On This Day

April 1960 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Recording

Apr 3 Elvis Presley records ‘It's Now Or Never’, ‘Fever’ and ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’ at RCA studios in Nashville, Tennessee

Music Premiere

Apr 14 Lee Adams and Charles Strouse's musical "Bye Bye Birdie", starring Dick Van Dyke, Chita Rivera, and Dick Gautier, opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC; runs for 607 performances

Music History

Apr 14 American record company Motown, founded by Berry Gordy Jr., is incorporated as Motown Record Corporation

  • Apr 15 Guy Carawan sings "We Shall Overcome" to a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Raleigh - popularising the song as a protest anthem
  • Apr 20 "From A to Z" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • Apr 28 Webster and Fain's musical "Christine", based on Hilda Wernher's novel "My Indian Family", opens at 46th St Theater, NYC; runs for 12 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 3 Arjen Anthony Lucassen, Dutch progressive rock singer-songwriter, and musician (Ayreon), born in Hilversum, Netherlands
  • Apr 3 Marie Denise Pelletier, Canadian pop singer (Entre la tête et le cœur), born in Montréal, Québec
  • Apr 4 Jane Eaglin, English dramatic soprano, born in Lincoln, England
  • Apr 6 Warren Haynes, American rock and blues guitarist (The Allman Brothers Band), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Apr 6 John Pizzarelli, American jazz guitarist, vocalist, and record producer, born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Apr 10 Katrina Leskanich, American musician and singer (Katrina and the Waves - "Walking On Sunshine"), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • Apr 14 Brian Forster, American child actor and fictional drummer (Partridge Family - "Chris" the second one), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 18 Mick Sweda, American rocker (Bulletboys), born in Gowanda, New York
  • Apr 23 Steve Clark, English rock guitarist (Def Leppard), born in Hillsborough, England (d. 1991)
  • Apr 26 Roger Taylor, English rock drummer (Duran Duran - "Hungry Like The Wolf"), born in Birmingham, England
  • Apr 27 Wally Langdon, British bassist (Herman Brood & His Wild Romance), born in London, England (d. 2019)
  • Apr 29 Gerard Joling, Dutch singer ("Love Is In Your Eyes")
  • Apr 29 Phil King, English bassist (Lush), born in London, England

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 10 Arthur Benjamin, Australian composer (Devil Take Her), dies at 66
  • Apr 17 Eddie Cochran, American rock vocalist and guitarist ("Summertime Blues"; "C'Mon Everybody"), dies in a English taxi-car crash at 21
  • Apr 25 Ilmari Krohn, Finnish composer, dies at 92