On This Day

April 1994 in Music History

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Comedian Jackie Mason
Comedian
Jackie Mason
  • Apr 7 "Medea" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 82 performances
  • Apr 7 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
  • Apr 10 "Les Miserables" opens at Hiten Theatre, Osaka

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Singer Tony Bennett
Singer
Tony Bennett
Singer-Songwriter Elvis Costello
Singer-Songwriter
Elvis Costello
  • 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 "Beauty & the Beast" opens at Palace Theater NYC
  • Apr 19 "Illmatic" debut studio album by US rapper Nas is released
  • Apr 21 "Picnic" opens at Criterion Theater NYC 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

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

LovePerson of Interest

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

Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician Dudley Moore
Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician
Dudley Moore

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 28 Lisa Marie Presley separates from Danny Keough

Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 4 Virginia "Ginny" Simms, American actress and singer (Night and Day, Kay Kyser Band), dies of a heart attack at 78
  • Apr 5 Roy Smeck, guitarist/banjoist, dies at 94

Person of interestKurt Cobain

Apr 5 Kurt Cobain, American grunge rocker (Nirvana), commits suicide at 27 by shooting himself in the head with a shotgun

Rocker Kurt Cobain
Rocker
Kurt Cobain
  • Apr 6 Dick Cary, American jazz musician, dies at 77
  • 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