On This Day

On This Day in Music for September 29

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1863 Opera "The Pearl Fishers" (Les Pêcheurs de Perles) by Bizet is first produced at the Théâtre Lyrique in Paris

Composer Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet
  • 1915 Dutch Opera's 1st performance
  • 1915 Herbert/Blossoms musical "Princess Pat" premieres in NYC
  • 1947 Dizzy Gillespie presented his 1st Carnegie Hall concert in NY

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1956 "I Love Mickey" by Mickey Mantle & Teresa Brewer peaks at #87

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

Music releaseMusic Single

1957 Buddy Holly & Crickets released 2nd single "Oh Boy!"/"Not Fade Away"

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly
  • 1958 "Summertime Blues" by Eddie Cochran peaks at #8 in US; #18 in UK
  • 1960 "Tell Laura I Love Her" by Ricky Valance peaks at #1 in UK
  • 1960 "lrma La Douce" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 527 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

1961 Bob Dylan's 1st recording session-backup harmonica for Caroline Hester

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
  • 1962 "Alley Cat" by Bent Fabric & His Piano peaks at #7
  • 1962 "Green Onions" by Booker T & MG's peaks at #3
  • 1962 "My Fair Lady" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 2,715 performances
  • 1962 "You Can't Judge A Book By Cover" by Bo Diddley peaks at #48

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 Rolling Stones 1st tour (opening act for Bo Diddley & Everly Bros)

Singer Phil Everly
Phil Everly
  • 1967 Mickey Hart joins the Grateful Dead & plays the Straightater

  • 1973 "Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne" by Looking Glass peaks at #33
  • 1973 "We're An American Band" by Grand Funk peaks at #1
  • 1975 Soul singer Jackie Wilson suffers a heart attack while singing on stage at the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, New Jersey; he survives, but never fully recovers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 Boy George expelled from school

Singer-Songwriter Boy George
Boy George

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 Jerry Lee Lewis, attempting to shoot soda bottles hits his bass player Norman Owens twice in the chest

Country Singer Jerry Lee Lewis
Country Singer
Jerry Lee Lewis
  • 1977 "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" by Meco hits #1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 James Brown's band walks out claiming they were underpaid & overworked

Singer James Brown
James Brown
  • 1977 Peter Schats circus opera "Houdini" premieres in Amsterdam
  • 1979 "Ain't That A Shame" by Cheap Trick peaks at #35
  • 1979 "Bad Case Of Loving You" by Robert Palmer peaks at #14
  • 1979 "Boom Boom (Out Go Lights)" by Pat Travers peaks at #56
  • 1979 "Born To Be Alive" by Patrick Hernandez peaks at #16
  • 1979 "Cruel To Be Kind" by Nick Lowe peaks at #12

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 "Different Worlds" by Maureen McGovern peaks at #18

  • 1979 "Driver's Seat" by Sniff 'n' the Tears peaks at #15
  • 1979 "Girls Talk" by Dave Edmunds peaks at #65
  • 1979 "Lonesome Loser" by Little River Band peaks at #6
  • 1979 "Message In A Bottle" by Police peaks at #1 in UK
  • 1979 "What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin'" by Stephanie Mills peaks at #22
  • 1983 "A Chorus Line" with 3,389 performance becomes the longest-running Broadway show

  • 1984 "(What) In Name Of Love" by Naked Eyes peaks at #39
  • 1984 "Cruel Summer" by Bananarama peaks at #9
  • 1984 "Drive" by Cars peaks at #3
  • 1984 "Layin' It On Line" by Jefferson Starship peaks at #66
  • 1984 "Let's Go Crazy" by Prince & Revolution peaks at #1
  • 1984 "Pretty Mess" by Vanity peaks at #75
  • 1984 "Torture" by Jacksons peaks at #17
  • 1984 "When You Close Your Eyes" by Night Ranger peaks at #14

Music release#1 in the Charts

1987 "Didn't We Almost Have It All," by Whitney Houston hits #1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Glenn Frey joins Don Henley on-stage (for 1st time since 1981)

Rock Vocalist Glenn Frey
Rock Vocalist
Glenn Frey
  • 1990 "Love & Affection" by Nelson peaks at #1 on pop singles chart
  • 1990 "Street Scene" closes at NY State Theater NYC after 6 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1993 27th Country Music Association Award: Vince Gill wins

Country Singer Vince Gill
Country Singer
Vince Gill
  • 1996 "Delicate Balance" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Alanis Morissette ends her 1st US tour (Houston Texas)

