On This Day

On This Day in Music for November 29

Events in Music

  • 1825 1st Italian opera in US, "Barber of Seville" premieres (NYC)
  • 1921 Z Parenteau & Schuyler Green's musical "Kiki" premieres in NYC

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1932 Cole Porter's musical "Gay Divorcee" opens at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, NYC, later transferred to the Schubert Theater; runs for 248 performances

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter
  • 1948 1st opera to be televised, "Othello", broadcast from the Met (NYC)
  • 1956 "Bells Are Ringing" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 925 performances
  • 1959 2nd Grammy Awards: Mack The Knife, Bobby Darin wins
  • 1963 "I Want to Hold Your Hand" single released by the Beatles in the United Kingdom
  • 1965 "Anya" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 16 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1968 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release their 1st album "Two Virgins" in UK

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1969 The Beatles' "Come Together/Something" reaches #1
  • 1970 Charles Ives' "Yale-Princeton" premieres
  • 1981 "My Fair Lady" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 119 performances
  • 1987 "Dreamgirls" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 177 performances
  • 1990 "Shogun - The Musical" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • 1992 "Sea Gull" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • 1992 "Solitary Confinement" closes at Nederlander NYC after 25 performances
  • 1993 "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 40 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1994 "My Life" 2nd studio album by Mary J. Blige is released (Billboard Music Award Top R&B Album 1995)

Singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige
Rapper Puff Daddy
Puff Daddy
  • 1995 "Garden District" closes at Circle in the Sq Theater NYC

Music releaseMusic Single

2010 "Rolling in the Deep" single is released by Adele (Billboard Song of the Year 2011, Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Song of the Year 2012)

Singer-songwriter Adele
  • 2019 K-pop stars Jung Joon-young and Choi Jong-hoon sentenced to prison for gang-raping unconscious fans and distributing footage of it (Jung)

Birthdays in Music

  • 1761 Fridolin Weber, German composer
  • 1770 Peter Hänsel, German-Austrian violinist and composer, born in Leppe, Silesia Province (d. 1831)
  • 1797 Domenico Gaetano Donizetti, Italian opera composer (L'elisir d'amore; Lucia di Lammermoor), born in Bergamo, Cisalpine Republic (d. 1848)
  • 1816 Carl Binder, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1860)
  • 1852 Paul Joseph Guillaume Hillemacher, composer
  • 1860 Hans Haym, German conductor, born in Halle (d. 1921)
  • 1862 Friedrich Klose, German-Swiss composer (König Elf), born in Karlsruhe, Germany (d. 1942)
  • 1863 Spyridon Filiskos Samaras, composer
  • 1866 Waldemar von Baussnern, composer
  • 1872 Anna Bahr-von Mildenburg, Austrian soprano/director
  • 1879 Jacob Gade, Danish violinist and composer (Jalousie ; Cinema Music), born in Vejle, Denmark (d. 1963)
  • 1891 Richard Frank Donovan, composer
  • 1894 Lucille Hegamin, American singer and entertainer (d. 1970)
  • 1895 Lodovico Rocca, composer
  • 1899 Gustave Reese, composer
  • 1899 Arvid Kleven, Norwegian flautist and composer, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 1929)
  • 1904 Piet Ketting, pianist/conductor/composer (Glorify Kokila)
  • 1910 Louis Levy Jr, music publisher
  • 1912 Viola Smith, American drummer and bandleader (one of the first professional female drummers), born in Mount Calvary, Wisconsin (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1914 Coleridge Goode, Jamaican-British jazz double bassist (Joe Harriot Quintet), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2015)
  • 1915 Billy [William Thomas] Strayhorn, American pianist and composer (Take The 'A' Train), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1967)
  • 1916 Valentino Bucchi, composer
  • 1917 Merle Travis, American country singer, guitarist and songwriter (16 Tons), born in Rosewood, Kentucky (d. 1983)
  • 1919 Pearl Primus, Trinidad-born American dancer (popularized African dance), born in Port of Spain (d. 1994)
  • 1931 Shintaro Katsu, Japanese actor, singer, producer, and director (Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman), born in Fukagawa, Tokyo (d. 1997)
  • 1932 Antoine Tisne, composer
  • 1932 John Gary [Strader], American singer (Cold), born in Watertown, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1933 John Mayall, British blues musician (John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers), born in Macclesfield, England
  • 1933 John Lamb, American jazz double bassist (Duke Ellington Orchestra), born in Vero Beach, Florida
  • 1936 Davide Anzagai, composer
  • 1939 Meco [Domenico Monardo], American musician and record producer (Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk), born in Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1940 Charles "Chuck" Mangione, American jazz flugel horn and trumpet player (Feels So Good), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1941 Denny Doherty, Canadian musician, singer, songwriter (The Mamas & The Papas), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia (d. 2007)
  • 1942 Felix Cavaliere, American rock singer, songwriter, and keyboardist (Rascals - "Lonely Too Long", "People Got to Be Free"), born in Pelham. New York
  • 1942 Philippe Huttenlocher, Swiss baritone opera singer, born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • 1947 Ronnie Montrose, American rock guitarist (Montrose, Gamma), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2012)
  • 1947 Clare H. Torry, British session singer (Pink Floyd - "The Great Gig in the Sky"), born in Marylebone, London
  • 1949 Stan Rogers, Canadian folk musician and songwriter, born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 1983)
  • 1951 Barry Goudreau, American rock guitarist (Boston - "More Than A Feeling"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1951 Roger Troutman, American funk musician (Zapp), born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 1999)
  • 1956 Hinton Battle, American Tony Award-winning singer, dancer, and actor (The Wiz), born in Neubrücke, Hoppstädten, West Germany
  • 1957 Jennifer Batten, American session and touring rock and jazz guitarist (Michael Jackson; Jeff Beck), born in New York City
  • 1961 Masayoshi Yamashita, Japanese heavy metal bass guitarist (Loudness), born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1962 Andy LaRocque [Anders Allhage], Swedish musician and songwriter (King Diamond), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1965 Yutaka Ozaki, Japanese pop musician, born in Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan (d. 1992)
  • 1968 Jonathan Knight, American pop singer (New Kids on the Block), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Keith Carlock, American session and touring jazz and rock drummer (Steely Dan; Toto; Chris Botti), born in Clinton, Mississippi
  • 1979 Jayceon "The Game" Taylor, American rapper, born in Compton, California
  • 1981 Nicholas Teo, Malaysian singer and actor, born in Sarawak, Malaysia
  • 1984 Sitti [Navarro], Philippine bossa nova and pop singer, born in Manila, Philippines

