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April 1980 in Music History

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Single

Apr 11 Paul McCartney releases single "Coming Up"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Apr 13 Musical "Grease" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 3,388 performances
  • Apr 13 "Reggae" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 21 performances
  • Apr 19 25th Eurovision Song Contest: Johnny Logan for Ireland wins singing "What's Another Year" in The Hague
  • Apr 30 "Barnum" opens at St James Theater NYC for 854 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 4 Johnny Borrell, English singer (Razorlight), born in Sutton, London
  • Apr 5 Lee Jae Won, South Korean actor, singer, and rapper
  • Apr 8 Manuel Ortega, Austrian singer, born in Steyregg, Austria
  • Apr 9 Clueso [Thomas Hübner], German pop singer, rapper, songwriter and producer, born in Erfurt, Germany
  • Apr 10 Bryce Soderberg, American musician (Lifehouse), born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • Apr 12 Brian McFadden, Irish singer and songwriter (Westlife), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Apr 12 Erik Mongrain, Canadian composer and guitarist, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 14 Win Butler, American musician (Arcade Fire), born in Truckee, California
  • Apr 15 Patrick Carney, American drummer (The Black Keys - "Little Black Submarines"), and music producer, born in Akron, Ohio
  • Apr 20 Blümchen [Jasmin Wagner], German singer (Boomerang), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Apr 23 Taio Cruz [Adetayo Onile-Ere], British singer, songwriter, rapper and record producer ("Break Your Heart"), born in Brent, England
  • Apr 24 Vincent Peirani, French jazz accordionist, vocalist and composer, born in Nice, France
  • Apr 29 Kian Egan, Irish singer (Westlife), born in Sligo, Ireland

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 4 Woodrow Wilson "Red" Sovine, American country music singer, dies following a heart attack leading to a car crash at 62
  • Apr 16 Morris Stoloff, American violinist, Academy Award-winning composer, music director (Columbia Pictures, 1938-62), and orchestra leader (Moonglow/Theme from Picnic), dies at 81

Person of interestJane Froman

Apr 22 Jane Froman, American singer (Jane Froman's USA Canteen), dies at 72

Singer Jane Froman
Singer
Jane Froman
  • Apr 28 Tommy Caldwell, American rock bass player (Marshall Tucker Band), dies in a jeep crash at 30
  • Apr 30 Mary McCarty, American singer, dancer, stage and screen actress (Babes in Toyland; All That Jazz;, Trapper John, MD), dies of a heart attack at 56