On This Day

April 2016 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Single

Apr 5 "One Dance" single Released by Drake (Billboard Song of the Year 2016)

  • Apr 8 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Steve Miller, and N.W.A

Album Release

Apr 23 Beyoncé releases her 6th album "Lemonade" with a 1 hour film on HBO

  • Apr 29 Canadian musician Drake releases "Views", his 4th studio album
  • Apr 29 "H.O.L.Y" single released by Florida Georgia Line (Billboard Song of the Year, 2016)

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 2 Gato Barbieri, Argentinian Latin jazz musician (Last Tango in Paris), dies at 83
  • Apr 2 Mike Gibbons, American rocker (Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods - "Billy Don't Be A Hero"), dies at 71
  • Apr 3 Donald "Don" Francks, Canadian actor, singer and musician (Terminal Choice, Finian's Rainbow), dies at 84
  • Apr 4 Carlo Mastrangelo, Italian-American rocker (Dion & The Belmonts), dies of cancer at 78
  • Apr 5 Leon Haywood, American funk and soul singer, and keyboardist ("It's Got To Be Mellow"; "I Want'a Do Something Freaky To You"), dies at 74

Merle Haggard

Apr 6 Merle Haggard, American country music singer-songwriter ("Mama Tried"; "If We Make It Through December"; "Okie from Muskogee"), dies on his 79th birthday

  • Apr 6 Dennis Davis, American drummer (David Bowie, 1974-80, 2003-04), dies of cancer at 66
  • Apr 11 Emile Ford, Caribbean-born British singer and engineer (first black male singer to top UK charts), dies at 78
  • Apr 12 Alan Loveday, New Zealand and British violinist, dies at 88
  • Apr 13 Jeremy Steig, American jazz flutist ("Howlin' for Judy"; "Wayfaring Stranger"), dies of cancer at 73
  • Apr 16 Peter Tolson, English rock guitarist (Pretty Things), dies at 64
  • Apr 18 [Julia Liane] Aleah Stanbridge, South African metal musician (Trees of Eternity), dies of cancer at 39
  • Apr 18 Brian Asawa, Japanese-American countertenor, dies of liver failure at 49

Prince Rogers Nelson

Apr 21 Prince [Rogers Nelson], American funk, rock, R&B singer-songwriter and musician ("1999"; "Purple Rain"), dies from an accidental overdose of painkillers at 57

  • Apr 21 Lonnie Mack, American rocker ("Baby What's Wrong"), dies at 74
  • Apr 24 Papa Wemba [Wembadio Kikumba], Congolese singer, known as the "King of Rumba Rock", dies after collapsing on stage at 66
  • Apr 24 Billy Paul [Paul Williams], American soul singer ("Me & Mrs Jones"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 81
  • Apr 24 Jan Henrik Kayser, Norwegian concert pianist (Grieg Prize, 1978), dies at 83
  • Apr 25 Mei Baojiu, Chinese opera performer and director (Mei Lanfang Peking Opera), dies at 82
  • Apr 30 Phil Ryan, Welsh keyboardist and composer (Man; Pete Brown), dies at 69