On This Day in Music for January 29

Events in Music

  • 1728 John Gays' "Beggar's Opera" premieres in London [NS=Feb 9]

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1781 Mozart's opera "Idomeneo" premieres in Munich

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
  • 1948 "Look Ma, I'm Dancin'" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 188 performances
  • 1951 "Where's Charley?" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 56 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1954 Arnold Schoenberg's "De Profundis" premieres in Cologne

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • 1964 Beatles record in German "Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand" & "Sie Liebt Dich"
  • 1966 "Sweet Charity" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 608 performances
  • 1967 "Let's Sing Yiddish" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 107 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 Jimi Hendrix & Pete Townshend wage a battle of guitars

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • 1975 "Men on the Moon" opens at Little Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 1983 "Down Under" by Men At Work hits #1 on UK pop chart
  • 1991 "Piano Lesson" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC after 320 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1996 23rd American Music Awards: Garth Brooks wins

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • 1996 6,138th performance of "Cats" is held in London, surpassing record of Broadway's longest-running musical, "A Chorus Line"
  • 1996 La Fenice, Venice's opera house, is destroyed by fire.
  • 1998 "Capeman," opens at Marquis Theater NYC
  • 1998 Singers Bobby Brown found guiilty of DWI in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Birthdays in Music

  • 1703 Carlmann Kolb, German composer and priest, born in Kösslarn, Lower Bavaria (d. 1765)
  • 1711 Giuseppe Bonno, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1788)
  • 1715 Georg Christoph Wagenseil, Austrian (court) composer/pianist
  • 1782 Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber, French opera composer (Fra Diavolo)
  • 1782 Franciszek Ścigalski, Polish composer, born in Grodzisk, Wielkopolski
  • 1784 Ferdinand Ries, composer
  • 1801 Johannes Bernardus van Bree, Dutch violinist/composer (Felix Meritis)
  • 1824 Karl von Perfall, composer
  • 1852 Frederic Hymen Cowen, composer
  • 1862 Frederick Delius, Bradford England, composer (Hiawatha)
  • 1864 Adolf Philipp, composer
  • 1869 Andrey Vladimirovich Scherbachov, composer
  • 1871 Eduardo Lopez-Chavarri y Marco, composer
  • 1874 Robert Lach, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1958)
  • 1876 Carl Henrik Ludolf Nielsen, composer
  • 1876 Havergal Brian, Dresden Staffordshire, composer
  • 1884 Juhan Aavic, Estonian composer, born in Holstre, Russian Empire (d. 1982)
  • 1887 Albert Conti, Austrian actor (Jazz Heaven, Doomed Battalion), born in Trieste, Austria-Hungary (d. 1967)
  • 1889 Francisco Santiago, composer
  • 1889 Rudolf Mauersberger, composer
  • 1890 Marguerite Canal, composer
  • 1893 Edric Cundell, composer
  • 1893 Martian Negrea, composer
  • 1898 Fernand Quinet, Belgian cellist/composer/conductor (La Guerre)
  • 1900 Marco Tajcevic, composer
  • 1915 John Serry, Sr., American musician and arranger (d. 2003)
  • 1917 John Raitt, American actor and singer (Chevy Show, Pajama Game), born in Santa Ana, California (d. 2005)
  • 1924 Luigi Nono, composer (Canonic Variations), born in Venice, Italy
  • 1928 Bengt Hambraeus, composer
  • 1930 Derek Bailey, English guitar virtuoso (d. 2005)
  • 1931 Leslie Bricuse, English/US composer (Stop the world I want to get off)
  • 1933 Sacha Distel, French singer (Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head cover), born in Paris, France (d. 2004)
  • 1934 Noel Harrison, singer/actor (Mark-Girl from UNCLE), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Paul Gutama Soegijo, composer
  • 1936 Malcolm Binns, concert pianist
  • 1936 James Jamerson, American bass guitarist for Motown Records (d. 1983)
  • 1937 Bobby Scott, jazz singer
  • 1942 Claudine Longet, French former Mrs Andy Williams/singer
  • 1943 Timothy Andrew James Souster, composer
  • 1946 Bettye LaVette [Betty Jo Haskins], American soul singer (I've Got My Own Hell to Raise), born in Muskegon, Michigan
  • 1947 David Byron, vocalist (Uriah Heep)
  • 1947 Marián Varga, Slovak musician
  • 1948 Bill Kirchen, singer/guitarist (Commander Cody & Lost Planet Airmen)
  • 1948 Felice Taylor, R&B singer (I Feel Love Comin' On)
  • 1948 Marc Singer, actor (V, Dallas), born in Vancouver, Canada
  • 1952 Tommy Ramone, [Erdelyi], rock drummer/bassist (Ramones), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1953 Teresa Teng, Taiwanese singer (d. 1995)
  • 1954 Dick Manitoba, vocalist (Dictators)
  • 1957 Irlene Mandrell, country singer (Mandrell Sisters), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 1957 Jac Bico, Dutch guitarist/singer (Tambourine)
  • 1960 Cho-Liang Lin, Taiwan, violinist (Queen Sophia 1st prize)
  • 1960 Eddie Jackson, bassist (Queensryche-Breaking the Silence)
  • 1960 J. G. Thirlwell, Australian-born musician
  • 1964 Roddy Frame, rock vocalist/guitarist (Aztec Camera-Stray)
  • 1969 Hyde [Hideto Takarai], Japanese singer, born in Wakayama
  • 1981 Álex Ubago, Spanish musician

Deaths in Music

  • 1597 Elias Ammerbach, German organist (b. 1530)
  • 1916 Edward Hubertus Joannes Keurvils, composer, dies at 62
  • 1924 Joseph Ludwig, composer, dies at 79
  • 1942 Ladislao Joseph Philip Paul Zavrtal, composer, dies at 92
  • 1946 Sidney Jones, British conductor and composer (The Geisha, A Gaiety Girl), dies at 84
  • 1962 Fritz Kreisler, Austria/US violinist/composer, dies at 86
  • 1965 Michael Spisak, composer, dies at 50
  • 1966 Pierre Mercure, composer, dies at 38
  • 1967 Wlodzimierz Pozniak, composer, dies at 62
  • 1973 Johannes Paul Thilman, composer, dies at 67
  • 1980 Antonio Molina, Filipino composer, conductor and music administrator (Ana Maria, Hatinggabi), dies at 85
  • 1981 Cozy Cole, rocker (Topsy Part II), dies
  • 1987 Ivo Lhotka-Kalinski, composer, dies at 73
  • 1988 Bantcho Bantchevsky, US opera singer, commits suicide
  • 1988 Rogier van Otterloo, Dutch composer and conductor, dies at 46
  • 1992 Willie Dixon, American blues musician ("Backdoor Man"), dies at 76
  • 1993 Michel Renault, French ballet dancer (Giselle), dies
  • 1995 Kuldar Sink, Estonian composer, dies at 52
  • 1999 Lili St. Cyr, American dancer (b. 1918)
  • 2005 Eric Griffiths, Welsh guitarist (The Quarrymen) (b. 1940)
  • 2009 John Martyn, British singer songwriter, dies at 60
  • 2012 Camilla Williams, American operatic soprano, dies at 92
  • 2015 Rod McKuen, American singer-songwriter (Jean) and poet, dies at 81