On This Day

On This Day in Music for July 4

Events in Music

  • 1831 "America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)" is 1st sung in Boston
  • 1964 Beachboys' "I Get Around" reaches #1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 Beatles attacked in the Philippines after (unintentionally) insulting Imelda Marcos

First Lady and Politician Imelda Marcos
First Lady and Politician
Imelda Marcos

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 140,000 attend Atlanta Pop Festival featuring Led Zep and Janis Joplin

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin
  • 1977 Nigel Harrison replaces Gary Valentine as bassist of Blondie
  • 1990 2 Live Crew release "Banned in the USA" the lyrics quote Star Spangled Banner and Gettysburg Address
  • 1992 John Phillips, rocker (Mamas & Papas), undergoes a liver transplant

Birthdays in Music

  • 1694 Louis-Claude Daquin [d'Acquin], French organist and composer (La Rose), born in Paris (d. 1772)
  • 1762 Marco Santucci, Italian composer, born in Camaiore, Tuscany, Italy (d. 1843)
  • 1769 Louis-Luc Loiseau de Persuis, French composer, born in Metz, France (d. 1819)
  • 1793 Franz Pecháček, Austrian-German composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1840)

Person of interestStephen Foster

1826 Stephen Foster, American composer (Oh! Susanna, Swanee River), born in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania (d. 1864)

Father of American Music Stephen Foster
Father of American Music
Stephen Foster
  • 1829 Hermann Kotzschmar, German-American composer, born in Finsterwalde, Germany (d. 1909)
  • 1840 James McGranahan, American composer, born in Adamsville, Pennsylvania (d. 1907)
  • 1842 Gyula Erkel, Hungarian composer, son of Ferenc Erkel, born in Pest (d. 1909)
  • 1850 Ole Olsen, Norwegian composer, organist, and military bandleader, born in Hammerfest, Finnmark, Norway (d. 1927)
  • 1854 Heinrich Zöllner, German composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1941)
  • 1883 Maximilian Steinberg, Russian composer, born in Vilnius, Russian Empire (d. 1946)
  • 1886 Heinrich Kaminski, German composer, born in Tiengen, Schwarzwald, Germany (d. 1946)
  • 1895 Irving Caesar, American songwriter (Sometimes I'm Happy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1896 Adolph Hallis, South African pianist and composer, born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (d. 1987)

Person of interestGertrude Lawrence

1898 Gertrude Lawrence, English actress (Mimi, Rembrandt) and musical performer, born in London (d. 1952)

Actress and Musical Performer Gertrude Lawrence
Actress and Musical Performer
Gertrude Lawrence

Person of interestGeorge Murphy

1902 George Murphy, American politician (US Senator, California), actor and dancer (MGM Parade), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1992)

Actor and US Senator George Murphy
Actor and US Senator
George Murphy
  • 1903 Flor Peeters, Flemish organist and composer (Lied Symphony), born in Tielen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • 1904 Artur Malawski, Polish composer, born in Przemyśl, Poland (d. 1957)
  • 1904 Seger Pillot Ellis, American jazz pianist and vocalist, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1905 Dante Fiorillo, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1907 Howard Taubman, American music and theater critic, born in Manhattan (d. 1996)
  • 1909 Alec Templeton, Welsh pianist and composer (Concertino Lirico), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1963)
  • 1910 Champion Jack [William Thomas] Dupree, American boxer and pianist, born in Irish Channel, New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1992)
  • 1915 Timmie Rogers, American comedian (The Jackie Gleason Show), actor and singer-songwriter (Back to School Again; I Love Ya, I Love Ya, I Love Ya), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2006)
  • 1921 Tibor Varga, Hungarian violinist and orchestra leader (Ripley's Game), born in Győr, Hungary (d. 2003)
  • 1928 Cathy Berberian, American mezzo-soprano and composer (Stripsody), born in Attleboro, Massachusetts (d. 1983)
  • 1936 Richard "Dick" Hyde, American trombonist and session musician (Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Madonna), born in Lansing, Michigan

Person of interestBill Withers

1938 Bill Withers, American singer-songwriter and rhythm & blues musician (Ain't No Sunshine, Lean on Me), born in Slab Fork, West Virginia (d. 2020)

Rhythm & Blues Musician Bill Withers
Rhythm & Blues Musician
Bill Withers
  • 1940 Dave Rowberry, English rocker (The Animals-House of the Rising Sun), born in Nottingham, England (d. 2003)
  • 1943 Alan Wilson, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Canned Heat), born in Arlington, Massachusetts (d. 1970)
  • 1943 Conny Bauer, German musician, born in Halle, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
  • 1944 Harvey Brooks [Goldstein], American bassist, born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1947 William "Bill" Schnee, American musician, music producer, and audio engineer, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1948 Jeremy Spencer, British rock guitarist (Fleetwood Mac-Oh Well), born in Hartlepool, County Durham, England
  • 1949 Tonio K. [Steven Krikorian], American singer (Romeo Unchained; 16 Tons of Monkeys), born in Palm Desert, California
  • 1951 Ralph Johnson, American rock drummer (Earth Wind & Fire-Shining Star), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1958 Kirk Pengilly, Australian rocker (Inxs-Kiss the Dirt), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1959 Bill McCorvey, American country singer (Pirates of Mississippi - "Feed Jake"), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1964 Mark Allen Slaughter, American guitarist (Slaughter-Stick it Live), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1968 Jack Frost [John Dempsey], American heavy metal guitarist (Seven Witches), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1971 Andy Creeggan, Canadian musician, born in Scarborough, Canada
  • 1972 William Goldsmith, American drummer (Foo Fighters, Sunny Day Real Estate), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1973 Gackt, Japanese singer, born in Okinawa, Japan
  • 1975 Tania Davis, Australian violinist, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1977 Jonas Kjellgren, Swedish musician (Scar Symmetry), born in Grangärde, Sweden
  • 1978 Stephen McNally, British singer and songwriter (BBMak, 10 Reasons to Live), born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1983 Ben Jorgensen, American musician, born in Teaneck, New Jersey
  • 1983 Andy Mrotek, American musician (The Academy Is...), born in Milwaukee
  • 1984 Gina Glocksen, American singer, born in Tinley Park, Illinois
  • 1984 Akanishi Jin, Japanese singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1986 Takahisa Masuda, Japanese singer, born in Tokyo, Japan

