On This Day

On This Day in Music for December 29

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1857 Franz Liszt's symphonic poem "Die Hunnenschlacht" premieres in Weimar

Composer & Pianist Franz Liszt
Composer & Pianist
Franz Liszt

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1902 "The Entertainer" is one of several piano rag compositions copyrighted for Scott Joplin by the US Copyright Office

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin
  • 1911 San Francisco Symphony forms
  • 1948 "Rape of Lucretia" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 23 performances

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1955 Barbra Streisand's 1st recording "You'll Never Know" at age 13

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1957 Singers Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme wed in Las Vegas

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1965 The Supremes release "My World is Empty Without You"

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross

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1982 Bob Marley postage stamp issued in Jamaica

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • 1984 Blues took 27 shots against Islanders in 1 period
  • 1991 "Christmas Carol" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 14 performances

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1993 Courtney Love sues doctors for leaking news of her methadone treatment

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Courtney Love
  • 1996 "Dreams & Nightmares" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • 1996 "Skylight" closes at Royale Theater NYC after
  • 1996 "Taking Sides" closes at Atkinson Theater NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • 1563 Francesco Maria Guaitoli, Italian composer, born in Carpi, Duchy of Modena and Reggio (d. 1628)
  • 1767 Aimé Ambroise Simon Leborne, Belgian-born French composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1866)
  • 1813 Etienne-Joseph Soubre, Belgian composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1871)
  • 1850 Tomás Bretón, Spanish conductor and composer, born in Salamanca, Spain (d. 1923)
  • 1876 Pablo Casals [Pau Casals i Defilló], Spanish cellist, conductor and composer, born in Vendrell, Catalonia, Spain (d. 1973)
  • 1880 Jean-Fernand Vaubourgoin, French composer (Ophellia), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1952)
  • 1887 Kiyoshi Nobutoki, Japanese cellist and composer, born in Osaka (d. 1965)
  • 1897 Hermann Heiss, German composer, born in Darmstadt (d. 1966)
  • 1898 Jeanne Leleu, French pianist & composer, Saint-Mihiel, France (d. 1979)
  • 1900 Willie Humphrey, American jazz clarinetist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • 1903 Clyde McCoy, American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, born in Ashland, Kentucky (d. 1990)
  • 1912 Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Australian composer (Triad), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1990)
  • 1914 Billy [Dorothy] Tipton, American jazz pianist/saxophonist/bandleader, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1989)
  • 1919 Roman Vlad, Romanian-born Italian composer, born in Cernauti, Romania (d. 2013)
  • 1924 Tuomas Haapanen, Finnish violinist, conductor, and teacher, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1928 Bernard Cribbins, British character actor, voice-over artist and musical comedian (Val Doonican Show), born in Oldham, Lancashire
  • 1929 Matt "Guitar" Murphy, American blues guitarist (Blues Brothers band), born in Sunflower, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1930 Glenn Reeves, American rockabilly singer-songwriter and radio deejay (Heartbreak Hotel), born in Shamrock, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1930 Willy Giefer, German composer, born in Koblenz, Germany
  • 1933 "Prez" Kenneth [Kidd], American blues singer and bass guitarist ("Devil Dealing"), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • 1936 Vitaly Alexeyevich Godzyatsky, Soviet composer
  • 1939 (William Edwin) "Ed" Bruce, American country singer ("Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys"), born in Keiser, Arkansas
  • 1940 Peter Koelewijn, Dutch rock musician and songwriter ("Get Off That Roof"), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1941 Ray Thomas, English rock vocalist and flautist (Moody Blues - "Legend Of A Mind"), born in Stourport-on-Severn, United Kingdom (d. 2018)
  • 1943 Rick Danko, Canadian bassist and singer (The Band - "Stage Fright"), born in Blayney, Ontario (d. 1999)
  • 1946 Marianne Faithfull, English folk-rock singer-songwriter ("As Tears Go By"), born in Hampstead, England
  • 1947 Cozy Powell [Colin Flooks] English rock drummer (Jeff Beck Group; Emerson, Lake & Powell), born in Cirencester, United Kingdom (d. 1998)
  • 1950 Robert Lee "Pops" Popwell, American jazz-funk bass guitarist, born in Daytona, Florida (d. 2017)
  • 1951 Laurel Massé, American jazz and Celtic singer (Manhattan Transfer, 1972-79 - "Operator"), born in Holland, Michigan
  • 1951 Yvonne Elliman, American singer-songwriter and actress (Jesus Christ Superstar - "I Don't Know How to Love Him"), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1951 Georges Thurston, Canadian reggae and R&B singer, born in Bedford, Quebec (d. 2007)
  • 1952 Gelsey Kirkland, American ballerina (Nutcracker), born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • 1953 Gali Atari, Israeli pop singer (Milk And Honey) and actress, born in Rehovot, Israel
  • 1954 Roger Voudouris, American singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Get Used To It"), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2003)
  • 1954 John "JR" Robinson, American session drummer appearing on over 50 Grammy winning recordings, born in Creston, Iowa
  • 1955 Jan Pijnenburg, Dutch rock drummer (Doe Maar-Bomb), born in Vught, Netherlands
  • 1955 Neil "Spyder" Giraldo, American rock guitarist, arranger, and producer (Pat Benatar Band), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1959 Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (Kanashii Jiyū / Koi ga, Kiete Yuku), born in Hashima Island, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan (d. 2004)
  • 1961 Jim Reid, Scottish rock singer-songwriter (The Jesus and Mary Chain; Freeheat), born in East Kilbride, Scotland
  • 1965 (Bryan) "Dexter" Holland, American rock singer-songwriter (The Offspring), born in Garden Grove, California
  • 1966 Jason Gould, American actor and singer, son of actor Elliott Gould and singer and actress Barbra Streisand, born in NYC, New York
  • 1968 Carlo Ponti, Jr., Italian orchestral conductor and son of Carlo Ponti & Sophia Loren, born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1970 Aled Jones, Welsh pop-opera singer, born in Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales
  • 1970 Glen Phillips, American rock singer-songwriter (Toad The Wet Sprocket), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1972 Evan Seinfeld, American heavy metal singer and bassist (Biohazard) and actor (Oz), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1978 LaToya London, American R&B and soul singer, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1982 Gabrielle Destroismaisons, Québécois singer, born in Québec, Canada
  • 1983 Jessica Andrews, American country music singer, born in Wynne, Arkansas
  • 1985 Alexa Ray Joel, American singer-songwriter and daughter of Billy Joel & Christie Brinkley, born in Manhattan, New York City
  • 1996 Minatozaki Sana, Japanese singer (Twice), born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1998 Danny Wagner, American drummer (Greta Van Fleet), born in Frankenmuth, Michigan

