On This Day

On This Day in Music for May 29

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1901 Ignacy Jan Paderewski's opera "Manru" has its world premiere in Dresden

Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister
Ignacy Jan Paderewski

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1913 Igor Stravinsky's ballet score "Le Sacre du Printemps" (The Rite of Spring) premieres in Paris, provoking a riot

Composer Igor Stravinsky
Igor Stravinsky

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1942 Bing Crosby records "White Christmas", world's best-selling single (estimated 100 million copies sold)

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby

Film release premierFilm Premier

1942 "Yankee Doodle Dandy", based on life of George M. Cohan, directed by Michael Curtiz, starring James Cagney and Joan Lesley, premieres in NYC (Academy Awards Best Actor 1943)

Actor James Cagney
James Cagney
Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer George M. Cohan
Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer
George M. Cohan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1956 Arnold Schoenberg's "Modern Psalm" premieres

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg

Music release#1 in the Charts

1960 Everly Brothers "Cathy's Clown" hits #1

Singer Phil Everly
Phil Everly

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

1962 Barbra Streisand appears on "Garry Moore Show"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1962 4th Grammy Awards: Moon River, Peter Nero wins
  • 1971 Court Room by Clarence Carter hits #61

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 "One Piece At A Time" by Johnny Cash hits #29

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • 1980 "Billy Bishop Goes to War" opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 1982 "I Know What Boys Like" by The Waitresses hits #62

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 Michael Jackson attempts to buy Elephant Man's remains

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 1991 "Les Miserables" opens at Aotea Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1994 "Joseph & the Amazing Dreamcoat" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 223 performances
  • 1994 "Picnic" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • 1999 44th Eurovision Song Contest: Charlotte Nilsson for Sweden wins singing "Take Me to Your Heaven" in Jerusalem
  • 2010 55th Eurovision Song Contest: Lena for Germany wins singing "Satellite" in Oslo

Birthdays in Music

  • 1730 William Jackson [Jackson of Exeter], English composer and organist, born in Exeter, England (d. 1803)
  • 1731 Orazio Mei, Italian composer, born in Pisa (d. 1788)
  • 1741 Johann Gottfried Krebs, German composer, born in Zwickau, Germany (d. 1814)
  • 1791 Pietro Romani, Italian conductor and composer, born in Rome (d. 1877)
  • 1837 Luca Fumagalli, Italian composer, born in Inzago, Italy (d. 1908)
  • 1843 Émile Pessard, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1917)
  • 1852 Heinrich Kàan-Albest, Bohemian pianist and composer, born in Ternopil, Austrian Empire (d. 1926)
  • 1860 Isaac Albéniz, Spanish pianist and composer (Suite española, Tango in D), born in Camprodon, Spain (d. 1909)
  • 1876 Jan Ingenhoven, Dutch composer and conductor, born in Breda (d. 1951)
  • 1881 Frederik Septimus Kelly, Australian-British composer and rower (Summer Olympic gold 1908), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1916)
  • 1883 William Beatton Moonie, Scottish composer (The Weird of Colbar; Echoes of Perthshire), born in Stobo, Pebbleshire (d. 1961)
  • 1890 Francis de Bourguignon, Belgian composer, born in Brussels (d. 1961)
  • 1897 Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Austrian-American composer (Violanta, The Adventures of Robin Hood), born in Brünn, Austria-Hungary (d. 1957)
  • 1897 Ignace Lilien, Dutch-Austrian composer, born in Lemberg (now in Lviv, Ukraine) (d. 1964)
  • 1905 Fela Sowande, Nigerian musician and composer, born in Abeokuta, Nigeria (d. 1987)
  • 1915 Igor Buketoff, American conductor (Iceland Symphony Orchestra 1964-65), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2001)
  • 1915 Karl Münchinger, German conductor (Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, 1945-87), born in Stuttgart, Germany (d. 1990)
  • 1916 Carl Story, American bluegrass musician (Rambling Mountaineers), born in Lenoir, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • 1922 Iannis Xenakis, Romanian-born, Greek-French composer, music theorist, and architect who helped revolutionize 20th century classical music (Metastaseis), born in Brăila, Romania (d. 2001)
  • 1923 "The Senator" Eugene Wright, American jazz bassist (The Dave Brubeck Quartet), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1929 Robert Beaser, American composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1933 Helmuth Rilling, German conductor (founder of the Gächinger Kantorei), born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1937 Irmin Schmidt, German keyboardist and rocker (Can), born in Berlin
  • 1937 Peter Kolman, Austrian composer, born in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 1941 Roy Crewdson, English rocker (Freddie & The Dreamers), born in Manchester
  • 1945 Gary Brooker, English rock keyboardist and singer (Procol Harum), born in Hackney, London
  • 1948 Linda Esther Gray, Scottish operatic soprano (Isolde), born in Greenock
  • 1948 Michael Berkeley, English composer, broadcaster and House of Lords member (Jayne Eyre opera), born in London, England
  • 1949 Francis Rossi, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Status Quo), born in London, England
  • 1950 Rebbie [Maureen] Jackson, singer (R U Tuff Enuff), born in Gary, Indiana

