April 1955 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Apr 6 "3 for Tonight" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 85 performances
  • Apr 18 Dan Shapiro, and music by Sammy Fain's musical "Ankles Aweigh" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater, NYC; runs for 176 performances
  • Apr 20 "Saint of Bleecker St" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 92 performances
  • Apr 23 Robert Wright and George Forrest's musical "Kismet" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 583 performances

Album Release

Apr 25 Captiol Records releases "In the Wee Small Hours", the ninth studio album by American vocalist Frank Sinatra; collection of melancholy ballads with arrangements by Nelson Riddle was an early example of a concept album and helped popularize the 12-inch format for non-classical recordings

  • Apr 30 Cuban bandleader Pérez Prado's mambo version of "Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White" goes #1 for 10 weeks

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 1 Emmanuel [Acha], Mexican singer (Íntimamente, La Chica de Humo), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Apr 3 John Mooney, American blues-funk guitarist, slide guitarist and singer (Bluesiana), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • Apr 7 Greg Reeves, American bass guitarist (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Déjà Vu), born in Warren, Ohio
  • Apr 10 Lesley Garrett, English soprano singer, born in Thorne, Doncaster, England
  • Apr 11 Neville Staple, English ska singer (The Specials - "Ghost Town"; "Free Nelson Mandela"), born in Manchester, Jamaica
  • Apr 13 Louis Johnson, American rock bassist and vocalist (Brothers Johnson), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • Apr 15 Jeff Golub, American jazz guitarist (Avenue Blue; Rod Stewart), born in Copley Township, Ohio (d. 2015)
  • Apr 17 Pete Shelley [McNeish], English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Buzzcocks - "Going Steady"), born in Leigh, England (d. 2018)
  • Apr 17 Rob Bolland, Dutch singer and guitarist (Bolland & Bolland), born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Apr 21 David Van Tieghem, American experimental percussionist, theatrical composer, and sound designer (Laurie Anderson; Talking Heads), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 22 Arthur Baker, American music producer (Afrika Banbaataa; Planet Rock; New Order), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Apr 26 Gisèle Ben-Dor (née Buka), Uruguayan-Israeli-American conductor (Santa Barbara Symphony, 1994–2006; Boston Pro-Arte Chamber Orchestra, 1991–2000), born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Apr 28 (Edwin) "Eddie" Jobson, British progressive rock synthesizer player, and violinist (UK; Frank Zappa, 1976-77; Roxy Music, 1973-76 ; Curved Air, 1972-73), born in Billingham, England
  • Apr 29 Gino Quilico, Canadian Grammy Award-winning operatic baritone, born in Flushing, New York City

Weddings in Music

Ray Charles

Apr 5 American musician Ray Charles (24) weds Della Beatrice Howard

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 10 Oskar Lindberg, Swedish composer (Requiem), dies at 68