On This Day

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1936 George M. Cohan is the first artist to be presented with a US Congressional Gold Medal, by Franklin D. Roosevelt (for raising war morale)

Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer George M. Cohan
Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer
George M. Cohan
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 Keith Richards is sentenced to 1 year in jail on drugs charge

Guitarist and Songwriter Keith Richards
Guitarist and Songwriter
Keith Richards
  • 1968 "Tip-Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me" by Tiny Tim peaks at #17

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
Guitarist and Songwriter Keith Richards
Guitarist and Songwriter
Keith Richards
  • 1980 "Sweeney Todd" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 557 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Comedian Jackie Mason
Jackie Mason
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 and Songwriter Eminem
Rapper and Songwriter

Music releaseMusic Single

2004 Diana DeGarmo releases her single, "Dreams"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2007 Irish singer and songwriter Enya receives an honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland, Galway

Singer-Songwriter Enya

Music concertMusic Concert

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

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

Music releaseAlbum Release

2018 Drake releases his fifth studio album "Scorpion", a double album with 25 tracks

Singer-Songwriter Drake

Birthdays in Music

  • 1738 Constantin Reindl, German composer, born in Jettenhofen, Oberpfalz, Germany (d. 1799)
  • 1783 August Alexander Klengel, German pianist and composer, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1852)
  • 1842 Josef Labor, Austrian composer, born in Hořovice, Bohemia (d. 1924)
  • 1850 Joseph Paul Skelly, Irish-American composer (I Should Say So!), born in Ireland (d. 1895)
  • 1864 Anton Beer-Walbrun, German composer, born in Kohlberg, Germany (d. 1929)
  • 1870 Joseph Carl Breil, American composer (Les amours de la reine Élisabeth), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1926)
  • 1874 Georg Göhler, German composer (Rückert), born in Zwickau, Germany (d. 1954)
  • 1881 Curt Sachs, German musicologist, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1959)
  • 1885 André Gailhard, French classical music composer, born in Paris (d. 1966)
  • 1886 George Frederick Boyle, Australian-American composer, born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1948)
  • 1893 Aarre Merikanto, Finnish composer (Lemminkäinen; Juha; Schott Concerto), born in Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland (d. 1958)
  • 1893 Aare Merikanto, Finnish composer (Juha; Schott Concerto), born in Helsinki, Kingdom of Finland (d. 1958)
  • 1897 Ottmar Gerster, German composer (rector of the Liszt Music Academy in Weimar), born in Braunfels, Germany (d. 1969)
  • 1901 Hendrik Diels, Flemish conductor, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1974)
  • 1901 Nelson Eddy, American baritone (Duets with Jeanette MacDonald), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1967)
  • 1908 Rene Gerber, Swiss composer, born in Travers (d. 2006)
  • 1908 Leroy Anderson, American composer (Syncopated Clock), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1975)
  • 1910 Frank Loesser, American songwriter and composer (Guys And Dolls, Baby It's Cold Outside), born in NYC, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1911 Bernard Herrmann, American film score composer (Citizen Kane; Psycho; Taxi Driver), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1912 José Pablo Moncayo, Mexican composer (Huapango), born in Guadalajara, Mexico (d. 1958)
  • 1914 Rafael Kubelik, Czech conductor (Cornelia Farooli), born in Býchory, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1996)
  • 1916 Ruth Warrick, American actress and singer (Citizen Kane, All My Children), born in Saint Joseph, Missouri (d. 2005)
  • 1923 Chou Wen-chung, Chinese-American composer (Mode of Shang), born in Yantai, Shandong, China (d. 2019)
  • 1924 Ezra Laderman, American composer (Jacob & the Indians), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1924 Flo Sandon's, Italian singer (won Sanremo Music Festival-Viale d'autunno), born in Vicenza, Italy (d. 2006)
  • 1925 Hale Smith, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • 1929 Mamiya Michio, Japanese composer, born in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan
  • 1934 Henning Kronstam, Danish dancer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1995)
  • 1935 Johnnie Richardson, American R&B musician (Johnnie & Joe), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1988)
  • 1936 Leonard Lee, American vocalist (Shirley & Lee-Let the Good Times Roll), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1976)
  • 1938 Billy Storm [Spicer], American singer (Valiants-This is the Night), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2000)
  • 1938 Edmund Falkiner, jazz saxophinist and probation officer (d. 1997)
  • 1940 Vyacheslav Artyomov, Russian composer, born in Moscow
  • 1943 Roger Ruskin Spear, English saxophonist (Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band), born in London, England