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

2003 Composer and former Oingo Boingo singer Danny Elfman (50) weds actress Bridget Fonda (39) at First Congressional Church in Los Angeles

Composer Danny Elfman
Danny Elfman

Deaths in Music

  • 1643 Claudio Monteverdi, Italian composer and pioneer in development of opera (L'Orfeo,espro della Beata Vergine), dies at 76
  • 1775 Lorenzo Somis, Italian composer and violinist, dies at 87
  • 1843 Marco Santucci, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • 1872 Giovanni Tadolini, composer, dies at 83
  • 1921 Ivan Caryll, composer (Pink Lady), dies at 60

Person of interestGiacomo Puccini

1924 Giacomo Puccini, Italian opera composer (La bohème; Tosca; Madame Butterfly), dies in Brussels at 65

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Giacomo Puccini
  • 1925 Karl Flodin, Finnish composer, dies at 67
  • 1954 George Robey, English musical theatre actor and comedian, dies at 85
  • 1954 Dink Johnson, American musician, dies at 62
  • 1957 Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Austrian-American composer (Violanta, The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 60
  • 1959 Fritz Brun, Swiss composer and conductor, dies at 81
  • 1970 Robert Ruthenfranz, German composer, dies at 65
  • 1970 Karl Ottó Runólfsson, Icelandic composer, dies at 70
  • 1971 Heinz Tiessen, German composer, dies at 84
  • 1972 Carl W. Stalling, American film composer (Disney's Silly Symphonies; Warner Brothers Cartoons), dies at 81
  • 1978 Alan Richardson, composer, dies at 74
  • 1981 Natalie Wood [Natasha Gurdin], American actress (Gypsy, Rebel Without a Cause, West Side Story), drowns at 43
  • 1989 Ann Burton [Anna Rafalowicz], singer, dies at 56
  • 1992 Cary Scott Lowenstein, dancer/singer, dies of AIDS at 30
  • 1994 Sviatoslav S Stravinsky, French/American composer/son of Igor S, dies at 84
  • 2001 Mic Christopher, Irish singer and songwriter (b. 1969)

Person of interestGeorge Harrison

2001 George Harrison, British guitarist, singer, songwriter, and sitar player (Beatles -"While My Guitar Gently Weeps"; "Here Comes The Sun"; solo - "If Not For You"; Traveling Wilburys - "Handle With Care"), dies of lung cancer at 58

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 2005 (Daniel) Tony Meehan, British rock drummer (Vipers; Drifters: Shadows), dies from head injury during a fall at his home, at 62
  • 2006 Nina Milkina, Russian British pianist, dies at 87
  • 2007 Tom Terrell, American musicologist, NPR reviewer and deejay, dies at 57
  • 2008 Jørn Utzon, Danish architect (Sydney Opera House), dies at 90
  • 2015 George Hadjinikos, Greek pianist and conductor, dies at 92
  • 2019 Irving Burgie (Lord Burgess), American Caribbean music composer and musician (Day-O), dies at 95
  • 2019 Ruth Anderson, American flutist, classical and electronic music composer (I Come Out of Your Sleep), dies at 91 [1] [2]