On This Day

April 1950 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Apr 8 "Miss Liberty" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 308 performances

Music Premiere

Apr 24 Leonard Bernstein's musical "Peter Pan", starring Jean Arthur and Boris Karloff, opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 320 performances

  • Apr 27 "Tickets, Please" opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 245 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 1 Billy Currie, British rock keyboardist and violinist (Ultravox), born in Huddersfield, England
  • Apr 3 Curtis Stone, American country music bassist and mandolin player (Highway 101 - "Cry, Cry, Cry"), born in Hollywood, California

Agnetha Fältskog

Apr 5 Agnetha Fältskog [Anna Ulvaeus], Swedish singer (ABBA - "Dancing Queen"), born in Jönköping, Sweden

  • Apr 5 Mildred Douglas, Surinames/Dutch singer (Mai Tai)
  • Apr 5 Paul Oscher, American blues musician (Muddy Waters Blues Band), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 8 Carmen Twillie, American session singer (The Lion King - "Circle of Life"; Celene Dion; Pink Floyd), born in Playa del Rey, California
  • Apr 9 Peter John Wood, British session and touring rock keyboardist, born in Middlesex, England (d. 1993)
  • Apr 10 Eddie Hazel, American pop guitarist (Funkadelic - "Uncle Jam Wants You"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • Apr 12 David Cassidy, American singer ("I Think I Love You"), and actor (Partridge Family - "Keith"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • Apr 13 Riff West, American rock bassist (Molly Hatchet), born in Corpus Christi, Texas (d. 2014)
  • Apr 18 Ed Caraeff, American photographer, illustrator, and album cover art director (Steely Dan, Bee Gees, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Diamond, Tom Waits, Hall & Oates), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Apr 18 Bill Sudderth III, American R&B trumpet player (Atlantic Starr - Touch a Four Leaf Clover)
  • Apr 19 Earl Gardner, American jazz trumpeter (Saturday Night Live), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 22 Peter Frampton, British rock guitarist and vocalist (Humble Pie; Frampton Comes Alive - "Show Me The Way"), born in Kent, England
  • Apr 22 (Jesse) "Pete" Carr, American guitarist and session musician (Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section; LeBlanc and Carr), born in Daytona Beach, Florida (d. 2020)
  • Apr 22 Forrest McDonald, American blues rock guitarist (Blues In A Bucket), born in Austin, Texas
  • Apr 24 Rob Hyman, American rock singer-songwriter, keyboardist, melodica and accordion player (The Hooters - "All You Zombies"; "And We Danced"), born in Meriden, Connecticut
  • Apr 25 Steve Ferrone, British session and touring funk, rock, and R&B drummer (Average White Band, 1974-83; Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, 1994 to 2017), born in Brighton, England
  • Apr 26 Peter Schaufuss, Danish dancer and director of ballet (Deutsche Opera Berlin), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Apr 26 (Lakshminarayana) "L." Shankar, Indian rock, jazz and Indian classical violinist, singer and composer (Shakti; Frank Zappa; Peter Gabriel), born in Madras, Tamil Nadu
  • Apr 28 Robert Greenidge, Trinidadian steelpan drum player (Jimmy Buffet; John Lennon; Grover Washington, Jr.), born in Success Village, Trinidad

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 3 Adolf Wiklund, Swedish composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 3 Kurt Weill, German-American composer (Die Dreigroschenoper - The Threepenny Opera), dies after a heart attack at 50
  • Apr 8 Vaslav Fromich Nijinsky, Ukrainian ballet dancer, dies in London
  • Apr 19 Lord Berners [Gerald Tyrwhitt], English composer (1st Childhood), dies at 66
  • Apr 27 Adam Tadeusz Wieniawski, Polish composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 27 Karl Straube, German organist & conductor, dies at 77