April 1978 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Apr 12 Gyorgy Ligeti's opera "Le Grand Macabre" premieres in Stockholm
  • Apr 16 "History of the American Film" closes at ANTA NYC after 21 performances
  • Apr 22 23rd Eurovision Song Contest: Izhar Cohen and the Alphabeta for Israel wins singing "A-Ba-Ni-Bi" in Paris
  • Apr 30 "Elvis: The Legend Lives!", a one-man show starring Rick Saucedo, closes at Palace Theatre, NYC, after 101 performances [1]

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 4 Aska Yang, Taiwanese singer (Dove), born in Taoyuan, Taiwan
  • Apr 4 Lemar Obika, English singer and songwriter, born in Tottenham, London
  • Apr 6 Armen Nalbandian, Armenian-American jazz pianist, composer, and activist, born in Manchester, England
  • Apr 6 Martin Mendez, Uruguayan-born bassist (Opeth)
  • Apr 6 Myleene Klass, British pop-opera singer,born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
  • Apr 6 Robert Glasper, American jazz, neo-soul, and R&B pianist, songwriter, arranger, and producer, born in Houston, Texas
  • Apr 7 Duncan James, British pop singer (Blue -"If You Come Back"), and actor (Hollyoaks), born in Dorset, England
  • Apr 9 Rachel Stevens, English singer (S Club 7), born in Southgate, London
  • Apr 9 Vesna Pisarović, Croatian singer, born in Brčko, Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Apr 11 Tom Thacker, Canadian musician (Gob), born in Langley, British Columbia, Canada
  • Apr 12 Guy Berryman, Scottish bassist (Coldplay), born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland
  • Apr 13 Chris Sligh, American singer and Idol finalist, born in Madison, Tennessee
  • Apr 15 Chris Stapleton, American country and bluegrass singer-songwriter (The SteelDrivers; "Broken Halos"; "Traveller"), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Apr 15 Luis Fonsi [Luis López-Cepero], Puerto Rican singer-songwriter ("Despacito"), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Apr 15 Philippe Powell, Franco-Brazilian jazz and world music pianist, composer and arranger, born in Paris, France
  • Apr 17 Bilal Abdul-samad, American rocker (Boys), born in Carson, California
  • Apr 21 Branden Steineckert, American drummer (Rancid), (The Used)
  • Apr 21 Jukka Nevalainen, Finnish drummer (Nightwish)
  • Apr 22 Jason Stollsteimer, American singer (The Von Bondies)
  • Apr 26 (Myron) Avant, American R&B singer ("Separated"; "Read Your Mind"), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Apr 28 Lauren Laverne [Gofton], British disc jockey, television presenter and punk-pop singer [Kenickie], born in Sunderland, England

Weddings in Music

Aretha Franklin

Apr 11 Singer Aretha Franklin marries second husband actor Glynn Turman (divorced 1984)

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 3 Ray Noble, English bandleader, comedian and actor (The Very Thought of You), dies at 74
  • Apr 4 Gino Contilli, Italian composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 6 Nicolas Nabokov, Russian composer (Holy Devil), dies at 74
  • Apr 7 Ernest Kanitz, Austrian-American composer, dies at 83
  • Apr 21 Sandy Denny, country singer, dies at 37