1929 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 9 Buddy DeSylva & Lew Brown's musical "Follow Thru" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 4 "New Moon" musical opens in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 2 Billie Holiday (14) and her mother are arrested for prostitution following a raid of a brothel in Harlem

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • Oct 9 G Kaufman & R Lardner's musical "June Moon" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 30 Cole Porter's musical "Wake Up & Dream" premieres in NYC

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 167

  • Jan 2 Art Prysock, jazz musician
  • Jan 3 Ernst Mahle, Brazilian composer
  • Jan 5 Wilbert Harrison, American R&B singer (Kansas City)
  • Jan 10 Derek Hammond-Stroud, English operatic baritone
  • 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, Ralls Tx, country singer (Ozark Jubilee)
  • Jan 15 "Queen Ida" Guillory, Ziadaco music
  • Jan 15 Eva Badura-Skoda, composer
  • Jan 16 Tage Nielsen, composer
  • Jan 17 Grady Martin, country music guitarist (The Nashville A-Team), born in Chapel Hill, Tennessee (d. 2001)
  • 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, composer
  • 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 9 James Mulcro Drew, composer
  • Feb 9 Willem Kersters, Flemish composer (Parwati, Gospel Song)
  • Feb 10 Jerry Goldsmith, pianist and composer (Twilight Zone)
  • 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, Quebec composer (d. 1968)
  • Feb 20 Toshiro Mayuzumi, composer (Sphenogramme), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • 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, Va, musician/bandleader/saxophonist (Tonight Show)
  • Feb 28 Joseph Rouleau, French Canadian bass opera singer
  • 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 15 Tiezo Matsumura, composer
  • Mar 16 Edwin London, composer
  • Mar 18 Ctirad Kohoutek, composer
  • Mar 19 Herman van San, composer
  • Mar 19 Robert Muczynski, composer
  • Mar 23 Gerrit den Braber, Dutch song writer 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 Andre Previn, conductor (London Symphony)/pianist, born in Berlin, Germany
  • Apr 6 Arthur S Taylor Jr, US drummer/band leader (Taylor's Wailers)
  • Apr 6 Edison Vasalievich Denisov, composer
  • 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 (works of Sibelius)
  • Apr 16 Roy Hamilton, singer (You'll Never Walk Alone)
  • 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 Joshua Sculthorpe, composer
  • Apr 29 Vaclav Kucera, composer
  • 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 Link Wray, American rock guitarist, born in Dunn, North Carolina (d. 2005)
  • May 6 Leon Hughes, American singer (The Coasters)
  • May 16 Osmo Uolevi Lindeman, composer
  • May 18 Roger Matton, composer
  • May 19 Michael Adamis, composer
  • May 21 Charles Wadsworth, Barnesville Georgia, pianist (Lincoln Center)
  • May 22 Asher Ben-Yohanan, composer
  • May 25 Beverly Sills, [Belle "Bubbles" Miriam Silverman], American soprano, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 27 Donald Howard Keats, composer
  • 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 Boguslaw Schaffer, Polish composer, born in Lviv, Ukraine
  • 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 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), (d. 2004)
  • Jun 15 Geoffrey Penwill Parsons, piano accompnaist
  • Jun 15 Gideon Nxumalo, South African jazz composer and pianist, born in Kimberley, South Africa (d. 1970)
  • Jun 15 Nigel Pickering, guitarist (Spanky & Our Gang)
  • Jun 16 James K. Randall, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2014)
  • Jun 20 Ingrid Haebler, Austrian pianist (Haydn/Mozart/Schubert)
  • Jun 21 Alexandre Lagoya, Greek-Italian classical guitarist (d. 1999)
  • Jun 23 Dave King, Twickenham England, comedian (Kraft Music Hall)
  • Jun 23 Henri Pousseur, Malmö dy Belgium, composer (Homo Habitis)

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, pianist/teacher
  • Jul 6 Gerd Zacher, German composer, born in Meppen (d. 2014)
  • Jul 9 Lee Hazlewood, American country singer and songwriter (Summer Wine, Jackson), born in Mannford, Oklahoma
  • Jul 9 Jesse McReynolds, American singer and mandolinist (Grand Ole Opry), born in Coeburn, Virginia
  • Jul 11 Hermann Prey, German baritone (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)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 29 Actress and dancer Ginger Rogers (17) weds her dancing partner Jack Pepper (26)

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 30 La Goulue, French Cancan dancer (b. 1866)
  • Feb 1 August Otto Halm, composer, dies at 59
  • Feb 5 Siegfried Ochs, composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 24 Andre-Charles-Prosper Messager, composer, dies at 75
  • Feb 27 Manuel Manrique de Lara, Spanish composer (The Oresteia), dies at 65
  • Feb 28 John Ebenezer West, composer, dies at 65
  • Mar 15 Clarence "Pinetop" Smith, American jazz pianist and singer (Boogie Woogie Piano), dies of a gunshot wound in a dance-hall fight at 24
  • Mar 22 Anton Beer-Walbrun, German composer, dies at 64
  • Apr 15 Antonio Smareglia, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 22 Odon Peter Jozsef de Mihalovich, composer, dies at 86
  • May 4 Henry Morton Dunham, composer, dies at 75
  • May 16 Lilli Lehmann, soprano, dies
  • Jul 4 Otto Taubmann, German composer, dies at 70
  • Jul 22 Bror Beckman, composer, dies at 63
  • Aug 16 Frank Valentine Van der Stucken, composer, dies at 70
  • Aug 19 Sergei P Diaghilev, Russian dance master (Imperial Ballet), dies at 57
  • Sep 18 Hermann Gradener, German composer, dies at 85
  • Nov 11 Mieczyslaw Soltys, composer, dies at 66
  • Nov 19 Arthur H Mann, English composer (Church of England Hymnal), dies
  • Nov 26 Michele Esposito, Italian composer who worked in Ireland, dies at 74
  • Dec 13 Knut Algot Hakanson, composer, dies at 42
  • Dec 19 Lemon Henry "Blind Lemon" Jefferson, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 36