On This Day

April 1962 in Music History

Events in Music

Academy Awards

Apr 9 34th Academy Awards: "West Side Story" (Best Picture, Director, and 8 more), Sophia Loren (Two Women) & Maximilian Schell (Judgement At Nuremberg) win

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 1 Sara Lazarus, American jazz singer ("It's All Right With Me"), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Apr 2 Billy Dean, American country singer ("Young Man"; "Fire in the Dark"), born in Quincy, Florida
  • Apr 3 Mike Ness, American rocker (Social Distortion), born in Lynn, Massachusetts
  • Apr 3 Simon Raymonde, British bassist, songwriter, and record producer (Cocteau Twins), born in Lewisham, London, England
  • Apr 7 Alain Robert, French rock & urban climber, born in Digoin, France
  • Apr 8 Izzy Stradlin [Jeff Isabelle], American guitarist (Guns & Roses), born in Lafayette, Indiana
  • Apr 8 Adam Mole, British guitarist (Pop Will Eat Itself - "Get The Girl! Kill The Baddies!"), born in England
  • Apr 12 Art Alexakis, American musician (Everclear), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 13 Hillel Slovak, Israeli musician (What Is This?, 1980-85; Red Hot Chili Peppers, 1982-87), born in Haifa, Israel (d. 1988)
  • Apr 14 John Bell, American rock singer and guitarist (Widespread Panic - "Hope in a Hopeless World"), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Apr 15 Surjit Bindrakhia [Bains], Punjabi Bhangra singer ("Lakk Tunoo Tunoo"), born in Bindrakh, Punjab (d. 2003)
  • Apr 16 Ian MacKaye, American rocker (Cyrano de Bergerac), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 18 Shirlie Holliman, English pop singer (Wham!, Pepsi & Shirlie), born in Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire, England
  • Apr 22 Rajae Belmlih, Moroccan singer, born in Rabat, Morocco (d. 2007)
  • Apr 26 Grahame "Skin" Skinner, Scottish rocker (Hipsway), born in Glasgow
  • Apr 26 Michael Damian, American actor (Young & Restless) and singer ("Rock On"), born in San Diego, California

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 3 Manolis Kalomiris, Greek opera composer, dies at 78
  • Apr 10 Stuart Sutcliffe, Scottish rocker who was the original bassist for the Beatles, dies of a brain hemorrhage at 21
  • Apr 20 Artúr Harmat, Hungarian composer, dies at 76
  • Apr 22 Solomon Pimsleur, French composer, dies at 61