On This Day

On This Day in Music for March 29

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1795 Ludwig van Beethoven (24) has his debut performance as a pianist in Vienna

  • 1827 20,000 attend Ludwig von Beethovens burial in Vienna
  • 1879 Tsjaikovski's opera "Jevgeni Onegin" premieres in Moscow
  • 1941 1st performance of Benjamin Britten's "Requiem Symphony"
  • 1941 WPAT radio in NJ begins broadcasting (country music format)
  • 1947 "Beggar's Holiday" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 111 performances
  • 1951 "King & I" opens at St James Theater NYC for 1246 performances
  • 1960 Darius Milhaud's 9th Symphony, premieres
  • 1966 "It's a Bird... It's Superman" opens at Alvin NYC for 129 performances
  • 1969 14th Eurovision Song Contest: Salome for Spain ("Vivo cantando"), Lulu of United Kingdom ("Boom Bang-a-Bang"), Lenny Kuhr of Netherlands ("De troubadour"), and Frida Boccara of France ("Un jour, un enfant") all win in Madrid
  • 1970 "Look to the Lilies" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 25 performances
  • 1981 Peter Stone's musical "Woman of the Year" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 770 performances
  • 1986 Beatle records officially go on sale in Russia
  • 1988 "Oba Oba" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • 1992 "Conversations with My Father" opens at Royale NYC for 462 performances
  • 1996 10th Soul Train Music Awards: Patti Labelle, Boyz II Men

Music releaseMusic Single

2005 "We Belong Together" single is released by Mariah Carey (Grammy Awards for Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance 2006, Billboard Song of the Year 2005)

Singer Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey

Music releaseMusic Single

2007 Rihanna releases her hit single "Umbrella" featuring Jay-Z - stays 7 weeks at No.1 on US Billboard Hot 100

Singer Rihanna
Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer

Music releaseAlbum Release

2019 Singer-songwriter Billie Eilish releases her debut studio album "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?"

Singer-Songwriter Billie Eilish
Billie Eilish

Birthdays in Music

  • 1484 Johann Spangenberg, German theologist and composer, born in Hardegsen, Germany (d. 1550)
  • 1616 Johann Erasmus Kindermann, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1655)
  • 1725 Joseph Franz Xaver Dominik Stalder, Swiss composer, born in Lucerne, Switzerland (d. 1765)
  • 1751 Supply Belcher, American composer and singer (The Harmony of Maine), born in Stoughton, Massachusetts (d. 1836)
  • 1752 Edward Jones, Welsh harpist and composer, born in Llandderfel, Wales (d. 1824)
  • 1875 Paul Rubens, English musical comedy composer (Miss Hook of Holland), born in London (d. 1917)
  • 1886 Gustaf Adolf Tiburtius Bengtsson, Swedish composer, born in Vadstena, Sweden (d. 1965)
  • 1902 William Walton, English composer (Troilus & Cressida, Wise Virgins), born in Oldham, Lancashire (d. 1983)
  • 1906 E. Power Biggs, English organist and composer (CBS), born in Westcliff-on-Sea, England (d. 1977)
  • 1907 Braguinha [Carlos Alberto Ferreira Braga], Brazilian songwriter, born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 2006)
  • 1909 Aubrey "Moon" Mullican, American hillbilly pianist (7 Nights of Rock), born in Polk County, Texas (d. 1967)
  • 1915 George Chisholm, Scottish jazz trombonist, born in Glasgow (d. 1997)
  • 1918 Pearl Bailey, American actress and singer (Hello Dolly), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1990)
  • 1924 Jules de Corte, blind Dutch ballad singer and songwriter, born in Deurne, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • 1924 Andrew Frierson, pioneering African American opera singer, born in Columbia, Tennessee (d. 2018)
  • 1928 Vaclav Felix, composer, born in Prague (d. 2008)
  • 1930 Donny Conn, American musician (The Playmates), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • 1934 Ernstalbrecht Stiebler, German composer, born in Berlin
  • 1935 Ruby Murray, Irish pop singer (Softly Softly), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 1996)
  • 1936 Richard Rodney Bennett, English composer, born in Kent, England (d. 2012)
  • 1940 Raymond Davis, American rock vocalist (Funkadelic-Knee Deep), born in Sumter, South Carolina (d. 2005)
  • 1940 Astrud Gilberto, Brazilian samba singer (Girl From Ipanema), born in Salvador, Brazil
  • 1940 Eden Kane [Richard Graham Sarstedt], British singer, born in New Delhi, India
  • 1943 Vangelis [Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou], Greek composer and keyboardist (Chariots of Fire), born in Agria, Greece
  • 1943 Chad Allan [Allan Kowbel], Canadian musician (The Guess Who), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1944 Terrence "Terry" Jacks, Canadian singer-songwriter, record producer and environmentalist (Seasons in the Sun), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1945 John "Speedy" Keen, British musician, songwriter, producer (Thunderclap Newman - "Something in the Air"), born in Ealing, London (d. 2002)
  • 1946 Billy Thorpe, Australian musician (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs), born in Manchester (d. 2007)
  • 1949 Michael Brecker, American jazz saxophonist (Brecker Brothers), born in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1950 Mory Kanté, Guinean singer and kora harp player (Yé ké yé ké), born in Albadaria, Guinea (d. 2020)
  • 1959 Perry Farrell, American musician, (Jane's Addiction, Porno For Pyros), born in Queens, New York
  • 1967 John Popper, American musician (Blues Traveler), born in Chardon, Ohio
  • 1968 Sue Foley, Canadian singer and guitarist, born in Ottawa, Ontario

