April 1994 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Apr 5 "Jackie Mason Politically Incorrect" opens at Golden Theater, NYC; runs for 347 performances

  • Apr 7 "Medea" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 82 performances
  • Apr 7 American soul singer Percy Sledge pleads guilty to tax evasion
  • Apr 7 Vatican commemorates The Holocaust for the first time with an orchestral concert in the Sala Nervi

Music Concert

Apr 9 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Whitney Houston, Luciano Pavarotti, Aaron Neville, Tammy Wynette, Branford Marsalis, and Larry Adler

  • Apr 10 "Les Miserables" opens at Hiten Theatre, Osaka

Music History

Apr 15 Jazz singer Tony Bennett records a session for "MTV's Unplugged" series at Sony Studios, NYC, featuring the Ralph Sharon trio, and guest appearances by Elvis Costello, and k.d.lang; album release wins 2 Grammy Awards

  • Apr 17 "Little More Magic" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 30 performances
  • Apr 17 "Twilight - Los Angeles 1992" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • Apr 18 Disney's stage adaptation of its animated musical "Beauty & the Beast" opens at Palace Theater, NYC
  • Apr 19 "Illmatic" debut studio album by US rapper Nas is released
  • Apr 21 Revival of William Inge's stage drama "Picnic" opens at Criterion Theater, NYC; runs for 45 performances
  • Apr 24 "Broken Glass" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 73 performances
  • Apr 24 "Flowering Peach" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • Apr 27 "An Inspector Calls" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 454 performances
  • Apr 30 39th Eurovision Song Contest: Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan for Ireland wins singing "Rock 'n' Roll Kids" in Dublin

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 4 Risako Sugaya, Japanese pop singer (Berryz Kobo), born in Kanagawa, Japan
  • Apr 12 Airi Suzuki, Japanese singer (Cute), born in Gifu, Japan
  • Apr 25 Maggie Rogers, American singer-songwriter (Alaska), born in Easton, Maryland
  • Apr 25 Sam Fender, English singer-songwriter and actor (Seventeen Going Under), born in South Shields, England

Weddings in Music

  • Apr 9 Singer Wayne Newton (52) weds attorney Kathleen McCrone (30)
  • Apr 16 American singer and piano player Harry Connick, Jr. (26) weds American model Jill Goodacre (30) at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Louisiana

Dudley Moore

Apr 16 British actor Dudley Moore (58) weds actress Nicole Rothschild; divorced in 1998

Divorces in Music

Billy Joel

Apr 14 Musician Billy Joel & supermodel Christie Brinkley announce plans to divorce

Lisa Marie Presley

Apr 28 "Princess of Rock and Roll" Lisa Marie Presley separates from musician Danny Keough

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 4 (Virginia) "Ginny" Simms, American singer (Kay Kyser Band), actress (Night and Day), and radio star, dies of a heart attack at 80 [1]

Kurt CobainKurt Cobain (1967-1994)

Apr 5 American grunge rocker (Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"), commits suicide at 27 by shooting himself in the head with a shotgun

  • Apr 5 Roy Smeck, guitarist/banjoist, dies at 94
  • Apr 6 Dick Cary, American jazz musician, dies at 77
  • Apr 7 Ken Carson, American western singer (Garry Moore Show), dies at 79
  • Apr 7 Lee Brilleaux, British R&B singer, harmonica player, and guitarist (Dr. Feelgood), dies of lymphoma at 41
  • Apr 10 James L. Lyons, American jazz promoter (founder of the Monterey Jazz Festival), dies at 77
  • Apr 12 Q T Macon, blues vocal/guitar, dies at 60
  • Apr 19 Larry Davis, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 57
  • Apr 22 Jack Bently, English trombonist, dies at 80
  • Apr 26 Manuel Enríquez, Mexican composer, dies at 67