On This Day in Music for June 29

Events in Music

  • 1888 First (known) recording of classical music made, Handel's Israel in Egypt on wax cylinder
  • 1942 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 7th Symphony premieres
  • 1946 "Are You with It?" closes at Century Theater NYC after 264 performances
  • 1946 "Billion Dollar Baby" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 219 performances
  • 1963 "Little Me" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 257 performances
  • 1963 Beatles' 1st song "From Me to You" hits UK charts

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1971 Rolling Stones Mick Jagger & Keith Richards sentenced on drug offense

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • 1980 "Sweeney Todd" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 557 performances

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1991 "Jackie Mason - Brand New" closes at Neil Simon NYC after 216 performances

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 1992 "Salome" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • 1997 "American Daughter" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 88 performances
  • 1997 "London Assurance" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 72 performances

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2000 Eminem's mother goes to court claiming defamation of character in a $10 million civil suit, after taking exception to the line "My mother smokes more dope than I do" from her son's single 'My Name Is'

Rapper Eminem
Rapper
Eminem

Music releaseMusic Single

2004 Diana DeGarmo releases her single, "Dreams"

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2007 Enya receives an honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland, Galway

Singer-Songwriter Enya
Singer-Songwriter
Enya

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2008 Glastonbury music festival in England; Leonard Cohen the highlight singing ""Hallelujah"

Singer-songwriter and writer Leonard Cohen
Singer-songwriter and writer
Leonard Cohen

Birthdays in Music

  • 1738 Constantin Reindl, composer
  • 1783 August Alexander Klengel, composer
  • 1842 Josef Labor, Austrian composer, born in Hořovice, Bohemia (d. 1924)
  • 1850 Joseph Paul Skelly, composer
  • 1864 Anton Beer-Walbrun, composer
  • 1870 Joseph Carl Breil, composer
  • 1874 Georg Gohler, composer
  • 1881 Curt Sachs, German musicologist (d. 1959)
  • 1885 Andre Gailhard, composer
  • 1886 George Frederick Boyle, composer
  • 1893 Aarre Merikanto, Finnish composer (12-tones music)
  • 1897 Ottmar Gerster, composer
  • 1901 Hendrik Diels, Flemish conductor
  • 1901 Nelson Eddy, baritone (Duets with Jeanette MacDonald), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1908 Rene Gerber, Swiss composer, born in Travers (d. 2006)
  • 1908 Leroy Anderson, US composer (Syncopated Clock), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1975)
  • 1910 Franc Henry Loesser, US songwriter/composer (Most Happy Fella)
  • 1911 Bernard Herrmann, American composer (The Devil and Daniel Webster, Taxi Driver), born in NYC, New York
  • 1912 Jose Pablo Moncayo Garcia, composer (Huapango), born in Guadalajara, Mexico
  • 1914 Rafael Kubelik, Bychory Czechoslovakia, conductor (Cornelia Farooli)
  • 1916 Ruth Warrick, American actress and singer (Citizen Kane, All My Children), born in Saint Joseph, Missouri (d. 2005)
  • 1923 Chou Wen-Chung, Cheefoo China, composer (Mode of Shang)
  • 1924 Ezra Laderman, American composer (Jacob & the Indians), born in NYC, New York
  • 1924 Flo Sandon's, Italian singer (d. 2006)
  • 1925 Hale Smith, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • 1929 Mamiya Michio, Japanese composer
  • 1934 Henning Kronstam, dancer
  • 1936 Leonard Lee, US vocalist (Shirley & Lee-Let the Good Times Roll)
  • 1938 Billy Storm, singer (Valiants-This is the Night)
  • 1938 Edmund Falkiner, jazz saxophinist/probation officer
  • 1940 Viacheslav Artyomov, composer
  • 1943 Roger Ruskin Spear, saxophonist (Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band), born in London, England

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1943 Little Eva [Eva Boyd], American pop singer (Locomotion), born in Belhaven, North Carolina (d. 2003)

Pop Singer Little Eva
Pop Singer
Little Eva
  • 1945 Johnnie Richardson, R&B musician (Johnnie & Joe)
  • 1948 Dervin Gordon, British musician (The Equals), born in Jamaica
  • 1948 Bill Kirchen, singer/guitarist (Commander Cody & His Lost Planet)
  • 1948 Ian Paice, British hard rock drummer (White Snake, Deep Purple), born in Nottingham, England
  • 1953 Billy Hinsche, American musician (Dino, Desi & Billy), born in Manila, the Philippines
  • 1953 Don Dokken, heavy metal rocker (Dokken-Alone Again)
  • 1953 Colin Hay, Kilwinning, Scotland, Scottish-Australian guitarist and singer (Men At Work)
  • 1957 Robert Forster, Australian musician
  • 1961 Greg Hetson, American punk-rock guitarist
  • 1963 Anne-Sophie Mutter, Rheinfeldin Germany, violinist (Berlin Phil)
  • 1964 Stedman Pearson, Essex, rock vocalist (Five Star-Silk & Steel)
  • 1965 Barry D, [Iain Bakker], English pop musician (Jesus Jones)
  • 1965 Tripp Eisen, American musician
  • 1967 Murray Foster, Canadian musician
  • 1971 Matthew Good, Canadian musician
  • 1972 Nawal Al Zoghbi, Lebanese singer
  • 1976 Bret McKenzie, New Zealand musician
  • 1978 Sam Farrar, American bassist
  • 1978 Nicole Scherzinger, American singer and actress
  • 1979 Abs Breen, English singer
  • 1979 Barış Akarsu, Turkish singer and actor (d. 2007)
  • 1980 Katherine Jenkins, Welsh soprano
  • 1983 Aundrea Fimbres, American singer
  • 1984 Derek Lee Rock, American drummer
  • 1986 Austin Drage, English singer (The X Factor), born in London, England
  • 1993 George Sampson, English dancer

Deaths in Music

  • 1696 Michel Lambert, French composer, dies at about 86
  • 1903 Rentaro Taki, Japanese pianist and composer, dies at 23
  • 1923 Gustave Adolph Kerker, composer, dies at 66

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1941 Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Polish statesman and pianist, dies in NY at 80

Panist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Panist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister
Ignacy Jan Paderewski
  • 1953 Jules van Nuffel, composer, dies at 70
  • 1964 Milenko Zivkovic, composer, dies at 63
  • 1964 Eric Dolphy, American jazz musician (b. 1928)
  • 1966 Arthur Meulemans, Belgian composer, dies at 82
  • 1969 Shorty Long, soul singer/pianist (Here Comes the Judge), dies at 29
  • 1969 Vesselin Stoyanov, composer, dies at 67
  • 1973 Tin-Tan [Germán Valdés], Mexican actor, singer and comedian (Spanish dubbing of The Jungle Book, The Aristocats), dies from cancer at 57
  • 1975 Tim Buckley, American singer-songwriter, dies at 28 of a heroin overdose
  • 1979 Lowell George, rocker (Mothers of Invention, Little Feat), dies at 34
  • 1991 Richard "Groove" Holmes, American jazz musician (Misty), dies of cancer at 60
  • 1993 Héctor Lavoe, Puerto Rican singer (b. 1946)
  • 1994 Kurt Eichhorn, conductor, dies at 85
  • 1994 Ray Crane, English trumpeter, dies at 63
  • 1998 Horst Jankowski, German pianist (b. 1936)
  • 2002 Rosemary Clooney, American singer and actress (b. 1928)