On This Day in Music for October 29

Events in Music

  • 1787 Opera "Don Giovanni" is produced (Prague)
  • 1923 Gibbs/Grey/Wood's revue "Runnin' Wild" (introducing Charleston) opens on Broadway, New York City
  • 1924 "Dixie to Broadway" opens at Broadhurst Theater
  • 1941 Cole Porter's musical "Let's Face It" premieres in New York City
  • 1963 "Meet the Beatles" booklet is published
  • 1967 MacDermot, Ragni & Rado's musical "Hair" premieres in NYC
  • 1977 "Act" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 233 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson release "Girl is Mine"

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 1987 "Don't Get God Started" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 86 performances
  • 1995 "Fool Moon" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • 1815 Daniel Emmett, American composer (d. 1904)
  • 1898 Emmanuel Bondeville, composer
  • 1901 Daniele Amfiteatrov, composer
  • 1903 Vivian Ellis, composer
  • 1922 Neal Hefti, Hastings Neb, orchestra leader (Kate Smith Show)
  • 1923 Dietrich Manicke, composer
  • 1925 Zoot Sims, jazz saxophonist, born in Inglewood, California
  • 1926 Jon [Jonathan Stewart] Vickers, Canadian operatic tenor, born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan (d. 2015)
  • 1930 Natalie Sleeth, American composer (d. 1992)
  • 1930 Omara Portuondo, Cuban singer
  • 1934 Pim Jacobs, jazz pianist, Dutch TV host and actor (Gilas)
  • 1934 Ramon Sender, composer
  • 1934 Robert E Hughes, American orchestra leader (Rich Little Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1937 Michael Ponti, Freiburg Germany, pianist (Boston Competition 1964)
  • 1938 Peter Stampfel, musician and songwriter (The Holy Modal Rounders), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1940 Frida Boccara, French singer (d. 1996)
  • 1944 Denny Laine, [Brian Hines], rock guitarist (Moody Blues, Wings)
  • 1944 Robbie van Leeuwen, Dutch guitarist (Shocking Blue)
  • 1945 Melba Moore, [Beatrice], American singer/actress (Ellis Island), born in NYC, New York
  • 1948 Ricky Reynolds, rocker
  • 1949 James Williamson, American guitarist
  • 1951 Guy Gelso, rock drummer (Zebra)
  • 1951 Rick Bordia, rock guitarist (Mink Deville)
  • 1952 Arnell Carmichael, rock keyboardist (Raydio)
  • 1954 Anita Meijer, Dutch singer (Just a Disillusion)
  • 1955 Kevin DuBrow, American heavy metal singer (Quiet Riot) (d. 2007)
  • 1955 Roger O'Donnell, English musician (The Cure)
  • 1961 Randy Jackson, rocker (Jackson 5-ABC), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1965 Steven Sweet, Wadsworth Ohio, heavy metal artist (Warrant-Cherry Pie)
  • 1968 Tsunku, Japanese music producer
  • 1982 Ariel Lin, Taiwanese actress and singer
  • 1987 Makoto Ogawa, Japanese singer

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1951 Singer/actor Frank Sinatra and 1st wife Nancy (Barbato) divorce due to infidelity after 12 years of marriage

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 2010 Country singer Randy Travis (51) divorces manager Lib Hatcher due to state of incompatibility exists between the two parties after 19 long years of marriage. One of country music's longest-lasting couples

Deaths in Music

  • 1802 Jacques-Philippe Lamoninary, composer, dies at 95
  • 1829 Maria A [Nannerl] Mozart, Austrian pianist, dies
  • 1853 Pierre-Joseph-Guillaume Zimmermann, composer, dies at 68
  • 1853 William Richard Bexfield, composer, dies at 29
  • 1876 Jacques Gregoir, composer, dies at 59
  • 1882 Martin Gustav Nottebohm, composer, dies at 64
  • 1883 Friedrich Robert Volkmann, composer, dies at 68
  • 1920 Johann Ernst Perabo, composer, dies at 74
  • 1922 George August Lumbye, composer, dies at 79
  • 1931 Luciano Gallet, composer, dies at 38
  • 1934 Gustavo Emilio Campa, composer, dies at 71
  • 1947 Theodore Samuel Holland, composer, dies at 69
  • 1953 William Kapell, American pianist (b. 1922)
  • 1962 Naphtali Siegfried Salomon, composer, dies at 77
  • 1968 Marius Ulfrstad, Norwegian composer, dies at 78
  • 1971 Duane Allman, rock guitarist, dies in a motorcycle accident at 24
  • 1973 Heathcote Dicken Statham, composer, dies at 83
  • 1975 John Scott Trotter, orchestra leader (George Gobel Show), dies at 67
  • 1983 Sten Broman, Swedish composer, dies at 81
  • 1987 Woody Herman, American bandleader/composer (Thundering Herds), dies at 74
  • 1994 Evelyn Anderson, dancer, dies at 87
  • 1994 Pearl Primus, Trinidad-born American dancer (poplularized African dance), dies at 74
  • 1998 Paul Misraki, French songwriter (b. 1908)
  • 2003 Franco Corelli, Italian tenor, dies after suffering on stroke at 82

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2004 Vaughn Meader, American comedian and musician, dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 68 (b. 1936)

Comedian and Musician Vaughn Meader
Comedian and Musician
Vaughn Meader
  • 2008 Mike Baker, American singer Shadow Gallery (b. 1963)