On This Day

April 2001 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Single

Apr 23 Fatboy Slim releases single "Weapon of Choice", music video directed by Spike Jonze starring Christopher Walken dancing

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 3 Matthew Whitaker, American jazz pianist (Outta The Box), born in Hackensack, New Jersey

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 1 Trinh Cong Son, Vietnamese composer (b. 1939)
  • Apr 3 Lester "Big Daddy" Kinsey, American Chicago blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, dies at 74
  • Apr 6 Charles Pettigrew, American soul singer (Charles & Eddie - "Would I Lie To You?"), dies of cancer at 37
  • Apr 11 Sandy Bull, American musician (b. 1941)
  • Apr 11 Harry Secombe, Welsh actor, comedian, singer and goon (The Goon Show, Oliver!), dies of cancer at 79
  • Apr 12 Alberto Erede, Italian conductor, dies at 91
  • Apr 15 Joey Ramone [Jeffrey Hyman], American punk rock singer and musician (The Ramones - "I Wanna Be Sedated"; Blitzkrieg Bop"; solo -"What a Wonderful World"), dies of lymphoma at 49
  • Apr 15 John Verrall, American composer, dies at 92
  • Apr 20 Maria Karnilova, American dancer and actress (Fiddler on the Roof, Ivan the Terrible), dies at 80
  • Apr 20 Giuseppe Sinopoli, Italian conductor and composer (Sunnyata; Lou Salomé), dies while conducting Verdi's "Aida" of a heart attack at 54
  • Apr 21 David Hollestelle, Dutch baritone singer (Dutch Radio Chorus), dies at 84
  • Apr 22 Ludvig Nielsen, Norwegian organist, composer, choir director, and conductor (Nidaros Cathedral, 1935-76), dies at 95
  • Apr 24 Al Hibbler, American singer ("Unchained Melody"), dies at 85