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Year 1929 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 9 Buddy DeSylva & Lew Brown's musical "Follow Thru" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 18 Dmitri Shostakovich's "The new Babylon" premieres in Leningrad

  • 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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Dec 30 Cole Porter's musical "Wake Up And Dream" opens at the Selwyn Theatre, NYC; runs for 136 performances

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 192

  • 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 [Passalaqua], American jazz guitarist ("The Trio" with Oscar Peterson; Ella Fitzgerald) and composer, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 1994)
  • Jan 14 Billy Walker, American country music singer and guitarist ("Charlie's Shoes"), born in Ralls, Texas (d. 2006)
  • Jan 15 "Queen" Ida [Lewis], Louisiana Creole accordionist, born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Jan 15 Eva Badura-Skoda, German-Austrian composer, born in Munich, Germany
  • Jan 15 Teizo Matsumura, Japanese composer ("Chinmoku / Silence"; "Hymn to Aurora") and haiku poet, born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 2007)
  • 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 22 (Elijah) Doug Quattlebaum, American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter (Softee Man Blues), born in Florence, South Carolina (d. 1996)
  • Jan 22 Ron Richards, British record producer (Gerry and The Pacemakers; The Hollies), born in London (d. 2009)
  • Jan 25 Benny Golson, American jazz tenor saxophonist, arranger, and composer ("I Remember Clifford"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 28 (Bernard) "Acker" Bilk, British clarinetist who was part of the traditional jazz revival of the 1950s and 1960s, born in Pensford, Somerset, England (d. 2014)
  • Feb 2 Reiner Bredemeyer, German composer, born in Vélez, Colombia (d. 1995)
  • Feb 2 Waldemar Kmentt, Austrian operatic tenor (Vienna State Opera, 1951-2005), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2015)
  • Feb 3 Russell Arms, vocalist (Your Hit Parade), born in Berkeley, California
  • Feb 4 Paul Burlison, American rockabilly musician (The Rock N Roll Trio), born in Brownsville, Tennessee (d. 2003)
  • Feb 5 Hal Blaine [Harold Belsky], American pop and rock session drummer (The Wrecking Crew), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • Feb 9 James Mulcro Drew, American avant-garde composer, born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 2010)
  • Feb 9 Willem Kersters, Flemish composer (Parwati, Gospel Song), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1998)
  • Feb 10 Jerry Goldsmith, American pianist, television and film composer ("The 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 stage and screen 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 3 Nikos Mamangakis, Greek classical and electronic music composer, born in Rethymno, Crete (d. 2013)
  • Mar 4 Bernard Haitink, Dutch conductor (Concertgebouw, 1961-88; London Philharmonic, 1967-79; Royal Opera Covent Garden, 1987-2002), born in Amsterdam, Nethetlands
  • 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 16 Edwin London, American horn player, conductor (Cleveland Chamber Orchestra; Ineluctable Modality Choir), and composer (Dream Thing on Biblical Episodes), 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, American jazz musician, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2019)
  • Apr 1 Jane Powell, American singer and actress (Seven Brides for Seven 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 (Touch Of Evil; Bob Cummings Show), and nightclub singer, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1972)
  • Apr 6 André Previn, German-American conductor (London Symphony), film score composer (My Fair Lady), and jazz pianist, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2019)
  • Apr 6 Art Taylor, American jazz drummer (Bud Powell, Red Garland, John Coltrane, Donald Byrd), band leader (Taylor's Wailers), and writer (Notes and Tones), born in New York City (d. 1995)
  • 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, Austrian singer, ex-husband of Christa Ludwig
  • Apr 8 Eiji Kitamura, Japanese jazz clarinetist, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 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 violinist and conductor (Helsinki Chamber Orchestra; Finnish RSO, 1956-72), 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 23 Len Barnard, Australian jazz drummer ("The Naked Dance"; Galapagos Duck), born in Melbourne Australia (d. 2005)
  • 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, American percussionist and Latin jazz bandleader (Charanga Moderna - "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 - "Young Blood"), 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, Greek electroacoustic music composer, born in Piraeus, Greece (d. 2013)
  • May 21 Larance Marable, American jazz drummer (Charlie Haden's Quartet West; Stan Getz; Groove Holmes), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • May 21 Charles Wadsworth, American pianist (Lincoln Center), born in Barnesville, Georgia
  • 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 29 Robert Beaser, American composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 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, Argentine-Canadian pianist, classical and electro-acoustic composer, and music educator (McGill University, 1976-present), born in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
  • Jun 2 Frédéric Devreese, Belgian conductor, and composer of classical music (Gemini Suite; Valse Sacrée), and film scores (The Cruel Embrace), born in Amsterdam, Belgium (d. 2020)
  • Jun 4 Andor Kovács, Hungarian classical guitarist, and composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1989)
  • 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, Romanin pianist and composer, born in Satu Mare, Romania (d. 2010)
  • 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 pianist, marimba player, and composer (Jazz Fantasia), born in Kimberley, Cape Province (now South Africa) (d. 1970)
  • Jun 15 Nigel Pickering, American guitarist (Spanky & Our Gang - "Sunday Will Never Be the Same"; "Lazy Day"), born in Pontiac, Michigan (d. 2011)
  • Jun 15 Lotfollah "Lotfi" Mansouri, Persian opera director (Canadian Opera Company, 1976-88; introduced opera surtitles, 1983; San Francisco Opera, 1988-2001), born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2013)
  • Jun 16 James K. Randall, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2014)

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding 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 Halm, German composer, dies at 59
  • Feb 5 Siegfried Ochs, German composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 24 André Charles Prosper Messager, French organist, composer and conductor (Les Deux Pigeons, Véronique), dies at 75
  • Feb 27 Manuel Manrique de Lara, Spanish composer (The Oresteia), dies at 65
  • Feb 28 John Ebenezer West, English 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 Ödön Mihalovich, Hungarian composer, dies at 86
  • May 4 Henry Morton Dunham, American composer, dies at 75
  • May 16 Lilli Lehmann, soprano, dies
  • Jul 4 Otto Taubmann, German composer, dies at 70
  • Jul 22 Bror Beckman, Swedish composer, dies at 63
  • Aug 16 Frank Valentine der Stucken, American-Belgian 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, Polish composer, dies at 66
  • Nov 19 Arthur H Mann, English composer (Church of England Hymnal), dies
  • Nov 23 Arvid Kleven, Norwegian flautist and composer, dies at 29
  • Nov 26 Michele Esposito, Italian composer who worked in Ireland, dies at 74
  • Dec 13 Knut Algot Håkanson, Swedish composer, dies at 42
  • Dec 19 Lemon Henry "Blind Lemon" Jefferson, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 36