On This Day in Music for March 29

Events in Music

  • 1792 King Gustav III of Sweden dies after being shot in the back at a midnight masquerade ball at Stockholm's Royal Opera just 13 days earlier. He is succeeded by Gustav IV Adolf.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1795 Ludwig van Beethoven (24) has his debut performance as pianist in Vienna

  • 1827 20,000 attend Ludwig von Beethovens burial in Vienna
  • 1879 Tsjaikovski's opera "Jevgeni Onegin," premieres in Moscow
  • 1941 1st performance of Benjamin Britten's "Requiem Symphony"
  • 1941 WPAT radio in NJ begins broadcasting (country music format)
  • 1947 "Beggar's Holiday" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 111 performances
  • 1951 "King & I" opens at St James Theater NYC for 1246 performances
  • 1960 Darius Milhaud's 9th Symphony, premieres
  • 1966 "It's a Bird... It's Superman" opens at Alvin NYC for 129 performances
  • 1969 14th Eurovision Song Contest: Salome for Spain ("Vivo cantando"), Lulu of United Kingdom ("Boom Bang-a-Bang"), Lenny Kuhr of Netherlands ("De troubadour"), and Frida Boccara of France ("Un jour, un enfant") all win in Madrid
  • 1970 "Look to the Lilies" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 25 performances
  • 1981 Peter Stone's musical "Woman of the Year" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 770 performances
  • 1986 Beatle records officially go on sale in Russia
  • 1988 "Oba Oba" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • 1992 "Conversations with My Father" opens at Royale NYC for 462 performances
  • 1992 Ice Dance Championship at Oakland won by Klimova & Ponomarenko (CIS)
  • 1996 10th Soul Train Music Awards: Patti Labelle, Boyz II Men

Birthdays in Music

  • 1484 Johann Spangenberg, composer
  • 1616 Johann Erasmus Kindermann, composer
  • 1725 Joseph Franz Xaver Dominik Stalder, composer
  • 1752 Edward Jones, composer
  • 1875 Paul Rubens, English musical comedy composer (Miss Hook of Holland), born in London (d. 1917)
  • 1876 Jan Ingenhoven, composer
  • 1886 Gustaf Adolf Tiburtius Bengtsson, composer
  • 1902 William Walton, England, composer (Troilus & Cressida, Wise Virgins)
  • 1906 E Power Biggs, Westcliff-on-Sea England, organist/composer (CBS)
  • 1907 "Braguinha", Brazilian songwriter (d. 2006)
  • 1909 Moon Mullican, hillbilly pianist (7 Nights of Rock)
  • 1915 George Chisholm, Scottish jazz trombonist
  • 1918 Pearl Bailey, singer (Hello Dolly), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • 1924 Jules de Corte, blind Dutch ballad singer
  • 1928 Vaclav Felix, composer
  • 1930 Donny Conn, musician (The Playmates), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • 1934 Ernstalbrecht Stiebler, composer
  • 1935 Ruby Murray, Irish pop singer (Softly Softly)
  • 1936 Richard Rodney Bennett, Broadstairs Kent England, composer, (d. 2012)
  • 1940 Raymond Davis, US rock vocalist (Funkadelic-Knee Deep)
  • 1940 Astrud Gilberto, Brazil, singer (Girl From Ipanema)
  • 1940 Eden Kane [Richard Graham Sarstedt], British singer, born in New Delhi, India
  • 1943 Vangelis, [Papathanasiou], composer/keyboardist (Chariots of Fire)
  • 1946 Billy Thorpe, Australian singer (d. 2007)
  • 1947 Bobby Kimball, [Robert Toteaux], Vinton LA, rocker (Toto-Roseann)
  • 1949 Michael Brecker, rocker (Brecker Brothers)
  • 1959 Perry Farrell, American musician, (Jane's Addiction, Porno For Pyros)
  • 1967 John Popper, American musician
  • 1968 Sue Foley, Canadian singer and guitarist, born in Ottawa, Ontario

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1968 Lucy Lawless, New Zealand actress (Xena: Warrior Princess) and singer, born in Auckland, New Zealand

Actress & Singer Lucy Lawless
Actress & Singer
Lucy Lawless
  • 1969 James Atkin, rocker (EMF-Unbelievable)
  • 1971 Ryan Lambert, American performer (Kids Incorporated) lead singer (Elephone), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1978 Michael Kaczurak, American singer and actor
  • 1983 Luiza Sá, Brazilian musician

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1929 Actress and dancer Ginger Rogers (17) weds her dancing partner Jack Pepper (26)

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers

Deaths in Music

  • 1697 Nikolaus Bruhns, composer, dies
  • 1802 Frederic Thieme, composer, dies at 51
  • 1803 Gottfried van Swieten, Dutch composer (b. 1733)
  • 1880 Jakob Axel Josephson, composer, dies at 62
  • 1888 Charles-Henri Valentin Alkan, composer, dies at 74
  • 1911 Felix Alexandre Guilmant, composer, dies at 74
  • 1917 Fran Gerbič, Slovenian composer, dies at 76
  • 1924 Charles Villiers Stanford, Irish composer/writer, dies at 71
  • 1933 Alexander Schmuller, Russian/Dutch violinist/conductor, dies at 52
  • 1937 Karol Szymanowski, Polish/Ukraine composer (Stabat Mater), dies at 54
  • 1959 Sara Wennerberg-Reuter, composer, dies at 84
  • 1964 Ted Collins, pianist (Kate Smith Evening Hour), dies at 63
  • 1966 Harry Daugherty, trombonist (Spike Jones & City Slickers), dies at 50
  • 1980 Annunzio Mantovani, Italian orchestra leader (Mantovani), dies at 74
  • 1982 Carl Orff, German composer (Mouth, Antigonae), dies at 86
  • 1995 Baltimora, British singer (b. 1957)
  • 1999 Joe Williams, American singer, dies of natural causes at 80
  • 2001 John Lewis, American jazz pianist (b. 1920)
  • 2009 Maurice Jarre, French composer (b.1924)
  • 2009 Andy Hallett, American actor and singer (b.1975)