On This Day

November 1929 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Nov 2 Harold Farberman, American percussionist, conductor, and composer (Medea), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)
  • Nov 2 Milan Stibilj, Slovenian composer (Zoom; Apokatastasis - Slovene Requiem), born in Ljubljana, Slovenia (d. 2014)
  • Nov 5 Ottmar MA Fraai, Curacaos/Dutch tenor
  • Nov 7 Mervyn Burtch, Welsh composer (The Raven King) and educator, born in Ystrad Mynach, Wales (d. 2015)
  • Nov 8 Bert Berns, American songwriter ("Twist And Shout"; "Piece Of My Heart"; "Hang On Sloopy") and producer ("Under The Boardwalk"; "Brown-Eyed Girl"), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1967)
  • Nov 9 Alexandra Nikolayevna Pakhmutova, Russian classical and popular music composer (Trumpet Concerto), born in Volgograd, Russia
  • Nov 10 Marilyn Bergman, American composer and songwriter, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 11 (Dolores) LaVern Baker [Evans], American blues vocalist (I Cried a Tear), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1997)
  • Nov 18 Francisco Savín, Mexican conductor and composer (Quasar I) born in Mexico City (d. 2018)
  • Nov 20 Kenneth Schermerhorn, American conductor (American Ballet), born in Schenectady, New York (d. 2005)
  • Nov 24 Eileen Barton, singer (Broadway Open House), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 25 Theo Bruins, Dutch concert pianist and composer (Sei Studi; Syncope), born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • Nov 26 Betta St John [Betty Jean Striegler], American actress, singer and dancer (Dream Wife, Corridors of Blood), born in Hawthorne, California
  • Nov 26 Lorraine Macleod, dancer (Girls Just Want to Have Fun) (d. 1995)
  • Nov 26 Slavko Avsenik, Slovenian musician, born in Begunje, Slovenia (d. 2015)
  • Nov 28 Clarence Fountain, American Grammy Award-winning gospel singer (The Blind Boys of Alabama), born in Tyler, Alabama (d. 2018)

Person of interestBerry Gordy

Nov 28 Berry Gordy, Jr, American songwriter, producer and record company founder (Motown), born in Detroit, Michigan

Founder of Motown Records and Songwriter Berry Gordy
Founder of Motown Records and Songwriter
Berry Gordy

Deaths in Music

  • Nov 11 Mieczyslaw Soltys, Polish 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