On This Day

April 1947 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Apr 3 "Barefoot Boy with Cheek" opens at Martin Beck NYC for 108 performances
  • Apr 26 "Bless the Bride" musical opens in London

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 1 Robin Scott, English singer (M), born in London
  • Apr 2 Emmylou Harris, American country singer ("Together Again"; "Blue Kentucky Girl"), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Apr 4 Salvatore Sciarrino, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Italy
  • Apr 6 Tony Cooner, British drummer (Hot Chocolate - "You Sexy Thing"), born in Romford, England
  • Apr 6 Rosemary Ann Butler, American session singer (Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Warren Zevon, Neil Young, Neil Diamond, Jackson Browne), born in California
  • Apr 7 Patricia Bennett, American singer (Chiffons - "He's So Fine"), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Apr 7 Florian Schneider, German musician (Kraftwerk), born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 2020)
  • Apr 7 Charles '"Skip" Pitts, American soul & blues guitarist (Shaft), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2012)

Steve Howe

Apr 8 Steve Howe, English progressive rock guitarist (Yes - "Roundabout"; Asia - "Heat Of The Moment"), born in London, England

  • Apr 8 Larry Norman, American musician and pioneer of Christian rock music (Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?), born in Corpus Christi, Texas (d. 2008)
  • Apr 10 Bunny Wailer [Neville O'Riley Livingston], Jamaican vocalist and percussionist (The Wailers with Bob Marley), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2021)
  • Apr 13 Mike Chapman, Australian songwriter and record producer (Chinn & Chapman), born in Nambour, Australia
  • Apr 13 Thanos Mikroutsikos, Greek composer and politician, born in Patras, Greece
  • Apr 15 Bojoura [Raina van Melzen], Dutch singer and wife of Hans Cleuver, born in The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Apr 15 Stuart "Woolly" Wolstenholme, British keyboardist and vocalist (Barclay James Harvest), born in Chadderton, Lancashire (d. 2010)
  • Apr 15 George Marino, American Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer who worked with Guns N' Roses, Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, born in Bronx, New York (d. 2012)
  • Apr 16 Gerry Rafferty, Scottish guitarist and vocalist (Stealers Wheel - "Stuck In The Middle With You"; solo -"Baker Street"), born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland (d. 2011)
  • Apr 16 Lee Kerslake, British drummer (Uriah Heep; Ozzy Osbourne), born in Winton, Bournemouth, Dorset, England (d. 2020)
  • Apr 17 Linda Martin, Irish singer and TV presenter, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Apr 18 Walt Richmond, American rock keyboardist (The Tractors; J.J. Cale; Bob Seger; Eric Clapton), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Apr 19 Murray Perahia, American pianist (Avery Fischer Prize, 1975; Grammy, 1988), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 19 Mark Volman, American rock and roll musician and songwriter (The Turtles - "Happy Together"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 20 Björn Skifs, Swedish singer (Blue Swede), born in Vansbro, Dalarna, Sweden
  • Apr 20 Ken Scott, British record producer and engineer (The Beatles, Elton John, Pink Floyd), born in London, England

Iggy Pop

Apr 21 Iggy Pop [James Osterberg], American singer and lyricist known as "The Godfather of Punk" (The Stooges - "I Wanna Be Your Dog"; solo - "Lust For Life"), born in Muskegon, Michigan

  • Apr 21 John Weider, bassist (Family-Family Entertainment)
  • Apr 22 Barry Guy, English composer and double bass player, born in London
  • Apr 23 Saskia [Trudy van den Berg], Dutch singer (S & Serge; Spinning Wheel), born in Grootebroek, North Holland
  • Apr 23 Glenn Cornick, English rock bassist (Jethro Tull, 1967-70; Wild Turkey), born in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, (d. 2014)
  • Apr 23 Alan Broadbent, New Zealand jazz pianist (Developing Story), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Apr 24 Ann Kelly, American popsinger (The Hues Corporation - "Rock The Boat"), born in Fairfield, Alabama
  • Apr 25 Bill Fontana, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Apr 27 Ann Peebles, American soul singer-songwriter ("I Can't Stand the Rain"), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Apr 27 Herbie Murrell, American soul singer (Stylistics - "You Are My Everything"), born in Lane, South Carolina
  • Apr 27 Pete Ham, Welsh rock singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Badfinger - "Without You"; "No Matter What"; Day After Day"), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 1975)
  • Apr 28 Steve Khan [Cahn], American jazz guitarist (Christmas Waltz), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 29 Tommy James, American singer-songwriter (cri-im-son & clo-o-ver o-o-ver & o-o-ver), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Apr 29 John J. Cascella, American rock keyboard and accordion player (John Mellencamp), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1992)

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 6 Václav Kaprál, Czech composer, pianist, and pedagogue, dies at 58
  • Apr 9 Konrad Friedrich Noetel, German composer, dies at 43