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 "From Me to You" is released in UK

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

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • Apr 15 "Sophie" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Apr 19 "Hot Spot" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 43 performances

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Apr 19 Johnny Cash releases his 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

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

Drummer Charlie Watts
Charlie Watts
  • Apr 23 Jerry Bock and S. 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, singer (Too Late for Goodbyes) and son of John, born in Liverpool, England
  • Apr 10 Warren DeMartini, American heavy metal musician (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 Edward Garsed, Australian heavy metal artist (Nelson), born in Victoria, Australia
  • Apr 20 Kal Swan, Scottish heavy metal rocker (Bad Moon Rising), born in Raleigh, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Apr 24 Billy Gould, American rock bassist (Faith No More), 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

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 5 Julius Harrison, composer, dies at 78
  • Apr 9 Eddie Edwards, American jazz trombonist, dies at 71