On This Day

On This Day in Music for August 29

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1958 George Harrison joins The Quarrymen (Lennon-McCartney-Best-Sutcliffe)

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

Music releaseMusic Single

1958 Cliff Richard and the Drifters release single "Move It", Richards debut single. Credited as 1st British Rock n Roll song.

  • 1964 "Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 965 performances
  • 1966 The Beatles' last public concert (Candlestick Park, San Francisco)

Music releaseAlbum Release

1977 Iggy Pop releases his second album "Lust for Life", a collaboration with David Bowie

Rocker Iggy Pop
Rocker
Iggy Pop
Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • 1982 Steve Miller's "Abracadabra" hits #1

Music releaseAlbum Release

1994 British band Oasis release their debut album "Definitely Maybe", becomes fastest-selling album ever in UK

Musician Noel Gallagher
Musician
Noel Gallagher

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

2002 19th MTV Video Music Awards: Eminem & Pink win

Rapper and Songwriter Eminem
Rapper and Songwriter
Eminem
Singer Pink
Singer
Pink

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

2004 21st MTV Video Music Awards: OutKast, Beyoncé & Usher f/ Lil Jon & Ludacris win

Singer Beyoncé Knowles
Singer
Beyoncé Knowles
Singer Usher
Singer
Usher

Birthdays in Music

  • 1686 Wilhelm Hieronymus Pachelbel, German composer, born in Erfurt, Germany (d. 1764)
  • 1773 Raphael G. Kiesewetter, Austria musicologist (Arab Music), born in Holleschau, Moravia, Czech Republic (d. 1850)
  • 1881 Edvin Kallstenius, Swedish composer and librarian, born in Filipstad, Sweden (d. 1967)
  • 1905 Lan Adomian, Russian-born American composer, born in Moghiler-Podolsk (d. 1979)
  • 1910 Robert Pineda-Duque, Colombian composer, born in El Santuario, Colombia (d. 1977)
  • 1919 Sono Osato, American Japanese ballet dancer, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2018)
  • 1920 Charlie "Bird" Parker, American jazz saxophonist (Ornithology), born in Kansas City, Kansas (d. 1955)
  • 1922 Yorgos Sicilianos, Greek composer, born in Athens (d. 2005)
  • 1923 Lester Trimble, American composer, music critic and educator, born in Bangor, Wisconsin (d. 1986)
  • 1924 Dinah Washington, American singer (What a Difference a Day Makes), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1963)
  • 1924 Consuelo Velázquez, Mexican songwriter, born in Ciudad Guzmán, Mexico (d. 2005)
  • 1926 María Dolores Pradera, Spanish melodic singer and actress, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2018)
  • 1927 Marion Williams, American gospel singer (Stars of Faith), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1994)
  • 1928 Thomas Stewart, American bass-baritone (La Roche Capriccio), born in San Saba, Texas (d. 2006)
  • 1931 Stelios Kazantzidis, Greek singer, born in Nea Ionia, Athens, Greece (d. 2001)
  • 1933 Ramses Shaffy, Dutch singer and cabaret actor (Zaak MP, Liefdesbekentenissen), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 2009)
  • 1934 Gene Allison, American R&B-singer (You Can Make It If You Try), born in Pegram, Tennessee (d. 2004)
  • 1934 Jean-Pierre Guézec, French composer (Colorful Architectures), born in Dijon (d. 1971)
  • 1942 Sterling Morrison, American rock guitarist (Velvet Underground), born in East Meadow, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1943 Richard Halligan, American jazz multi-instrumentalist and arranger (Blood Sweat & Tears), born in Troy, New York
  • 1945 Chris Copping, English rock bassist (Procol Harum), born in Middleton, Lancashire, England
  • 1949 Peter Wiegold, British composer (Earth & Stars; Kafka's Wound), born in Ilford, Essex, England
  • 1953 Rick Downey, American rock drummer and vocalist (Blue Oyster Cult, 1981-85)
  • 1954 Julio Fernandez, Cuban-American jazz guitarist (Spyro Gyra), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1955 Diamanda Galás, Greek-American pianist, singer and composer (Masque of the Red Death), born in San Diego, California
  • 1956 GG [Jesus Christ] Allin, American punk rock singer, born in Lancaster, New Hampshire (d. 1993)
  • 1957 Pim Kops, Dutch rock piano, organ and accordion player (De Dijk - Bloedend Hart; Avalanche Quartet), born in The Netherlands

