On This Day

April 1936 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Apr 11 Rodgers & Hart's musical "On Your Toes" premieres in NYC

MurderMurder of Interest

Apr 14 French singer Édith Piaf questioned after nightclub owner and her patron Louis Leplée murdered in Paris

Singer Edith Piaf
Singer
Edith Piaf

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 26 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 4th Symphony


Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 3 Scott LaFaro, American jazz bassist (Bill Evans Trio), born in Irvington, New Jersey (d. 1961)
  • Apr 3 Jimmy McGriff, American jazz Hammond organist, born in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • Apr 4 Margo J. Sylvia, rocker (Tune Weavers) (d. 1991)
  • Apr 5 John White, English composer and musical performer (systems music), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Apr 6 Manfred Schoof, German free jazz trumpeter and composer (Globe United Orchestra), and educator, born in Magdeburg, Germany
  • Apr 9 Jerzy Maksymiuk, Polish pianist, composer and conductor (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, 1983-93), born in Grodno, Poland
  • Apr 10 Bobby Smith, American R&B singer (The Spinners - "Working My Way Back To You"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • Apr 13 Henryk Majewski, Polish big band jazz trumpeter (Old Timers), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2005)
  • Apr 15 Héctor Quintanar, Mexican composer, born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2013)
  • Apr 17 Pete Graves, American rocker (Moonglows), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Apr 19 Csaba Szabo, Hungarian composer, born in Ákosfalva, Transylvania (d. 2003)
  • Apr 19 Ruby Johnson, American soul singer ("I'll Run Your Hurt Away"), born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (d. 1999)
  • Apr 21 Anthony Joseph Gnazzo, American electronic composer (First Things First), born in Plainville, Connecticut

Person of interestGlen Campbell

Apr 22 Glen Campbell, American Grammy Award-winning country-pop singer ("By The Time I Get to Phoenix"; "Wichita Lineman"; "Rhinestone Cowboy"), session guitarist (The Beach Boys; Elvis Presley; The Monkees; Phil Specter), television personality (The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour), and actor (True Grit) born in Delight, Arkansas (d. 2017)

Country Singer Glen Campbell
Country Singer
Glen Campbell
  • Apr 22 Pierre Hétu, French Canadian conductor and pianist, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1998)
  • Apr 23 Roy Orbison, American rock singer ("Pretty Woman"; "Only The Lonely"; Traveling Wilburys - "Handle With Care"), born in Vernon, Texas (d. 1988)
  • Apr 26 Doug Sax, American mastering engineer (Bob Dylan, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Ray Charles), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • Apr 27 Geoffrey Shovelton, English opera singer, born in Atherton, Lancashire (d. 2016)
  • Apr 28 John Tchicai, Danish jazz saxophonist and composer (New York Art Quartet), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2012)
  • Apr 29 April Stevens [Caroline LoTempio], American vocalist ("Deep Purple" - the song, not the band), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • Apr 29 Zubin Mehta, Indian conductor (Israel Philharmonic, 1977-2019; NY Philharmonic, 1978-91), born in 84) Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India
  • Apr 30 Bobby Gregg, American drummer and record producer (Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 1 Mikhail Vladimirovich Ivanov-Boretsky, composer, dies at 61
  • Apr 11 Mitya Stillman, Russian composer and violinist, dies at 44
  • Apr 13 Milton Brown, American swing bandleader, dies at 32
  • Apr 18 Ottorino Respighi, Italian composer (Belkis), dies at 56
  • Apr 18 Seaborn McDaniel Denson, American composer, dies at 82
  • Apr 24 Alphons Diepenbrock, composer, dies at 73
  • Apr 24 Bernard van Dieren, Dutch composer, and music critic, dies at 51