April 1977 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Apr 2 Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album goes to No. 1 & stays atop charts for 31 weeks
  • Apr 6 Judge rules Beatles 1962 Hamburg album can be released

Music Single

Apr 11 "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)" single released by Waylon Jennings (Billboard Song of the Year, 1977)

  • Apr 17 "I Love My Wife" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 864 performances

Music Premiere

Apr 18 Musical revue "Side by Side by Sondheim" opens at Music Box, NYC; runs for 390 performances

  • Apr 21 C Strouse & M Charnin's musical "Annie" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 2377 performances
  • Apr 30 Revival of musical revue "A Party with Betty Comden and Adolph Green" closes at Little Theatre, NYC after 92 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 2 Sascha Gerstner, German heavy metal (Freedom Call; Helloween, 2002-present), born in Stuttgart, West Germany
  • Apr 4 Adam Dutkiewicz, American guitarist (Killswitch Engage), born in Westhampton, Massachusetts

Gerard WayGerard Way (45 years old)

Apr 9 American singer-songwriter (My Chemical Romance - "Welcome To The Black Parade"), born in Summit, New Jersey

  • Apr 11 DJ Fresh [Daniel Stein], British musician, DJ and record producer ("Louder"; "Hot Right Now"), born in England
  • Apr 17 Phil Jamieson, Australian singer (Grinspoon), born in Hornsby, New South Wales
  • Apr 17 Sizzla Kalonji [Miguel Orlando Collins], Jamaican reggae musician, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Apr 21 Doseone [Adam Drucker], American rapper (co-founder of Anticon), born in Napa, Idaho
  • Apr 22 Aaron Fink, American guitarist (Breaking Benjamin)

John CenaJohn Cena (45 years old)

Apr 23 American professional wrestler, rapper and actor (The Marine), born in West Newbury, Massachusetts

  • Apr 25 Constantinos Christoforou, Cypriot singer ("O, ti m'afora"), born in Limassol, Cyprus
  • Apr 25 Matthew West, American Christian musician and singer ("Happy"), born in Downers Grove, Illinois
  • Apr 25 Paavo Siljamäki, Finnish musician (Above & Beyond)

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 4 Jeno Zador, composer, dies at 82
  • Apr 22 Charles Sanford, American orchestra leader (Your Show of Shows), dies at 71
  • Apr 27 Joe Garland, American big band jazz saxophonist, arranger, and composer (In the Mood; Serenade To A Savage), dies at 73
  • Apr 30 Clive Martin Douglas, Australian composer, dies at 73