On This Day

Musicians Born in 1929

  • Jan 3 Ernst Mahle, Brazilian composer
  • Jan 5 Wilbert Harrison, American R&B singer (Kansas City), born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 1994)
  • Jan 10 Derek Hammond-Stroud, English operatic baritone, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2012)
  • Jan 11 Wanda Wilkomirska, Polish violinist, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Jan 13 Joe Pass [Joseph Passalaqua], American virtuoso jazz guitarist (The Trio) and composer, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 1994)
  • Jan 14 Billy Walker, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee), born in Ralls, Texas (d. 2006)
  • Jan 15 Queen Ida, Louisiana Creole accordionist, born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Jan 15 Eva Badura-Skoda, German-Austrian composer, born in Munich, Germany
  • Jan 16 Tage Nielsen, Danish composer, born in Frederiksberg, Denmark (d. 2003)
  • Jan 17 Grady Martin, country music guitarist (The Nashville A-Team), born in Chapel Hill, Tennessee (d. 2001)
  • Jan 20 [Wilbur James] Jimmy Cobb, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis' First Great Sextet), born in Washington D.C. (d. 2020)
  • Jan 28 Acker Bilk, English clarinetist who was part of the traditional jazz revival of the 1950s and 1960s, born in Pensford, Somerset (d. 2014)
  • Feb 2 Reiner Bredemeyer, German composer, born in Vélez, Colombia (d. 1995)
  • Feb 3 Russell Arms, vocalist (Your Hit Parade), born in Berkeley, California
  • Feb 4 Paul Burlison, rockabilly musician (The Rock N Roll Trio), born in Brownsville, Tennessee (d. 2003)
  • Feb 5 Hal Blaine [Harold Belsky], American drummer and session musician (The Wrecking Crew), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts (d. 2019)

  • Feb 9 James Mulcro Drew, composer
  • Feb 9 Willem Kersters, Flemish composer (Parwati, Gospel Song)
  • Feb 10 Jerry Goldsmith, American pianist and composer (Twilight Zone, Planet Of The Apes), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2004)
  • Feb 11 Leonard Gregory Kastle, composer
  • Feb 17 Dame Patricia Routledge, British actress and singer (Keeping Up Appearances, Talking Heads: A Lady of Letters), born in Tranmere, Birkenhead
  • Feb 18 Agustín González García, Spanish composer (Prince of Viana Prize), born in Alsasua, Navarra
  • Feb 18 André Mathieu, Canadian pianist & composer (Concerto de Québec), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1968)
  • Feb 20 Toshiro Mayuzumi, Japanese composer (Sphenogramme), born in Yokohama, Japan (d. 1997)
  • Feb 21 Henry Kloss, American audio engineer (acoustic loudspeaker), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • Feb 22 Marni Nixon, American singer (for Audrey Hepburn, Natalie Wood & Deborah Kerr), born in Altadena, California (d. 2016)
  • Feb 23 Richard Moryl, American composer, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Feb 25 Tommy Newsom, American saxophonist and bandleader (Tonight Show), born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 2007)
  • Feb 28 Joseph Rouleau, French-Canadian bass opera singer (Royal Opera), born in Matane, Quebec (d. 2019)
  • Mar 3 Nicos Mamangakis, composer
  • Mar 4 Bernard Haitink, Amsterdam Neth, conductor (London Phil Orch 1969-78)
  • Mar 4 Josep Mestres-Quadreny, composer
  • Mar 5 J. B. Lenoir, African American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the 1950s, born in Monticello, Mississippi (d. 1967)
  • Mar 7 Yvonne Chouteau, Native American dancer (one of the "five Moons" of Oklahoma), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2016)
  • Mar 12 Francisco Pulgar Vidal, Peruvian musicologist and composer, born in Huánuco, Peru (d. 2012)
  • Mar 13 Will Eisma, Dutch composer and violinist, born in Sungailiat, Indonesia

