On This Day

April 1946 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Apr 5 1st performance of Charles Ives' 3rd Symphony
  • Apr 14 "Day Before Spring" closes at National Theater NYC after 167 performances
  • Apr 18 Rome, Auerbach and Horwitt's musical "Call Me Mister" opens at National Theater NYC for 734 performances

Music History

Apr 24 One-act ballet "Symphonic Variations" choreographed by Frederick Ashton with music by César Franck danced by Sandler's Wells Ballet debuts at Covent Garden, London

Choreographer Frederick Ashton
Choreographer
Frederick Ashton

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 1 Ronnie "Plonk" Lane, English rock bassist (Small Faces - "Hey Girl"), born in London, England
  • Apr 2 Kurt Winter, Canadian musician (The Guess Who), born in Winnipeg, Canada (d. 1997)
  • Apr 3 (David) Dee Murray [Oates], British bassist (Elton John backing band), born in Gillingham, Kent, England (d. 1992)
  • Apr 4 Dave Hill, English rock guitarist (Slade-Coz I Love You), born in Holbeton, Devon
  • Apr 5 Jennifer Penney, Canadian ballerina, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Apr 5 Larry Frederick Wendt, American composer, born in Napa, California
  • Apr 6 Danny Kortchmar, American session guitarist, producer and songwriter (James Taylor, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Don Henley), born in New York City
  • Apr 7 Barbara Benary, American composer (Gamelon Son Of Lion), born in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York (d. 2019)
  • Apr 9 Les Gray, English vocalist (Mud - "Tiger Feet"), born in Carshalton, Surrey (d. 2004)
  • Apr 10 Armand [Herman van Loenhout], Dutch folk singer ("Ben ik te min" -"Am I Not Good Enough?"; "Blommenkinders" - "Flower Children"), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands (d. 2015)
  • Apr 10 Anne Boyd, Australian classical composer (As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams), and educator, born in Sydney
  • Apr 12 René Krijnen, Dutch keyboardist (Les Baroques - "Such A Cad")
  • Apr 13 Al Green, American soul singer ("Let's Stay Together"; "Love And Happiness"), born in Forest City, Arkansas
  • Apr 14 Patrick Fairley, Scottish guitarist (Marmalade - "Ob La Di, Ob La Da")
  • Apr 16 Pēteris Vasks, Latvian contemporary classical composer, and double bassist (Distant Light; The Fruit Of Silence), born in Aizpute, Latvia
  • Apr 18 Skip [Alexander Lee] Spence, Canadian guitarist and vocalist (Moby Grape - "Omaha"), born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • Apr 18 Lenny Baker, American musician (Sha Na Na), born in Whitman, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • Apr 21 Doug MacLeod, American blues musician (Blues Music Awards' Acoustic Artist of the Year, 2014, 2016 and 2017), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 24 Bruce Stuart Saylor, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 24 Dick Rivers [Hervé Forneri], French rock and roll singer and actor, born in Nice, France (d. 2019)
  • Apr 25 Digby Fairweather, British jazz trumpeter, born in Rochford, Essex, England
  • Apr 27 Gordon Haskell, British pop, rock and blues musician (Fleur De Lys; King Crimson, 1970; Harry's Bar), born in Verwood, Dorset, England (d. 2020)
  • Apr 28 Glenn Ross Campbell, American steel guitarist (The Misunderstood), born in San Diego, California
  • Apr 28 Ginette Reno [Raynault], Canadian Juno and pop singer, songwriter ("Beautiful Second Hand Man"), and actress, born in Montreal, Quebec

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 5 Vincent Youmans, American composer and songwriter (Tea for Two), dies at 47
  • Apr 13 William Henry Bell, English composer, dies at 72
  • Apr 23 Jesús Castillo, Guatemalan composer (Quiché Vinak), dies at 68