On This Day

April 1956 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Apr 11 Singer Nat Cole attacked on stage of Birmingham theater in racial incident
  • Apr 14 "Silk Stockings" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 461 performances
  • Apr 14 "Plain & Fancy" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 476 performances

Music release#1 in the Charts

Apr 21 Elvis Presley's 1st hit record, "Heartbreak Hotel", becomes #1

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Apr 25 Noël Coward's musical "South Sea Bubble" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 3 Miguel Bose, Panamanian-born Spanish singer and actor (El Avaro, Queen Margot), born in Panama City
  • Apr 4 Allan Harris, American jazz singer and guitarist (Cross That River; Kate's Soulfood), born in Harlem, New York City
  • Apr 4 Evelyn Hart, Canadian prima ballerina (Royal Winnipeg Ballet), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 6 Hal Willner, American music producer (Lost In The Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill; Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films; The Carl Stalling Project), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • Apr 8 Justin Sullivan, British rock singer-songwriter (New Model Army), born in Jordans, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Apr 12 Herbert Grönemeyer, German singer (Mensch, Spruenge), born in Göttingen, Germany
  • Apr 19 Gary Langan, British sound engineer, record producer, and musician (The Art of Noise, 1983-86), born in Surrey, England
  • Apr 22 Kenny Lyon, American rock guitarist, bassist, music producer, born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • Apr 27 Bryan Harvey, American musician (House of Freaks), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2006)
  • Apr 28 Jimmy Barnes [Swan], Scottish-Australian rock and blues singer-songwriter ("For the Working Class Man"), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Apr 29 Ketil Stokkan, Norwegian singer (Zoo), born in Harstad, Norway
  • Apr 30 Jorge Chaminé, Portuguese operatic baritone, born in Porto, Portugal

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 10 Bozidar Sirola, composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 10 Jozef Szulc, Polish composer, dies at 81
  • Apr 20 Jaap Vranken, Dutch organist and composer (Stabat mater), dies at 59
  • Apr 20 Lieven Duvosel, Flemish music composer (Levensschets), dies at 78
  • Apr 29 Nemesio Otaño, Spanish organist, choral director, educator, and composer (Basque Suite), dies at 75