  • Mar 13 Jan Howard [Lula Grace Johnson], American country music singer and songwriter (For Loving You), born in West Plains, Missouri (d. 2020)
  • Mar 15 Tiezo Matsumura, Japanese composer and poet (Chinmoku), born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 2007)
  • Mar 16 Edwin London, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • Mar 18 Ctirad Kohoutek, Czech composer, born in Zábřeh, Czechoslovakia (d. 2011)
  • Mar 19 Herman van San, composer
  • Mar 19 Robert Muczynski, composer
  • Mar 23 Gerrit den Braber, Dutch songwriter and lyricist (Ring-dinge-ding, I See a Star), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1997)
  • Mar 25 Cecil Taylor, American pianist, poet, and one of the pioneers of free jazz, born in Corona, Queens, New York (d. 2018)
  • Mar 26 Maurice Simon, jazz musician
  • Apr 1 Jane Powell, American singer and actress (7 Brides for 7 Brothers), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Apr 5 Joe Meek, English record producer (Telstar), born in Newent, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1967)
  • Apr 6 Joi Lansing [Joyce Brown], American model, film and television actress, and nightclub singer (Touch of Evil, Bob Cummings Show), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1972)
  • Apr 6 André Previn, German born American conductor (London Symphony), film scorer (My Fair Lady) and pianist, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2019)
  • Apr 6 Arthur S Taylor Jr, US drummer/band leader (Taylor's Wailers)
  • Apr 6 Edison Vasalievich Denisov, Russian avant-garde composer (Sun of the Incas), born in Tomsk, Siberia (d. 1996)
  • Apr 8 Jacques Brel, Belgian singer, songwriter, actor, director and composer (Le Far West, Pain in the A__), born in Schaerbeek, Brussels (d. 1978)
  • Apr 8 Walter Berry, Austria singer/ex husband of Christa Ludwig
  • Apr 9 Harvey Lichtenstein, American head of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • Apr 10 Dusan Radic, Serbian composer, born in Sombor (d. 2010)
  • Apr 14 Paavo Berglund, Finnish conductor and violinist (works of Sibelius), born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 2012)
  • Apr 16 Roy Hamilton, American singer (You'll Never Walk Alone), born in Leesburg, Georgia (d. 1969)
  • Apr 17 James Last, German-born composer and big band leader, born in Bremen, Germany (d. 2015)
  • Apr 24 Ferit Tuzun, Turkish composer, born in Istanbul (d. 1977)
  • Apr 24 Rajkumar [Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Muthuraju], Indian actor and singer in Kannada cinema and cultural icon, born in Gajanur, Madras, India (d. 2006)
  • Apr 29 Peter Sculthorpe, Australian composer (Kakadu), born in Launceston, Tasmania (d. 2014)
  • Apr 29 Vaclav Kucera, Czech composer (Concierto imaginativo Homenaje a Salvador Dalí), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2017)
  • Apr 29 Ray Barretto, Puerto Rican American congo drummer (El Watusi), born in New York City (d. 2006)
  • May 1 Sonny James [James Loden], country music singer-songwriter (Young Love), born in Hackelburg, Alabama (d. 2016)
  • May 2 Edward Levy, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • May 2 Luc Ferrari, French composer, born in Paris (d. 2005)
  • May 2 (Fred Lincoln) "Link" Wray, Native American rock guitarist ("Rumble"), born in Dunn, North Carolina (d. 2005)
  • May 6 Leon Hughes, American singer (The Coasters), born in Dallas, Texas
  • May 16 Osmo Lindeman, Finnish composer (d. 1987)
  • May 18 Roger Matton, Canadian composer, born in Granby, Quebec (d. 2004)
  • May 19 Michael Adamis, composer
  • May 21 Charles Wadsworth, Barnesville Georgia, pianist (Lincoln Center)
  • May 22 Asher Ben-Yohanan, Israeli composer, born in Kávala, Greece (d. 2015)
  • May 25 Beverly Sills [Belle Miriam Silverman], American operatic soprano, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • May 31 Zoltán Aladár, Transylvanian composer, music critic and teacher (The Goat and the Three Goons), born in Homorodszentmárton, Romania (d. 1978)
  • Jun 1 Yehudi Wyner, composer
  • Jun 2 Alcides Lanza, composer
  • Jun 2 Frederic Devreese, composer
  • Jun 6 Bogusław Schaffer, Polish composer and playwright, born in Lviv, Ukraine (d. 2019) [1]
  • Jun 9 Johnny Ace [John Marshall Alexander, Jr.], rhythm and blues singer (My Song), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1954)
  • Jun 10 Harald Juhnke, German actor, comedian and entertainer (Guitars of Love, Schtonk), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2005)
  • Jun 10 Vasile Herman, composer
  • Jun 11 Lennie Niehaus, American jazz saxophonist and film composer (Clint Eastwood films), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2020)
  • Jun 13 Alan Civil, British horn player (played horn solo in Beatles "For No One"), born in Northamptonshire, England (d. 1989)
  • Jun 14 Cy Coleman [Seymour Kaufman], American songwriter (Witchcraft, Sweet Charity), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • Jun 15 Geoffrey Penwill Parsons, Australian piano player, born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1995)
  • Jun 15 Gideon Nxumalo, South African jazz composer and pianist, born in Kimberley, South Africa (d. 1970)
  • Jun 15 Nigel Pickering, American guitarist (Spanky & Our Gang), born in Pontiac, Michigan (d. 2011)
  • Jun 16 James K. Randall, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2014)
  • Jun 20 Ingrid Haebler, Austrian pianist (Haydn/Mozart/Schubert), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Jun 21 Alexandre Lagoya, Greek-Italian classical guitarist and composer, born in Alexandria, Egypt (d. 1999)

