On This Day

April 1919 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Apr 19 Opera "Monsieur Beaucaire" is produced (London)

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 2 Ian Hunter, British impresario of classical music, born in Hadley Wood, Middlesex (d. 2003)
  • Apr 4 Antony Tudor, English dancer and choreographer (Metropolitan Opera 1957), born in London (d. 1987)
  • Apr 6 Paula Kelly, Grove City, Pennsylvania, American big band singer
  • Apr 7 Ralph Flanagan, American orchestra leader (Let's Dance), born in Loraine, Ohio
  • Apr 12 István Anhalt, Hungarian-Canadian classical and electronic music composer (La Tourangelle; Winthrop), educator (McGill; Queens (Ontario) Universities), and writer (Alternative Voices), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2012) [1]
  • Apr 12 Billy Vaughn, American singer, saxophonist, and bandleader ("Sail Along Sil'vry Moon"), born in Glasgow, Kentucky (d. 1991)
  • Apr 13 [Harold] Howard Keel, American actor, singer, (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; Kiss Me Kate), and president of the Screen Actors Guild, born in Gillespie, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • Apr 14 Mendelis Bašs, Latvian composer, conductor, and pedagogue, born in Riga, Latvia (d. 2012)
  • Apr 17 Chavela Vargas, Costa Rican-Mexican singer, born in San Joaquín de Flores, Heredia Province, Costa Rica (d. 2012)
  • Apr 18 Virginia O'Brien, American actress and singer (Meet the People; DuBarry Was A Lady; Thousands Cheer), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2001)
  • Apr 21 Don Cornell [Luigi Varlaro], American singer (Sammy Kaye Orch, Hold My Hand), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2004)
  • Apr 22 Benjamin "Bull Moose" Jackson, American R&B saxophone player and singer ("Hurry, Hurry"), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1989)
  • Apr 23 Tālivaldis Ķeniņš, Latvian-Canadian composer, organist, and pedagogue, born in Liepāja, Latvia (d. 2008)
  • Apr 23 Bulent Arel, Turkish-born electronic composer, born in Istanbul (d. 1990)
  • Apr 25 Heinz Wunderlich, German organist and composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 2012)

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 3 Paul Geisler, composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 6 Stefan Surzynski, Polish conductor and composer, dies at 63