On This Day

On This Day in Music for July 30

Events in Music

  • 1792 500 Marseillaisian men sing France's national anthem for 1st time

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1824 Gioachino Rossini becomes manager of Theatre Italian, Paris

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1954 Elvis Presley joins the Memphis Federation of Musicians, Local 71

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1965 Duke Ellington's "Golden Brown & the Green Apple" premieres

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • 1966 Beatles' "Yesterday... & Today" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks

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1969 Barbra Streisand opens for Liberace at International Hotel, Las Vegas

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
Pianist Liberace

Music releaseMusic Single

1971 George Harrison releases single "Bangladesh"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 1972 "Ain't Supposed to Die Death" closes at Barrymore NYC after 325 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 "I Just Want to Be Your Everything" by Andy Gibb reaches number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100

Singer and TV Host Andy Gibb
Singer and TV Host
Andy Gibb

Music releaseMusic Single

1991 Heavy metal band Metallica release their single "Enter Sandman"

Heavy Metal Musician Jason Newsted
Heavy Metal Musician
Jason Newsted
Metallica Rocker James Hetfield
Metallica Rocker
James Hetfield
  • 2006 World's longest running music show "Top of the Pops" is broadcast for the last time on BBC Two. The show aired for 42 years.

Birthdays in Music

  • 1747 Antonio Benedetto Maria Puccini, Italian composer, born in Lucca, Italy (d. 1832)
  • 1751 Maria Anna Mozart, Austrian pianist and Wolfgang's sister, born in Salzburg, Austria (d. 1829)
  • 1793 Joseph-François Snel, Belgian composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1861)
  • 1824 Eugenio Terziani, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1889)
  • 1875 James W. Tate, English composer, born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire (d. 1922)
  • 1877 Charles Radoux-Rogier, Belgian composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1952)
  • 1886 Algot Haquinius, Swedish composer, born in Sveg, Sweden (d. 1966)
  • 1899 Gerald Moore, English pianist (Am I Too Loud), born in Watford, Hertfordshire (d. 1987)
  • 1899 John Woods Duke, American composer, born in Cumberland, Maryland (d. 1984)
  • 1906 Ľudovít Rajter, Slovak composer and conductor, born in Pezinok, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 2000)
  • 1906 Serafin Pro, Cuban composer, born in La Habana (d. 1977)
  • 1913 Ivo Lhotka-Kalinski, Yugoslav composer, born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1987)
  • 1918 Joe Daley, American jazz tenor, clarinet and flute player, born in Salem, Ohio (d. 1994)
  • 1921 Grant Johannesen, American concert pianist, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2005)
  • 1922 Zbigniew Wiszniewski, Polish composer, born in Lwów, Lwowskie, Poland (d. 1999)
  • 1924 Christopher Shaw, British composer, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1925 Antoine Duhamel, French composer, born in Valmondois, Val-d'Oise, France (d. 2014)
  • 1929 Christine McGuire, American pop vocalist (McGuire Sisters - "Sincerely"; "Sugartime"), born in Middletown, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • 1934 André Prévost, Canadian composer, born in Hawkesbury, Ontario, Canada (d. 2001)
  • 1936 Buddy [George] Guy, American blues guitarist (Stone Crazy), born in Lettsworth, Louisiana
  • 1936 István Zelenka, Swiss composer, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1936 Yuri Alexandrovich Falik, Russian composer, born in Odessa, Ukraine
  • 1940 Reva Rose, American singer and actress (Temperature's Rising), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1941 Paul Anka, Canadian singer (Put Your Head on My Shoulder), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1944 Teresa Cahill, British soprano opera singer, born in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England
  • 1945 David Sanborn, American jazz saxophonist (David Letterman Show), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1946 Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond, English rock bassist (Jethro Tull), born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England
  • 1947 John Siomos, American rock drummer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 1949 Joyce Jones, American soul singer (First Choice), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1949 Richard "Duck" Baker, American acoustic guitarist, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1950 Wime de Craene, Flemish singer and composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1990)
  • 1955 Rat Scabies [Chris Miller], British rock drummer (the Damned), born in Surrey, England
  • 1956 Phil Fearon, English rocker (Galaxy, Kandidate-I Don't Want to Lose You), born in London
  • 1958 Kate Bush, English singer-songwriter (Running Up That Hill, Wuthering Heights), born in Bexleyheath, Kent, England
  • 1958 Kevin Mahogany, American jazz vocalist (Double Rainbow), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2017)
  • 1965 Tex [Anthony] Axile, English rocker (Transvision Vamp-Velveteen), born in Crawley, Sussex, England
  • 1968 Sean Moore, Welsh drummer (Manic Street Preachers), born in Pontypool, Wales
  • 1973 Sonu Nigam, Indian playback singer, born in Haryana, India
  • 1975 Tifini Hale, American rocker (Party-Rodeo, That's Why), born in Palm Springs, California

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2007 Pop star Britney Spears (25) divorces rapper-dancer Kevin Federline (29) due to irreconcilable differences after over two years of marriage

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears

Deaths in Music

  • 1655 Sigmund Theophil Staden, German composer, dies at 47
  • 1781 Augustin Ullinger, German composer, dies at 35
  • 1936 Adolf Philipp, composer, dies at 72
  • 1943 Benjamin James Dale, composer, dies at 58
  • 1957 Sem Dresden, Dutch composer and conductor, dies at 76
  • 1958 Alexander Albrecht, composer, dies at 72
  • 1968 Jon Leifs, composer, dies at 69
  • 1970 George Szell, Hungarian-born American conductor (Cleveland Orchestra, 1946-70), dies at 73
  • 1973 Erich Katz, German-born American composer and musicologist, dies at 72
  • 1974 Lev Knipper, Soviet composer, dies at 75
  • 1980 Norman Lloyd, American pianist, author and composer, dies at 70
  • 1981 Daisy Kennedy, Australian concert violinist, dies at 88
  • 1983 Howard Dietz, American lyricist and librettist ("Dancing In The Dark"; "I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plans"), dies at 86
  • 1985 Peter Knight, English musical arranger, conductor, and composer, dies at 68
  • 1992 Titti Sotto, latin songwriter, dies at 48 of aids
  • 1993 Donald Myrick, American saxophonist ("If Leaving Me Is Easy, One More Night), is fatally shot by police during a narcotics investigation at 53
  • 1995 Biggie Tembo [Rodwell Marasha], Zimbabwean musician (Bhundu Boys), takes his own life at 36
  • 2000 Max Showalter, American actor and composer (Kansas, Niagara, Stockard Channing Show in Caldwell), dies of cancer at 83
  • 2003 Sam Phillips, American record producer and founder of Sun Records and Sun Studios, dies at 80
  • 2004 Jan Hanus, Czech composer, dies at 89
  • 2005 Lucky [Eli] Thompson, American jazz musician (Cuban Fire!), dies at 81
  • 2006 Anthony Galla-Rini, American concert accordionist,and arranger, dies at 102
  • 2010 Zlatko Pibernik, Croatian composer and music teacher, dies at 83
  • 2010 Otto Joachim, German-Canadian composer, dies at 99
  • 2014 Dick Wagner, American rock guitarist (the Frost), dies at 71
  • 2015 Lynn Anderson, American country singer (I Never Promised you a Rose Garden), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 2016 Gloria DeHaven, American musical actress (Step Lively), dies at 91