On This Day in Music for July 8

Events in Music

  • 1946 "Tidbits of 1946" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 1982 "7 Brides for 7 Brothers" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 1988 Rockers Jonathan "Chico" & Robert DeBarge indicted on drug trafficking

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 Stevie Wonder announces he will run for mayor of Detroit in 1992

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder

Music releaseMusic Single

1996 British girls group the Spice Girls release their debut single "Wannabe" in the UK

Singer-Songwriter Mel C
Singer-Songwriter
Mel C
Pop Star Emma Bunton
Pop Star
Emma Bunton
Singer and Fashion Designer Victoria Beckham
Singer and Fashion Designer
Victoria Beckham

Birthdays in Music

  • 1574 Giovanni Battista Stefanini, composer
  • 1604 Heinrich Albert, German composer (Arien oder Melodien)
  • 1637 Johann Georg Ebeling, German composer, born in Lüneburg (d. 1676)
  • 1638 Matteo Coferati, composer
  • 1757 Richard Wainwright, English composer and church organist (d. 1825)
  • 1819 Vatroslav Lisinski, composer
  • 1857 Rudolf Dellinger, composer
  • 1871 Clement Harris, English composer, born in London (d. 1897)
  • 1882 Percy Grainger, composer/pianist/conductor (Hill Songs), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1900 George Antheil, composer (Airplane Sonata), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1904 Bill Challis, arranger/pianist
  • 1907 Kishio Hirao, composer

Person of interestLouis Jordan

1908 Louis Jordan, American musician, songwriter and bandleader (Caldonia), born in Brinkley, Arkansas (d. 1975)

Musician Louis Jordan
Musician
Louis Jordan
  • 1911 Gertrude Niesen, American actress, comedian, and songwriter (Start Cheering, Rookies on Parade), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1912 Jacques Stehman, composer
  • 1914 Billy Eckstine, jazz singer (Tenderly, A Fool in Love), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1924 Johnnie Johnson, American blues musician (d. 2005)
  • 1928 Norma Donaldson, American singer and actress (Poetic Justice, 5 Heartbeats), born in Harlem, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1931 Jerry Vale [Genaro Louis Vitaliano], American singer (Arriverderci Roma), born in NYC (d. 2014)
  • 1931 Louis Ballard, composer
  • 1935 Steve Lawrence, American singer and actor (Go Away Little Girl, Lonely Guy), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1944 Jaimoe "Johnny" Johanson, US rock drummer (Allman Brothers)
  • 1946 Cynthia Gregory, LA, ballerina (NY Ballet Co)
  • 1948 Raffi, children's singer (Baby Beluga)
  • 1951 Greg T Walker, rock bassist (Blackfoot)
  • 1951 Pleas Ned Sublette, composer
  • 1956 Russell Christian, rocker (Christians-Harvest the World)
  • 1958 Carlos Cavazo, rocker (Quiet Riot - Metal Health)
  • 1958 Fred Young, singer (Kentucky Headhunters-Davy Crockett), born in Glasgow, Kentucky
  • 1961 Andy Fletcher, rocker (Depeche Mode-Just Can't Get Enough)
  • 1961 Graham Jones, rock guitarist (Haircut 100)
  • 1961 Toby Keith, American country singer and actor (Boomtown, Blue Moon), born in Clinton, Oklahoma
  • 1967 Jordan Chan, Hong Kong actor and singer
  • 1969 Sugizo [Yasuhiro Sugihara], Japanese guitarist and singer, born in Hadano, Kanagawa
  • 1970 Beck [Bek David Campbell], American singer (Morning Phase), born in Los Angeles
  • 1974 Zhanna Friske, Russian actress and singer
  • 1975 Elias Viljanen, Finnish Guitarist
  • 1976 David Kennedy, American guitarist (Angels & Airwaves)
  • 1985 Jamie Cook, British musician (Arctic Monkeys)
  • 1992 Taylor Maine Pearl Brooks, daughter of country singer Garth Brooks
  • 1992 Benjamin Grosvenor, British pianist

Weddings in Music

  • 1979 Singer Marianne Faithfull (32) weds Ben Briefly
  • 2013 Model Amber Rose (29) weds rapper Wiz Khalifa (25) in Pennsylvania

Deaths in Music

  • 1681 Georg Neumark, German composer and poet, dies at 60
  • 1876 Josef Dessauer, composer, dies at 78
  • 1885 Henry Waelput, Flemish composer/conductor (Blessing of Arms), dies
  • 1894 Vladimir Nikitich Kashperov, Russian composer, dies at 67
  • 1905 Walter Kittredge, American musician during American Civil War, dies at 70
  • 1941 Philippe Gaubert, French musician and composer, dies at 62
  • 1942 Catherinus Elling, Norwegian composer, dies at 83
  • 1946 Aleksander V Aleksandrov, Russian composer/conductor, dies at 63
  • 1949 Riccardo Pick-Mangiagalli, Italian composer, dies at 66
  • 1957 Henry Février, French composer, dies at 81
  • 1961 Julian Bautista, composer, dies at 60
  • 1971 Charlie Shavers, American jazz trumpet player, dies at 50
  • 1972 Lovie [Cora] Austin, American jazz pianist (Down Hearted Blues), dies at 84
  • 1984 Christine McIntyre, American actress and singer (The Three Stooges, The Rangers' Round-Up), dies from cancer at 73
  • 1991 Lotte Palfi Andor, actress (Lovesick, All the Jazz), dies
  • 1994 Dominic Lucero, dancer/singer, dies of lymphatic cancer
  • 1995 Günter Bialas, German composer, dies at 87
  • 1996 James Woodie Alexander, songwriter/vocalist, dies at 80
  • 2003 Kunio Toda, Japanese composer, dies at 87
  • 2018 Tab Hunter [Arthur Andrew Kelm], American actor (Tab Hunter Show, Lust in the Dust) and singer (Young Love), dies of complications of deep vein thrombosis at 86
  • 2018 Oliver Knussen, British composer (Where the Wild Things Are, Chicara), dies at 66
  • 2018 Alan Johnson, American 3-time Emmy Award winning choreographer (Springtime for Hitler, West Side Story), dies at 81