Year 1929 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 9 Buddy DeSylva & Lew Brown's musical "Follow Thru" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 6 Rudy Vallee records single "Deep Night"
  • Mar 18 Dmitri Shostakovich's "The new Babylon" premieres in Leningrad
  • Apr 4 Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein II's operetta "The New Moon" opens at the Drury Lane Theatre in London's West End
  • May 2 Billie Holiday (14) and her mother are arrested for prostitution following a raid of a brothel in Harlem
  • Oct 3 William Walton's Viola Concerto premieres during the Proms at the Queen's Hall, London; composer Paul Hindemith is soloist with the Henry Wood Symphony Orchestra conducted by Walton
  • Oct 9 George Kaufman & Ring Lardner's musical "June Moon" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 24 Rudy Vallee's "The Fleishmann's Yeast Hour" begins broadcasting on NBC radio
  • Dec 30 Cole Porter's musical "Wake Up And Dream" opens at the Selwyn Theatre, NYC; runs for 136 performances

Musicians Married in 1929

  • Mar 29 American actress and dancer Ginger Rogers (17) weds her dancing partner Jack Pepper (26); divorce in 1931

Musicians Who Died in 1929

  • Jan 29 La Goulue [Louise Weber], French can-can dancer (Moulin Rouge), known as the Queen of Montmartre, dies at 62
  • 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

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