On This Day

On This Day in Music for April 29

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1784 Premiere of Mozart's Violin Sonata in B flat, K.454 at Kärntnerthor Theater in Vienna; violinist Regina Strinasacchi, and Wolfgang Mozart on piano

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

Music releaseTheater Premiere

1943 Noël Coward's comic play "Present Laughter" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward

Music releaseMusic Single

1967 Aretha Franklin releases her single "Respect" (written by Otis Redding); Billboard Song of the Year, 1967

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
Singer-Songwriter and Producer Otis Redding
Singer-Songwriter and Producer
Otis Redding
  • 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
Country Singer and TV Host Barbara Mandrell
Country Singer and TV Host
Barbara Mandrell
  • 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 William Finn and James Lapine's musical "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
Country Singer Reba McEntire
Country Singer
Reba McEntire
  • 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 and Singer Idina Menzel
Actress and Singer
Idina Menzel
  • 1997 "Candide" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 103 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

2016 Canadian musician Drake releases "Views", his 4th studio album

Singer-Songwriter Drake
  • 2016 "H.O.L.Y" single released by Florida Georgia Line (Billboard Song of the Year, 2016)

Birthdays in Music

  • 1584 Melchior Teschner, German composer, born in Wschowa, Poland (d. 1635)
  • 1660 Matthias Henriksen Schacht, Danish scholar and composer, born in Visby, Gotland, Sweden (d. 1700)
  • 1727 Jean-Georges Noverre, French dancer and choreographer (ballet d'action), born in Paris (d. 1810)
  • 1771 Matthäus Stegmayer, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1820)
  • 1842 Carl Millöcker, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1899)
  • 1855 Anatoly Liadov, Russian composer (Bewitched Lake), born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1914)
  • 1855 Edmund van der Straeten, German composer, born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1934)
  • 1857 František Ondříček, Czech violinist and composer, born in Prague (d. 1922)
  • 1862 Vittorio Mario Vanzo, Italian composer, born in Padua, Italy (d. 1945)
  • 1872 Eyvind Alnaes, Norwegian composer, born in Fredrikstad, Norway (d. 1932)
  • 1879 Thomas Beecham, English conductor (co-founded and led London Philharmonic, 1932-39; Royal Philharmonic, 1946-60), born in St Helens, Lancashire (d. 1961)
  • 1885 Wallingford Riegger, American cellist, composer (New Dance; Cooper Square), and educator, born in Albany, Georgia (d. 1961)
  • 1895 Malcolm Sargent, English conductor (Promenade Concerts), born in Bath Villas, Ashford, Kent (d. 1967)
  • 1896 Jacques Wolfe, Romanian-American composer, born in Botoşani, Romania (d. 1973)

Person of interestDuke Ellington

1899 Edward "Duke" Ellington, American bandleader, composer and pianist ("Take the A Train"; "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1974)

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • 1899 Yngve Sköld, Swedish composer, born in Vallby, Södermanland County, Sweden (d. 1992)
  • 1902 Theodore Chanler, American composer, born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1961)
  • 1903 Frank Parker, American singer (Arthur Godfrey Show; Masquerade Party), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1904 Russ Morgan, American orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 1969)
  • 1907 Tino Rossi, French singer ("Deux Amours"; "Marlene"), born in Ajaccio, Corsica, France (d. 1983)
  • 1908 Philippe Brun, French jazz trumpeter, born in Paris (d. 1994)
  • 1913 Jack Bently, English big band trombonist (Ted Heath), and journalist (Sunday Mirror), born in Manchester (d. 1994)
  • 1915 Donald Mills, American singer (Mills Brothers), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Harold Shapero, American composer (9 Minute Opera), born in Lynn, Massachusetts (d. 2013)
  • 1922 (Jean-Baptiste) "Toots" Thielemans, Belgian-American jazz harmonica player and composer, born in Brussels (d. 2016)
  • 1924 Renée "Zizi" Jeanmaire, French dancer and actress (Carmen; Hans Christian Andersen), born in Paris, France (d. 2020)
  • 1925 Danny Davis [George Nowlan], American country musician (Nashville Brass), born in Randolph, Massachusetts (d. 2008)
  • 1927 (Cecil James) "Big Jay" McNeely, American R&B saxophonist, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2018)
  • 1928 Carl Gardner, American rock vocalist (Coasters - "Yakety Yak"), born in Tyler, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1929 Peter Sculthorpe, Australian composer (Kakadu), born in Launceston, Tasmania (d. 2014)
  • 1929 Vaclav Kucera, Czech composer (Concierto imaginativo Homenaje a Salvador Dalí), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2017)
  • 1929 Ray Barretto, American percussionist and Latin jazz bandleader (Charanga Moderna - "El Watusi"), born in New York City (d. 2006)
  • 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 (d. 2018)
  • 1933 Raymond Hill, American tenor saxophonist (Kings of Rhythm), born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 1996)
  • 1933 Rod McKuen, American singer-songwriter ("Love's Been Good to Me"; "Jean"; "Without A Worry In The World"), and poet (Lonesome Cities), born in Oakland, California (d. 2015)

