April 1939 in Music

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 9 Marian Anderson sings before 75,000 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

  • Apr 23 1st performance of Béla Bartok's 2nd Concerto for violin

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 1 Rudolph Isley, rocker (Isley Brothers-Shout), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Person of interestMarvin Gaye

Apr 2 Marvin Gaye, American singer (Sexual Healing), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1984)

Singer Marvin Gaye
Singer
Marvin Gaye
  • Apr 3 François de Roubaix, French film score composer, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1975)
  • Apr 4 Hugh Masekela, South African trumpeter, anti-apartheid activist (I Am Not Afraid), described as the "father of South African jazz," born in Witbank, South Africa (d. 2018)
  • Apr 4 Major Lance, American soul singer (The Monkey Time), born in Winterville, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • Apr 5 Ronald "Ronnie" White, American singer (The Miracles - "Shop Around"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • Apr 5 David Winters, American choreographer and director (Steve Allen Comedy Hour), born in London, England
  • Apr 5 Crispian St. Peters, English singer (The Changin' Times), born in Swanley, Kent
  • Apr 14 Jennifer Fowler, composer
  • Apr 15 Marty Wilde, English singer-songwriter and father of rocker Kim Wilde, born in London, England
  • Apr 16 Dusty Springfield, [Mary O'Brien], vocalist (Growing Pains), born in London, England
  • Apr 16 John DeLaFose, zydeco Musician
  • Apr 18 Glen Hardin, American rock n roll and country musician (Crickets), born in Wellington, Texas
  • Apr 21 John McCabe, British composer and pianist, born in Liverpool, Merseyside
  • Apr 23 Ray Peterson, singer (Tell Laura I Love Her), born in Denton, Texas
  • Apr 27 Jerry Mercer, Canadian rock drummer (April Wine), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 30 Ellen Taafe Zwilich, (1st woman composer Pulitzer 1982), born in Miami, Florida

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 9 Emilio Serrano y Ruiz, Spanish composer, dies at 89
  • Apr 21 Herman Finck, composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 24 John Foulds, English composer, dies at 58