On This Day

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 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1802 First celebration of Burns night, in honor of poet Robert Burns's birthday by The Mother Club in Greenock (later realized his actual birthday 25th January)

Poet and Lyricist Robert Burns
Poet and Lyricist
Robert Burns
  • 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"

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1966 Neil Simons, Coleman & Fields' musical "Sweet Charity" premieres at Palace Theater in NYC for 608 performances

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 1967 "Let's Sing Yiddish" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 107 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 Jimi Hendrix and 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
  • 2002 "Foolish" single released by Ashanti (Billboard Song of the Year 2002)

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 François Esprit Auber, French opera composer (Fra Diavolo), born in Caen, Normandy, France (d. 1871)
  • 1782 Franciszek Ścigalski, Polish composer, born in Grodzisk, Wielkopolski
  • 1801 Johannes Bernardus van Bree, Dutch violinist/composer (Felix Meritis)
  • 1824 Karl von Perfall, composer
  • 1852 Frederic Hymen Cowen, composer
  • 1862 Frederick Delius, British composer (A Mass of Life; Brigg Fair; In a Summer Garden), born in Bradford, England (d. 1934)
  • 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 [William] Havergal Brian, British composer ("Gothic" symphony), born in Dresden, Staffordshire (d. 1972)
  • 1884 Juhan Aavic, Estonian composer, born in Holstre, Russian Empire (d. 1982)
  • 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
  • 1914 Menelaos Pallantios, Greek composer, born in Piraeus (d. 2012)
  • 1915 John Serry, Sr., American musician and arranger (d. 2003)
  • 1916 Kyra Vayne [Knopmuss], English stage and opera soprano, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 2001)
  • 1917 John Raitt, American stage and screen singer and actor (Carousel; Pajama Game), born in Santa Ana, California (d. 2005)
  • 1924 Luigi Nono, Italian avant-garde composer (Canonic Variations), born in Venice, Italy (d. 1990)
  • 1928 Bengt Hambraeus, Swedish Canadian composer and organist, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2000)
  • 1930 Derek Bailey, British avant-garde jazz guitar virtuoso, born in Sheffield, England (d. 2005)
  • 1931 Leslie Bricuse, British theater and film composer and lyricist ("Stop the World - I Want to Get Off; Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), born in Pinner, Middlesex
  • 1933 Sacha Distel, French singer ("Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" cover), born in Paris, France (d. 2004)
  • 1934 Noel Harrison, British singer ("The Windmills of Your Mind"), and actor (Girl from U.N.C.L.E. - "Mark Slate"), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Paul Gutama Soegijo, composer
  • 1936 Malcolm Binns, concert pianist
  • 1936 James Jamerson, American session pop and R&B bass guitarist (Motown Records), born in Edisto, South Carolina (d. 1983)
  • 1937 Bobby Scott, American composer, arranger and jazz singer ("He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"), born in Mt Pleasant, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1942 Claudine Longet, French-American singer, actress, and former Mrs Andy Williams (1961-75), born in Paris, France
  • 1943 Tim Souster, British composer, born in Bletchley, England (d. 1994)
  • 1946 Bettye LaVette [Betty Jo Haskins], American soul singer (I've Got My Own Hell to Raise), born in Muskegon, Michigan
  • 1947 David Byron [Garrick], British vocalist and songwriter (Uriah Heep), born in Epping, England (d. 1985)
  • 1947 Marián Varga, Slovak musician
  • 1948 Felice Taylor, R&B singer (I Feel Love Comin' On)
  • 1948 Marc Singer, actor (V, Dallas), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1949 Tommy Ramone [Tamás Erdélyi], Hungarian-American rock drummer and bassist (Ramones), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2014)
  • 1950 Max Carl [Gronenthal], American rock singer and musician ( Grand Funk Railroad, 2000-present; 38 Special, 1987-92), born in Platte Center, Nebraska
  • 1951 Stevie "Keys" Roseman, American session and touring rock keyboardist (Journey), born in Oakland, California
  • 1951 Gegham Grigorian, Armenian operatic tenor, and artistic director (Yerevan Opera, 2000-07), born in Yerevan, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union (d. 2016)
  • 1952 Kenn Kweder, American rock and folk singer-songwriter ("Diablo"; "Suzy Said So"; "Mommy And Daddy"), born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania [1]
  • 1953 Teresa Teng [Li-chun], Taiwanese pop singer("Aijin"; The Power Of Love"; "Airport"), and actress, born in Baozhong Township, Yunlin, Taiwan
  • 1953 Louie F. Pérez, Jr., American lyricist, percussionist, guitarist, and jarana player (Los Lobos - "Will The Wolf Survive?"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 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, American classical violinist (Queen Sophia prize, 1977), and teacher (Juilliard, 1991-present) born in Hsinchu, Taiwan [1]
  • 1960 James "JG" Thirlwell, Australian musician, composer and record producer, born in Melbourne
  • 1961 Eddie Jackson, American heavy metal rock bassist (Queensrÿche - "Silent Lucidity"), born in Robstown, Texas
  • 1964 Roddy Frame, rock vocalist/guitarist (Aztec Camera-Stray)
  • 1969 Hyde [Hideto Takarai], Japanese singer, born in Wakayama
  • 1981 Jonny Lang, American blues musician, born in Fargo, North Dakota
  • 1981 Álex Ubago, Spanish-Basque pop-rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (¿Qué pides tú?), born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava, Spain
  • 1982 Adam Lambert, American singer-songwriter (For Your Entertainment, Trespassing), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1993 Kyary Pamyu Pamyu [Kiriko Takemura], Japanese singer, born in Tokyo, Japan

