On This Day

April 1967 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Apr 8 12th Eurovision Song Contest: Sandie Shaw for United Kingdom wins singing "Puppet on a String" in Vienna
  • Apr 9 "At the Drop of Another Hat" closes at Booth NYC after 105 performances
  • Apr 11 "Illya Darling" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 320 performances
  • Apr 15 "Wait A Minim!" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 457 performances
  • Apr 16 "Walking Happy" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 161 performances
  • Apr 19 Beatles sign a contract to stay together for 10 years (they don't)
  • Apr 26 "Hallelujah, Baby!" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 293 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

Apr 29 Aretha Franklin releases her single "Respect" (written by Otis Redding); Billboard Song of the Year, 1967

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
Singer-Songwriter and Producer Otis Redding
Singer-Songwriter and Producer
Otis Redding

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 1 Phil Demmel, American musician
  • Apr 2 Greg Camp, American rock songwriter, guitarist, and singer (Smash Mouth - "All Star"), born in West Covina, California
  • Apr 7 Artemis Gounaki, composer, writer and music producer
  • Apr 12 Mellow Man Ace [Ulpiano Reyes], Cuban-American rapper and actor ("Only the Strong"), born in Pinar del Río, Cuba
  • Apr 12 Sarah Cracknell, English singer-songwriter (Saint Etienne), born in Chelmsford, England
  • Apr 13 Olga Tañón, Puerto Rican singer, born in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Apr 14 Barrett Martin, American rock and jazz drummer and composer, born in Olympia, Washington
  • Apr 15 Frankie Poullain [Francis Poullain-Patterson], Scottish bass player (The Darkness - Permission To Land), born in Milnathort, Scotland
  • Apr 16 Junko Onishi, Japanese post-bop jazz pianist (Fragile; Tea Times), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • Apr 17 Liz Phair, American musician and songwriter (Exile In Guyville), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Apr 17 Matt Chamberlain, American session drummer (Tori Amos; Edie Brickell; The Slow Music Project; William Shatner; Wallflowers), born in San Pedro, California
  • Apr 18 Jayce Fincher Jr, American heavy metal bassist (Southgang - "Tainted Angel"; Marvelous 3)
  • Apr 19 Dorothy "Dar" Williams, American singer-songwriter ("You're Aging Well"; "When I Was A Boy"; The Christians and The Pagans"), born in Mount Kisco, New York
  • Apr 20 Mike Portnoy, American drummer (Dream Theater), born in Long Beach, New York
  • Apr 21 Michael Franti, American musician (The Beatnigs, Spearhead), born in Oakland, California
  • Apr 23 Brent Muscat, American hard rock musician (Faster Pussycat - "Wake Me When It's Over"), born in Hollywood, California
  • Apr 24 Patty Schemel, American drummer (Hole, 1992-98), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 26 Darrin Mooney, British session drummer (Primal Scream; Gary Moore), born in Merton, London
  • Apr 27 Tommy Smith, Scottish jazz musician, born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Apr 29 Master P, [Percy Miller] American rapper, actor and record producer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Apr 30 John Robert "J. R." Richards, American singer-songwriter, record producer, and TV and film composer (Dishwalla), born in Santa Barbara, California

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 4 Mischa Elman, Ukraine/US violinist, dies at 76
  • Apr 4 Al Lewis, American lyricist, songwriter and music publisher (Blueberry Hill, You Gotta Be a Football Hero), dies at 65
  • Apr 17 Henry "Red" Allen, American jazz trumpeter, dies of pancreatic cancer at 59
  • Apr 29 J. B. Lenoir, African American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the 1950s, dies from injuries sustained in a car crash at 38