On This Day

Musicians Born 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 conductor (co-founded and led London Philharmonic, 1932-39; Royal Philharmonic, 1946-60), born in St Helens, Lancashire (d. 1961)
  • 1885 Wallingford Riegger, American cellist, composer (New Dance; Cooper Square), and educator, 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)

Duke Ellington

1899 Edward "Duke" Ellington, American bandleader, composer and pianist ("Take the A Train"; "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1974)

  • 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 big band trombonist (Ted Heath), and journalist (Sunday Mirror), 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 (Jean-Baptiste) "Toots" Thielemans, Belgian-American jazz harmonica player, guitarist, whistler, and composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2016)
  • 1924 Renée "Zizi" Jeanmaire, French dancer and actress (Carmen; Hans Christian Andersen), born in Paris, France (d. 2020)
  • 1925 Danny Davis [George Nowlan], American country musician (Nashville Brass), born in Randolph, Massachusetts (d. 2008)
  • 1927 (Cecil James) "Big Jay" McNeely, American R&B saxophonist, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2018)
  • 1928 Carl Gardner, American pop-rock vocalist (The Coasters - "Yakety Yak"), born in Tyler, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1929 Peter Sculthorpe, Australian composer (Kakadu), born in Launceston, Tasmania (d. 2014)
  • 1929 Václav Kučera, Czech composer (Concierto imaginativo; Homenaje a Salvador Dalí), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2017)
  • 1929 Ray Barretto, American percussionist and Latin jazz bandleader (Charanga Moderna - "El Watusi"), born in New York City (d. 2006)
  • 1930 Joe Porcaro, American jazz and session drummer and percussionist (Lalo Schifrin; Rosemary Clooney; Toto), and educator (Los Angeles College of Music), born in New Britain, Connecticut (d. 2020)
  • 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 Rod McKuen, American singer-songwriter ("Love's Been Good to Me"; "Jean"; "Without A Worry In The World"), and poet (Lonesome Cities), born in Oakland, California (d. 2015)

Willie Nelson

1933 Willie Nelson, American country singer-songwriter ("Crazy"; "On the Road Again"; ), born in Abbott, Texas

  • 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 [Caroline LoTempio], American vocalist ("Deep Purple" - the song, not the band), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • 1936 Zubin Mehta, Indian conductor (Israel Philharmonic, 1977-2019; NY Philharmonic, 1978-91), born in 84) Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India
  • 1937 Lefty Dizz [Walter Williams], American Chicago-style blues guitarist and singer, born in Osceola, Arkansas (d. 1993)
  • 1938 Klaus Voormann, German rock bassist (Manfred Mann - "Mighty Quinn"; John Lennon; George Harrison; Harry Nilsson; Carly Simon), and album cover artist (Beatles - Revolver; Ringo Starr - Ringo), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1940 George Adams, American jazz and R&B tenor saxophonist and flautist (Charles Mingus; Gil Evans; McCoy Tyner; Adams/Pullen Quartet), born in Covington, Georgia (d. 1992)
  • 1942 Vini Poncia, American pop songwriter, musician, and record producer (Ringo Starr; Melissa Manchester; KISS), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1943 Duane Allen, American country singer (Oak Ridge Boys - "Elvira"), born in Taylortown, Texas
  • 1945 Hugh Hopper, British progressive rock and jazz bassist (Soft Machine; Stomu Yamashta's East Wind; Carla Bley), born in Canterbury, England (d. 2009)
  • 1945 Tammi Terrell [Thomasina Montgomery], American singer ("Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - duet with Marvin Gaye), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1970)
  • 1947 Tommy James, American singer-songwriter (cri-im-son & clo-o-ver o-o-ver & o-o-ver), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1947 John J. Cascella, American rock keyboard and accordion player (John Mellencamp), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1992)
  • 1949 Anita Dobson, British stage and screen actress (EastEnders, 1985-88 - "Angie Watts"), and singer ("Anyone Can Fall in Love"), born in Stepney, London, England
  • 1954 Shane Fontayne [Michael Barakan], British session and touring rock guitarist, and songwriter, born in London
  • 1954 Deborah Iyall, American artist and singer (Romeo Void), born in Soap Lake, Washington
  • 1954 Masaaki Suzuki, Japanese organist, harpsichordist, and conductor (Bach Collegium Japan), born on Kobe, Japan
  • 1955 Gino Quilico, Canadian Grammy Award-winning operatic baritone, born in Flushing, New York City
  • 1956 Ketil Stokkan, Norwegian singer (Zoo), born in Harstad, Norway
  • 1957 Richie Robertson, British new wave rock bassist and vocalist (Fabulous Poodles - "Mirror Star"), born in England
  • 1957 Mark Kendall, American rock guitarist Great White), born in Loma Linda, California
  • 1958 Simon Edwards, British folk and soft rock guitarrón and bass player (Fairground Attraction - "Find My Love"; The First of a Million Kisses), born in Bristol, England
  • 1959 Roger Eno, British multi-instrumentalist, and ambient and film music composer, born in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England
  • 1960 Gerard Joling, Dutch pop tenor vocalist ("Love Is In Your Eyes"), and television personality, born in n Schagen, Netherlands
  • 1960 Phil King, British rock bassist (Lush; Jesus and Mary Chain; The Fallen), born in London, England
  • 1967 Master P, [Percy Miller] American rapper, actor and record producer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1968 Carnie Wilson, American pop singer (Wilson Phillips - "Hold On"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 China Forbes, American singer-songwriter (Pink Martini), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1973 Mike Hogan, Irish rock bassist (The Cranberries - "Zombie", "Linger"), born in, County Limerick, Ireland
  • 1974 Anggun [Sasmi], Indonesian-French pop, rock, and world music singer-songwriter (Snow in the Sahara; In Your Mind), television personality, and U.N. global ambassador, born in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 1974 Jasper Wood, Canadian concert violinist, born in Moncton, New Brunswick
  • 1976 Jay Orpin, Swedish-Finnish pop composer and record producer, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1979 Jo O'Meara, British pop singer and songwriter (S Club - "Bring It All Back"), born in Romford, England
  • 1979 Matt Tong, British rock drummer (Bloc Party; Algiers), born in Bournemouth, England
  • 1980 Kian Egan, Irish pop singer (Westlife), and television personality, born in Sligo, Ireland
  • 1988 Younha [Go Youn-ha], Korean pop singer-songwriter (Touch; Run; Winter Flower), born in Seoul, South Korea