Person of interestLittle Eva

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

Pop Singer Little Eva
Pop Singer
Little Eva
  • 1948 Dervin Gordon, British musician (The Equals), born in Jamaica
  • 1948 Bill Kirchen, American singer and guitarist (Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1948 Ian Paice, British hard rock drummer (White Snake; Deep Purple - "Smoke On The Water"), born in Nottingham, England
  • 1953 Billy Hinsche, American musician (Dino, Desi & Billy), born in Manila, the Philippines
  • 1953 Don Dokken, American heavy metal rocker (Dokken-Alone Again), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1953 Colin Hay, Scottish-Australian guitarist and singer (Men At Work), born in Saltcoats, Scotland
  • 1957 Robert Forster, Australian musician (The Go-Betweens), born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • 1958 Leslie Browne, American ballerina (Turning Point), born in NYC, New York
  • 1960 "The Caveman" Kevin Shirley, South African music producer and mixer (Journey, Iron Maiden, Europe, Led Zeppelin), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1961 Greg Hetson, American punk-rock guitarist (Circle Jerks), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1963 Anne-Sophie Mutter, German violinist (Berlin Phil), born in Rheinfelden, West Germany
  • 1964 Stedman Pearson, English rock vocalist (Five Star-Silk & Steel), born in Islington, London
  • 1965 Tripp Eisen [Tod Salvador], American musician (Static-X), born in Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 Murray Foster, Canadian musician (Moxy Früvous, Great Big Sea), born in Thorn Hill, Ontario
  • 1970 Mike Vallely, American skateboarder and singer (Black Flag), born in Edison, New Jersey
  • 1971 Matthew Good, Canadian musician (Matthew Good Band), born in Burnaby, British Columbia
  • 1972 Nawal Al Zoghbi, Lebanese singer, born in Jal el Dib, Lebanon
  • 1976 Bret McKenzie, New Zealand musician and comedian (Flight of the Concords), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1978 Sam Farrar, Australian-American bassist (Phantom Planet), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1978 Nicole Scherzinger, American singer (Pussycat Dolls), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1979 Abs Love [Richard Abidin Breen], English singer (Five), born in London
  • 1979 Barış Akarsu, Turkish rock musician and actor, born in Amasra, Turkey (d. 2007)
  • 1980 Katherine Jenkins, Welsh soprano singer and songwriter, born in Neath, Wales
  • 1983 Aundrea Fimbres, American singer (Danity Kane), born in Upland, California
  • 1984 Derek Lee Rock [Smith], American drummer (Mêlée)
  • 1986 Austin Drage, English singer (The X Factor), born in London, England
  • 1993 George Sampson, English dancer and official ambassador of the United Dance Organisation, born in Warrington, Cheshire, England

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

Person of interestIgnacy Jan Paderewski

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

Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister
Ignacy Jan Paderewski
  • 1953 Jules van Nuffel, composer, dies at 70
  • 1964 Milenko Živković, Yugoslavian composer, dies at 63
  • 1964 Eric Dolphy, American jazz musician (b. 1928)
  • 1965 Joseph Ryelandt, Belgian composer (Christus Rex - Christ the King), dies at 95
  • 1966 Arthur Meulemans, Belgian composer, dies at 82
  • 1969 Shorty Long [Frederick Earl Long], American soul singer/pianist (Here Comes the Judge), dies at 29
  • 1969 Veselin Stoyanov, Bulgarian 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, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Mothers of Invention, Little Feat), dies at 34
  • 1991 Richard "Groove" Holmes, American jazz organist (Misty), dies of cancer at 60
  • 1993 Héctor Lavoe [Pérez], Puerto Rican salsa singer dies of complications from AIDS at 46
  • 1994 Kurt Eichhorn, conductor, dies at 85
  • 1994 Ray Crane, English trumpeter, dies at 63
  • 1994 Kurt Eichorn, German conductor, dies at 85
  • 1998 Horst Jankowski, German pianist (b. 1936)
  • 2002 Rosemary Clooney, American singer (Come On-a My House) and actress (White Christmas), dies of lung cancer at 74
  • 2007 George McCorkle, American guitarist (Marshall Tucker Band), dies of cancer at 59
  • 2016 Rob Wasserman, American jazz and rock double bassist, and composer (RatDog; Duets), dies at 64
  • 2018 Liliane Montevecchi, French-Italian actress, dancer, and singer (Nine, Grand Hotel), dies of colon cancer at 85
  • 2019 Gary Duncan [Grubb], American guitarist (Quicksilver Messenger Service) dies of cardiac arrest at 72
  • 2020 Hachalu Hundessa, Ethiopian singer songwriter (Waa'ee Keenyaa), shot and killed at 34