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette

Music releaseAlbum Release

1997 Robbie Williams releases his first solo album "Life thru a Lens" features single "Angels"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Rapper Kanye West announces on Twitter he is changing his name to Ye

Rapper Kanye West
Kanye West

Birthdays in Music

  • 1654 Vincenz Lubeck, German composer, born in Padingbüttel (d. 1740)
  • 1674 Jacques Hotteterre, French composer and flautist, born in Paris (d. 1762)
  • 1727 Henry Harington, composer
  • 1746 Ernst Ludwig Gerber, German organist, composer and musicologist, born in Sondershausen, Germany (d. 1819)
  • 1753 Johann Gottfried Schict, composer
  • 1794 William Michael Rooke, composer
  • 1849 Ladislao Joseph Philip Paul Zavrtal, composer
  • 1854 Martin Pluddemann, composer
  • 1855 Michele Esposito, Italian composer who worked in Ireland, born in Castellamare di Stabia (d. 1929)
  • 1858 Leopoldo Mugnone, composer
  • 1879 Joaquin Nin y Castellanos, composer
  • 1884 Boris Asafiev, composer
  • 1891 Fabien Sevitzky [Koussevitzky], Russian-American conductor (Indianapolis Symphony), born in Vishny Volotchok, Russia (d. 1967)
  • 1894 Franco Capuana, composer
  • 1896 Štefan Németh-Šamorínsky, Slovak organist, choirmaster, composer and pedagogue (Birch Trees), born in Šamorín, Slovakia, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1975)
  • 1903 Karl August Andersen, composer
  • 1907 Gene Autry, American cowboy singer, songwriter, actor, musician, ("Back In The Saddle Again"; "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer") and business tycoon (owner MLB Angels team, 1961-97), born near Tioga, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1916 Minao Shibata, Japanese composer and musicologist, born in Tokyo (d. 1996)
  • 1918 Harold Laurence Walters, composer
  • 1920 Vaclav Neummann, conductor
  • 1930 Richard Bonynge, Australian conductor (Aust Orch Sydney-1976), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1930 Billy Strange [William], singer-songwriter (A Little Less Conversation), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2012)
  • 1932 Jeremy Isaacs, general director (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden)
  • 1932 Mehmood [Ali], Indian actor, singer, director and producer (Do Phoo!, Vardaan), born in Bombay, British India (d. 2004)

Person of interestJerry Lee Lewis

1935 Jerry Lee Lewis, American rock and roll piano player and singer ("Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On"; "Great Balls Of Fire"), born in Ferriday, Louisiana

Country Singer Jerry Lee Lewis
Country Singer
Jerry Lee Lewis
  • 1939 Tommy Boyce, American songwriter (Boyce & Hart, Monkees), born in Charlottesville, Virginia (d. 1994)
  • 1940 Nicola Di Bari, Italian singer
  • 1941 Don Nix, US saxophonist (Last Night)
  • 1942 Jean-Luc Ponty, French jazz-fusion electric violinist (Frank Zappa; Mahavishnu Orchestra; Cosmic Messenger; Tchokola), born in Avranches, France
  • 1942 Madeline Kahn, American stage and screen actress (What's Up, Doc?; Young Frankenstein; Paper Moon; Blazing Saddles), and singer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1999)
  • 1943 Manuel Fernandez, rocker
  • 1944 Mike Post [Leland Michael Postil], American Grammy and Emmy award-winning television composer (Rockford Files; Hill Street Blues; Magnum P.I.), born in Berkley, California
  • 1945 Kyriacos Sfetsas, composer
  • 1945 Tatiana Tauer, harpist
  • 1946 Nick Taylor, singer/guitarist (Bloodrock)
  • 1946 Ian Wallace, English drummer (King Crimson), born in Bury, Lancashire (d. 2007)
  • 1948 Mark Farner, American musician, songwriter and vocalist (Grand Funk Railroad), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1948 Mike Pinera, American rock guitarist and singer (Blues Image - "Ride Captain Ride"; Iron Butterfly), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1948 Theo Jörgensmann, German jazz clarinetist
  • 1949 George Dalaras, Greek singer
  • 1956 Suzzy Roche, American singer (The Roches), writer and actress, born in Park Ridge, New Jersey
  • 1957 Mari Wilson, British singer
  • 1957 Sokratis Malamas, Greek singer and composer
  • 1962 Al Pitrelli, American musician, guitarist
  • 1963 Les Claypool, US funk metal singer-songwriter and bassist (Primus; The Claypool Lennon Delirium), born in Richmond, California
  • 1965 Iain Baker, English pop musician (Jesus Jones), born in Charshalton, England
  • 1965 Fora van Leijenhorst, Curacaos/Neth dancer (Josephine)
  • 1968 Alexander Skolnick, American heavy metal and jazz guitarist (Testament; Trans-Siberia Orchestra), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1968 Luke Goss, rocker (Bros-I Owe You Nothing)
  • 1968 Matt Goss, rocker (Bros-I Owe You Nothing)
  • 1969 Aleks Syntek, Mexican singer
  • 1971 Sibel Tüzün, Turkish singer
  • 1973 Scout Niblett, British singer/songwriter
  • 1977 Debelah Morgan, American R&B singer
  • 1978 Gunner McGrath, American guitarist (Much the Same)
  • 1978 Kurt Nilsen, Norwegian singer
  • 1980 Dallas Green, Canadian musician (Alexisonfire, City and Colour)
  • 1980 Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, Icelandic composer (Aequora; Kom vinur), born in Iceland
  • 1982 Rob Smith, Irish musician and songwriter
  • 1988 Justin Nozuka, singer/songwriter
  • 1989 Adore Delano [Daniel Noriega], American drag queen, singer-songwriter, actor and TV performer (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in Azusa, California
  • 1994 Halsey [Ashley Frangipane], American singer-songwriter (Without Me), born in Edison, New Jersey
  • 2002 Chloe Moriondo, American indie rock singer-songwriter, born in Detroitm Michigan

