On This Day

On This Day in Music for April 1

Events in Music

Film release premierFilm Premier

1930 "The Blue Angel" starring Marlene Dietrich in her breakthrough role premieres in Germany

Actress and Singer Marlene Dietrich
Actress and Singer
Marlene Dietrich

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1964 John Lennon is reunited with his father Freddie after 17 years

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1966 "Hold On, I'm Comin'" single released by Sam & Dave
  • 1970 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release hoax they are having dual sex change operations
  • 1972 30,000 attend Mar Y Sol rock concert, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico
  • 1973 John Lennon and Yoko Ono form a new country with no laws or boundaries, called Nutopia, its national anthem is silence
  • 1990 It becomes illegal in Salem Oregon to be within 2 feet of nude dancers
  • 1992 Rocker Billy Idol fined $2,000 for hitting a woman

Music awardsMusic Awards

2012 47th Academy of Country Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, and Miranda Lambert win

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
Country Singer Blake Shelton
Country Singer
Blake Shelton
Country Music Singer-Songwriter Miranda Lambert
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Miranda Lambert

Hall of fameHall of Fame

2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Kiss, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens

Singer and songwriter Cat Stevens
Singer and songwriter
Cat Stevens
Rocker Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain
Singer-Songwriter and Musician Dave Grohl
Singer-Songwriter and Musician
Dave Grohl

