On This Day

April 1970 in Music History

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 1 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release hoax they are having dual sex change operations

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Apr 8 "Cry for Us All" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 8 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 10 Paul McCartney officially announces the split of The Beatles

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Apr 11 Beatles' "Let It Be" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks
  • Apr 13 Greek composer and counter-revolutionist Mikis Theordorakis freed from Oropos concentration camp, and allowed to be exiled to France

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 13 5th Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Tammy Wynette win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • Apr 14 "Boy Friend" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 119 performances
  • Apr 15 "Cry for Us All" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Apr 17 Paul McCartney's 1st solo album "McCartney" is released
  • Apr 19 "Look to the Lilies" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 25 performances
  • Apr 22 "Park" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Apr 25 "Park" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 5 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Apr 26 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Company", directed by Hal Prince, opens at Alvin Theater NYC; runs for 705 performances, wins 6 Tony Awards

Composer and Lyricist Stephen Sondheim
Composer and Lyricist
Stephen Sondheim

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 2 Deva Premal [Jolantha Fries], German singer known for setting ancient Tibetan and Sanskrit mantras into contemporary new age music, born in Nürnberg, Germany
  • Apr 5 Miho Hatori, Japanese singer and songwriter (Cibo Matto)
  • Apr 7 Leif Ove Andsnes, Norwegian classical pianist, born in Karmøy, Norway
  • Apr 9 Josh Todd [Gruber], American musician, singer (Buckcherry), and actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 10 Kenny Lattimore, American R&B singer-songwriter ("Never Too Busy"; "For You"), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 10 Mike Mushok, American rock guitarist (Staind; Newsted; Saint Asonia), born in Ludlow, Massachusetts
  • Apr 10 Q-Tip [Kamaal Fareed, born Jonathan Davis], American rapper, actor, record producer and DJ, born in Harlem, New York
  • Apr 11 Delroy Pearson, English rock vocalist (Five Star - "Between The Lines"), born in Islington, London
  • Apr 12 Nick Hexum, American singer and songwriter (311), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Apr 14 Shizuka Kudō, Japanese singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Apr 14 Emre Altuğ, Turkish singer, born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Apr 17 Redman [Reginald Noble], American rapper, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Apr 18 Greg Eklund, American drummer (Everclear, 1994-2003), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Apr 19 Luis Miguel, Puerto Rican-Mexican spanish singer (Me Gustas Tal Como Eres), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Apr 21 Glen Hansard, Irish singer-songwriter and actor (Falling Slowly), born in Ballymum
  • Apr 22 Regine Velasquez, Filipino singer and actress
  • Apr 23 Dennis Culp, American singer and songwriter, born in Denver, Colorado
  • Apr 26 T-Boz [Tionne Watkins], American R&B-pop singer (TLC -"Waterfalls"; "No Scrubs"), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Apr 26 Shane Evans, American drummer (Collective Soul, 1992-2005 - "Shine"; "The World I Know"), born in Stockbridge, Georgia
  • Apr 29 China Forbes, American singer-songwriter (Pink Martini), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 5 Jacob H "Jaap" Stotijn, Dutch oboist, and conductor (Residence Orchestra), dies at 78
  • Apr 20 Shakeel Badayuni, Indian poet and lyricist, dies at 53
  • Apr 21 Earl Hooker, American blues slide guitar player ("Blue Guitar"), dies of tuberculosis at 40
  • Apr 30 Hall Johnson, American composer (Hall Johnson Choir), dies at 82