April 2014 in Music History

Events in Music

Academy of Country Music Awards

Apr 6 49th Academy of Country Music Awards: George Strait, Jason Aldean, and Miranda Lambert win

Hall of Fame

Apr 10 29th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Peter Gabriel; Hall & Oates; KISS; Nirvana; Linda Ronstadt; Cat Stevens; The E Street Band; Brian Epstein; and Andrew Loog Oldham

Music Concert

Apr 17 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Rosanne Cash, Vince Gill, Bruno Mars, Jennifer Hudson, and Bryn Terfel

Music Single

Apr 27 Ariana Grande's first single from her album, "Problem" featuring Iggy Azalea, is released


Weddings in Music

  • Apr 12 Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter (34) weds long term girlfriend Lauren Kitt in Santa Barbara, California

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 1 Joe "Speedo" Frazier, American doo-wop vocalist (Impalas - "Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home)"), dies at 70
  • Apr 6 Jacques Castérède, French composer and pianist (Pandora's Box), dies at 87
  • Apr 11 Jesse Winchester, American musician and songwriter, dies from bladder cancer at 69
  • Apr 12 Fred Ho [Houn], American jazz baritone saxophonist, composer (Year of the Tiger), playwright, writer and social activist, dies of colon cancer at 56
  • Apr 14 Armando Peraza, Cuban jazz, Latin jazz, and rock percussionist (George Shearing; Cal Tjader; Santana, 1972-90), dies at about 89 [birth year disputed]
  • Apr 18 Brian Priestman, British conductor and teacher, dies at 87
  • Apr 23 Benjamín Brea, Spanish-Venezuelan jazz saxophonist, arranger and teacher, dies of stomach cancer at 67
  • Apr 23 Patric Standford, British composer (Taikayoku; Christus Requiem), dies at 75
  • Apr 23 Volker Wangenheim, German conductor & composer (Sinfonia Notturna), dies at 85
  • Apr 24 Konstantin Orbelyan, Armenian pianist, jazz and classical composer, and orchestra leader (State Estrada (Pops) Orchestra), dies at 85
  • Apr 28 Dennis Kamakahi, American Grammy Award-winning slack-key guitarist, dies from lung cancer at 61
  • Apr 28 Idris Sardi, Indonesian violinist and composer, noted for his film scores, dies at 75
  • Apr 29 (Abraham) "Glenn" Osser, American arranger and orchestra leader (Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue; Miss America Pageant), dies at 99
  • Apr 29 Gailene Stock, Australian ballerina, teacher, and dance school director, dies of cancer at 68
  • Apr 29 Paul Goddard, American rock bassist (Atlanta Rhythm Section - "So In To You"), dies of cancer at 68
  • Apr 30 Leo Kraft, American composer, dies at 91