On This Day

April 1954 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Apr 3 "Me & Juliet" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 358 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

Apr 5 Elvis Presley records his debut single "That's All Right"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Apr 8 "By the Beautiful Sea" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 270 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Father of Rock 'n' Roll Bill Haley
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Bill Haley
  • Apr 20 "Golden Apple" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 125 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

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

Composer Darius Milhaud
Composer
Darius Milhaud

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 1 Jeff Porcaro, drummer/percussionist (Toto-Roxanne, Africa), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 1 Susumu Hirasawa, Japanese electropop musician, born in Nakagawa, Adachi, Tokyo
  • Apr 3 Elisabetta Brusa, Italian composer, born in Milan
  • 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 10 Lenny Pickett, American saxophonist and musical director (Saturday Night Live band, Tower of Power), 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 (Blondie-Heart of Glass, Rapture), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 13 Niels Olsen, Danish singer and songwriter, born in Odense, Denmark
  • 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 25 Rob Crosby, American country singer (She's a Natural), born in Sumter, South Carolina
  • Apr 29 Deborah Iyall, rocker (Romeo Void)

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