On This Day

April 1964 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Apr 1 John Lennon is reunited with his father Freddie after 17 years

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Apr 3 Beatles hold top 6 spots on Sydney Australia record charts
  • Apr 4 "Anyone Can Whistle" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Apr 4 Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks

Music Premiere

Apr 7 Hugh Martin and Timothy Gray's musical "High Spirits", based on Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit", opens at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 375 performances

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward

Musical Finale

Apr 11 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Anyone Can Whistle" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 9 performances

Composer and Lyricist Stephen Sondheim
Composer and Lyricist
Stephen Sondheim
  • Apr 17 Albert Hague and Marty Brill's musical "Cafe Crown", starring Theodore Bikel, opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC; runs for 3 performances
  • Apr 18 Albert Hague and Marty Brill's musical "Cafe Crown", starring Theodore Bikel, closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • Apr 18 "Foxy" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 72 performances

Music Premiere

Apr 19 Roger Sessions' opera "Montezuma" premieres in West Berlin

Aztec Emperor Moctezuma II
Aztec Emperor
Moctezuma II

Theater Premiere

Apr 23 James Baldwin's play "Blues for Mr Charlie" premieres in NYC

Novelist and Playwright James Baldwin
Novelist and Playwright
James Baldwin
  • Apr 27 John Lennon's book of poetry and sketches "In His Own Write" is published in US

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 4 Robbie Rist, American actor (Oliver-Brady Bunch) and musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 5 Christopher "Kid" Reid, American rapper (Kid 'n Play)
  • Apr 6 Johnny Dee [DiTeodoro], American heavy metal drummer (Britny Fox - "Boys in Heat"; "King Kobra"), born in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 8 Biz Markie [Marcel Hall], American rapper, DJ and record producer ("Just A Friend"), born in New York City (d. 2021)
  • Apr 9 Soyo Oka, Japanese musician, born in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo, Japan
  • Apr 10 Reni [Alan John Wren], English pop drummer (Stone Roses - "Fools Gold"), born in Manchester, England
  • Apr 10 Felicia Collins, American guitarist (David Letterman), born in Albany, New York
  • Apr 11 Steve Azar, American country singer and songwriter ("I Don't Have to Be Me ('til Monday)"), born in Greenville, Mississippi
  • Apr 11 Johann Sebastian Paetsch, American cellist and musician, born in Colorado Springs
  • Apr 12 Amy Ray, American folk-rock singer and songwriter (Indigo Girls - "Closer To Fine"), born in Decatur, Georgia
  • Apr 13 Bill D'Angelo, American heavy metal guitarist (Femme Fatale), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico (d. 2005)
  • Apr 16 Dave Pirner, American rocker (Soul Asylum), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Apr 16 Esbjörn Svensson, Swedish jazz pianist (Seven Days Of Falling), born in Skultuna, Sweden (d. 2008)
  • Apr 17 Maynard James Keenan, American singer (Tool; A Perfect Circle), born in Ravenna, Ohio
  • Apr 18 Bez [Mark Berry], English percussionist and dancer (Happy Mondays), born in Bolton, Lancashire
  • Apr 23 Gen [Simon Matthews], British pop drummer (Jesus Jones - "Right Here, Right Now"), born in Wiltshire, England
  • Apr 25 Andy Bell, English rocker (Erasure - "Oh L'Amour"), born in Dogsthorpe, Peterborough, England
  • Apr 28 Noriyuki Iwadare, Japanese video game music composer, born in Matsumoto City, Nagano, Japan
  • Apr 30 Barrington Levy, Jamaican reggae and dancehall singer ("Englishman"), born in Clarendon, Jamaica

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 1 Božidar Kunc, Croatian composer, dies at 60
  • Apr 18 Albe Vidaković, Croatian composer, dies at 49