On This Day

On This Day in Music for July 31

Events in Music

  • 1786 "Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish dialect" by Robert Burns is published by John Wilson in Kilmarnock, Scotland
  • 1948 "Brigadoon" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 581 performances
  • 1959 Cliff Richard and the Shadows have their 1st British No. 1 single with "Living' Doll" (biggest British single of 1959)
  • 1966 Alabamans burn Beatle products due to John Lennon's anti-Jesus remark
  • 1967 Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and Keith Richards end 1 month jail sentence
  • 1968 The Beatles close Apple Boutique in London, giving clothes away for free
  • 1979 "But Never Jam Today" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • 1993 The Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts arrested for shoving 2 cops
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Musicians Born on Jul 31

  • 1550 Jakob Handl [Petelin], Austrian composer/bandmaster
  • 1767 Amelie Julia Candielle, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1834)
  • 1808 Frederick Crouch, English-born composer, born in London, England (d. 1896)
  • 1828 François-Auguste Gevaert, Belgian composer (Le diable au moulin), born in Huise (d. 1908)
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Weddings in Music

  • 1951 Musician Ray Charles (20) weds Eileen Williams in Georgia
  • 1954 American television personality and songwriter Steve Allen (32) weds American actress Jayne Meadows (33)
  • 1976 American pop singer Natalie Cole (26) weds songwriter, manager, and Baptist minister Marvin Yancy (29); divorce in 1980

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