On This Day

Birthdays in Music on October 29

  • 1815 Dan Emmett, American composer, born in Mount Vernon, Ohio (d. 1904)
  • 1898 Emmanuel Bondeville, French composer, born in Rouen, France (d. 1987)
  • 1901 Daniele Amfiteatrov, Russian-Italian pianist, conductor and Hollywood film score composer, born in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1983)
  • 1903 Vivian Ellis, English composer, born in Hampstead, London (d. 1996)
  • 1913 Eddie Constantine, American singer and actor (Alphaville, License to Kill, Lucky Jo, It Lives Again), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1993)
  • 1922 Neal Hefti, American orchestra leader (Kate Smith Show) and composer (Li'l Darlin), born in Hastings, Nebraska (d. 2008)
  • 1923 Dietrich Manicke, German composer, born in Wurzen, Saxony, Germany
  • 1925 John Haley "Zoot" Sims, American jazz saxophonist, born in Inglewood, California (d. 1985)
  • 1926 Jon [Jonathan Stewart] Vickers, Canadian operatic tenor, born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan (d. 2015)
  • 1930 Natalie Sleeth, American composer, born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 1992)
  • 1930 Omara Portuondo, Cuban singer (Cuarteto d'Aida; Buena Vista Social Club), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1934 Pim Jacobs, Dutch jazz pianist, TV host and actor (Gilas), born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • 1934 Ramon Sender, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1934 Robert E Hughes, American orchestra leader (Rich Little Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1937 Michael Ponti, German pianist (Boston Competition 1964), born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
  • 1938 Peter Stampfel, American musician and songwriter (The Holy Modal Rounders), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • 1940 Frida Boccara, French singer, born in Casablanca, French Morocco (d. 1996)
  • 1944 Denny Laine [Brian Hines], English rock guitarist (The Moody Blues, Wings), born in Tyseley, Birmingham, England
  • 1944 Robbie van Leeuwen, Dutch guitarist (Shocking Blue), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1945 Melba Moore [Beatrice], American singer and actress (Ellis Island), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Peter Green [Greenbaum], English guitarist (Fleetwood Mac - "Albatross"), born in Bethnal Green, London (d. 2020) [1] [2]
  • 1948 Ricky Reynolds, American musician (Black Oak Arkansas)
  • 1949 James Williamson, American guitarist (The Stooges), born in Castroville, Texas
  • 1949 David Paton, Scottish rock session and touring bass player and singer (Pilot; Alan Parsons Project), born in Edinburgh
  • 1951 Guy Gelso, rock drummer (Zebra)
  • 1951 Rick Bordia, rock guitarist (Mink Deville)
  • 1952 Arnell Carmichael, rock keyboardist (Raydio)
  • 1954 Anita Meijer, Dutch singer (Just a Disillusion)
  • 1955 Kevin DuBrow, American heavy metal singer (Quiet Riot) (d. 2007)
  • 1955 Roger O'Donnell, English musician (The Cure)
  • 1961 Randy Jackson, rocker (Jackson 5-ABC), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1962 Einar Örn [Benediktsson], Icelandic rock singer (The Sugarcubes; Ghostdigital), born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • 1965 Steven Sweet, American heavy metal artist (Warrant-Cherry Pie), born in Wadsworth, Ohio
  • 1965 Peter Timmons, Canadian alt-rock-folk drummer (Cowboy Junkies), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1968 Tsunku [Mitsuo Terada], Japanese music producer and former singer (SHARAM Q), born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1968 Stanley Donwood [Dan Rickwood], British writer and album art designer (Radiohead; Thom Yorke). born in Essex, England
  • 1970 Toby Smith [Grafftey-Smith], British keyboardist and songwriter (Jamiroquai - "Virtual Insanity"), born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1982 Ariel Lin, Taiwanese actress and singer
  • 1984 Chris Baio, American rock bassist (Vampire Weekend), born in Bronxville, New York
  • 1987 Makoto Ogawa, Japanese singer