On This Day

Birthdays in Music on April 29

  • 1584 Melchior Teschner, German composer, born in Wschowa, Poland (d. 1635)
  • 1660 Matthias Henriksen Schacht, Danish scholar and composer, born in Visby, Gotland, Sweden (d. 1700)
  • 1727 Jean-Georges Noverre, French dancer and choreographer (ballet d'action), born in Paris (d. 1810)
  • 1771 Matthäus Stegmayer, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1820)
  • 1842 Carl Millöcker, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1899)
  • 1855 Anatoly Liadov, Russian composer (Bewitched Lake), born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1914)
  • 1855 Edmund van der Straeten, German composer, born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1934)
  • 1857 František Ondříček, Czech violinist and composer, born in Prague (d. 1922)
  • 1862 Vittorio Mario Vanzo, Italian composer, born in Padua, Italy (d. 1945)
  • 1872 Eyvind Alnaes, Norwegian composer, born in Fredrikstad, Norway (d. 1932)
  • 1879 Thomas Beecham, English composer (found London Philharmonic), born in St Helens, Lancashire (d. 1961)
  • 1885 Wallingford Riegger, American composer (Bacchangle), born in Albany, Georgia (d. 1961)
  • 1895 Malcolm Sargent, English conductor (Promenade Concerts), born in Bath Villas, Ashford, Kent (d. 1967)
  • 1896 Jacques Wolfe, Romanian-American composer, born in Botoşani, Romania (d. 1973)

Person of interestDuke Ellington

1899 Duke Ellington, American bandleader, composer and pianist (Take the A Train), born in Washington, District of Columbia (d. 1974)

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • 1899 Yngve Sköld, Swedish composer, born in Vallby, Södermanland County, Sweden (d. 1992)

  • 1902 Theodore Chanler, American composer, born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1961)
  • 1903 Frank Parker, American singer (Arthur Godfrey Show, Masquerade Party), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1904 Russ Morgan, American orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 1969)
  • 1907 Tino Rossi, French singer (Deux Amours, Marlene), born in Ajaccio, Corsica, France (d. 1983)
  • 1908 Philippe Brun, French jazz trumpeter, born in Paris (d. 1994)
  • 1913 Jack Bently, English trombonist, born in Manchester (d. 1994)
  • 1915 Donald Mills, American singer (Mills Brothers), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Harold Shapero, American composer (9 Minute Opera), born in Lynn, Massachusetts (d. 2013)
  • 1922 Toots [Jean-Baptiste] Thielemans, Belgian-American jazz musician and composer, born in Brussels (d. 2016)
  • 1924 Renée Jeanmaire, dancer (Hans Christian Anderson), born in Paris, France
  • 1924 Zizi Jeanmaire, French dancer, singer and actress (Carmen), born in Paris, France (d. 2020)
  • 1925 Danny Davis [George Nowlan], country musician (Nashville Brass), born in Randolph, Massachusetts (d. 2008)
  • 1927 Big Jay [Cecil James] McNeely, American R&B saxophonist, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2018)
  • 1928 Carl Gardner, American rock vocalist (Coasters-Yakety Yak), born in Tyler, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1929 Peter Sculthorpe, Australian composer (Kakadu), born in Launceston, Tasmania (d. 2014)
  • 1929 Vaclav Kucera, Czech composer (Concierto imaginativo Homenaje a Salvador Dalí), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2017)
  • 1929 Ray Barretto, Puerto Rican American congo drummer (El Watusi), born in New York City (d. 2006)
  • 1931 Lonnie Donegan, Scottish singer-songwriter and the King of Skiffle, born in Glasgow (d. 2002)
  • 1933 Darijan Božič, Slovenian composer and conductor, born in Slavonski Brod, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (d. 2018)
  • 1933 Raymond Hill, American tenor saxophonist (Kings of Rhythm), born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 1996)

  • 1933 Rodney "Rod" McKuen, American poet, singer-songwriter and actor (Jean, Alone, Beatsville), born in Oakland, California (d. 2015)

Person of interestWillie Nelson

1933 Willie Nelson, American country singer (On the Road Again), born in Abbott, Texas

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
  • 1935 Otto Zykan, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2006)
  • 1935 Otis Rush, American blues musician (Right Place, Wrong Time), born in Philadelphia. Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1936 April Stevens, American vocalist (single Deep Purple), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • 1936 Zubin Mehta, conductor (NY Philharmonic), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1938 Klaus Voormann, German rock bassist (Manfred Mann-Mighty Quinn), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1943 Duane Allen, American country singer (Oak Ridge Boys-Elvira), born in Taylortown, Texas
  • 1945 Tammi Terrell [Thomasina Montgomery], singer (Ain't No Mountain High Enough), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1970)
  • 1947 Tommy James, singer (cri-im-son & clo-o-ver o-o-ver & o-o-ver)
  • 1947 John J. Cascella, American rock keyboard and accordion player (John Mellencamp), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1992)
  • 1952 Nora Dunn, comedienne (SNL, Miami Blues, Working Girl), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1954 Shane Fontayne [Michael Barakan], British session and touring rock guitarist, and songwriter, born in London
  • 1954 Deborah Iyall, rocker (Romeo Void)
  • 1955 Gino Quilico, Canadian baritone
  • 1956 Ron Verlin, rocker (Shooting Star)
  • 1956 Ketil Stokkan, Norwegian singer
  • 1957 Richie C Robertson, rock bassist/vocalist (Fabulous Poodles)
  • 1957 Mark Kendall, American guitarist
  • 1958 Simon Edwards, rocker (Fairground Attraction-Find My Love)
  • 1960 Gerard Joling, Dutch singer (Love is in Your Eyes)
  • 1960 Phil King, English bassist
  • 1967 Master P, American rapper
  • 1968 Carnie Wilson, American rock vocalist (Wilson Phillips-Hold On), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 China Forbes, American singer and songwriter (Pink Martini)
  • 1974 Anggun, Indonesian French singer-songwriter, born in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 1974 Jasper Wood, Canadian violinist, born in Moncton, New Brunswick
  • 1976 Jay Orpin, Swedish composer and producer
  • 1979 Jo O'Meara, British singer (S Club)
  • 1979 Matt Tong, English drummer (Bloc Party)
  • 1980 Kian Egan, Irish singer (Westlife)
  • 1988 Younha, Korean pop singer