On This Day

April 1997 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Apr 2 "Doll's House" opens at Belasco Theater NYC
  • Apr 3 "Dream-Johnny Mercer Musical" opens at Royale NYC for 109 performance
  • Apr 6 "3 Sisters" closes at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Apr 13 "American Daughter" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 88 performances
  • Apr 20 "Gin Game" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 144 performances
  • Apr 20 "Present Laughter" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC
  • Apr 23 32nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, and Patty Loveless win
  • Apr 24 Kandor and Ebb's musical "Steel Pier" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater,NYC; runs for 76 performances
  • Apr 26 "Life" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC
  • Apr 27 "Little Foxes" opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 56 performances
  • Apr 27 "Stanley" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC
  • Apr 28 "Jekyll & Hyde" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC
  • Apr 29 "Candide" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 103 performances
  • Apr 30 "London Assurance" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 72 performances

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 2 Zsolt Durko, Hungarian composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 8 Laura Nyro, American singer-songwriter ("Wedding Bell Blues"; "Stoned Soul Picnic"; "And When I Die"), dies of ovarian cancer at 49
  • Apr 10 Toshiro Mayuzumi, Japanese composer (Sphenogramme), dies at 68
  • Apr 16 Mae Boren Axton, American songwriter, known as the"Queen Mother of Nashville" ("Heartbreak Hotel"), dies at 82
  • Apr 16 Ray Green, American composer and publisher, dies at 88
  • Apr 19 El Duce [Eldon Wayne Hoke], American singer and drummer (The Mentors), dies from a "misadventure" on a train-track at 39
  • Apr 24 Robert Erickson, American composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 26 Gene Ames, American singer (Ames Brothers), dies of cancer at 73
  • Apr 29 Keith Ferguson, American blues bassist (Fabulous Thunderbirds), dies of liver failure due to heroin use at 50