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April 2020 in Music History

Events in Music


Music concertMusic Concert

Apr 13 Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli sings a special Easter concert in the deserted Milan cathedral, accompanied by an organist

Italian Tenor Andrea Bocelli
Italian Tenor
Andrea Bocelli

Music concertMusic Concert

Apr 19 Together At Home concert for COVID-19 aid curated by Lady Gaga and streamed worldwide

Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Singer-Songwriter
Lady Gaga

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 1 Ellis Marsalis, American jazz musician and prominent teacher, dies of COVID-19 complications at 85
  • Apr 1 Adam Schlesinger, American rock musician (Fountains Of Wayne) and songwriter (That Thing You Do), dies of COVID-19 complications at 52
  • Apr 1 John "Bucky" Pizzarelli, American jazz guitarist, dies of Covid-19 at 94
  • Apr 2 Claudio Spies, Chilean American composer, dies at 95
  • Apr 7 John Prine, American country folk singer-songwriter ("Hello In There"; "Angel From Montgomery"; "Paradise"), dies of Covid-19 complications at 73
  • Apr 7 Hal Willner, American music producer (Lost In The Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill; Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films; The Carl Stalling Project), dies with symptoms of Covid-19 at 64
  • Apr 13 Ryo Kawasaki, Japanese jazz fusion guitarist, composer, band leader, and synthesizer software programmer, dies at 73
  • Apr 15 Lee Konitz, American jazz saxophonist (Birth of the Cool), dies of COVID-19 complications at 92
  • Apr 16 Kenneth Gilbert, Canadian harpsichordist, organist, musicologist, and educator, dies at 88
  • Apr 17 Arlene Saunders, American soprano, dies of COVID-19 complications at 89
  • Apr 17 Matthew Seligman, British studio and touring new wave rock bassist (Robyn Hitchcock; Thompson Twins; Thomas Dolby), dies from Covid-19 complications at 64
  • Apr 19 Ian Whitcomb, English rocker ("You Turn Me On"), dies at 78
  • Apr 22 Robert "Bootsie" Barnes, American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies of Covid-19 at 82 [1]
  • Apr 24 Harold Reid, American country bass vocalist (Statler Brothers - "Bed Of Rose's"), dies of kidney failure at 80 [1]
  • Apr 27 Lynn Harrell, American cellist, dies at 76
  • Apr 28 Bobby Lewis, American rock and roll singer ("Tossin' and Turnin'"), dies at 95
  • Apr 30 Tony Allen, Nigerian drummer who pioneered Afrobeat sound, dies of an aortic aneurysm at 79