Person of interestPost Malone

1995 Post Malone [Austin Richard Post], American singer and songwriter (Stoney), born in Syracuse, New York

Singer-Songwriter Post Malone
Post Malone

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1974 Singer Barry White (29) weds R&B singer Glodean James at a private ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada

Singer Barry White
Barry White

LoveWedding of Interest

1982 Ex Black Sabbath lead singer Ozzy Osbourne (33) weds TV host Sharon Arden (29) in Maui, Hawaii

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
Rock Vocalist
Ozzy Osbourne
Music Manager and TV Personality Sharon Osbourne
Music Manager and TV Personality
Sharon Osbourne

LoveWedding of Interest

1999 Los Angeles Galaxy soccer star player David Beckham (24) weds Spice Girls singer Victoria Beckham (25) at the 560-acre Luttrellstown Castle outside Dublin, Ireland

Singer and Fashion Designer Victoria Beckham
Singer and Fashion Designer
Victoria Beckham
Football Player David Beckham
Football Player
David Beckham

LoveWedding of Interest

2013 Singer Tina Turner (73) weds music executive Erwin Bach (57) in Kusnacht, Switzerland

Singer Tina Turner
Tina Turner
  • 2014 Reef band guitarist Jesse Wood (37) weds TV presenter Fearne Cotton (32) in London

LoveWedding of Interest

2015 American actress and singer Vanessa Williams (52) weds Jim Skrip in Buffalo, New York

Singer and Actress Vanessa Williams
Singer and Actress
Vanessa Williams

LoveWedding of Interest

2015 Music legend Billy Joel (66) weds equestrian Alexis Roderick (33) in Long Island

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel

Deaths in Music

  • 1603 Philippus the Monte, priest/bandmaster/composer, dies at 82
  • 1623 William Byrd, English composer (Ave verum corpus), dies at 80
  • 1672 Ambrosius Reiner, German composer, dies at 67
  • 1757 Jean-Joseph Vadé, French songwriter, poet, and playwright, dies at 38
  • 1851 Martin-Joseph Mengal, composer, dies at 67
  • 1882 Joseph Brackett, American religious leader (Shakers) and composer (Simple Gifts), dies at 85
  • 1889 Auguste Mermet, composer, dies at 79
  • 1891 Frederic Louis Ritter, composer, dies at 67
  • 1910 Louis Bourgault-Ducoudray, composer, dies at 70
  • 1929 Otto Taubmann, German composer, dies at 70
  • 1963 Fritz Reutter, German composer, dies at 66
  • 1971 Don McPherson, American R&B singer (The Main Ingredient) dies of leukemia at 29
  • 1983 Claus Adam, American composer and cellist (Juilliard Quartet), dies at 65
  • 1984 Jimmie Spheeris, American singer and songwriter, dies at 34
  • 1986 Flor Peeters, Flemish organist and composer (Lied Symphony), dies at 83
  • 1992 Astor Piazzolla, Argentine composer (Tango Nuevo), dies at 71
  • 1992 Joe Newman, US jazz trumpetist (Count Basie), dies at 69
  • 1995 Eva Gabor, Hungarian-born American actress, comedian, singer and socialite (Green Acres, Gigi), dies at 76
  • 1999 Ronald "Ronny" Graham [Stringer], American actor, director, composer, lyricist, and writer (M*A*S*H; Chico & the Man), dies of liver disease at 79
  • 1999 Ruby Johnson, American singer (I'll Run Your Hurt Away), dies at 63

Person of interestBarry White

2003 Barry White, American singer (Love's Theme), dies at 58

Singer Barry White
Barry White
  • 2003 André Claveau, French singer (b. 1915)
  • 2004 Jean-Marie Auberson, Swiss conductor, dies at 84
  • 2007 Barış Akarsu, Turkish rock musician and actor, dies of complications after a car accident at 28
  • 2007 Bill Pinkney, American bass vocalist (Drifters - "Ruby Baby"), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • 2009 Drake Levin, American rock musician (b. 1946)
  • 2009 Jim Chapin, American drummer (b.1919)
  • 2012 Larance Marable, American jazz drummer (Charlie Haden's Quartet West; Stan Getz; Groove Holmes), dies at 83
  • 2016 Geoffrey Shovelton, English opera singer, dies at 80