April 1961 in Music

Events in Music

  • Apr 3 "Happiest Girl in the World" opens at Martin Beck NYC for 97 performances

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Apr 5 Barbra Streisand appears on "Jack Paar Show"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Apr 8 "Show Girl" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 100 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 11 Bob Dylan makes his 1st appearance at Folk City, Greenwich Village

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 12 3rd Grammy Awards: Theme From a Summer Place, Ray Charles wins 4

Musician Ray Charles
Musician
Ray Charles
  • Apr 13 "Carnival!" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 719 performances
  • Apr 15 "Music Man" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 1375 performances
  • Apr 23 "Tenderloin" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 216 performances
  • Apr 25 "Young Abe Lincoln" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 27 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 1 Mark White, British rock guitarist, singer-songwriter and record producer (ABC-All of My Heart), born in Sheffield, England
  • Apr 2 Keren Jane Woodward, English rock vocalist (Bananarama-Venus), born in Bristol, England
  • Apr 9 Mark Kelly, keyboardist (Marillion-Real to Reel), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Apr 11 Doug Hopkins, American musician and songwriter (Gin Blossoms), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1993)
  • Apr 12 D. D. Verni, American heavy metal rocker (Overkill - Hello From the Gutter), born in New Jersey
  • Apr 13 Tammy Stephens, singer (Girls Next Door-Don't Be Cruel), born in Arlington, Texas
  • Apr 16 Doris Dragović, Croatian singer
  • Apr 18 Kelly Hansen, heavy metal rocker (Hurricane-I'm on to You)

Weddings in Music

  • Apr 1 American televangelist Jim Bakker (21) marries Christian singer Tammy Faye (19)

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 2 Wallingford Riegger, US composer (Bacchangle), dies at 75
  • Apr 7 Jesus Guridi, composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 7 Yusef Greiss, composer, dies at 61
  • Apr 11 Francis de Bourguignon, composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 12 Nils-Eric Fougstedt, Finnish composer (Angoscia, Trittico sinfonico), dies at 50
  • Apr 21 James Melton, opera tenor (Ford Festival), dies at 57
  • Apr 29 Cisco Houston, American folk singer (b. 1918)