On This Day

On This Day in Music for July 5

Events in Music

  • 1813 War of 1812: Three weeks of British raids on Fort Schlosser, Black Rock and Plattsburgh, New York begin
  • 1942 1st performance of Heitor Villa-Lobos' Chôros 6/9/11
  • 1947 "Barefoot Boy with Cheek" closes at Martin Beck NYC after 108 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

1954 Elvis Presley records his debut single, a cover of Arthur Cruddup's "That's All Right, Mama"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1954 Singer Elvis Presley's 1st professional recording session (with guitarist Scotty Moore & bass player Bill Black) takes place at Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Service in Memphis, Tennessee. The trio record four songs including their historic cover of Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's song "That's All Right (Mama)". [1]
  • 1963 1st Beatles' tune to hit US charts, Del Shannon's cover of "From Me to You" at no. 87

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 John Lennon sells his psychedelic painted Rolls-Royce

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1969 Rolling Stones play a free concert in London's Hyde Park

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 At Knebworth Festival in England, Pink Floyd debut their album "Wish You Were Here" with pyrotechnics and an exploding plane which flies into the stage

Rocker Syd Barrett
Syd Barrett
Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Singer Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

Singer Björk
  • 1994 "Cracked Rear View" debut album by Hootie & the Blowfish is released
  • 2011 "Somebody That I Used to Know" single released by Gotye ft. Kimbra (Grammy Award Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Record of the Year 2013)
  • 2018 English rapper Stormzy announces partnership with Penguin Books, an imprint called #Merky Books

Birthdays in Music

  • 1546 Johann Steuerlein, German composer, born in Schmalkalden, Germany (d. 1613)
  • 1654 Antonio Maria Pacchioni, Baroque composer, born in Modena, Italy (baptized date) (d. 1738)
  • 1764 János Lavotta, Hungarian violinist and composer, born in Pusté Úľany, Slovakia (d. 1820)
  • 1775 William Crotch, English composer, born in Norwich, Norfolk, England (d. 1847)
  • 1847 Agnes Zimmermann, German composer, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1925)
  • 1852 Stefano Gobatti, Italian composer, born in Bergantino, Italy (d. 1913)
  • 1874 Gerhard von Keussler, German composer, born in Gulbene, Latvia (d. 1949)
  • 1878 Joseph Holbrooke, English pianist, conductor and composer (3 Blind Mice), born in Croydon, Surrey (d. 1958)
  • 1879 Wanda Landowska, Polish-French harpsichordist (Musique Ancienne), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1959)
  • 1879 Volkmar Andreae, Swiss conductor and composer (Tonhalle Orchestra), born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 1962)
  • 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 (d. 1984)
  • 1899 Domingo Santa Cruz Wilson, Chilean composer, born in La Cruz, Chile (d. 1987)
  • 1903 Irwin Fischer, American composer and organist (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), born in Iowa City, Iowa (d. 1977)
  • 1904 Franz Adolf Syberg, Danish composer, born in Kerteminde, Funen, Denmark (d. 1955)
  • 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, American composer (Concord Quartet), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • 1920 Issachar Miron, Israeli composer, born in Kutno, Poland (d. 2015)
  • 1924 János Starker, Hungarian-American cellist, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2013)
  • 1926 Kenneth Gaburo, American composer, born in Somerville, New Jersey (d. 1993)
  • 1927 Beverly Tyler, American singer and actress (Fireball, The Youngest Profession, Big Town), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 2005)
  • 1930 Yutaka Makino, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2005)
  • 1934 Diane Andersen, Danish-Belgian concert pianist, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1938 Stanley Silverman, American composer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 Arthur Blythe, American jazz saxophonist, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2017)
  • 1943 Robbie Robertson [Jamie], Canadian-Native American singer-songwriter and rock guitarist (The Band - "The Weight"), born in Toronto, Ontario [1]
  • 1950 Huey Lewis [Hugh Anthony Cregg III], American musician (Huey Lewis and the News), born in NYC, New York
  • 1950 Michael Monarch, American rock guitarist (Steppenwolf), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1951 Geert Jan Hessing, Dutch rock drummer (Catapult)
  • 1951 Keiko Fuji, Japanese enka singer and actress, born in Ichinoseki, Iwate, Japan (d. 2013)
  • 1952 Michael Don McNabb, composer
  • 1954 Jimmy Crespo, American guitarist (Aerosmith), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1955 Michael Gismondi, rock bassist (Michael Stanley Band, 1979-87)
  • 1958 Paul Daniel, British opera and symphony conductor, born in Birmingham
  • 1959 Marc Cohn, American folk rock singer (Walking in Memphis), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1961 Isabelle Poulenard, French contemporary soprano, born in Paris
  • 1963 Russ Lorenson, American singer and actor, born in Upland, Pennsylvania
  • 1965 Eyran Katsenelenbogen, Israeli jazz pianist, born in Israel
  • 1968 Kenji Ito, Japanese video game composer, born in Tokyo
  • 1969 RZA [Robert Fitzgerald Diggs], American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan), born in NYC, New York
  • 1970 Mac Dre [Andre Louis Hicks], American rapper and hip hop pioneer, born in Oakland, California (d. 2004)
  • 1973 Bengt Lagerberg, Swedish musician (The Cardigans), born in Jönköping, Sweden
  • 1973 Róisín Murphy, Irish dance-pop singer, songwriter, and record producer (Moloko), born in Arklow, Wicklow, Ireland
  • 1975 Gunnar H. Thomsen, Faroese musician (Týr), born in Faroe Islands
  • 1976 Bizarre, American rapper (D12), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1977 Royce Da 5'9" [Ryan Daniel Montgomery], American rapper, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1979 Shane Filan, Irish singer and songwriter (Westlife), born in Sligo, Ireland
  • 1980 Jason Wade, American singer and musician (Lifehouse), born in Camarillo, California
  • 1984 Yu Yamada, Ryukyuan model, actress and singer, born in Okinawa, Japan
  • 1985 Stephanie McIntosh, Australian pop singer and actress, born in Malvern, Australia
  • 1985 Nick O'Malley, British indie rock musician (Arctic Monkeys), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1989 Joseph King, American musician (Canvas)
  • 1991 Jason Dolley, American actor and musician (Cory in the House), born in Los Angeles, California

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Film actress Betty Grable
Film actress
Betty Grable

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1957 Singer and 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
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 and clergyman, dies at 69
  • 1883 Frederick Scotson Clark, English organist and 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, German-Russian composer, dies at 69
  • 1944 William Gillies Whittaker, English 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, Irish composer, dies at 61
  • 1981 Jorge Urrutia Blondel, Chilean composer, dies at 75
  • 1983 Václav Trojan, Czech composer, dies at 76
  • 1983 Harry James, American swing-era bandleader, 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 (A Lover's Missouri), dies at 89
  • 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)
  • 2010 David Fanshawe, British composer and ethno-musicologist (African Sanctus,; Pacific Odessey), dies of a stroke at 68
  • 2011 Malcolm Forsyth, South African-Canadian trombonist and composer (Atayoskewin), dies of pancreatic cancer at 74
  • 2016 Alirio Díaz, Venezuelan guitarist, composer, and musicologist, dies at 92
  • 2017 Pierre Henry, French composer (considered pioneer of musique concrète), dies at 89