 1998 George Walter Selwyn Lloyd, English composer (The Serf, John Socman), dies at 85
  • 1999 Mark Sandman, Mark Sandman, American singer-songwriter and musician (Morphine; Treat Her Right) dies of a heart attack at 46
  • 2000 Harold Nicholas, American dancer known as one of the world's greatest dancers (Nicholas Brothers), dies of heart failure at 79
  • 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 (Homer) "Boots" Randolph, American session saxophonist ("Yakety Sax"), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 80
  • 2008 Oliver Schroer, Canadian fiddler and composer (b. 1956)
  • 2008 Colin Cooper, British vocalist and harmonica player (Climax Blues Band - "Couldn't Get It Right"), dies of cancer at 69 [1]
  • 2012 Andy Griffith, American actor, comedian, television producer, Southern gospel singer, and writer (Andy Griffith Show, Matlock), dies from a heart attack at 86
  • 2018 William "Bill" Watrous, American jazz trombonist, dies at 79
  • 2018 Richard Swift, American singer and songwriter (The Black Keys), dies at 41