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

2017 Bob Dylan receives his Nobel Prize for Literature at a private ceremony in Stockholm

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan

Birthdays in Music

  • 1582 Thomas Simpson, English composer who worked in Germany, born in Kent (d. 1628)
  • 1643 Christian Demelius, composer
  • 1721 Pieter Hellendaal, Dutch violinist/organist/composer (Glees)
  • 1725 Francois Bainville, composer
  • 1772 Ignaz Franz von Mosel, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1844)
  • 1802 Hubert Reis, German composer and violinist, born in Bonn (d. 1886)
  • 1834 Isidore Edouard Legouix, composer
  • 1847 Gavriil Musicescu, composer
  • 1866 Ferruccio Busoni, Italian pianist, composer, and conductor (Arlecchino), born in Empoli (d. 1924)
  • 1871 F. Melius Christiansen, composer
  • 1872 Tadeusz Joteyko, Polish conductor, composer, and musicologist (Zygmunt August), born in Poczujki, Russian Empire (d. 1932)
  • 1873 Sergei Rachmaninoff, Russian-American piano virtuoso, conductor, and composer (Aleko; Piano Concerto No. 3), born in Oneg or Semyonovo, Russian Empire (d. 1943) [OS=Mar 20]
  • 1883 Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov, Russian Soviet composer, born in Plakhino, Ryazan Governorate (d. 1946) [OS date]
  • 1886 Casimir von Pászthory, Austrian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1966)
  • 1895 Alberta Hunter, American blues singer, and composer ("Downhearted Blues"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1984)
  • 1897 Lucille Bogan, American blues singer and songwriter ("Sweet Petunia"; "Black Angel Blues"), born in Amory, Mississippi (d. 1948)
  • 1901 Boris Koutzen, Russian violinist, composer, and educator, born in Uman, Russia (now Ukraine) (d. 1966)
  • 1905 Winfried Zillig, German opera composer, and conductor (Fantasia Irica), born in Würzburg, Germany (d. 1963)
  • 1907 Walter Kaufmann, German-American conductor (Winnipeg Symphony, 1948-57), composer (Navaratnam), and musicologist (The Ragas of South India), born in Karlsbad, Germany (d. 1984)
  • 1909 Eddy Duchin, American jazz pianist and bandleader (Eddy Duchin Orchestra), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1951)
  • 1910 Harry Carney, American tenor and baritone jazz saxophonist (Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1927-74), born in Boston, Massachussets (d. 1974)
  • 1911 Gunther Rennert, opera director and producer, born in Essen, Germany
  • 1914 Carla van Neste, Belgian violinist
  • 1915 Art Lund, American pop baritone singer ("Mam'selle"), screen and stage actor (Fiorello!), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1990)
  • 1917 Johnny Andrews, American singer/host (Songs at Twilight), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1921 Douglas Allenbrook, composer
  • 1921 William L Bergsma, American composer (Fortunate Island), born in Oakland, California
  • 1921 Steve Race, British composer, jazz pianist and radio and television presenter (BBC's "My Music", 1967-94), born in Lincoln, England (d. 2009)
  • 1922 Jimmie Lloyd [Logdon], American country and rockabilly singer ("I Got a Rocket in My Pocket"), born in Panther, Kentucky (d. 2001)
  • 1922 Irving "Duke" Jordan, American jazz pianist (Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Sonny Stitt), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1924 Gunther Becker, composer
  • 1925 Kathy Stobart, British jazz tenor saxophonist, bandleader, and teacher, born in South Shields, England (d. 2014)
  • 1926 Charles Bressler, American tenor
  • 1927 Amos Milburn, American R&B singer and pianist ("One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer"), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1980)
  • 1929 Jane Powell, American singer and actress (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1930 Grace Lee Whitney, American singer and actress (Star Trek - "Yeoman Rand"), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1930 Joan Franks-Williams, composer
  • 1932 (Mary Frances) "Debbie" Reynolds, American actress and singer (Singin' In The Rain -"Kathy Selden"; The Unsinkable Molly Brown), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Jiri Smutny, Czech composer, born in Prague
  • 1934 Jim Ed Brown, American country music singer (Nashville on the Road), born in Sparkman, Arkansas
  • 1939 Rudolph Isley, American rocker (Isley Brothers - "Shout"), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1942 Alan Blakley, British guitarist and record producer (The Tremeloes - "Here Comes My Baby"; "Silence Is Golden"), born in Bromley, Kent, England (d. 1996)
  • 1942 Danny Brooks [Jim Mealey], American pop bass vocalist (The Dovells - "Bristol Stomp"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 197?)
  • 1942 Phil Margo, American rock vocalist (Tokens - "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1945 John Barbata, American drummer (Turtles - "Happy Together"; "Elenore"), born in Passiac, New Jersey
  • 1945 Kenny Buttrey, American influential drummer, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2004)
  • 1946 Ronnie "Plonk" Lane, English rock bassist (Small Faces - "Hey Girl"), born in London, England
  • 1947 Robin Scott, English singer (M), born in London
  • 1948 Jimmy Cliff [Chambers], Jamaican reggae singer ("The Harder They Come"), born in St James, Colony of Jamaica
  • 1948 Simon Crowe, Irish rock drummer (Boomtown Rats - "I Don't Like Mondays"), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1949 Gill Scott-Heron, American poet, singer, and pianist ("Whitey On The Moon"; “Johannesburg"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2011)
  • 1950 Billy Currie, British rock keyboardist and violinist (Ultravox), born in Huddersfield, England
  • 1951 Henry Gross, American guitarist (Sha Na Na, 1969-70), and singer-songwriter ("Shannon"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1952 Tirso Cruz III, Filipino actor and singer, born in Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines
  • 1952 Rob Wasserman, American jazz and rock double bassist, and composer (RatDog; Duets), born in San Mateo, California (d. 2016)
  • 1954 Jeff Porcaro, American drummer/percussionist (Toto - "Roxanna"; "Africa"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1954 Susumu Hirasawa, Japanese electropop musician, born in Nakagawa, Adachi, Tokyo
  • 1955 Emmanuel [Acha], Mexican singer (Íntimamente, La Chica de Humo), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1958 D. Boon, American musician d. (1985)
  • 1961 Mark White, British rock guitarist, singer-songwriter and record producer (ABC - "All of My Heart", born in Sheffield, England
  • 1961 Susan Boyle, Scottish pop singer (Britain's Got Talent, 2009 -"I Dreamed A Dream"), born in Dechmont, West Lothian, Scotland
  • 1962 Sara Lazarus, American jazz singer ("It's All Right With Me"), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1965 Peter O'Toole, Irish pop bassist (Hothouse Flowers - "People"; "Thing Of Beauty"), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1965 Robert Steadman, English composer, born in Chiswick, London
  • 1967 Phil Demmel, American musician
  • 1968 Julia Boutros, Lebanese singer
  • 1972 Jesse Tobias, American musician
  • 1974 Richard Christy, American heavy metal drummer (Charred Walls of the Damned), and radio personality (The Howard Stern Show), born in Fort Scott, Kansas, U.S.
  • 1975 John Butler, Australian singer and musician
  • 1981 Hannah Spearritt, British pop singer (S-Club7), born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
  • 1986 Hillary Scott, American singer and songwriter (Lady A), born in Nashville, Tennessee

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1961 American televangelist Jim Bakker (21) marries Christian singer Tammy Faye (19)

Televangelist Jim Bakker
Jim Bakker

Divorces in Music

  • 1990 Guns & Roses' Duff McKagan divorces Mandy Brix, lead singer for Lame Flames

