On This Day

On This Day in Music for October 29

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1787 Opera "Don Giovanni", music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte premieres at the National Theater of Bohemia in Prague

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • 1923 Gibbs/Grey/Wood's revue "Runnin' Wild" (introducing Charleston) opens on Broadway, New York City
  • 1924 "Dixie to Broadway" opens at Broadhurst Theater
  • 1936 Cole Porters musical "Red Hot And Blue", starring Ethel Merman, Jimmy Durante, and Bob Hope, opens at the Alvin Theatre, NYC; runs for 183 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1941 Cole Porter's musical "Let's Face It" opens at the Imperial Theatre, NYC; runs 547 performances

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter
  • 1963 "Meet the Beatles" booklet is published
  • 1967 Galt MacDermot, Gerome Ragni and James Rado's musical "Hair" premieres in NYC
  • 1977 "Act" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 233 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson release "Girl is Mine"

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1987 "Don't Get God Started" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 86 performances
  • 1993 "The Sign" single released in Europe by Ace of Base

Music concertMusic Concert

1994 Pink Floyd finishes their final concert tour at Earls Court in London

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
Rocker Syd Barrett
Syd Barrett
  • 1995 "Fool Moon" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • 1815 Dan Emmett, American composer, born in Mount Vernon, Ohio (d. 1904)
  • 1898 Emmanuel Bondeville, French composer, born in Rouen, France (d. 1987)
  • 1901 Daniele Amfiteatrov, Russian-Italian pianist, conductor and Hollywood film score composer, born in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1983)
  • 1903 Vivian Ellis, English composer, born in Hampstead, London (d. 1996)
  • 1913 Eddie Constantine, American singer and actor (Alphaville, License to Kill, Lucky Jo, It Lives Again), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1993)
  • 1922 Neal Hefti, American orchestra leader (Kate Smith Show) and composer (Li'l Darlin), born in Hastings, Nebraska (d. 2008)
  • 1923 Dietrich Manicke, German composer, born in Wurzen, Saxony, Germany
  • 1925 John Haley "Zoot" Sims, American jazz saxophonist, born in Inglewood, California (d. 1985)
  • 1926 Jon [Jonathan Stewart] Vickers, Canadian operatic tenor, born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan (d. 2015)
  • 1930 Natalie Sleeth, American composer, born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 1992)
  • 1930 Omara Portuondo, Cuban singer (Cuarteto d'Aida; Buena Vista Social Club), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1934 Pim Jacobs, Dutch jazz pianist, TV host and actor (Gilas), born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • 1934 Ramon Sender, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1934 Robert E Hughes, American orchestra leader (Rich Little Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1937 Michael Ponti, German pianist (Boston Competition 1964), born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
  • 1938 Peter Stampfel, American musician and songwriter (The Holy Modal Rounders), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1940 Frida Boccara, French singer, born in Casablanca, French Morocco (d. 1996)
  • 1944 Denny Laine [Brian Hines], British rock guitarist (The Moody Blues; Wings), born in Tyseley, Birmingham, England
  • 1944 Robbie van Leeuwen, Dutch guitarist (Shocking Blue), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1945 Melba Moore [Beatrice], American singer and actress (Ellis Island), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Peter Green [Greenbaum], English guitarist (Fleetwood Mac - "Albatross"), born in Bethnal Green, London (d. 2020) [1] [2]
  • 1948 Ricky Reynolds, American musician (Black Oak Arkansas)
  • 1949 James Williamson, American guitarist (The Stooges), born in Castroville, Texas
  • 1949 David Paton, Scottish rock session and touring bass player and singer (Pilot; Alan Parsons Project), born in Edinburgh
  • 1951 Guy Gelso, rock drummer (Zebra)
  • 1951 Rick Bordia, rock guitarist (Mink Deville)
  • 1952 Arnell Carmichael, rock keyboardist (Raydio)
  • 1954 Anita Meijer, Dutch singer (Just a Disillusion)
  • 1955 Kevin DuBrow, American heavy metal singer (Quiet Riot) (d. 2007)
  • 1955 Roger O'Donnell, British rock keyboardist (The Cure - "Friday I'm In Love"), born in East London, England
  • 1961 Randy Jackson, rocker (Jackson 5-ABC), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1962 Einar Örn [Benediktsson], Icelandic rock singer (The Sugarcubes; Ghostdigital), born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • 1965 Steven Sweet, American heavy metal artist (Warrant-Cherry Pie), born in Wadsworth, Ohio
  • 1965 Peter Timmons, Canadian alt-rock-folk drummer (Cowboy Junkies), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1968 Tsunku [Mitsuo Terada], Japanese music producer and former singer (SHARAM Q), born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1968 Stanley Donwood [Dan Rickwood], British writer and album art designer (Radiohead; Thom Yorke). born in Essex, England
  • 1970 Toby Smith [Grafftey-Smith], British keyboardist and songwriter (Jamiroquai - "Virtual Insanity"), born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1982 Ariel Lin, Taiwanese actress and singer
  • 1984 Chris Baio, American rock bassist (Vampire Weekend), born in Bronxville, New York
  • 1987 Makoto Ogawa, Japanese singer