  • Jun 23 Henri Pousseur, Henri Pousseur, Belgian composer (Votre Faust), born in Malmedy, Liège, Belgium (d. 2009)

Person of interestJune Carter Cash

Jun 23 June Carter Cash, American country singer (Johnny Cash Show), born in Maces Spring, Virginia (d. 2003)

Country Singer June Carter Cash
Country Singer
June Carter Cash
  • Jun 28 Helena van Heerden, South African pianist
  • Jun 29 Mamiya Michio, Japanese composer, born in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan
  • Jun 30 Alexander Kelly, British pianist and composer, born in Edinburgh (d. 1996)
  • Jul 6 Gerd Zacher, German composer, born in Meppen (d. 2014)
  • Jul 9 Lee Hazlewood, American country singer and songwriter (Summer Wine, These Boots Are Made For Walkin'), born in Mannford, Oklahoma (d. 2007)
  • Jul 9 Jesse McReynolds, American singer and mandolinist (Grand Ole Opry), born in Coeburn, Virginia
  • Jul 11 Hermann Prey, German baritone, born in Berlin (d. 1998)
  • Jul 14 George Alan Dawson, jazz drummer/teacher
  • Jul 15 Charles Anthony [Caruso], tenor (2,928 performances at Metropolitan Opera), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • Jul 18 "Screamin' Jay" Hawkins, R&B musician (I Put a Spell on You), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2000)
  • Jul 23 Jack Richardson, Canadian record producer (The Guess Who), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2011)
  • Jul 26 Alexis Weissenberg, Bulgarian born pianist (Levintritt-1948), born in Sofia, Bulgaria (d. 2012)
  • Jul 27 Harvey Fuqua, American rock vocalist (Moonglows-Sincerely), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2010)
  • Jul 27 Marc Wilkinson, Australian composer, born in Paris
  • Jul 30 Christine McGuire, American singer (McGuire Sisters-Sugartime), born in Middletown, Ohio
  • Aug 4 Kishore Kumar, Indian singer and actor, born in Khandwa, Central Provinces, British (d. 1987)
  • Aug 6 Mike Elliott, saxophonist, born in Jamaica, West Indies
  • Aug 8 Josef Suk, Czech composer and violinist (Artist of Merit-1977), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2011)
  • Aug 10 John Alldis, composer/conductor
  • Aug 11 Alun Hoddinott, Bargoed Wales, composer (Floriture)
  • Aug 11 Cora de Man-Canne Meyer, Dutch mezzo-soprano (Figaro, Carmen), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Aug 12 Buck Owens [Alvis Edgar], Sherman Texas, country singer (Hee Haw)
  • Aug 12 Joji Yuasa, Japanese composer, born in Kōriyama, Fukushima
  • Aug 13 Augustyn Bloch, Polish composer, born in Grudziądz (d. 2006)
  • Aug 14 Lorez Alexandria [Taylor] American jazz and gospel singer (Alexandria the Great), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • Aug 16 Bill Evans, American jazz pianist (Peace Piece; Waltz For Debbie), born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 1980)
  • Aug 18 Hugues Aufray, French singer
  • Aug 24 Willie Winfield, American doo-woop singer (Harptones - "Life Is But A Dream"), born in Norfolk, Virginia