Person of interestDanny Elfman

1953 Danny Elfman, American composer (The Simspons Theme), born in Los Angeles, California

Composer Danny Elfman
Danny Elfman
  • 1953 Rick Henderson, singer (Mason Dixon-Karen Comes Around), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1955 Jerry Dengler, Colo Springs, singer (Mason Dixon-Karen Comes Around)
  • 1955 Michael "Mike" Porcaro, American rock bassist affiliated with Toto (Stranger In Town), born in South Windsor, Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • 1956 LaToya Jackson, American singer and model (If You Feel the Funk), posed for Playboy, born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1956 Larry Blackmon, rocker (Cameo-Alligator Woman)
  • 1959 Mel Gaynor, rock drummer (Simple Minds-Water Front), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1961 David Palmer, American musician and founding member of ABC (The Lexicon Of Love), born in Chesterfield, England
  • 1961 Melissa Etheridge, American singer/songwriter/guitarist (Never Enough)
  • 1963 Blaze Bayley [Bayley Cooke], English singer (Wolfsbane, Iron Maiden), born in Birmingham

Person of interestNoel Gallagher

1967 Noel Gallagher, English pop musician (Oasis), born in Manchester, England

Musician Noel Gallagher
Noel Gallagher
  • 1969 Chan Kinchla, Canadian musician (Blues Traveler)
  • 1971 Martin Lohse, Danish classical composer (In Liquid; Tree Haiku), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1972 Stanislas [Louis Stanislas Renoult], French composer and pop singer (L'Équilibre instable), born in Fontainebleau, France
  • 1973 Mark Lee, American musician (guitarist for Third Day)

Person of interestMelanie Brown

1975 Melanie Brown [Mel B], English singer "Scary Spice" (Spice Girls), born in Leeds, England

  • 1976 David Buckner, American musician (Papa Roach)
  • 1978 Pelle Almqvist, Swedish musician (The Hives)
  • 1982 Joanne Borgella, American plus-sized model and singer
  • 1983 Rama Claproth, Indonesian blues guitarist
  • 1986 Valy Hedjasi, Afghan singer
  • 1990 Dave Morton, American guitarist

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1992 Actor Robert Downey Jr (27) weds actress and singer Deborah Falconer (26)

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1952 Country music legend Hank Williams and Audrey Sheppard granted divorce for the second and final time after seven years of marriage. Their first divorce was in 1948.

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2010 Five-time Grammy Award singer Shania Twain (42) divorces music producer Robert John Lange (59) after 14 years of marriage

Singer Shania Twain
Shania Twain

Deaths in Music

  • 1680 Abraham Megerle, Austrian organist, composer, and Kapellmeister, dies at 73
  • 1750 Giuseppe Porsile, Neapolitan composer, dies at 70
  • 1833 William Marshall, Scottish fiddle composer (strathspeys The Marchioness of Huntly), dies at 84
  • 1862 Franciszek Wincenty Mirecki, Polish composer, conductor and pedagogue, dies at 71
  • 1899 Frantz Jehin-Prume, Canadian violinist and composer, dies at 60
  • 1905 Leon Francis Victor Caron, composer, dies at 55
  • 1910 Mily Balakirev, Russian pianist and composer (Islamej, Tamara), dies at 73
  • 1935 Josef Suk, Czech violinist/composer, dies at 61
  • 1943 Hermann Hans Wetzler, German-American composer, dies at 72
  • 1951 Dimitrios Levidis, Greek composer, dies at 66
  • 1951 Josef Bohuslav Foerster, Czech organist and composer, dies at 91
  • 1951 Robert Kahn, German composer, dies at 85
  • 1956 Hermann Abendroth, German conductor (Gewandhausorkest), dies at 73
  • 1957 George Bacovia [Vasiliu], Romanian poet and composer (Plumb), dies at 75
  • 1961 Uuno Klami, Finnish composer (Psalmus; Kalevala Suite), dies of a heart attack while sailing at 60
  • 1967 Geronimo Baqueiro Foster, composer, dies at 69
  • 1971 Max Trapp, German composer, dies at 83
  • 1972 Margaret Ruthven Lang, American composer (Irish Love Song), dies at 104
  • 1973 P. Ramlee, Malaysian film actor, director, singer and songwriter. (b. 1929)
  • 1973 Voltaire "Volly" De Faut; American jazz reed player (New Orleans Rhythm Kings; Jean Goldkette), dies at 69
  • 1977 Goddard Lieberson, English composer and President of Columbia Records, dies at 66
  • 1987 Phyllis Tate, English composer, dies at 76
  • 1989 John Cipollina, American musician (Quicksilver Messenger Service), dies from a longterm illness at 45
  • 1992 Peter John "Ollie" Halsall, guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 43
  • 1994 Oliver "Bops Junior" Jackson, American jazz drummer, dies at 61
  • 1996 James George "Jimmy" Rowles, jazz pianist, dies at 77
  • 1996 Tamara Toumanova, dancer, dies at 77
  • 1997 Jeff Buckley, American musician and singer ("Hallelujah"), drowns at 30
  • 2005 George Rochberg, American composer (Concord Quartet), dies at 86
  • 2005 Oscar Brown, American singer and songwriter (Brown Baby, Forbidden Fruit), dies at 78
  • 2012 Doc Watson, American bluegrass musician, dies from complications following surgery at 89
  • 2012 Mark Minkov, Russian/Soviet theater and film score composer, dies at 67
  • 2013 Marvin Junior, American singer (the Dells - Oh What a Nite), dies at 77
  • 2014 Stefans Grové, South African composer (Nonyana, The Ceremonial Dancer; Cyclops; Glimpses), dies at 91
  • 2015 Peter Cropper, British violinist (Lindsay Quartet, 1965-2005), dies of a heart attack at 59