On This Day

April 1941 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 3 Jan Berry, American rock and roll vocalist (Jan and Dean - "Surf City"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2004)
  • Apr 3 Philippé Wynne, American soul singer ("I'll Be Around"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1984)
  • Apr 5 Dave Swarbrick, British folk fiddler, and songwriter (Fairport Convention; Martin Carthy), born in New Malden, Surrey (d. 2016)
  • Apr 6 Gheorghe Zamfir, Romanian pan lute player, born in Găești, Romania
  • Apr 6 (William) Louis Shelton, American session guitarist and music producer, born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Apr 8 Peggy Lennon, American singer (Lennon Sisters), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 9 (Princetta) Kay Adams, American country singer ("I Cried At Your Wedding,"; "Little Pink Mack"), born in Knox City, Texas
  • Apr 12 Julio Euson, Aruban-Dutch singer ("I Use The Soap"), born in Aruba
  • Apr 17 Adolphus Hailstork, American composer (EarthRise (A Song of Healing); Ghosts in Grey and Blue), and educator, born in Rochester, New York
  • Apr 19 Roberto Carlos, Brazilian singer and songwriter (Louco por você), born in Cachoeiro de Itapemirim, Brazil
  • Apr 21 (Alfred) "Pee Wee" Ellis, American jazz, funk, and rock saxophonist, arranger (James Brown; Van Morrison; Gotham; Maceo Parker), and songwriter ("The chicken; "Cold Sweat"), born in Bradenton, Florida (d. 2021)
  • Apr 23 Jacqueline Boyer [Eliane Ducos], French pop singer ("Tom Pillibi"), born in Paris
  • Apr 24 John Williams, Australian classical guitarist, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Apr 26 John Mitchell, American classical composer, born in Hollywood, California
  • Apr 27 Friedrich Goldmann, German composer and conductor, born in Siegmar-Schönau, Germany (d. 2009)
  • Apr 27 Judith Blegen, American opera singer (Magic Flute - "Papagena"), born in Missoula, Montana
  • Apr 30 Johnny Farina, American rocker (Santo & Johnny), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 30 Wilfried Jentzsh, German composer, born in Dresden, Germany
  • Apr 30 Joseph "Coke" Escovedo, Mexican-American percussionist (Santana; Malo; Azteca), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1986)

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 17 American actress Doris Day (19) weds trombonist Albert Jorden

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 17 Al Bowlly, South African-British dance band vocalist ("Midnight, The Stars, And You"), and bandleader, dies in a German bombing raid of London at 43
  • Apr 19 Johanna Muller-Hermann, composer, dies at 63