On This Day

On This Day in Music for July 31

Events in Music

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1786 "Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish dialect" by Robert Burns is published by John Wilson in Kilmarnock, Scotland

Poet and Lyricist Robert Burns
Poet and Lyricist
Robert Burns
  • 1948 "Brigadoon" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 581 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1959 Cliff Richard and the Shadows have their 1st British No. 1 single with "Living' Doll" (biggest British single of 1959)

  • 1964 Rolling Stone concert in Ireland halts after 12 minutes due to riot

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 Alabamans burn Beatle products due to John Lennon's anti-Jesus remark

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and Keith Richards end 1 month jail sentence

Guitarist and Songwriter Keith Richards
Guitarist and Songwriter
Keith Richards
Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Rihanna becomes the first black woman to appear on the cover of British Vogue's September issue

Singer Rihanna

Birthdays in Music

  • 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)
  • 1830 František Zdeněk Skuherský, Czech composer, born in Opočno, Bohemia (d. 1892)
  • 1847 Ignatio Cervantes, Cuban pianist and composer (Danzas Cubanas), born in Havana (d. 1905)
  • 1848 Jean Robert Planquette, French composer (Bells of Corneville), born in Paris (d. 1903)
  • 1893 Charles Wilfred Orr, English pianist and composer (settings of A.E. Housman poems), born in Cheltenham (d. 1976)
  • 1894 Roy Bargy, American pianist and composer (Jimmy Durante Show), born in Newaygo, Michigan (d. 1974)
  • 1900 Erich Katz, German-born American composer and musicologist, born in Posen, Prussia (d. 1973)
  • 1911 George Liberace, American violinist (Liberace Show), born in Menasha, Wisconsin (d. 1983)
  • 1918 Hank Jones, American jazz pianist and composer, born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 2010)
  • 1919 Norman Del Mar, British conductor and writer (Conducting Brahms), born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1920 Rudolf Halaczinsky, German composer, born in Emma-Grube, Upper Silesia (d. 1999)
  • 1927 Ștefan Niculescu, Romanian composer, born in Moreni, Dâmbovita (d. 2008)
  • 1931 Kenny Burrell, American guitarist (Organ Grinder Swing), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1932 Morey Carr, American singer (Playmates) (d. 1987)
  • 1936 Bonnie Brown, country singer (The Browns), born in Sparkman, Arkansas (d. 2016)
  • 1939 John R. West, rock guitarist (Gary Lewis & Playboys-This Diamond Ring), born in Uhrichsville, Ohio
  • 1943 Lobo [Kent Lavoie], American singer-songwriter, born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1945 Charlotte Diamond, Canadian Juno Award-winning children's singer-songwriter ("I Am A Pizza"), born in Richmond, British Columbia
  • 1946 Gary Lewis [Levitch], American singer (Gary Lewis & the Playboys), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1947 Karl Green, English rock bassist (Herman's Hermits - "Mrs. Brown You Have A Lovely Daughter"), born in Salford, England
  • 1947 Ian Beck, British children's illustrator and author, who illustrated Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" album cover, born in Brighton, East Sussex
  • 1953 Hugh McDowell, British cellist (Electric Light Orchestra), born in Hampstead, London (d. 2018)
  • 1957 Daniel Ash, British musician (Bauhaus), born in Northampton, England
  • 1958 Bill Berry, American drummer (R.E.M.), born in Duluth, Minnesota
  • 1959 Stanley Jordan, American jazz guitarist (Magic Touch), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1960 Malcolm Ross, Scottish rock guitarist (Aztec Camera), born in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
  • 1963 Norman Cook [Fatboy Slim], English musician and record producer (Housemartins, Fatboy Slim), born in Bromley, England
  • 1964 Jim Corr, Irish singer and musician (The Corrs), born in Dundalk, Ireland
  • 1967 Mitsuo Iwata, Japanese voice actor and singer, born in Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan
  • 1967 Minako Honda, Japanese singer and musical actress, born in Itabashi, Tokyo (d. 2005)
  • 1971 John 5 [Lowery], American heavy metal guitarist (The Devil Knows My Name; Rob Zombie), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan
  • 1973 Jerry Rivera, Puerto Rican singer (Abriendo Puertas), born in Humacao, Puerto Rico
  • 1975 Allan von Schenkel, American double bassist, composer and performance artist
  • 1975 Kavinsky [Vincent Belorgey], French DJ and musician (Drive, OutRun), born in Seine-Saint-Denis, France
  • 1976 Joshua Cain, American guitarist (Motion City Soundtrack), born in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 1978 Will Champion, English musician (drummer for Coldplay), born in Southampton, England
  • 1978 Zac Brown, American musician (Zac Brown Band), born in Dahlonega, Georgia
  • 1979 Jade Kwan, Hong Kong singer, born in Hong Kong
  • 1981 Ira Losco, Maltese singer (Walk on Water), born in Sliema, Malta
  • 1981 Matthew Sanders, American singer (Avenged Sevenfold), born in Huntington Beach, California
  • 1994 Lil Uzi Vert [Symere Woods], American rapper and songwriter (Love Is Rage 2; Eternal Atake), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1951 Musician Ray Charles (20) weds Eileen Williams in Georgia