Person of interestMichael Jackson

1958 Michael Jackson, American recording artist and King of Pop (Thriller; Bad), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 2009)

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 1959 Sadenia "Eddi" Reader, Scottish singer-songwriter (Fairground Attraction - "Find My Love"), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1959 Ernesto Rodrigues, Portuguese violinist and composer, born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1961 Tony MacAlpine, American heavy metal rocker (Solo-Edge of Insanity), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1962 Hiroki Kikuta, Japanese video game composer, born in Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • 1963 Elizabeth Fraser, Scottish singer (Cocteau Twins), born in Grangemouth, Scotland
  • 1966 Dan Truman, American singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle), born in St. George, Utah
  • 1967 Anton Newcombe, American musician (The Brian Jonestown Massacre), born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1969 Me'Shell Ndegéocello [Michelle Johnson], American singer-songwriter (If That's Your Boyfriend...), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1973 Vincent Cavanagh, English rock musician (Anathema), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1974 Kumi Tanioka, Japanese video game composer (Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles), born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • 1980 David Desrosiers, Canadian musician (Simple Plan), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1980 Nicholas Tse, Hong Kong singer and actor, born in British Hong Kong
  • 1982 A+ [Andre Levins], American rapper, born in Hempstead, New York
  • 1986 Lea Michele [Sarfati], American actress and singer (Glee), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1992 Mallu Magalhães, Brazilian singer-songwriter, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1993 Liam Payne, English pop singer (One Direction), born in Wolverhampton, England

Weddings in Music

  • 1955 "Untamed Youth" actress Mamie Van Doren (24) weds trumpeter and actor Ray Anthony (33)

Deaths in Music

  • 1738 Georg Reutter, Austrian composer and organist, dies at 81
  • 1821 Horace Coignet, composer, dies at 86
  • 1861 Franz Joseph Glæser, Czech-Danish composer, dies at 63
  • 1933 Georgy Eduardovich Konyus, composer, dies at 70
  • 1935 Charles Lee Williams, English composer (Gloucester Cathedral), dies at 82
  • 1940 Arthur De Greef, Belgian composer, dies at 77
  • 1946 Milan Harašta, Czech composer, dies at 26
  • 1972 Lale Andersen [Elisabeth Bunnenberg], German singer and actress (Der Pott), dies at 67
  • 1972 Rene Leibowitz, Polish French composer, dies at 59
  • 1975 Leland T. Weed, American singer and actor, dies at 74
  • 1976 Jimmy Reed, American blues singer (Soulin', Big Boss Man), dies of epileptic seizure at 50
  • 1976 Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bengali poet, musician, revolutionary and philosopher, dies at 77
  • 1982 Lehman Engel, American conductor and composer (Streetcar Named Desire), dies at 71
  • 1985 Alexander Abramsky, Soviet composer, dies at 87
  • 1987 Archie Campbell, American country music comedian (b. 1914)
  • 1991 Dixie Dunbar [Charlotte King], American singer and actress, dies of heart attack at 72
  • 1994 Michael Peters, American choreographer and dancer (Dreamgirls, worked with Michael Jackson) dies of complications from AIDS at 46
  • 1996 Tera de Marez Oyens, Dutch composer, dies at 64
  • 1998 Charlie Feathers, American country music and rockabilly singer-songwriter, and musician ("Can't Hardly Stand It"), dies at from stroke complications at 66
  • 2001 Graeme "Shirley" Strachan, Australian singer (Skyhooks), TV and radio star (b. 1952)
  • 2004 Hans Vonk, Dutch conductor (The Hague Philharmonic, 1980-1991; St. Louis Symphony, 1996-2002), dies from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS - Lou Gehrig's Disease) at 62
  • 2005 Barry Cowsill, American rock bassist (The Cowsills), believed to have drowned during Hurricane Katrina at 50
  • 2010 Hans Ulrich Humpert, German composer, dies at 69
  • 2011 David "Honeyboy" Edwards, American delta blues guitarist, dies at 96
  • 2017 Janine Charrat, French ballerina and choreographer, dies at 93
  • 2017 Dmitri Kogan, Russian concert violinist (Five Great Violins), dies of cancer at 38
  • 2017 Larry Elgart, American big band jazz alto saxophonist, and bandleader ("Bandstand Boogie"; "Hooked On Swing"), dies at 95
  • 2018 Paul Taylor, American dancer and choreographer (Paul Taylor Dance Company), dies at 88 [1]