  • Aug 28 István Kertész, Hungarian orchestral and operatic conductor, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1973)
  • Sep 6 Tsang-Houei Hsu, Taiwanese composer, born in Changhau, Taiwan
  • Sep 8 Christoph von Dohnányi, German conductor (Cleveland Orchestra, 1984-2002), born in Berlin
  • Sep 9 Claude Nougaro, French jazz singer and songwriter, born in Toulouse, France (d. 2004)
  • Sep 10 Akio Yashiro, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 1976)
  • Sep 12 Harvey Schmidt, American musical theatre composer and illustrator (The Fantasticks), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2018)
  • Sep 13 Nicolai Ghiaurov, Bulgarian opera singer, born in Velingrad, Bulgaria (d. 2004)
  • Sep 17 Vincent La Selva, American conductor (New York Grand Opera Company, 1973-2012), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2017)
  • Sep 18 Louis Myers, American blues guitarist and harmonica player, born in Byhalia, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • Sep 22 Serge Garant, composer
  • Sep 23 Wally Whyton, musician/broadcaster
  • Sep 24 Erik Lotichius, Dutch composer (Anaitalrax), born in Helden, Netherlands (d. 2015)
  • Sep 28 Lata Mangeshkar, Indian playback singer, born in Indore, British India
  • Oct 2 Kenneth Leighton, British pianist and composer, born in Wakefield, Yorkshire (d. 1958)
  • Oct 4 Leroy Van Dyke, American country singer (Walk on By), born in Mora, Missouri
  • Oct 11 Curtis Amy, American jazz musician (Way Down), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2002)
  • Oct 17 Ram Da-Oz [Abraham Daus], Israeli composer, born in Berlin
  • Oct 19 Dumitru Capoianu, Romanian conductor and classical and film composer (The Little Man), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2012)
  • Oct 22 Giorgio Gaslini, composer
  • Oct 24 George H. Crumb, American composer (Pulitzer 1968-Echoes of Time and the River), born in Charleston, West Virginia
  • Oct 26 Hans Peter Haller, German composer, born in Radolfzell, Germany (d. 2006)
  • Oct 26 Neal Matthews, Jr., American singer (The Jordanaires), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2000)
  • Oct 28 John Mayer, Indian violinist and composer (Indo-Jazz Fusions), born in Calcutta, Bengal, British India (d. 2004) [1]
  • Nov 2 Harold Farberman, American percussionist, conductor, and composer (Medea), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)
  • Nov 2 Milan Stibilj, Slovenian composer (Zoom; Apokatastasis - Slovene Requiem), born in Ljubljana, Slovenia (d. 2014)
  • Nov 5 Ottmar MA Fraai, Curacaos/Dutch tenor
  • Nov 7 Mervyn Burtch, Welsh composer (The Raven King) and educator, born in Ystrad Mynach, Wales (d. 2015)
  • Nov 8 Bert Berns, American songwriter ("Twist And Shout"; "Piece Of My Heart"; "Hang On Sloopy") and producer ("Under The Boardwalk"; "Brown-Eyed Girl"), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1967)
  • Nov 9 Alexandra Nikolayevna Pakhmutova, Russian classical and popular music composer (Trumpet Concerto), born in Volgograd, Russia
  • Nov 10 Marilyn Bergman, American composer and songwriter, born in Brooklyn, New York

