On This Day

April 1996 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Apr 4 "Inherit the Wind" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • Apr 11 Revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical "The King & I", starring Lou Diamond Phillips and Donna Murphy, premieres at Neil Simon Theater, NYC; runs for 781 performances

Theatrical Finale

Apr 14 Trish Vradenburg's play "Apple Doesn't Fall.."directed by Leonard Nimoy opens and closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 1 performance

Music Premiere

Apr 18 Revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical comedy "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", starring Nathan Lane, opens at St James Theater NYC for 715 performances

  • Apr 21 "Delicate Balance" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC
  • Apr 24 "Jack-Night on Town with John Barrymore" opens at Belasco for 12 performances
  • Apr 24 31st Academy of Country Music Awards: Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, and Patty Loveless win
  • Apr 25 "Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC
  • Apr 28 "Big" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 193 performances

Film Release

Apr 29 "Rent", starring Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs, opens at Nederlander Theater NYC

  • Apr 30 "Buried Child" opens at Atkinson Theater NYC for 77 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 18 Alexey Zhigalkovich, Belarusian singer (S druz'yami), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • Apr 23 Josh Kiszka, American vocalist (Greta Van Fleet), born in Frankenmuth, Michigan
  • Apr 23 Jake Kiszka, American guitarist (Greta Van Fleet), born in Frankenmuth, Michigan

Weddings in Music

  • Apr 16 Singer Judy Collins (57) weds industrial designer Louis Nelson (59) at Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 1 Edwin H "Buddy" Morris, music publisher, dies at 89
  • Apr 2 Guitar Gabriel [Robert Lewis Jones], American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 70
  • Apr 3 (Roosevelt) "Booba" Barnes, American blues guitarist, dies at 59
  • Apr 4 Joy Newton, dancer, dies at 82
  • Apr 4 Larry Laprise, songwriter, dies at 83
  • Apr 4 Paul Cooper, American composer, dies at 69
  • Apr 6 Nadieh [Karin Meis], Dutch singer, guitarist and composer (Haifa Blue) dies from a pulmonary embolism and breast cancer at 37
  • Apr 8 (Charles) Donald Adams, British bass-baritone opera singer (D'Oyly Carte Opera Company,; Gilbert and Sullivan For All), dies of a brain tumor at 67
  • Apr 8 Fried Walter [Schmidt], German light music and operetta composer, dies at 86
  • Apr 9 Luis Sandi, Mexican musician and composer, dies at 95
  • Apr 14 Gaylord Birch, American session drummer (Pointer Sisters; Herbie Hancock), dies of cancer at 50
  • Apr 14 Manuel A "Manny" Greenhill, American folk music record producer and manager (Joan Baez; Rev. Gary Davis), dies of leukemia at 80
  • Apr 15 Alexander Tanev, Bulgarian composer, dies at 67
  • Apr 16 Lucille Bremer, American actress and dancer (Meet Me in St. Louis; Ziegfeld Follies), dies from a heart attack at 79
  • Apr 16 Raymond Hill, American tenor saxophonist (Kings of Rhythm), dies at 62
  • Apr 18 Michael Leander, English songwriter and record producer, dies at 54
  • Apr 19 Bernard Edwards, American funk and disco bass player (Chic - "Le Freak"; "Good Times"), dies of pneumonia at 44