On This Day

April 1979 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Apr 8 "Carmelina" opens at St James Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • Apr 21 "Carmelina" closes at St James Theater NYC after 17 performances

Music Concert

Apr 22 The Rolling Stones play two benefit concerts for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, in Oshawa, Ontario; performance part of guitarist Keith Richards’ sentence for heroin conviction on heroin charges

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
Guitarist and Songwriter Keith Richards
Guitarist and Songwriter
Keith Richards
Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts

Music History

Apr 24 US State of Georgia designates Ray Charles' rendition of "Georgia On My Mind" (written by Hoagy Carmichael) as official state song

Musician Ray Charles
Musician
Ray Charles

Music History

Apr 27 George Harrison releases "Love Comes to Everyone"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 2 Jesse Carmichael, American musician and songwriter (Maroon 5), born in Boulder, Colorado
  • Apr 4 Andy McKee, American fingerstyle guitarist, born in Topeka, Kansas
  • Apr 8 Alexi Laiho, Finnish guitarist and singer (Children of Bodom, Sinergy, Kylähullut), born in Espoo, Finland (d. 2021)
  • Apr 9 Albert Hammond, Jr., American guitarist (The Strokes), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 10 Tsuyoshi Domoto, Japanese actor and singer (KinKi Kids), born in Nara, Japan
  • Apr 10 Shemekia Copeland, American blues singer (Turn the Heat Up!), born in Harlem, New York
  • Apr 10 Sophie Ellis-Bextor, English singer ("Read My Lips"), born in London
  • Apr 11 Chris Gaylor, American drummer (The All-American Rejects), born in Edmond, Oklahoma
  • Apr 11 Sebastien Grainger, Canadian musician (Death From Above), born in Mississauga, Canada
  • Apr 13 Tony Lundon, Irish pop singer (Liberty X - "Thinking It Over"), TV presenter (Toast), and film maker, born in Galway, Ireland
  • Apr 18 Nuria Fergó, Spanish singer (La vida son sólo dos días), born in Nerja, Spain

Daniel Johns

Apr 22 Daniel Johns, Australian musician (Silverchair - "Freak"), born in Newcastle, New South Wales

Musician Daniel Johns
Musician
Daniel Johns
  • Apr 23 Barry Fratelli [Wallace], Scottish rock bassist (The Fratellis - Costello Music; Here We Stand), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Apr 23 Lauri Ylönen, Finnish singer and songwriter (The Rasmus), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Apr 26 Janne Wirman, Finnish progressive metal keyboardist (Children of Bodom), born in Espoo, Finland
  • Apr 26 Ariane Moffatt, Canadian singer (Aquanaute - "La barricade"; "Dans un océan"), born in Saint-Romuald, Quebec
  • Apr 27 Will Boyd, American bass guitarist (Evanescence), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Apr 29 Jo O'Meara, British singer (S Club - "Bring It All Back"), born in Romford, England
  • Apr 29 Matt Tong, English drummer (Bloc Party)

Weddings in Music

Rod Stewart

Apr 6 Singer Rod Stewart & model Alana Collins wed

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart

Rosanne Cash

Apr 7 American country singer Rosanne Cash (23) weds American singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell (28)

Country Singer Rosanne Cash
Country Singer
Rosanne Cash

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 1 Bruno Coquatrix, French music impresario (b. 1910)
  • Apr 6 Milton Ager, American composer, dies at 85
  • Apr 10 Nino Rota [Giovanni Rota Rinaldi], Italian classical and film score composer (Il cappello di paglia di Firenze; The Godfather (I & II; 16 Fellini films), dies from a coronary thrombosis at 67
  • Apr 23 Doug Rauch, American rock and jazz-fusion bassist (Santana, 1972-74), dies of a heroin overdose at 28
  • Apr 28 Feliks Roderyk Łabuński, Polish composer, dies at 86
  • Apr 29 Julia Perry, American classical composer (Soul Symphony; Cask of Amontillado; Homunuclus C.F.) dies at 55