Weddings in Music

  • 1957 "Steve and Eydie" singer duo Steve Lawrence (22) weds Eydie Gorme (29) at the home of Beldon Katleman in Las Vegas

Deaths in Music

  • 1558 Hermann Finck, German composer, dies at 31
  • 1630 Johannes Stalpaert van der Wiele, Dutch lawyer, pastor and lyricist, dies at 51
  • 1785 Johann Heinrich Rolle, composer, dies at 69
  • 1822 Albert Christoph Dies, German painter, engraver and biographer, dies at 67
  • 1825 Giuseppe Maria Gioacchino Cambini, composer, dies
  • 1835 Charles-Joseph Tolbecque, French composer, dies at 29
  • 1836 Johann Baptist Schenk, Austrian composer, dies at 83
  • 1847 William Crotch, English composer, dies at 72
  • 1871 Ferdinand Marcucci, Italian harpist and composer, dies at 71
  • 1898 Georg Goltermann, German cellist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1915 C. B. Hawley, American organist and composer, dies at 57
  • 1952 Beryl Rubinstein, American pianist and composer, dies at 54
  • 1958 Doris Humphrey, US dancer/choreographer (Dances of Women), dies at 63
  • 1959 Robin Humphrey Milford, composer, dies at 56
  • 1964 Miroslav Krejčí, Czech composer, dies at 73
  • 1965 Kusaku Yamada, Japanese composer and conductor, dies at 79
  • 1965 Kōsaku Yamada, Japanese composer (Nagauta Symphony), and conductor, dies of a heart attack at 79
  • 1967 Paul Whiteman "The King of Jazz", American orchestra leader (Fabulous Dorseys), dies at 77
  • 1970 John de Mol, Dutch accordionist, dies at 58
  • 1972 Fritz Behrend, composer, dies at 83
  • 1979 Branimir Sakač, Croatian composer (Matrix Symphony), dies at 61
  • 1980 Tim Hardin, American singer (If I Were a Carpenter, Reason to Believe), dies of a drug overdose at 39
  • 1984 Leo Robin, American songwriter ("Thanks For the Memory"; "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend"), dies of heart failure at 84
  • 1986 John Antill, Australian composer (Corroboree; New Guinea Patrol), dies at 82
  • 1993 Yvonne Desportes, French composer (Seven Abstract Poems), dies at 86 [1]
  • 1994 Eugene Tanner Jr, singer, dies at 58
  • 1995 Schlomo Joffe, Polish-Israeli folk and classical musician and composer, dies at 86
  • 1996 Mireille Hartuch, singer/songwriter, dies at 90
  • 2001 Takashi Asahina, Japanese conductor (b. 1908)
  • 2008 Freddie Hubbard, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1938)
  • 2008 Daniel Nagrin, American modern dancer and choreographer, dies at 91
  • 2011 Bobby Purify [Robert Lee Dickey], American soul singer (I'm Your Puppet), dies at 72
  • 2013 Wojciech Kilar, Polish classical (Missa Pro Pace), and film score composer (Bram Stoker's Dracula; The Pianist), dies from cancer at 81
  • 2013 Leonard "Red" Balaban, American jazz tuba and sousaphone player, dies at 84
  • 2014 Claude Frank, German-American concert pianist and pedagogue, dies at 89
  • 2020 Claude Bolling, French jazz and classical cross-over pianist and composer (Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio), dies at 90 [1] [2]
  • 2020 Phyllis McGuire, American pop vocalist (McGuire Sisters - "Sincerely"; "Sugartime"), dies at 89