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April 1942 in Music History

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 8 Arnold Schoenberg & Tudor's ballet "Pillar of Fire" premieres in NYC

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 1 Alan Blakley, British guitarist and record producer (The Tremeloes - "Here Comes My Baby"; "Silence Is Golden"), born in Bromley, Kent, England (d. 1996)
  • Apr 1 Danny Brooks [Jim Mealey], American pop bass vocalist (The Dovells - "Bristol Stomp"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 197?)
  • Apr 1 Phil Margo, American rock vocalist (Tokens - "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 2 Leon Russell [Claude Russell Bridges], American musician and singer-songwriter ("Tight Rope"; "Delta Lady"; "Carney"), born in Lawton, Oklahoma (d. 2016)
  • Apr 3 Billy Joe Royal, American country and pop singer ("Down in the Boondocks"), born in Valdosta, Georgia (d. 2015)
  • Apr 3 Wayne Newton, American singer and entertainer (Daddy, Don't You Walk So Fast), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Apr 3 Herb “Herbie” Greene, American photographer best known for his portraits for rock and roll luminaries (The Grateful Dead), born in Indio, California
  • Apr 4 Kris Jensen, American musician (Torture), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Apr 5 Allan Clarke, British rock vocalist (Hollies - "Air That I Breathe"), born in Salford, Lancashire, England
  • Apr 6 Anita Pallenberg, Italian model and actress credited as the muse of the Rolling Stones, born in Rome, Italy (d. 2017)
  • Apr 8 Roger Chapman, British progressive rock vocalist (Family - "In My Own Time"), born in Leicester, England
  • Apr 12 Daniel Schmidt, American composer and builder of American gamelan
  • Apr 13 Bill Conti, American film score composer (Rocky; The Right Stuff), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Apr 14 Tony Burrows, British pop singer (The Flower Pot Men - "Let's Go To San Francisco"; Edison Lighthouse -"Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)"), born in Exeter, Devon, England
  • Apr 18 Richard Angas, British operatic bass singer (English National Opera, 1980-2000), born in Esher, England (d. 2013)
  • Apr 19 Alan Price, English rock keyboardist (Animals - "House of the Rising Sun"), born in Fatfield, Washington, England
  • Apr 19 Edwin "Eddie" Kramer, South African-British recording engineer, producer and photographer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Beatles), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Apr 19 David Fanshawe, British composer and ethno-musicologist (African Sanctus,; Pacific Odessey), born in Paignton, England (d. 2010)
  • Apr 21 Bobby McClure, American gospel (The Soul Stirrers) and soul singer ("Don't Mess Up A Good Thing"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1992)

Person of interestBarbra Streisand

Apr 24 Barbra Streisand, American pop singer ("People"; "The Way We Were"; "Evergreen"), stage and screen actress (Funny Girl; What's Up, Doc?), film director (Yentl) and EGOT (Emmy; Grammy; Oscar; and Tony awards winner), born in Brooklyn, New York

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Apr 25 John Martin Dalby, Scottish composer, born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Apr 26 Bobby Rydell [Ridarelli], American pop singer ("Wild One"), and actor (Bye Bye Birdie), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 27 Jim Keltner, American session drummer (Bob Dylan; George Harrison; John Lennon; Ringo Starr; Harry Nilsson; Richard Thompson; Traveling Wilburys; Elvis Costello; Joe Cocker; Ry Cooder; Eric Clapton; Carly Simon; Jackson Browne; Randy Newman; and others...), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 3 Albert Siklós, Hungarian composer, dies at 63
  • Apr 3 Paul Gilson, Belgian composer, dies at 76
  • Apr 8 Kostas Skarvelis, Greek songwriter (b. 1880)
  • Apr 30 Catherine Murphy Urner, American composer, dies at 51