Deaths in Music

  • 1528 Francisco de Peñalosa, Spanish composer
  • 1580 Alonso Mudarra, Spanish composer
  • 1734 Louis Lully, French musician and son of Jean-Baptiste Lully, dies at 69
  • 1799 Narciso Casanovas, composer, dies at 52
  • 1807 Louis François Chambray, French composer, dies at 69
  • 1807 Vaclav Josef Bartolomej Praupner, composer, dies at 61
  • 1830 Carl Borromaus Neuner, German composer, dies at 51
  • 1865 Giuditta Pasta, Italian soprano, dies at 67
  • 1866 Aime Ambroise Simon Leborne, composer, dies at 98
  • 1878 Eugene Gautier, composer, dies at 56
  • 1915 Johann Joseph Abert, German composer, dies at 82

Person of interestScott Joplin

1917 Scott Joplin, American ragtime composer (The Entertainer, Maple Leaf Rag), dies at 48

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin
  • 1918 Karl Valentin, Swedish composer, dies at 64
  • 1925 Francis William Davenport, English composer, dies at 77
  • 1930 Cosima Liszt, wife of Austrian composer Richard Wagner, dies at 92
  • 1936 Mikhail Vladimirovich Ivanov-Boretsky, composer, dies at 61
  • 1951 Clement D'Hooghe, Belgian composer, dies at 51
  • 1964 Božidar Kunc, Croatian composer, dies at 60
  • 1974 Alfred Ernest Whitehead, English-Canadian composer, dies at 86
  • 1976 Freddie Lennon, father of John Lennon (Beatles), dies at 63
  • 1976 Miroslav Ponc, Czech composer, dies at 73
  • 1979 Bruno Coquatrix, French music impresario (b. 1910)
  • 1981 Eua Sunthornsanan, Thai composer and bandleader (b. 1910)
  • 1983 Ken Kersey, Canadian jazz pianist, and composer ("Boogie Woogie Cocktail"), dies at 66

Person of interestMarvin Gaye

1984 Marvin Gaye, American soul singer-songwriter ("It Takes Two"; What's Going On"; "Let's Get It On"), shot to death by his father Marvin Gay, Sr., during a domestic dispute in Los Angeles at 44

Singer Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye
  • 1984 Chepín [Electo Rosell], Cuban violinist, bandleader, and composer (Orquesta Chepín-Chovén), dies at 76
  • 1986 Erik Bruhn, Danish dancer (National Ballet of Canada), dies at 57
  • 1992 Nigel Preston, British drummer (The Cult), dies of a drug overdose at 28
  • 1993 Nicanor Zabaleta, Spanish harpist, dies at 86
  • 1995 Francisco Moncion, American dancer, dies at 73
  • 1996 Edwin H "Buddy" Morris, music publisher, dies at 89
  • 1998 Rozz Williams, American musician (Christian Death), dies at 34
  • 1999 Jesse Stone, American record producer (b. 1901)
  • 2001 Trinh Cong Son, Vietnamese composer (b. 1939)
  • 2003 Leslie Cheung, Hong Kong actor, singer and composer (Farewell My Concubine), commits suicide at 46
  • 2004 Nilo Soruco, Bolivian singer and songwriter, dies at 76
  • 2004 Paul Atkinson, British rock guitarist and record company executive (The Zombies - "She's Not There"; "Time Of The Season"), dies of liver and kidney disease at 58
  • 2005 Alexander Brott, Alexander Brott, Canadian violinist, conductor, educator, and composer (McGill Chamber Orchestra), dies at 90
  • 2005 Harald Juhnke, German actor, comedian and entertainer (Guitars of Love, Schtonk), dies at 75
  • 2005 Jack Keller, American songwriter, and record producer ("Run To Him"; "Breakin' In A Brand New Broken Heart"; theme to Bewitched), dies of leukemia at 68
  • 2014 Joe "Speedo" Frazier, American doo-wop vocalist (Impalas - "Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home)") dies at 70
  • 2015 Dave Ball, English guitarist (Procul Harum), dies of cancer at 65
  • 2015 Cynthia Lennon [nee Powell], wife of Beatle John Lennon, dies of cancer at 75
  • 2019 Michel Sénéchal, French operatic tenor, and educator, dies at 91
  • 2020 Ellis Marsalis, American jazz musician and prominent teacher, dies of COVID-19 complications at 85
  • 2020 Adam Schlesinger, American rock musician (Fountains Of Wayne) and songwriter (That Thing You Do), dies of COVID-19 complications at 52
  • 2020 John "Bucky" Pizzarelli, American jazz guitarist, dies of Covid-19 at 94