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 & 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
  • 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)
  • 1975 Kip Gamblin, Australian dancer and actor
  • 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, 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
  • 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)