On This Day

Musicians Born on July 29

  • 1590 Gilles Hayne, Flemish composer, born in Liège (d. 1650) baptismal date
  • 1646 Johann Theile, German composer (Adam & Eve)
  • 1723 Christleib Siegmund Binder, composer
  • 1739 Johannes Ritschel, composer
  • 1755 Franz Gotz, Bohemian composer, born in Strašice (d. 1815)
  • 1778 Carl Borromaus Neuner, German composer, born in Munich, Bavaria (d. 1830)
  • 1853 Henry Morton Dunham, composer
  • 1857 Iacob Mureșianu, Romanian composer, born in Brașov, Austrian Empire (d. 1917)
  • 1865 Nicola Spinelli, composer
  • 1883 Manuel Infante, Spanish composer/conductor
  • 1887 Rudi Stephan, German composer (Die ersten Menschen), born in Worms, Hesse (d. 1915)
  • 1887 Sigmund Romberg, Nagykanizsa Hungary, operetta composer (Blossom Time)
  • 1900 Alexander Vasil'yevich Mosolov, composer [OS]
  • 1900 Don Redman, American jazz musician and orchestra leader (Sugar Hill Times), born in Piedmont, West Virginia (d. 1964)
  • 1909 Georgy Mushel, Uzbek pianist and composer, born in Tambov, Russia (d. 1989)
  • 1911 Ján Cikker, Slovak composer, born in Banská Bystrica, Austria-Hungary (d. 1989)

  • 1916 Charlie Christian, American jazz and swing guitarist (Benny Goodman Sextet), born in Bonham, Texas (d. 1942) [1] [2]
  • 1923 Jim Marshall, British business man and electric guitar amplifier pioneer known as "The Father of Loud", born in Acton, West London, England (d, 2012)
  • 1924 Robert Horton [Meade Howard Horton Jr.], American actor and singer (Kings Row, Wagon Train, Arena), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1925 Mikis Theodorakis, Greek classical and film music composer (Raven; Zorba the Greek; Serpico), born on the island of Chios, Greece
  • 1928 Bidzina Alexandrovich Kvernadze, Georgian composer, born in Sighnaghi, Georgia (d. 2010)
  • 1928 Konstantin Orbelyan, Armenian pianist, jazz and classical composer, and orchestra leader (State Estrada (Pops) Orchestra), born in Armavir, Armenia (d. 2014)
  • 1930 Paul Taylor, American dancer and choreographer (Paul Taylor Dance Company), born in Wilkinsville, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1935 Peter Schreier, German tenor and conductor (Dresden State Opera, 1962-2000), born in Meissen, Saxony, Germany (d. 2019)
  • 1939 Annea Lockwood, American composer (Piano Burning), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1945 Mike Garson, American rock and jazz pianist (David Bowie), born in New York City
  • 1946 Neal Doughty, American rock keyboardist (REO Speedwagon), born in Evansville, Indiana
  • 1947 Lenny Zakatek [du Platel], Indian-English rock singer (Alan Parsons Project; Gonzalez), born in Karachi, British India
  • 1951 Dean Pitchford, American songwriter ("Fame"; "Let's Hear It For The Boy"), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Person of interestGeddy Lee

1953 Geddy Lee, lead vocalist/bassist (Rush-Tom Sawyer), born in Toronto, Ontario

Singer-Songwriter Geddy Lee
Singer-Songwriter
Geddy Lee
  • 1956 Patti Scialfa, American singer-songwriter ("As Long As I Can Be (With You)"), wife of Bruce Springsteen, born in Deal, New Jersey
  • 1957 Alessandra Marc [Judith Borden], American operatic soprano (Turandot), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1959 John Sykes, English rock guitarist and singer (Thin Lizzy; Blue Murder), born in Reading, Berkshire,England

Person of interestMartina McBride

1966 Martina McBride, American country singer and songwriter (Evolution), born in Sharon, Kansas

Country Singer-Songwriter Martina McBride
Country Singer-Songwriter
Martina McBride
  • 1968 Paavo Lötjönen, Finnish Cellist (Apocalyptica), born in Kuopio, Finland
  • 1971 Lisa Ekdahl, Swedish pop and jazz singer-songwriter (Vem Vet), born in Hägersten, Stockholm, Sweden)
  • 1973 Wanyá Morris, American R&B singer (Boyz II Men), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1973 James Otto, American country singer (MuzikMafia), born in Fort Lewis, Washington
  • 1983 Ashley McBryde, American country music singer-songwriter (Girl Going Nowhere), born in Waldron, Arkansas
  • 1987 Sabra Johnson, American dancer (Sso You Think You Can Dance), born in The Netherlands