On This Day in Music for July 5

Events in Music

  • 1947 "Barefoot Boy with Cheek" closes at Martin Beck NYC after 108 performances
  • 1952 "Of Thee I Sing" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • 1963 1st Beatle tune to hit US charts, Del Shannon "From Me to You" at #87
  • 1969 Rolling Stones play a free concert in London's Hyde Park

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Rod Stewart hits his head while on stage and knocks himself out

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart

Music releaseAlbum Release

1993 Icelandic musician Björk releases her 1st solo album "Debut"

Singer Björk
Singer
Björk

Birthdays in Music

  • 1546 Johann Steuerlein, composer
  • 1654 Antonio Maria Pacchioni, composer
  • 1764 Janos Lavotta, composer
  • 1775 William Crotch, composer
  • 1847 Agnes Marie Jacobina Zimmermann, composer
  • 1852 Stefano Gobatti, composer
  • 1874 Gerhard von Keussler, composer
  • 1878 Joseph Holbrooke, English pianist/conductor/composer
  • 1879 Wanda Landowska, harpsichordist (Musique Ancienne), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1879 Volkmar Andreae, Swiss conductor/composer (Tonhalle Orchestra)
  • 1880 Jan Kubelik, Czech composer and violinist, born in Michle (d. 1940)
  • 1895 Gordon Jacob, English composer, born in London (d. 1984)
  • 1897 Paul Ben-Haim, [Frankenburger], Israeli composer, born in Munich. Germany
  • 1899 Domingo Santa Cruz Wilson, composer
  • 1903 Irwin Fischer, composer
  • 1904 Franz Adolf Syberg, composer
  • 1913 Smiley Lewis, [Overton Amos Lemons], American singer (The Bells Are Ringing, I Hear You Knocking), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1966)
  • 1918 George Rochberg, composer (Concord Quartet), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1920 Issachar Miron, composer
  • 1924 János Starker, Hungarian cellist, (d. 2013)
  • 1926 Kenneth Gaburo, composer
  • 1927 Beverly Tyler, American singer and actress (Fireball, The Youngest Profession, Big Town), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 2005)
  • 1930 Yutaka Makino, composer
  • 1938 Stanley Joel Silverman, composer
  • 1940 Arthur Blythe, American jazz saxophonist, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2017)
  • 1943 Robbie Robertson [Jamie], Canadian-American singer-songwriter and rock guitarist (The Band), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1950 Huey Lewis [Hugh Anthony Cregg III], American musician (Huey Lewis and the News), born in New York City
  • 1950 Michael Monarch, rock guitarist (Steppenwolf), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1951 Geert Jan Hessing, Dutch rock drummer (Catapult)
  • 1951 Keiko Fuji, Japanese enka singer
  • 1952 Michael Don McNabb, composer
  • 1954 Jimmy Crespo, American guitarist (Aerosmith)
  • 1955 Michael Gismondi, rock saxophonist (Michael Stanley Band)
  • 1958 Paul Daniel, British opera and symphony conductor
  • 1959 Marc Cohn, singer (Walking in Memphis)
  • 1961 Isabelle Poulenard, French soprano
  • 1963 Russ Lorenson, American singer and actor
  • 1965 Eyran Katsenelenbogen, Israeli jazz pianist
  • 1968 Kenji Ito, Japanese composer
  • 1969 RZA, American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan)
  • 1970 Mac Dre, American rapper (d. 2004)
  • 1973 Bengt Lagerberg, Swedish musician (The Cardigans)
  • 1973 Róisín Murphy, Irish musician
  • 1975 Gunnar H. Thomsen, Faroese musician (Týr)
  • 1976 Bizarre, American rapper (D12)
  • 1977 Royce Da 5'9", American rapper
  • 1979 Shane Filan, Irish musician (Westlife)
  • 1980 Jason Wade, American musician (Lifehouse)
  • 1984 Yu Yamada, Ryukyuan model, actress and singer
  • 1985 Stephanie McIntosh, Australian pop singer and actress
  • 1985 Nick O'Malley, British indie rock musician (Arctic Monkeys), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1989 Joseph King, American musician (Canvas)

Weddings in Music

  • 1943 Actress Betty Grable (26) weds big band leader Harry James (27)

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1957 Singer/actor Frank Sinatra and movie star Ava Gardner divorce after 6 years of marriage

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
Actress Ava Gardner
Actress
Ava Gardner
  • 2007 Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese (34) divorces rocker Marilyn Manson (38) due to irreconcilable differences after a year of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • 1803 William Jackson, (Jackson of Exeter), English composer and organist, dies at 73
  • 1852 Johann Baptist Weigl, German composer, dies at 69
  • 1883 Frederick Scotson Clark, composer, dies at 42
  • 1884 Victor Masse, composer, dies at 62
  • 1909 Emil Bohn, composer, dies at 70
  • 1925 Hjalmar Borgstrom, composer, dies at 61
  • 1941 Oskar Fried, composer, dies at 69
  • 1944 William Gillies Whittaker, composer, dies at 67
  • 1963 Daniel Ruyneman, composer, dies at 76
  • 1969 Wilhelm Backhaus, German pianist (Rubinstein-1905), dies at 85
  • 1975 Gilda dalla Rizza, Italian soprano, dies at 82
  • 1979 Judson Laire, American actor and singer (Papa-Mama, Adm Broadway Revue), dies at 76
  • 1980 Archibald James Potter, composer, dies at 61
  • 1981 Jorge Urrutia Blondel, composer, dies at 75
  • 1983 Harry James, swing-era bandleader/trumpet player, dies at 67
  • 1983 Vaclav Trojan, composer, dies at 76
  • 1983 Harry James, American musician and trumpeter and husband to Betty Grable, dies from lymphatic cancer at 67
  • 1989 Ernesto Halffter, composer, dies at 84
  • 1992 Georgia Brown, British singer/actress (Love at Stake), dies at 59
  • 1997 Mrs. Miller, American singer (b. 1907)
  • 2001 Ernie K-Doe, African-American singer (Mother-in-Law), dies of cirrhosis at 65
  • 2005 Shirley Goodman, American singer (b. 1936)
  • 2007 Régine Crespin, French operatic soprano (b. 1927)
  • 2007 George Melly, British jazz & blues musician (b. 1926)