Person of interestWillie Nelson

1933 Willie Nelson, American country singer-songwriter ("Crazy"; "On the Road Again"; ), born in Abbott, Texas

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
  • 1935 Otto Zykan, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2006)
  • 1935 Otis Rush, American blues musician (Right Place, Wrong Time), born in Philadelphia. Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1936 April Stevens [Caroline LoTempio], American vocalist ("Deep Purple" - the song, not the band), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • 1936 Zubin Mehta, Indian conductor (Israel Philharmonic, 1977-2019; NY Philharmonic, 1978-91), born in 84) Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India
  • 1937 Lefty Dizz [Walter Williams], American Chicago-style blues guitarist and singer, born in Osceola, Arkansas (d. 1993)
  • 1938 Klaus Voormann, German rock bassist (Manfred Mann - "Mighty Quinn"; John Lennon; George Harrison; Harry Nilsson; Carly Simon), and album cover artist (Beatles - Revolver; Ringo Starr - Ringo), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1943 Duane Allen, American country singer (Oak Ridge Boys - "Elvira"), born in Taylortown, Texas
  • 1945 Hugh Hopper, British progressive rock and jazz bassist (Soft Machine; Stomu Yamashta's East Wind; Carla Bley), born in Canterbury, England (d. 2009)
  • 1945 Tammi Terrell [Thomasina Montgomery], American singer ("Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - duet with Marvin Gaye), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1970)
  • 1947 Tommy James, American singer-songwriter (cri-im-son & clo-o-ver o-o-ver & o-o-ver), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1947 John J. Cascella, American rock keyboard and accordion player (John Mellencamp), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1992)
  • 1949 Anita Dobson, British stage and screen actress (EastEnders, 1985-88 - "Angie Watts"), and singer ("Anyone Can Fall in Love"), born in Stepney, London, England
  • 1954 Shane Fontayne [Michael Barakan], British session and touring rock guitarist, and songwriter, born in London
  • 1954 Deborah Iyall, American artist and singer (Romeo Void), born in Soap Lake, Washington
  • 1955 Gino Quilico, Canadian operatic baritone, born in Flushing, New York City
  • 1956 Ketil Stokkan, Norwegian singer (Zoo), born in Harstad, Norway
  • 1957 Richie Robertson, British rock bassist and vocalist (Fabulous Poodles - "Mirror Star")
  • 1957 Mark Kendall, American guitarist , born in Loma Linda, California
  • 1958 Simon Edwards, rocker (Fairground Attraction - "Find My Love")
  • 1960 Gerard Joling, Dutch singer ("Love Is In Your Eyes")
  • 1960 Phil King, English bassist (Lush), born in London, England
  • 1967 Master P, [Percy Miller] American rapper, actor and record producer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1968 Carnie Wilson, American pop singer (Wilson Phillips - "Hold On"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 China Forbes, American singer-songwriter (Pink Martini), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1973 Mike Hogan, Irish rock bassist (The Cranberries - "Zombie", "Linger"), born in, County Limerick, Ireland
  • 1974 Anggun, Indonesian French singer-songwriter, born in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 1974 Jasper Wood, Canadian violinist, born in Moncton, New Brunswick
  • 1976 Jay Orpin, Swedish composer and producer
  • 1979 Jo O'Meara, British singer (S Club - "Bring It All Back"), born in Romford, England
  • 1979 Matt Tong, English drummer (Bloc Party)
  • 1980 Kian Egan, Irish singer (Westlife), born in Sligo, Ireland
  • 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 Ignatio Cervantes, Cuban pianist and composer (Danzas Cubanas), dies at 57
  • 1935 Leroy Carr, American blues piano player and singer-songwriter ("How Long, How Long Blues"), dies of nephritis of the kidneys at 30
  • 1943 Joseph Achron, Latvian violinist and composer (Golem suite), dies at 56
  • 1943 Karl Adrian Wohlfart, Swedish composer, dies at 68
  • 1956 Nemesio Otaño, Spanish organist, choral director, educator, and composer (Basque Suite), dies at 75
  • 1957 Otallo Morales, Spanish composer, dies at 82
  • 1961 Cisco Houston, American folk singer (b. 1918)
  • 1961 (Irving Milford) "Miff" Mole, American jazz trombonist, and composer (Red Nichols and His Five Pennies - "Slippin' Around"; Sophie Tucker), dies at 63
  • 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 classical composer (Soul Symphony; Cask of Amontillado; Homunuclus C.F.) dies at 55
  • 1982 Herbert Collum, German composer, dies at 67
  • 1988 Jan Kapr, Czech composer, dies at 74
  • 1990 Floyd Butler, American soul singer (Friends of Distinction - "Grazin' in the Grass"), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • 1993 Mick Ronson, English rock guitarist (David Bowie's Spiders From Mars), and producer (Mott the Hoople; Lou Reed), dies of liver cancer at 46
  • 1997 Keith Ferguson, American blues bassist (Fabulous Thunderbirds), dies of liver failure due to heroin use at 50
  • 1999 Léon Barzin, Belgian-American conductor (NY City Ballet, 1948-58), dies at 98
  • 1999 Perry Ford [Brian Pugh], British pop singer, session musician and songwriter (The Ivy League - "Tossing And Turning"), dies at 65
  • 2005 Mariana Levy, Mexican actress, singer, and television show host, dies of a heart attack at 39
  • 2008 Michael "Micky" Waller, British blues and rock drummer (Long John Baldry; Jeff Beck Group), dies of liver failure at 66
  • 2010 Johannes Fritsch, German composer, dies at 68
  • 2011 David Mason, British orchestral, solo and session trumpet player (The Beatles "Penny Lane"), dies of leukemia at 85
  • 2012 Jim McCrary, American photographer (album covers such as Tapestry, Ticket to Ride), dies of a chronic nervous system disorder at 72
  • 2013 John La Montaine, American composer, dies at 93
  • 2014 Gailene Stock, Australian ballerina, teacher, and dance school director, dies of cancer at 68
  • 2021 Pierce Fulton, American electronic dance music DJ and record producer ("Runaway"; "Better Places"), dies at 28