  • Nov 11 (Dolores) LaVern Baker [Evans], American blues vocalist (I Cried a Tear), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1997)
  • Nov 18 Francisco Savín, Mexican conductor and composer (Quasar I) born in Mexico City (d. 2018)
  • Nov 20 Kenneth Schermerhorn, American conductor (American Ballet), born in Schenectady, New York (d. 2005)
  • Nov 24 Eileen Barton, singer (Broadway Open House), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 25 Theo Bruins, Dutch concert pianist and composer (Sei Studi; Syncope), born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • Nov 26 Betta St John [Betty Jean Striegler], American actress, singer and dancer (Dream Wife, Corridors of Blood), born in Hawthorne, California
  • Nov 26 Lorraine Macleod, dancer (Girls Just Want to Have Fun) (d. 1995)
  • Nov 26 Slavko Avsenik, Slovenian musician, born in Begunje, Slovenia (d. 2015)
  • Nov 28 Clarence Fountain, American Grammy Award-winning gospel singer (The Blind Boys of Alabama), born in Tyler, Alabama (d. 2018)

Person of interestBerry Gordy

Nov 28 Berry Gordy, Jr, American songwriter, producer and record company founder (Motown), born in Detroit, Michigan

Founder of Motown Records and Songwriter Berry Gordy
Founder of Motown Records and Songwriter
Berry Gordy
  • Dec 1 Leon Biriotti, composer
  • Dec 2 Harvey Phillips, American tubist (NYC Ballet Orchestra), born in Aurora, Missouri (d. 2010)
  • Dec 3 Clarence Ford, American sax player, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • Dec 3 Paul Harris Turok, American composer, born in New York (d. 2012)
  • Dec 3 Werner Rackwitz, German musicologist (Handel-Renaissance), born in Breslau, Weimar Republic (d. 2014)
  • Dec 6 Mark Kopytman, composer, born in Kamianets-Podilskyi, Soviet Union (d. 2011)
  • Dec 6 Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Austrian conductor (Early Music Movement), born in Berlin (d. 2016)
  • Dec 8 Ali Bongo [William Oliver Wallace], British comedy musician and magician (President of The Magic Circle - Shriek of Araby), born in England (d. 2009)
  • Dec 9 Michel Fano, French composer, born in Paris
  • Dec 12 Toshiko Akiyoshi, Japanese jazz pianist and composer, born in Liaoyang, Manchuria, Republic of China
  • Dec 14 Ron Nelson, American composer, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • Dec 21 Jack Philip Cannon, British composer & teacher, born in Paris, France (d. 2017)
  • Dec 23 Chet Baker, American jazz trumpet player, born in Yale, Oklahoma (d. 1988)
  • Dec 24 Noel DaCosta, Nigerian-Jamaican composer, born in Lagos, Nigeria (d. 2002)
  • Dec 25 Bill Horton, doo-wop singer (The Silhouettes-Get a Job), born in Hickory, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • Dec 25 Chris Kenner, R&B singer (I Like it Like That), born in Kenner, Louisiana (d. 1976)
  • Dec 26 Régine, French singer and nightclub owner
  • Dec 28 Matt (Guitar) Murphy, American blues guitarist (Blues Brothers band), born in Sunflower, Mississippi (d. 2018)

About 1929

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