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
  • 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
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

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

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
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/conductor (Arlecchino), born in Empoli (d. 1924)
  • 1871 F Melius Christiansen, composer
  • 1872 Tadeusz Joteyko, composer
  • 1873 Sergei Rachmaninoff, Novgorod Russia, composer (Prelude in C# Minor)
  • 1883 Aleksander V Aleksandrov, Russian composer/conductor
  • 1883 Leonidas "Lon" Chaney, American actor nicknamed "the man of a 1000 faces" (High Noon, Phantom of the Opera), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 1930)
  • 1886 Casimir von Paszthory, composer
  • 1895 Alberta Hunter, blues singer/composer (Downhearted Blues)
  • 1901 Boris Koutzen, composer
  • 1905 Winfried P I Zillig, German opera composer/conductor (Fantasia Irica)
  • 1907 Walter Kaufmann, composer
  • 1909 Eddie Duchin, Mass, society pianist/bandleader (Eddie Duchin Orchestra)
  • 1911 Gunther Rennert, opera director and producer, born in Essen, Germany
  • 1914 Carla van Neste, Belgian violinist
  • 1915 Art Lund, Salt Lake City Utah, singer (Ken Murray Show)
  • 1917 Johnny Andrews, 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
  • 1924 Gunther Becker, composer
  • 1926 Charles Bressler, American tenor
  • 1927 Amos Milburn, R&B singer and pianist, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1980)
  • 1929 Jane Powell, American singer and actress (7 Brides for 7 Brothers), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1930 Grace Lee Whitney, American singer and actress (Yeoman Rand-Star Trek), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1930 Joan Franks-Williams, composer
  • 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, rocker (Isley Brothers-Shout), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1942 Alan Blakley, rocker (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes)
  • 1942 Danny Brooks, rocker (Dovells)
  • 1942 Phil Margo, rock vocalist (Tokens-Lion Sleeps Tonight), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1945 Kenny Buttrey, American influential drummer, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2004)
  • 1946 John Barbata, drummer (Turtles-Happy Together, Eleanor)
  • 1946 Ronnie "Plonk" Lane, rock bassist (Small Faces-Hey Girl), born in London, England
  • 1947 Robin Scott, English singer (M), born in London
  • 1948 Jimmy Cliff [James Chambers], Jamaican Reggae singer, born in St James, Jamaica
  • 1948 Simon Crowe, rock drummer (Boomtown Rats-Maxinguaye)
  • 1949 Gill Scott-Heron, American writer/poet/singer (Whities on the Moon)
  • 1950 Billy Currie, English rock keyboardist and violinist (Ultravox), born in Huddersfield
  • 1952 Tirso Cruz III, Filipino actor and singer, born in Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines
  • 1954 Jeff Porcaro, drummer/percussionist (Toto-Roxanne, Africa), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1954 Susumu Hirasawa, Japanese electropop musician, born in Nakagawa, Adachi, Tokyo
  • 1956 Peter O'Toole, Irish pop bassist (Hothouse Flowers-People)
  • 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
  • 1965 Robert Steadman, English composer
  • 1967 Phil Demmel, American musician
  • 1968 Julia Boutros, Lebanese singer
  • 1972 Jesse Tobias, American musician
  • 1974 Richard Christy, American drummer
  • 1975 John Butler, Australian singer and musician
  • 1981 Hannah Spearritt, British singer
  • 1986 Hillary Scott, American singer and songwriter (Lady Antebellum), born in Nashville, Tennessee

Weddings in Music

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

Divorces in Music

  • 1990 Guns & Roses' Duff 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 Francois Chambray, composer, dies at 69
  • 1807 Vaclav Josef Bartolomej Praupner, composer, dies at 61
  • 1830 Carl Borromaus Neuner, 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, 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 Fritjof Valentin, 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, composer, dies at 73
  • 1979 Bruno Coquatrix, French music impresario (b. 1910)
  • 1981 Eua Sunthornsanan, Thai composer and bandleader (b. 1910)

Person of interestMarvin Gaye

1984 Marvin Gaye, American singer (Sexual Healing), shot to death by his father Marvin Gaye Sr in LA at 44

Singer Marvin Gaye
Singer
Marvin Gaye
  • 1992 Nigel Preston, British drummer (The Cult), dies of a drug overdose at 28
  • 1995 Francisco Moncion, 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 songwriter (b. 1927)
  • 2004 Paul Atkinson, British rock guitarist and record company executive (The Zombies-Never Even Thought), dies of liver and kidney disease at 58
  • 2005 Alexander Brott, Canadian violinist and composer (b. 1915)
  • 2005 Harald Juhnke, German actor, comedian and entertainer (Guitars of Love, Schtonk), dies at 75
  • 2005 Jack Keller, American songwriter (b. 1936)
  • 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