On This Day

April 1959 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Apr 11 "Jamaica" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 558 performances
  • Apr 16 "Party with Comden & Green" opens at John Golden NYC for 44 performances
  • Apr 23 "Destry Rides Again" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 472 performances
  • Apr 24 Neth Dance Theater opens (Rudi of Dantzig & Cut Flier)

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 2 Dean Townson, American singer (Pirates of Miss-Fred Jake), born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • Apr 9 Dave Innis, American country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels), born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma
  • Apr 10 Brian Setzer, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Stray Cats), born in Massapequa Park, New York
  • Apr 10 Babyface [Kenneth Edmonds], American Grammy Award winning R&B singer, songwriter and record producer, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Apr 17 Stephen Singleton, English rocker (ABC), born in Sheffield, England

Person of interestRobert Smith

Apr 21 Robert Smith, English rock guitarist and vocalist (Cure-Hell's Kitchen), born in Blackpool, England

Musician Robert Smith
Robert Smith
  • Apr 21 Jerry Only [Gerald Caiafa Jr], American musician (Misfits), born in Lodi, New Jersey
  • Apr 21 Michael Timmins, Canadian musician (Cowboy Junkies), born in Montreal
  • Apr 25 Billy Rankin, Scottish rocker, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Apr 26 John Corabi, American musician (Mötley Crüe), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 27 Marco Pirroni, rock guitarist (Adam & The Ants), born in London, England
  • Apr 27 Sheena Easton, [Shirley Orr], singer (Sugar Walls), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Apr 27 Louis Lortie, French-Canadian concert pianist, born in Montreal

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 12 Ernest Willem Mulder, composer, dies at 60
  • Apr 13 Eduard van Beinum, Dutch musician & conductor, dies at 58
  • Apr 24 Jef van Hoof, Flemish composer, dies at 72
  • Apr 30 Armand Marsick, Belgian composer, dies at 81