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1951 Singer and actor Frank Sinatra and 1st wife Nancy (Barbato) divorce due to infidelity after 12 years of marriage

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2010 Country singer Randy Travis (51) divorces manager Lib Hatcher due to state of incompatibility exists between the two parties after 19 long years of marriage. One of country music's longest-lasting couples

Country Music Singer Randy Travis
Country Music Singer
Randy Travis

Deaths in Music

  • 1677 Charles Coypeau Dassoucy, French poet and singer, dies at 72
  • 1802 Jacques-Philippe Lamoninary, composer, dies at 95
  • 1829 Maria Anna Mozart, Austrian pianist and Wolfgang's sister, dies at 78
  • 1853 Pierre-Joseph-Guillaume Zimmermann, composer, dies at 68
  • 1853 William Richard Bexfield, English composer, dies at 29
  • 1876 Jacques Gregoir, composer, dies at 59
  • 1882 Martin Gustav Nottebohm, composer, dies at 64
  • 1883 Friedrich Robert Volkmann, composer, dies at 68
  • 1920 Johann Ernst Perabo, composer, dies at 74
  • 1922 Georg August Lumbye, Danish composer and conductor (Tivoli Concert Hall Orchestra), dies at 79
  • 1931 Luciano Gallet, Brazilian composer, dies at 38
  • 1934 Gustavo Campa, Mexican composer, dies at 71
  • 1947 Theodore Samuel Holland, composer, dies at 69
  • 1953 William Kapell, American pianist and recording artist, dies in a plane crash at 31
  • 1962 Siegfried Salomon, Danish composer, dies at 77
  • 1963 Michael Holliday [Norman Milne], British pop singer ("The Story of My Life"), dies of a suspected drug overdose at 38
  • 1968 Marius Ulfrstad, Norwegian composer, dies at 78
  • 1969 George "Pops" Foster, American jazz upright bass player, tuba player, and trumpeter, dies at 77
  • 1971 Duane Allman, rock guitarist (The Allman Brothers Band), dies in a motorcycle accident at 24
  • 1973 Heathcote Dicken Statham, English composer, dies at 83
  • 1975 John Scott Trotter, American orchestra leader (George Gobel Show), dies at 67
  • 1979 Ramon "Tiki" Fulwood, American funk drummer (Parliament-Funkadelic; Miles Davis), dies of stomach cancer at 35
  • 1983 Sten Broman, Swedish composer, dies at 81
  • 1986 Osamu Shimizu, Japanese composer, dies at 74
  • 1986 Abel Meeropol, American songwriter ("Strange Fruit"; "The House I Live In'), and librettist ("The Good Soldier Schweick"), dies at 83
  • 1987 Woody Herman, American jazz clarinetist and composer (Thundering Herds), dies at 74
  • 1994 Evelyn Anderson, dancer, dies at 87
  • 1994 Pearl Primus, Trinidad-born American dancer (poplularized African dance), dies at 74
  • 1998 Paul Misraki [Misrachi], French jazz pianist, songwriter, and film score composer (Jean Renoir), dies at 90
  • 2003 Franco Corelli, Italian tenor, dies after suffering a stroke at 82

Person of interestVaughn Meader

2004 Vaughn Meader, American comedian and musician, dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 68 (b. 1936)

Comedian and Musician Vaughn Meader
Comedian and Musician
Vaughn Meader
  • 2008 Mike Baker, American singer Shadow Gallery (b. 1963)
  • 2013 Rudolf Kehrer, Soviet classical pianist of German heritage, dies at 90
  • 2016 Roland Dyens, French classical guitarist, composer, and arranger (Libra Sonatine), dies at 61
  • 2017 Muhal Richard Abrams, American educator and composer, dies at 87