On This Day

Musicians Born on December 29

  • 1563 Francesco Maria Guaitoli, Italian composer, born in Carpi, Duchy of Modena and Reggio (d. 1628)
  • 1767 Aimé Ambroise Simon Leborne, Belgian-born French composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1866)
  • 1813 Etienne-Joseph Soubre, Belgian composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1871)
  • 1850 Tomás Bretón, Spanish conductor and composer, born in Salamanca, Spain (d. 1923)
  • 1876 Pablo Casals [Pau Casals i Defilló], Spanish cellist, conductor and composer, born in Vendrell, Catalonia, Spain (d. 1973)
  • 1880 Jean-Fernand Vaubourgoin, French composer (Ophellia), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1952)
  • 1887 Kiyoshi Nobutoki, Japanese cellist and composer, born in Osaka (d. 1965)
  • 1897 Hermann Heiss, German composer, born in Darmstadt (d. 1966)
  • 1898 Jeanne Leleu, French pianist & composer, Saint-Mihiel, France (d. 1979)
  • 1900 Willie Humphrey, American jazz clarinetist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • 1903 Clyde McCoy, American jazz trumpeter ("Sugar Blues"; the wah-wah sound), bandleader and co-founder of "Down Beat" magazine, born in Ashland, Kentucky (d. 1990)
  • 1903 George Elrick, Scottish-British singer ("I Like Bananas Because They Have No Bones"), and broadcaster known as 'The Smiling Voice of Radio' (BBC's "Housewives' Choice"), born in Aberdeen, Scotland (d. 1999)
  • 1905 Lawrence "Snub" Mosley, American jazz trombonist (Alphonso Trent Orchestra; Louis Armstrong), bandleader, and promoter of the slide saxophone ("The Man With The Funny Little Horn"), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1981) [1]
  • 1911 (Robert) "Cutty" Cutshall, American jazz trombonist (Benny Goodman Orchestra; Eddie Condon), born in Huntington County, Pennsylvania (d. 1968)
  • 1912 Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Australian composer (Triad), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1990)
  • 1914 Billy [Dorothy] Tipton, American jazz pianist/saxophonist/bandleader, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1989)
  • 1919 Roman Vlad, Romanian-born Italian composer, born in Cernauti, Romania (d. 2013)
  • 1920 Irving Ashby, American jazz and session guitarist (Lionel Hampton - "Flying Home"; Nat King Cole Trio; Oscar Peterson Trio), born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 1987)
  • 1924 Tuomas Haapanen, Finnish violinist, conductor, and teacher, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1928 Bernard Cribbins, British character actor, voice-over artist and musical comedian (Val Doonican Show), born in Oldham, Lancashire
  • 1929 Matt "Guitar" Murphy, American blues guitarist (Blues Brothers band), born in Sunflower, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1930 Glenn Reeves, American rockabilly singer-songwriter and radio deejay (Heartbreak Hotel), born in Shamrock, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1930 Willy Giefer, German composer, born in Koblenz, Germany
  • 1931 Jan Konopásek, Czech-American jazz baritone saxophonist, composer, arranger, and educator, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2020)
  • 1933 "Prez" Kenneth [Kidd], American blues singer and bass guitarist ("Devil Dealing"), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • 1936 Vitaly Alexeyevich Godzyatsky, Soviet composer
  • 1939 (William Edwin) "Ed" Bruce, American country singer ("Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys"), born in Keiser, Arkansas (d. 2021)
  • 1940 Peter Koelewijn, Dutch rock musician and songwriter ("Get Off That Roof"), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1941 Ray Thomas, English rock vocalist and flautist (Moody Blues - "Legend Of A Mind"), born in Stourport-on-Severn, United Kingdom (d. 2018)
  • 1943 Rick Danko, Canadian rock bassist and singer (The Band - "Stage Fright"), born in Blayney, Ontario (d. 1999)
  • 1946 Marianne Faithfull, British folk-rock and jazz singer-songwriter ("As Tears Go By"; "Broken English"), and actress, born in Hampstead, England
  • 1947 Cozy Powell [Colin Flooks] English rock drummer (Jeff Beck Group; Emerson, Lake & Powell), born in Cirencester, United Kingdom (d. 1998)
  • 1950 Robert Lee "Pops" Popwell, American jazz-funk bass guitarist, born in Daytona, Florida (d. 2017)
  • 1951 Laurel Massé, American jazz and Celtic singer (Manhattan Transfer, 1972-79 - "Operator"), born in Holland, Michigan
  • 1951 Yvonne Elliman, American singer-songwriter and actress (Jesus Christ Superstar - "I Don't Know How to Love Him"), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1951 Georges Thurston, Canadian R&B and reggae musician and singer ( Boule Noire), born in Bedford, Quebec (d. 2007)
  • 1952 Gelsey Kirkland, American ballerina (Nutcracker), born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • 1952 Joe Lovano, American jazz saxophonist, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1953 Gali Atari, Israeli pop singer (Milk And Honey) and actress, born in Rehovot, Israel
  • 1954 Roger Voudouris, American singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Get Used To It"), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2003)
  • 1954 John "JR" Robinson, American session drummer appearing on over 50 Grammy winning recordings, born in Creston, Iowa
  • 1955 Jan Pijnenburg, Dutch rock drummer (Doe Maar - "Bomb"), born in Vught, Netherlands
  • 1955 Neil "Spyder" Giraldo, American rock guitarist, arranger, and producer (Pat Benatar Band), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1959 Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (Kanashii Jiyū / Koi ga, Kiete Yuku), born in Hashima Island, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan (d. 2004)
  • 1961 Jim Reid, Scottish rock singer-songwriter (The Jesus and Mary Chain; Freeheat), born in East Kilbride, Scotland
  • 1965 (Bryan) "Dexter" Holland, American rock singer-songwriter (The Offspring), born in Garden Grove, California
  • 1966 Jason Gould, American actor and singer, son of actor Elliott Gould and singer and actress Barbra Streisand, born in NYC, New York
  • 1968 Carlo Ponti, Jr., Italian orchestral conductor and son of Carlo Ponti & Sophia Loren, born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1970 Aled Jones, Welsh pop-opera singer, born in Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales
  • 1970 Glen Phillips, American rock singer-songwriter (Toad The Wet Sprocket), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1972 Evan Seinfeld, American heavy metal singer and bassist (Biohazard) and actor (Oz), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1978 LaToya London, American R&B and soul singer, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1982 Gabrielle Destroismaisons, Québécois singer, born in Québec, Canada
  • 1983 Jessica Andrews, American country music singer, born in Wynne, Arkansas
  • 1985 Alexa Ray Joel, American singer-songwriter and daughter of Billy Joel & Christie Brinkley, born in Manhattan, New York City
  • 1991 Slim Jxmmi [Aaquil Brown], American singer and rapper (Rae Sremmurd - "Black Beatles"; "Sunflower"), born in Inglewood, California
  • 1996 Minatozaki Sana, Japanese singer (Twice), born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1998 Danny Wagner, American drummer (Greta Van Fleet), born in Frankenmuth, Michigan