On This Day

April 1917 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 1 Johnny Andrews, American singer/host (Songs at Twilight), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Apr 2 Lou Monte, American singer (Peppino the Italian Mouse), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1989)
  • Apr 3 Bill Finegan, American composer (Sauter-Finegan Band, Sat Night Revue), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2008)
  • Apr 3 Tibor Andrasovan, Slovak composer, born in Slovenská Lupca, Zólyom, Austria-Hungary (d. 2001)
  • Apr 5 Richard Yardumian, American composer (Come Creator Spirit), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)
  • Apr 6 "Big" Walter Horton, American blues harmonica player ("Everybody's Fishin'"), born in Horn Lake, Mississippi (d. 1981)
  • Apr 12 Helen Forrest [Fogel], American big band pop and swing singer (Artie Shaw; Benny Goodman; Harry James), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 1999)
  • Apr 15 Pietro Grossi, Italian composer, and electronic music pioneer, born in Venice, Italy (d. 2002)
  • Apr 19 Johnny Hoes, Dutch musician and producer (Wished I'd stayed with my Mom), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2011)
  • Apr 22 Yvette Chauviré, French ballerina, born in Paris (d. 2016)

Person of interestElla Fitzgerald

Apr 25 Ella Fitzgerald, American jazz, swing, pop, and blues singer, known as "The First Lady of Song" (Verve "Songbook" series), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1996)

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • Apr 30 Bea Wain, American singer and radio host ("Deep Purple"; "Heart and Soul"), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2017)

Deaths in Music

Person of interestScott Joplin

Apr 1 Scott Joplin, American ragtime composer (The Entertainer, Maple Leaf Rag), dies at 48

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin
  • Apr 7 Spyridon Filiskos Samaras, Greek composer, dies at 53