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April 2015 in Music History

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 17 Jazz composer and musician John Coltrane is awarded a posthumous Special Citation by the Pulitzer Prize board

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Apr 18 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band; Green Day; Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; Lou Reed; Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble; Bill Withers; The "5" Royals; and Ringo Starr

Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan
Musician, Singer and Songwriter
Stevie Ray Vaughan

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 19 50th Academy of Country Music Awards: Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Miranda Lambert win

Country Music Singer-Songwriter Luke Bryan
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Luke Bryan
Country Music Singer-Songwriter Miranda Lambert
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Miranda Lambert

Weddings in Music

  • Apr 25 Heart's lead singer Ann Wilson (64) weds multi-generational community developer Dean Wetter in her manager's California backyard

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 1 Dave Ball, English guitarist (Procul Harum), dies of cancer at 65
  • Apr 1 Cynthia Lennon [nee Powell], wife of Beatle John Lennon, dies of cancer at 75
  • Apr 2 Doug Sax, American mastering engineer (Bob Dylan, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Ray Charles), dies of cancer at 78
  • Apr 3 Bob Burns, American drummer (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a car crash at 64
  • Apr 3 Andrew Porter, British organist, opera director, music critic, and librettist, dies at 86
  • Apr 5 Claudio Prieto, Spanish composer (Solo a Solo; Cantata manriqueña), dies at 80
  • Apr 6 Milton Delugg, American pianist, accordion player, composer ("Hoop-Dee-Do"; "Santa Claus Conquers The Martians"), and orchestra leader (The Tonight Show, 1966; The Gong Show), dies at 96
  • Apr 6 David Leon Kaplan, American-Canadian music professor (University of Saskatchewan, 1960-82), conductor (Saskatoon Symphony, 1962-72), and composer, dies at 91
  • Apr 14 Percy Sledge, American soul singer ("When A Man Loves A Woman"), dies at 73
  • Apr 16 Martin Quittenton, British rock and blues guitarist (Steamhammer), and songwriter ("Maggie May; "You Wear It Well"), dies at 69
  • Apr 28 Jack Ely, American singer and guitarist (The Kingsmen - "Louie, Louie"), dies at 71
  • Apr 30 Ben E. King [Nelson], American soul singer (Stand By Me), dies at 76
  • Apr 30 Ronald Senator, British composer (Holocaust Requiem), and educator (Musicolor), dies in a house fire at 89