On This Day in Music for April 29

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

1784 Premiere of Mozart's Sonata in B flat, K454 (Vienna)

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Music releaseMusic Single

1967 "Respect" single released by Aretha Franklin (Billboard Song of the Year 1967)

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • 1968 "Hair" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 1750 performances
  • 1969 "Trumpets of the Lord" opens at Brooks Atkinson NYC for 7 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1982 17th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Merle Haggard, and Barbara Mandrell win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • 1984 "Oliver!" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • 1990 "Change in the Heir" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • 1991 "Our Country's Good" opens at Nederlander Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • 1991 "Don't Rock the Jukebox" single released by Alan Jackson (ASCAP Award Country Song of the Year 1992, Billboard Song of the Year 1991)
  • 1992 "Falsettos" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 487 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1992 27th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • 1992 Country singer Doug Stone, 35, undergoes quadruple bypass surgery

Film release premierFilm Release

1996 "Rent", starring Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs, opens at Nederlander Theater NYC

Actress/Singer Idina Menzel
Actress/Singer
Idina Menzel
  • 1997 "Candide" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 103 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1584 Melchior Teschner, composer
  • 1660 Matthias Henriksen Schacht, composer
  • 1727 Jean-Georges Noverre, French dancer/choreographer (ballet d'action)
  • 1771 Matthaus Stegmayer, composer
  • 1842 Karl Millöcker, Dutch composer (d. 1899)
  • 1855 Anatol K Liadov, Russian composer (Bewitched Lake) [OS]
  • 1855 Edmund van der Straeten, composer
  • 1857 Frantisek Ondricek, composer
  • 1862 Vittorio Mario Vanzo, composer
  • 1872 Eyvind Alnaes, composer
  • 1879 Thomas Beecham, England, composer (found London Philharmonic)
  • 1885 Wallingford Riegger, Albany Georgia, composer (Bacchangle)
  • 1895 Malcolm Sargent, English conductor (Promenade Concerts)
  • 1896 Jacques Leon Wolfe, composer

Person of interestDuke Ellington

1899 Duke Ellington, American bandleader, composer and pianist (Take the A Train), born in Washington, District of Columbia (d. 1974)

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • 1899 Karl Yngve Skold, composer
  • 1902 Theodore Chanler, composer
  • 1903 Frank Parker, American singer (Arthur Godfrey Show, Masquerade Party), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1904 Russ Morgan, orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • 1907 Tino Rossi, Ajaccio France, singer (Deux Amours, Marlene)
  • 1908 Philippe Brun, jazz trumpeter
  • 1913 Jack Alexander Bently, trombonist
  • 1915 Donald Mills, singer (Mills Brothers)
  • 1920 Harold Samuel Shapero, Lynn Mass, composer (9 Minute Opera)
  • 1922 Toots [Jean-Baptiste] Thielemans, Belgian-American jazz musician and composer, born in Brussels (d. 2016)
  • 1924 Renée Jeanmaire, dancer (Hans Christian Anderson), born in Paris, France
  • 1925 Danny Davis [George Nowlan], country musician (Nashville Brass), born in Randolph, Massachusetts (d. 2008)
  • 1928 Big Jay McNeely, R&B saxophonist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1928 Carl Gardner, rock vocalist (Coasters-Searchin), born in Tyler, Texas
  • 1929 Peter Joshua Sculthorpe, composer
  • 1929 Vaclav Kucera, composer
  • 1931 Lonnie Donegan, Scottish singer-songwriter and the King of Skiffle, born in Glasgow (d. 2002)
  • 1933 Darijan Božič, Slovenian composer and conductor, born in Slavonski Brod, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
  • 1933 Raymond Hill, American tenor saxophonist (Kings of Rhythm), born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 1996)
  • 1933 Rodney "Rod" McKuen, American poet, singer-songwriter and actor (Jean, Alone, Beatsville), born in Oakland, California (d. 2015)

