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April 1957 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Apr 4 Heitor Villa-Lobos' 10th Symphony premieres French Radio National Orchestra, conducted by the composer, in Paris

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 9 Howard Hanson's "Song of Democracy" premieres in Washington, D.C.

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • Apr 13 Musical "Shinbone Alley", starring Eartha Kitt, opens at Broadway Theater NYC; runs for 49 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 4 Graeme Kelling, Scottish pop guitarist (Deacon Blue), born in Paisley, Scotland (d. 2004)
  • Apr 4 Ali El Haggar, Egyptian singer and actor, born in Imbabah, Giza
  • Apr 4 Nobuyoshi Kuwano, Japanese musician (Rats & Star), born in Ōta, Tokyo
  • Apr 7 Simon Climie, English singer-songwriter and producer (Climie Fisher - "Love Changes Everything"), born in London
  • Apr 9 Ednita Nazario, Puerto Rican Latin pop and rock singer, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Apr 10 Steve Gustafson, American bass guitarist (10,000 Maniacs - "Trouble Me"; "These Are Days"), born in Seville, Spain

Person of interestVince Gill

Apr 12 Vince Gill, American country singer ("When I Call Your Name"), born in Norman, Oklahoma

Country Singer Vince Gill
Country Singer
Vince Gill
  • Apr 13 Wayne Lewis, American keyboardist (Atlantic Starr), born in White Plains, New York
  • Apr 14 Mikhail Pletnev, Russian pianist, conductor and composer, born in Arkhangelsk, USSR
  • Apr 15 Jiří Gemrot, Czech contemporary classical composer (Dances and Reflections; Maxims), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic)
  • Apr 19 Belinda Lipscomb, American vocalist (Midnight Star - "No Parking On The Dance Floor"; "Operator"), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Apr 19 Tony Martin [Harford], British heavy metal vocalist (Black Sabbath, 1987-91 and 1993-7), born in Birmingham, England
  • Apr 20 Richenel [Hubertus Richenel Baars], Dutch singer and performer ("Turn My Page"), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Apr 23 Kenji Kawai, Japanese film score composer, born in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan
  • Apr 24 David J [Haskins], British alternative rock bassist, lyricist (Bauhaus; Love And Rockets), and playwright (Silver for Gold), born in Northampton, England
  • Apr 24 Boris Williams, French-English drummer (The Cure - "Friday I'm In Love"), born in Versailles, France
  • Apr 26 Rosa Briceño, Venezuelan conductor, and educator, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 2018)
  • Apr 28 Wilma Landkroon, Dutch child pop singer ("Tulips From Amsterdam"), born in Enschede, Netherlands
  • Apr 29 Richie Robertson, British rock bassist and vocalist (Fabulous Poodles - "Mirror Star")
  • Apr 29 Mark Kendall, American guitarist , born in Loma Linda, California

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 15 Pedro Infante, Mexican actor & singer, dies at 39
  • Apr 29 Otallo Morales, Spanish composer, dies at 82
  • Apr 30 Ludwig Schiedermair, German musicologist (Beethoven), dies at 80