On This Day

April 1930 in Music History

Events in Music

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Apr 1 "The Blue Angel" starring Marlene Dietrich in her breakthrough role premieres in Germany

Actress and Singer Marlene Dietrich
Actress and Singer
Marlene Dietrich
  • Apr 18 BBC news announcer announces "there is no news" at 20:45 news bulletin, plays music instead

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 1 Grace Lee Whitney, American singer and actress (Star Trek - "Yeoman Rand"), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • Apr 1 Joan Franks-Williams, composer
  • Apr 2 Girolamo Arriego, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Italy
  • Apr 5 Nabil Totah, Palestinian-American jazz double bassist, born in Ramallah, Palestine Territory (d. 2012)
  • Apr 8 John Reardon, American stage actor and operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1965-77), born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • Apr 10 Claude Bolling, French jazz and classical cross-over pianist and composer (Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio), born in Cannes, France (d. 2020) [1]
  • Apr 11 Kazuo Fukushima, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo
  • Apr 12 Betty Clooney, American singer (Jack Paar Show), born in Maysville, Kentucky (d. 1976)
  • Apr 15 Richard Davis, American jazz double bassist described as "the greatest bass ever heard on a rock album" (Van Morrison's Astral Weeks), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 16 Herbie Mann, American jazz flutist (Just Wallin'), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2003)
  • Apr 17 Chris Barber, English jazz trombonist ("Petite Fleur"), born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire (d. 2021)
  • Apr 17 Albert "Al" Schmitt, American Grammy Award-winning recording engineer and record producer (Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2021) [1]
  • Apr 18 Clive Revill, New Zealand singer and actor (Legend of Hell House), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Apr 24 Jerome Callet, American musician and designer of brass instruments, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2019)
  • Apr 28 Christopher Headington, English composer, musicologist and pianist, born in London (d. 1996)
  • Apr 29 Joe Porcaro, American jazz and session drummer and percussionist (Lalo Schifrin; Rosemary Clooney; Toto), and educator (Los Angeles College of Music), born in New Britain, Connecticut (d. 2020)

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 1 Cosima Liszt, wife of Austrian composer Richard Wagner, dies at 92
  • Apr 3 Emma Albani, Canadian operatic soprano, dies at 82