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1930 Singer and actor Bing Crosby (27) marries actress Dixie Lee (18)

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby

LoveWedding of Interest

2001 Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez (32) weds dancer/choreographer Cris Judd (32) in Calabasas, California

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez

LoveWedding of Interest

2012 "Fall Out Boy" lead singer Patrick Stump (28) weds longtime girlfriend Elisa Yao in Chicago

Musician Patrick Stump
Patrick Stump
  • 2012 "Kings of Leon" bassist Jared Followill (25) weds model Martha Patterson (21) in Charlotte, Tennessee

LoveWedding of Interest

2012 Actress Holly Valance (29) weds property developer Nick Candy (39) in Beverly Hills, California

Actress & Singer Holly Valance
Actress & Singer
Holly Valance
  • 2013 Actor and musician Jackson Rathbone (28) weds burlesque dancer Sheila Hafsadi in Malibu, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1902 Iosif Ivanovici, composer, dies
  • 1915 Luther Orlando Emerson, American composer, dies at 95
  • 1915 Rudi Stephan, German composer (Die ersten Menschen), dies fighting in World War I at 28
  • 1958 Aarre Merikanto, Finnish composer (Lemminkäinen; Juha; Schott Concerto), dies at 65
  • 1977 Alexander Tcherepnin, Russian pianist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1991 Zapata Jaw [Nelson Renfrum], Surinamese musician, dies
  • 1992 Paul Jabara, singer/actor (Last Dance), dies of AIDS at 44
  • 1994 Cheb Hasni, Algerian singer, murdered at 26
  • 1994 John Heddle Nash, English operatic singer, dies at 68
  • 1995 Seger Pillot Ellis, American jazz pianist and vocalist, dies at 91
  • 1997 Bobby [Robert Arthur Thornbury] Campbell, Scottish journalist and musician, dies at 55
  • 1997 Sven-Eric Emanuel Johanson, Swedish composer, dies at 77
  • 2006 Jan Werner Danielsen, Norwegian singer (b. 1976)
  • 2009 Greg Ladanyi, Hungarian-American record producer and recording engineer, dies of injuries sustained in a fall at 57
  • 2011 Sylvia Robinson, American singer (Mickey & Sylvia - "Love Is Strange"; solo - "Pillow Talk"), record producer, and record label executive (Sugar Hill Records), dies of congestive heart failure at 76
  • 2015 Phil Woods, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Steely Dan's "Doctor Wu"; Billy Joel's "Just The Way You Are"), dies of emphysema at 83
  • 2018 Otis Rush, American blues musician (Right Place, Wrong Time), dies from complications from an earlier stroke at 83
  • 2018 James "Big Jim" Wright, American Grammy and Dove Award-winning keyboardist, composer, arranger, and record producer (Sound of Blackness; Mariah Carey) dies at 52
  • 2020 Helen Reddy, Australian-American rock vocalist ("I Am Woman"; "You And Me Against The World"), dies at 78 [1]
  • 2020 Mac Davis, American country music singer-songwriter (Baby, Don't Get Hooked On Me) and actor (North Dallas Forty) dies following heart surgery at 78 [1]
  • 2020 Isidora Žebeljan, Serbian classical, opera, and film composer, dies at 53