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, Czech-Italian conductor and composer, dies at 92
  • 1946 Sidney Jones, British conductor and composer (The Geisha, A Gaiety Girl), dies at 84
  • 1962 Friedrich-Max "Fritz" Kreisler, Austrian-American violinist and composer (Alt-Wiener Tanzweisen), dies at 86
  • 1965 Michał Spisak, Polish composer (Hymne Olympique), dies at 50
  • 1965 Jack Hylton, English orchestra leader and impresario (Crazy Passage Show), dies at 72
  • 1966 Pierre Mercure, composer, dies at 38
  • 1967 Włodzimierz Poźniak, Polish 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
  • 1980 Jimmy Durante, American actor, comedian and singer known as "the schnozzola" (The Durante-Moore Show, Jimmy Durante Show), dies of pneumonia at 86
  • 1981 (William Randolph) "Cozy" Cole, American jazz drummer ("Topsy I"; "Topsy II"), and educator, dies of cancer at 71
  • 1987 Ivo Lhotka-Kalinski, Yugoslav 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 at 65
  • 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)
  • 2005 Yutaka Makino, Japanese composer, dies at 74
  • 2008 Margaret Truman, American presidential daughter, singer and writer (Murder at FBI), dies at 83
  • 2009 John Martyn, British singer songwriter, dies at 60
  • 2009 (Bennie Ross) "Hank" Crawford, American saxophonist, arranger and songwriter (Help Me Make It Through the Night), dies of complications from a stroke at 74
  • 2011 Milton Babbitt, American mathematician, composer of serial and electronic music (Correspondences), and teacher (Princeton; Juilliard), dies at 94
  • 2012 Camilla Williams, American operatic soprano, dies at 92
  • 2015 Rodney "Rod" McKuen, American poet, singer-songwriter and actor (Jean, Alone, Beatsville), dies at 81
  • 2016 Aurèle Nicolet, Swiss flautist (Berlin Philharmonic), and educator, dies at 90
  • 2019 James Ingram, American R&B singer-songwriter and musician ("Somewhere Out There"; "Just Once"), dies of brain cancer at 66
  • 2021 Hilton Valentine, British rock guitarist (Animals - "House of the Rising Sun"), dies at 77