On This Day

April 1974 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Apr 6 200,000 attend rock concert "California Jam" at the Ontario Motor Speedway in Ontario, California; line-up includes Earth, Wind & Fire; Black Sabbath; Deep Purple; and Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  • Apr 6 19th Eurovision Song Contest: ABBA for Sweden wins singing "Waterloo" in Brighton, England
  • 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 heavy metal drummer (Charred Walls of the Damned), and radio personality (The Howard Stern Show), born in Fort Scott, Kansas, U.S.
  • 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 [Derek Keith Barbosa], American rapper and actor, born in The Bronx, New York
  • 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 and fashion designer (Posh of 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 rock guitarist (Creed - "With Arms Wide Open"; Alter Bridge -"Isolation"), 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 21 Michael Leonhart, American jazz and session trumpeter (Steely Dan; Yoko Ono; Rufus Wainwright), born in New York City
  • Apr 22 Shavo Odadjian, Armenian-American heavy metal bassist (System of a Down), born in Yerevan, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union
  • Apr 23 Carlos Dengler, American musician (Interpol), born in Queens, New York
  • Apr 24 Brian Marshall, American rock bassist (Creed - "With Arms Wide Open"), 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 and singer (King of Jazz; Soup to Nuts; Good News), dies at 71
  • Apr 14 Al Morgan, American jazz double-bassist (Cab Calloway; Fats Waller; Louis Jordan), dies at 65
  • Apr 15 Giovanni D'Anzi, Italian songwriter ("Malinconia d'amore"), 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
  • Apr 25 Pam Courson (27), long-term companion of Door's vocalist Jim Morrison, dies of heroin overdose