On This Day

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
Stevie Wonder

Music releaseMusic Single

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

Singer-Songwriter Mel C
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, Australian-American concert pianist and composer (Hill Songs; Country Garden), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1900 George Antheil, American 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
Louis Jordan
  • 1911 Gertrude Niesen, American actress, comedian, and songwriter (Start Cheering, Rookies on Parade), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1914 Billy Eckstine, American jazz singer (Tenderly, A Fool in Love), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)
  • 1924 Johnnie Johnson, American blues and jazz piano player (Chuck Berry's band), born in Fairmount, West Virginia (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 [Honganózhe], Native American composer and educator (The Four Moons), born near Quapaw, Oklahoma (d. 2007) [1]
  • 1935 Steve Lawrence [Sidney Leibowitz], American singer and actor (Go Away Little Girl, Lonely Guy), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1938 Alan Aldridge, British artist, graphic designer and illustrator whose artwork was used in record covers for The Beatles and The Who, born in London, England (d. 2017)
  • 1944 Jaimoe "Johnny" Johanson, American rock drummer (The Allman Brothers Band), born in Ocean Springs, Mississippi
  • 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)

Person of interestToby Keith

1961 Toby Keith, American country singer and actor (Boomtown, Blue Moon), born in Clinton, Oklahoma

Country Singer and Actor Toby Keith
Country Singer and Actor
Toby Keith
  • 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, Austrian 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 organist, composer, educator, and ethno-musicologist, dies at 83
  • 1946 Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov, Russian composer {Alexnadrov Ensemble}, dies at 63
  • 1949 Riccardo Pick-Mangiagalli, Italian composer, dies at 66
  • 1957 Henry Février, French composer, dies at 81
  • 1961 Julián Bautista, Spanish 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
  • 1979 Charles Kynard, American soul, jazz, and funk Hammond B-3 organ player (Reelin With The Feelin'), dies at 46
  • 1984 Christine McIntyre, American actress and singer (The Three Stooges, The Rangers' Round-Up), dies from cancer at 73
  • 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
  • 2007 Jindřich Feld, Czech composer (Concerto for Flute and Orchestra), dies at 82
  • 2015 Ernie Maresca, American singer and songwriter (Runaround Sue; The Wanderer), dies at 76
  • 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 screen and stage choreographer (The Producers - "Springtime for Hitler"; Legs Diamond; 3 Emmy Awards), director (To Be Or Not To Be), and dancer (West Side Story),, dies at 81
  • 2020 Naya Rivera, American actress and singer (Glee), drowns at 33