On This Day

December 1929 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Premiere

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

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 1 Leon Biriotti, Uruguayan composer and oboist, born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 2020)
  • Dec 2 Harvey Phillips, American tubist (NYC Ballet Orchestra), born in Aurora, Missouri (d. 2010)
  • Dec 3 Clarence Ford, American jazz and R&B clarinet and saxophone player, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • Dec 3 Paul Harris Turok, American composer, educator and music critic (Ragtime Caprice), born in New York (d. 2012)
  • Dec 3 Werner Rackwitz, German opera director and musicologist (Handel-Renaissance), born in Breslau, Weimar Republic (d. 2014)
  • Dec 6 Mark Kopytman, composer, born in Kamianets-Podilskyi, Soviet Union (d. 2011)
  • Dec 6 Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Austrian conductor (Early Music Movement), born in Berlin (d. 2016)
  • Dec 8 Ali Bongo [William Oliver Wallace], British comedy musician and magician (President of The Magic Circle - Shriek of Araby), born in England (d. 2009)
  • Dec 9 Michel Fano, French composer, born in Paris
  • Dec 12 Toshiko Akiyoshi, Japanese jazz pianist and composer, born in Liaoyang, Manchuria, Republic of China
  • Dec 14 Ron Nelson, American composer, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • Dec 15 Barry Harris, American bebop jazz pianist (Cannonball Adderly; Lee Morgan; "The Bird of Red and Gold"), and educator, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2021) [1]
  • Dec 19 Bob Brookmeyer, American jazz and studio pianist, vlave trombone player, arranger, and composer (Stan Getz; Jerry Mulligan), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2011)
  • Dec 21 Jack Philip Cannon, British composer & teacher, born in Paris, France (d. 2017)
  • Dec 22 Leonard "Red" Balaban, American jazz tuba and sousaphone player, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2013) [1]
  • Dec 23 (Chesney) "Chet" Baker, American jazz trumpeter and vocalist ("My Funny Valentine"), born in Yale, Oklahoma (d. 1988)
  • Dec 24 Noel DaCosta, Nigerian-Jamaican composer, born in Lagos, Nigeria (d. 2002)
  • Dec 25 Bill Horton, American doo-wop singer (The Silhouettes - "Get A Job"), born in Hickory, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • Dec 25 Chris Kenner, R&B singer (I Like it Like That), born in Kenner, Louisiana (d. 1976)
  • Dec 26 Régine, French singer and nightclub owner
  • Dec 29 Matt "Guitar" Murphy, American blues guitarist (Blues Brothers band), born in Sunflower, Mississippi (d. 2018)

Deaths in Music

  • 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