Person of interestWillie Nelson

1933 Willie Nelson, American country singer (On the Road Again), born in Abbott, Texas

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
  • 1935 Otto M Zykan, composer
  • 1935 Otis Rush, American blues musician (Right Place, Wrong Time), born in Philadelphia. Mississippi
  • 1936 April Stevens, rock vocalist (Deep Purple), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • 1936 Zubin Mehta, conductor (NY Philharmonic), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1938 Klaus Voormann, German rock bassist (Manfred Mann-Mighty Quinn), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1943 Duane Allen, Taylortown Texas, country singer (Oak Ridge Boys-Elvira)
  • 1945 Tammi Terrell [Thomasina Montgomery], singer (Ain't No Mountain High Enough), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1970)
  • 1947 Tommy James, singer (cri-im-son & clo-o-ver o-o-ver & o-o-ver)
  • 1952 Nora Dunn, comedienne (SNL, Miami Blues, Working Girl), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1954 Deborah Iyall, rocker (Romeo Void)
  • 1955 Gino Quilico, Canadian baritone
  • 1956 Ron Verlin, rocker (Shooting Star)
  • 1956 Ketil Stokkan, Norwegian singer
  • 1957 Richie C Robertson, rock bassist/vocalist (Fabulous Poodles)
  • 1957 Mark Kendall, American guitarist
  • 1958 Simon Edwards, rocker (Fairground Attraction-Find My Love)
  • 1960 Gerard Joling, Dutch singer (Love is in Your Eyes)
  • 1960 Phil King, English bassist
  • 1967 Master P, American rapper
  • 1968 Carnie Wilson, American rock vocalist (Wilson Phillips-Hold On), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 China Forbes, American singer and songwriter (Pink Martini)
  • 1974 Anggun, Indonesian singer
  • 1974 Jasper Wood, Canadian violinist
  • 1976 Jay Orpin, Swedish composer and producer
  • 1979 Jo O'Meara, British singer (S Club)
  • 1979 Matt Tong, English drummer (Bloc Party)
  • 1980 Kian Egan, Irish singer (Westlife)
  • 1988 Younha, Korean pop singer

Weddings in Music

  • 1989 Rock band Bon Jovi lead singer Jon Bon Jovi (27) weds Dorothea Hurley (26) at Graceland Chapel in Las Vegas
  • 2004 "Gentlemen's Agreement" Oscar Best Supporting Actress Celeste Holm (87) weds opera singer Frank Basile (41) in Manhattan
  • 2006 Ranchera singer Lupillo Rivera weds Mayeli in Garden Grove, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1712 Juan Bautista Jose Cabanilles, Spanish organist and composer, dies at 67
  • 1813 Christian Danner, German violinist and composer, dies at 55
  • 1905 Ignacio Cervantes, composer, dies at 57
  • 1935 Leroy Carr, American blues singer-songwriter, dies at 30
  • 1943 Joseph Achron, Latvian violinist/composer (Golem suite), dies at 56
  • 1943 Karl Adrian Wohlfart, composer, dies at 68
  • 1956 Nemesio Otano y Eugenio, composer, dies at 75
  • 1957 Otallo Morales, composer, dies at 82
  • 1961 Cisco Houston, American folk singer (b. 1918)
  • 1967 J. B. Lenoir, African American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the 1950s, dies from injuries sustained in a car crash at 38
  • 1973 Manfred Gurlitt, German composer, dies at 82
  • 1976 Wilhelm Maler, German composer, dies at 73
  • 1979 Julia Perry, American composer (Soul Symphony), dies at 55
  • 1988 Jan Kapr, Czech composer, dies at 74
  • 1990 Floyd Butler, American soul singer (Friends of Distinction), dies at 52
  • 1993 Mick Ronson, English guitarist/producer (Mott the Hoople), dies at 46
  • 1997 Keith Ferguson, American blues musician (Fabulous Thunderbirds), dies of overdose at 50
  • 2005 Mariana Levy, Mexican actress, singer, and television show host (b. 1966)
  • 2013 John La Montaine, American composer, dies at 93