On This Day

April 1974 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Apr 6 200,000 attend rock concert "California Jam" in Ontario
  • Apr 6 19th Eurovision Song Contest: ABBA for Sweden wins singing "Waterloo" in Brighton
  • Apr 16 "Words & Music" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 127 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

Apr 20 Paul McCartney & Wings release single "Band on the Run" in the US

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 1 Richard Christy, American drummer
  • Apr 2 Håkan Hellström, Swedish musician (Känn ingen sorg för mig Göteborg), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Apr 5 Sahaj Ticotin, American musician/producer (Ra)
  • Apr 8 Chino XL, American rapper
  • Apr 14 Shawntae Harris, American rapper, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • Apr 16 Mat Devine, American singer (Kill Hannah), born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • Apr 16 Xu Jinglei, Chinese actress, singer and director, born in Beijing, China

Person of interestVictoria Beckham

Apr 17 Victoria Beckham [Adams], English singer (Posh Spice in the Spice Girls), born in Harlow, Essex

Singer and Fashion Designer Victoria Beckham
Singer and Fashion Designer
Victoria Beckham
  • Apr 17 Mikael Åkerfeldt, Swedish guitarist and singer (Opeth), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Apr 18 Mark Tremonti, American musician (Creed), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Apr 18 Millie Corretjer, Puerto Rican singer (De Hoy en Adelante), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Apr 18 Madeleine Peyroux, American French jazz and blues singer-songwriter, born in Athens, Georgia
  • Apr 22 Shavo Odadjian, Armenian-born bassist (System of a Down)
  • Apr 23 Carlos Dengler, American musician (Interpol), born in Queens, New York
  • Apr 24 Brian Marshall, American bassist and co-founder of rock band (Creed), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Apr 29 Anggun, Indonesian French singer-songwriter, born in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Apr 29 Jasper Wood, Canadian violinist, born in Moncton, New Brunswick

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 1 Alfred Ernest Whitehead, English-Canadian composer, dies at 86
  • Apr 13 Stanley Smith, American actor (Honey, King of Jazz, Soup to Nuts), dies at 71
  • Apr 15 Giovanni D'Anzi, Italian songwriter, dies at 68
  • Apr 17 Herbert Elwell, American composer (Happy Hypocrite), dies at 75
  • Apr 17 Vinnie Taylor, rocker (Canned Heat), dies of a drug overdose