Musician Ray Charles
Ray Charles

LoveWedding of Interest

1954 "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" guest host Steve Allen (32) weds actress Jayne Meadows (33)

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen

LoveWedding of Interest

1976 Singer Natalie Cole marries songwriter Marvin Yancy

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole

LoveWedding of Interest

1985 Bee Gees member Robin Gibb (35) weds author and artist Dwina Murphy

Singer-songwriter Robin Gibb
Robin Gibb

LoveWedding of Interest

2010 R&B singer-songwriter Alicia Keys (31) weds Grammy Award-winning rapper Swizz Beatz (33) at a private home on the French island of Corsica

Singer-Songwriter Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys

LoveWedding of Interest

2016 Ballet dancer Misty Copeland (33) weds attorney Olu Evans in Laguna Beach, California

Ballet Dancer Misty Copeland
Ballet Dancer
Misty Copeland

Deaths in Music

  • 1790 Johann Christian Frischmuth, German composer, dies at 48

Person of interestFranz Liszt

1886 Franz Liszt, Hungarian romantic composer and virtuoso pianist (Faust Symphony), dies of heart disease at 74

Composer & Pianist Franz Liszt
Composer & Pianist
Franz Liszt
  • 1932 Francesco Paolo Neglia, Italian composer, dies at 58
  • 1960 Karl Hasse, German composer, dies at 77
  • 1964 Jim Reeves, American country singer and actor (Gun Fury, Kimberley Jim), dies in air crash at 39
  • 1967 Marios Varvoglis, Greek composer (Behind the Barbed Wire Fence), dies at 81
  • 1970 Booker Ervin [Booker Telleferro Ervin II], American saxophonist (Charles Mingus), dies of kidney disease at 39
  • 1978 Enoch Light, American orchestra leader (Gulf Road Show with Bob Smith), dies at 70
  • 1980 Bobby Van [Stein], American stage and screen musical singer and actor (The Affairs of Dobie Gillis; Small Town Girl), dies of brain cancer at 49
  • 1980 Mohd. Rafi, Indian playback singer (b. 1924)
  • 1984 Paul Le Flem, French composer and music critic, dies at 103
  • 1986 Theodore "Teddy" Wilson, American jazz pianist and arranger (Billie Holiday; Benny Goodman), dies of stomach cancer at 73
  • 1993 Rob Jones "The Bass Thing" English musician (The Wonder Stuff), dies at 29
  • 1994 Anne Shelton, British singer (Glenn Miller Band), dies at 66
  • 1996 Seagram Miller, American rapper (b. 1970)
  • 1998 Barbara Giuranna, Italian pianist and composer, dies at 98