On This Day

April 1963 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Apr 5 Beatles receive their 1st silver disc (Please Please Me)
  • Apr 12 Beatles third single, "From Me To You" is released in UK

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 14 George Harrison is impressed by unsigned group "Rolling Stones"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Apr 15 Steve Allen's musical "Sophie", based on the life of American singer, and comic actress Sophie Tucker, opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 8 performances

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • Apr 19 "Hot Spot" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 43 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

Apr 19 Johnny Cash releases single "Ring Of Fire" written by his future wife June Carter and Merle Kilgore

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
Country Singer June Carter Cash
Country Singer
June Carter Cash
  • Apr 20 "Sophie" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 8 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 21 Beatles meet The Rolling Stones for the 1st time

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts
  • Apr 23 Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's musical "She Loves Me" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 302 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 3 Criss Oliva, American musician (Savatage), born in Pompton Plains, New Jersey (d. 1993)
  • Apr 3 Tsuyoshi Sekito, Japanese video game composer, born in Osaka, Japan
  • Apr 4 David Gavurin, English pop guitarist and composer (Sundays, Blind)
  • Apr 4 Nigel Preston, British drummer (The Cult), born in Birmingham (d. 1992)
  • Apr 8 Julian Lennon, English singer-songwriter ("Too Late for Goodbyes"), philanthropist (The White Feather Foundation), photographer, and son of John, born in Liverpool, England
  • Apr 8 Donita Sparks, American singer, guitarist, and songwriter (L7), and podcaster (The Hi-Low Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 10 Warren DeMartini, American heavy metal guitarist (Ratt), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 10 Mark Oliver Everett, American singer-songwriter, musician and author (Eels), born in Virginia
  • Apr 16 Jimmy Osmond, American singer (Donnie & Marie), born in Ogden, Utah
  • Apr 20 Brett Garsed, Australian rock guitarist (Nelson; Garsed/Helmerich), born in Victoria, Australia
  • Apr 20 Kal Swan, Scottish heavy metal singer-songwriter (Bad Moon Rising), born in Raleigh, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Apr 21 Steve Shapiro, American jazz and session musician vibraphonist, and music producer, born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Apr 24 Billy Gould, American rock bassist (Faith No More - "Epic"; "Easy"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 24 Joey Vera, American heavy metal rocker (Armored Saint - "Aftermath"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 24 Mano Solo [Emmanuel Cabut], French singer, born in Châlons-sur-Marne (d. 2010)
  • Apr 24 Tõnu Trubetsky, Estonian punk rock musician, born in Tallinn, Estonia

Weddings in Music

LovePerson of Interest

Apr 23 American guitarist Jerry Garcia (20) weds Sara Ruppenthal in California; divorce in 1967

Rock Musician Jerry Garcia
Rock Musician
Jerry Garcia

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 5 Julius Harrison, composer, dies at 78
  • Apr 9 Eddie Edwards, American jazz trombonist, dies at 71
  • Apr 12 Herbie Nichols, American jazz pianist and composer ("Lady Sings the Blues"), dies of leukemia at 43