Person of interestLucy Lawless

1968 Lucy Lawless, New Zealand actress (Xena: Warrior Princess) and singer, born in Auckland, New Zealand

Actress & Singer Lucy Lawless
Actress & Singer
Lucy Lawless
  • 1971 Ryan Lambert, American performer (Kids Incorporated) lead singer (Elephone), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1978 Michael Kaczurak, American singer and actor
  • 1983 Luiza Sá, Brazilian musician

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1929 Actress and dancer Ginger Rogers (17) weds her dancing partner Jack Pepper (26)

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers

Deaths in Music

  • 1697 Nikolaus Bruhns, composer, dies
  • 1788 Charles Wesley, hymn writer, dies
  • 1802 Frederic Thieme, composer, dies at 51
  • 1803 Gottfried van Swieten, Dutch composer (b. 1733)
  • 1880 Jacob Axel Josephson, Swedish composer, dies at 62
  • 1888 Charles-Valentin Alkan, French pianist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1911 Felix Alexandre Guilmant, composer, dies at 74
  • 1917 Fran Gerbič, Slovenian composer, dies at 76
  • 1924 Charles Villiers Stanford, Irish composer/writer, dies at 71
  • 1933 Alexander Schmuller, Russian-Dutch violinist and conductor, dies at 52
  • 1937 Karol Szymanowski, Polish/Ukraine composer (Stabat Mater), dies at 54
  • 1959 Sara Wennerberg-Reuter, composer, dies at 84
  • 1964 Ted Collins, pianist (Kate Smith Evening Hour), dies at 63
  • 1980 Annunzio Mantovani, Italian orchestra leader (Mantovani), dies at 74
  • 1982 Carl Orff, German composer (Mouth, Antigonae), dies at 86
  • 1982 Ray Block, French orchestra leader (Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason), dies at 79
  • 1985 Jeanine Deckers, Belgian nun and singer-songwriter, The Singing Nun, commits suicide at 51
  • 1995 Jimmy McShane, Irish singer (Baltimora), dies of aids at 37
  • 1999 Joe Williams [Joseph Goreed], American jazz singer (Everyday I have the Blues), dies of natural causes at 80
  • 2001 John Lewis, American jazz pianist (b. 1920)
  • 2006 Werner Wolf Glaser, German-Swedish composer, dies at 95
  • 2009 Maurice Jarre, French composer (Doctor Zhivago-Acad Award 1966), dies at 84
  • 2009 Andy Hallett, American actor and singer (b.1975)
  • 2014 Billy Mundi [also Tony Schnasse, born Antonio Salas], American session musician and drummer (The Mothers of Invention, Rhinoceros), dies of complications from diabetes at 71
  • 2020 Joe Diffie, American country singer and guitarist (Home), dies of COVID-19 complications at 61