On This Day in Music for April 15

Events in Music

  • 1960 Guy Carawan sings "We Shall Overcome" to a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Raleigh - popularising the song as a protest anthem
  • 1965 James Baldwin's 1954 stage drama "The Amen Corner" opens at Ethel Barrymore Theater, NYC; runs for 84 performances
  • 1966 The Rolling Stones release "Aftermath", their fourth studio album in UK (6th in US)
  • 1967 "Wait A Minim!" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 457 performances
  • 1970 "Cry for Us All" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 1971 "70, Girls, 70" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 35 performances
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Musicians Born on Apr 15

  • 1637 Valentin Molitor, Swiss composer, born in Rapperswil, Switzerland (d. 1713)
  • 1651 Domenico Gabrielli, Italian Baroque composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1690)
  • 1688 Johann Friedrich Fasch, German violinist and composer, born in Buttelstedt, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1758)
  • 1689 Ferdinand Zellbell the elder, Swedish composer (d. 1765)
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Weddings in Music

  • 2017 Country music singer and songwriter Sam Hunt (32) weds Hannah Lee Fowler (28) in Cedartown, Georgia; divorce in 2022

Divorces in Music

  • 2011 Grammy-winning pop singer Christina Aguilera (29) divorces music executive Jordan Bratman (33) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage

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Musicians Who Died on Apr 15

  • 1719 Johann Friedrich Treiber, German historian & composer, dies at 76
  • 1756 Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, German composer, dies at 29
  • 1788 Giuseppe Bonno, Austrian composer, dies at 77
  • 1803 Václav Norbert Brixi, Czech organist, composer and priest (aka s Jeroným), dies at 65
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