April 1983 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Apr 23 28th Eurovision Song Contest: Corinne Hermes for Luxembourg wins singing "Si la vie est cadeau" in Munich
  • Apr 24 "Show Boat" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 73 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 2 Yung Joc [Jasiel Robinson], American rapper ("It's Goin' Down"), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Apr 15 Margo Price, American country singer-songwriter ("That's How Rumors Get Started"), born in Aledo, Illinois
  • Apr 16 Marié Digby, American singer, born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 30 Yamini, Tamil Singer

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 1 Ken Kersey, Canadian jazz pianist, and composer ("Boogie Woogie Cocktail"), dies at 66
  • Apr 1 Marc Vaubourgoin, French composer, conductor, and musicologist, dies at 76
  • Apr 3 Danny Rapp, American pop singer (Danny & The Juniors - "At The Hop"), takes his own life at 41
  • Apr 5 Cliff Carlisle, American country and blues musician, singer, songwriter, and yodeler ("Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad"), dies at 79
  • Apr 14 Elisabeth Lutyens, English composer, dies at 76

Pete FarndonPete Farndon (1952-1983)

Apr 14 English rock bassist (The Pretenders - "Brass In Pocket"), drowns in his bathtub after a drug overdose at 30

  • Apr 14 Willem Frederik Bon, Dutch composer (Les Prédictions) and pedagogue, dies at 42
  • Apr 17 Felix Pappalardi, American rock music producer, songwriter, vocalist, and bassist (Mountain - "Mississippi Queen"), shot and killed by his wife, Gail, at 43
  • Apr 22 Earl "Fatha" Hines, American jazz pianist & bandleader (Deep Forest), dies at 79
  • Apr 26 Bronislaw Kaper, Polish-American Academy Award-winning film composer (Green Dolphin Street; Lili; The Brothers Karamazov), dies at 81

George BalanchineGeorge Balanchine (1904-1983)

Apr 30 Russian-American ballet composer and choreographer who founded the New York City Ballet, dies from Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease at 79

Muddy WatersMuddy Waters (1913-1983)

Apr 30 American blues singer and guitarist ("Mannish Boy"; "Got My Mojo Working"), dies of heart failure, while fighting cancer, at 70