On This Day

April 1952 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Apr 16 "4 Saints in 3 Acts" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 15 performances
  • Apr 27 "4 Saints in 3 Acts" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 15 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 1 Tirso Cruz III, Filipino actor and singer, born in Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines
  • Apr 1 Rob Wasserman, American jazz and rock double bassist, and composer (RatDog; Duets), born in San Mateo, California (d. 2016)
  • Apr 2 Leon Wilkeson, American rock bassist (Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Sweet Home Alabama"), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 2001)
  • Apr 3 Dave Bronze, British session and touring bass player (Eric Clapton; Tom Jones; Robin Trower), born in Billercay, Essex, England
  • Apr 4 Gary Moore, Irish rock guitarist (Skid Row-Oh Pretty Woman), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2011)
  • Apr 6 Udo Dirkshneider, heavy metal rocker (Accept - "Balls to the Wall"; Udo)
  • Apr 6 Stephen Barber, American musician, arranger, and composer, born in Abilene, Texas
  • Apr 7 Bruce Gary, American rock drummer (The Knack - "My Sharona"), born in Burbank, California (d. 2006)
  • Apr 8 Adam Woods, British rock drummer (The Fixx - "One Thing Leads To Another"; "Saved By Zero")
  • Apr 9 Magnar Åm, Norwegian composer, born in Trondheim, Norway
  • Apr 10 Mark Goldenberg, American session and touring guitarist (Jackson Browne; Cher), songwriter (Pointer Sisters; Peter Frampton), and producer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 12 J. D. Nicholas, British guitarist (Heatwave, Commodores), born in Watford, England
  • Apr 14 Kenny Aaronson, American session and touring bass guitarist (Joan Jett; Bob Dylan; Rick Derringer), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 18 Jim Scholten, American country singer ("Betty's Bein' Bad"), born in Midland, Michigan
  • Apr 19 Andy Shernoff, American musician (The Dictators), born in Queens, New York
  • Apr 23 Narada Michael Walden, American rock, R&B, and jazz fusion musician and producer ("I Don't Want Nobody Else (To Dance with You)"; Divine Emotions"), born in Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Apr 25 Cory Daye, American dance music vocalist, born in The Bronx, New York
  • Apr 25 Ketil Bjørnstad, Norwegian pianist, born in Oslo, Norway
  • Apr 28 Chuck Leavell, American session and touring keyboardist (The Allman Brothers Band; Rolling Stones; Sea Level), and forest conservationist (The Tree Man), born in Birmingham, Alabama [1]
  • Apr 28 Gerald Barry, Irish classical composer (The Eternal Recurrence), born in Clarecastle, County Clare, Ireland

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 11 Wadih Sabra, Lebanese composer (Kulluna lil Watan), dies at 76
  • Apr 23 Elisabeth Schumann, German soprano, dies at 63
  • Apr 30 Charles Radoux-Rogier, Belgian composer, dies at 74