On This Day

April 1954 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Apr 3 "Me & Juliet" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 358 performances
  • Apr 8 "By the Beautiful Sea" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 270 performances

Music History

Apr 12 Bill Haley and the Comets record "Rock Around Clock"

  • Apr 20 "Golden Apple" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 125 performances

Music Concert

Apr 30 Darius Milhaud's 4th Concert for piano and orchestra premieres in Haifa, Israel


Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 1 Jeff Porcaro, American drummer (Toto - "Rosanna"; "Africa"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1992)
  • Apr 1 Susumu Hirasawa, Japanese electropop musician, born in Nakagawa, Adachi, Tokyo
  • Apr 3 Elisabetta Brusa, Italian-British composer (Simply Largo), and educator, born in Milan, Italy
  • Apr 4 Michel Camilo, Dominican pianist (Rendezvous), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Apr 5 Stan Ridgway, American singer-songwriter (Wall Of Voodoo), born in Barstow, California
  • Apr 8 George Mesterhazy, Hungarian-American jazz pianist, and arranger, born in Hungary (d. 2012)
  • Apr 10 Lenny Pickett, American saxophonist and musical director (Saturday Night Live band, 1985-; Tower of Power, 1973-81), born in Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • Apr 12 Pat Travers, Canadian rock guitarist (Puttin' it Straight), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 13 Jimmy Destri, American rock keyboardist, and songwriter (Blondie - "Heart of Glass"; "Rapture"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 13 Niels Olsen, Danish singer and songwriter (The Olsen Brothers) won 2000 Eurovision Song Contest, born in Odense, Denmark
  • Apr 14 Jon Herington, American session and touring jazz and rock guitarist (Steely Dan), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Apr 17 Michael Sembello, American Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, composer and producer ("Maniac"; "Flashdance"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 21 Ebiet G. Ade, Indonesian singer
  • Apr 24 Captain Sensible [Ray Burns], English rock bassist (Women & Captains 1st), born in Balham, London
  • Apr 24 Jack Blades, American rock bassist (Damn Yankees - "Coming of Age"; Night Ranger), born in Palm Desert, California
  • Apr 24 Thomas Jennefelt, Swedish composer, chiefly of choral works (A Warning To The Rich; Villarosa Sequences), born in Stuvsta, Sweden
  • Apr 25 Rob Crosby, American country singer ("She's a Natural"), born in Sumter, South Carolina
  • Apr 29 Shane Fontayne [Michael Barakan], British session and touring rock guitarist, and songwriter, born in London
  • Apr 29 Deborah Iyall, American artist and singer (Romeo Void), born in Soap Lake, Washington

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 5 Claude Delvincourt, composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 9 Philip Greeley Clapp, American composer and educator (University of Iowa, 1919-54), dies at 65
  • Apr 14 Lillian "Lil" Green, American blues singer and songwriter ("Romance In The Dark"), dies at 39 [or 57, or 48 - year of birth disputed]
  • Apr 15 Juan Vicente Lecuna, Venezuelan diplomat & composer, dies at 54
  • Apr 27 Torsten Ralf, Swedish operatic tenor (Daphne - "Apollo"), dies at 53