April 1976 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Apr 3 21st Eurovision Song Contest: Brotherhood of Man for United Kingdom wins singing "Save Your Kisses for Me" in The Hague

Music History

Apr 6 1st quadrophonic movie track: "Ladies & Gentlemen The Rolling Stones"

  • Apr 18 30th Tony Awards: "Travesties" (play) & "A Chorus Line" (musical) win
  • Apr 27 "So Long 174th St" opens at Harkness Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Apr 30 "Silly Love Songs" single released by Wings (Billboard Song of the Year, 1976)

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 3 Drew Shirley, American Christian-rock guitarist (All Together Separate; Switchfoot, 2003-present), born in Key West, Florida
  • Apr 6 Georg Hólm, Icelandic musician
  • Apr 14 Christian Älvestam, Swedish heavy metal vocalist and musician (Scar Symmetry: Miseration), born in Sweden
  • Apr 16 Kelli O'Hara, American stage actress and singer (The King and I), born in Elk City, Oklahoma
  • Apr 16 Lukas Haas, American actor and musician (Witness, Inception), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 17 Monet Mazur, American actress and musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 18 Fayray [Minako Ōhashi], Japanese pop-jazz singer-songwriter (Taiyō no Gravity), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Apr 19 Ruud Jolie, Dutch guitarist (Within Temptation), born in Tilburg, Netherlands
  • Apr 23 Aaron Dessner, American songwriter, musician and producer (The National), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Apr 23 Bryce Dessner, American guitarist, songwriter (The National), orchestral and film score composer, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Apr 26 José Pasillas, American drummer (Incubus - "Meglomaniac"; "Drive"), born in Calabasas, California
  • Apr 27 Isobel Campbell, Scottish singer and composer, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Apr 29 Jay Orpin, Swedish-Finnish pop composer and record producer, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Apr 30 Amanda Palmer, American performance artist, pianist, singer, and lyricist (The Dresden Dolls), born in New York City

Weddings in Music

Doris Day

Apr 14 American singer and actress Doris Day (54) weds restaurateur Barry Comden; divorce in 1982

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 1 Freddie Lennon, father of John Lennon (Beatles), dies at 63
  • Apr 1 Miroslav Ponc, Czech composer, dies at 73
  • Apr 3 Maurice Johnstone, English brass band composer, dies at 75
  • Apr 9 Akio Yashiro, Japanese composer, dies at 46
  • Apr 9 Phil Ochs, American anti-war folk singer ("I Ain't Marching Anymore"; "Draft Dodger Rag"), commits suicide at 35
  • Apr 22 Frutuoso de Lima Viana, Brazilian pianist & composer, dies at 79
  • Apr 25 Alexander Brailowsky, Russian-French pianist (Chopin specialist), dies at 80
  • Apr 29 Wilhelm Maler, German composer, dies at 73
  • Apr 30 Edvard Fliflet Braein, Norwegian composer (Ut mot havet (Out To Sea); Anne Pedersdotter), dies at 51