On This Day in Music for April 18

Events in Music

  • 1930 BBC news announcer announces "there is no news" at 20:45 news bulletin, plays music instead
  • 1946 Rome, Auerbach and Horwitt's musical "Call Me Mister" opens at National Theater NYC for 734 performances
  • 1951 "Make a Wish" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 102 performances
  • 1953 "Pal Joey" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 542 performances
  • 1955 "Ankles Aweigh" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 176 performances
  • 1964 "Cafe Crown" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • 1964 "Foxy" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 72 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972 "Lost in the Stars" based on the novel "Cry the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 39 performances

Author and Apartheid Activist Alan Paton
Author and Apartheid Activist
Alan Paton

Music releaseMusic Single

1975 John Lennon releases single "Stand by Me"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1977 "Side by Side" by Stephen Sondheim opens at Music Box NYC for 390 performances
  • 1985 Wham become the first western pop act to release an album in China

Music releaseMusic Recording

1988 Barbra Streisand records "Warm All Over"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1993 "Ain't Broadway Grand" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 25 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 David Lee Roth arrested in NYC for purchasing marijuana for $10

Van Halen Rocker David Lee Roth
Van Halen Rocker
David Lee Roth
  • 1994 "Beauty & the Beast" opens at Palace Theater NYC
  • 1996 "Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" opens at St James Theater NYC for 715 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

2010 45th Academy of Country Music Awards: Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, and Miranda Lambert win

Hall of fameHall of Fame

2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Lou Reed, Ringo Starr, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Green Day, Bill Withers, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and the 5 Royales

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan
Musician, Singer and Songwriter
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Bassist Rocker Mike Dirnt
Bassist Rocker
Mike Dirnt

Birthdays in Music

  • 1605 Giacomo Carissimi, Italian composer (Jephta), born in Marino, Rome (d. 1674)
  • 1729 Gaétan Vestris, French ballet dancer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1808)
  • 1759 Jacques Widerkehr, Alsatian composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1823)
  • 1764 Bernhard Anselm Weber, German pianist, conductor and composer, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1821)
  • 1777 Ignac Ruzitska, Austrian composer, born in Bazin, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1833)
  • 1786 Franz Xaver Schnyder von Wartensee, Swiss composer, born in Lucerne, Switzerland (d. 1868)
  • 1806 Ludwig Schuberth, German composer, born in Magdeburg, Germany (d. 1850)
  • 1819 Franz von Suppé, Austrian composer (Poet und Bauer), born in Spalato, Dalmatia, Austrian Empire (d. 1895)
  • 1839 Frantz Jehin-Prume, Canadian violinist and composer, born in Spa, Liège, Belgium (d. 1899)
  • 1845 Wilhelm Gericke, Austrian composer, born in Schwanberg, Austria (d. 1925)
  • 1855 Josef Gruber, Austrian organist and composer, born Wösendorf in the Wachau (d. 1933)
  • 1873 Jean Roger-Ducasse, French composer, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1954)
  • 1881 Hermann Zilcher, German pianist and composer (Dr Eisenbart), born in Frankfurt am Main (d. 1948)
  • 1882 Leopold Stokowski, British conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra), born in London, England (d. 1977)
  • 1901 Al Lewis, American lyricist, songwriter and music publisher (Blueberry Hill, You Gotta Be a Football Hero), born in NYC, New York (d. 1967)
  • 1903 Yury Sergeyevich Milyutin, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1968)
  • 1907 Miklós Rózsa, Hungarian-American movie composer (Spellbound, A Double Life , Ben-Hur), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1995)
  • 1908 Eric Spear, British film and TV composer (Coronation Street theme), born in Croydon, Surrey (d. 1966)
  • 1910 Sylvia Fisher, Australian operatic soprano (Albert Herring Opera), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1996)
  • 1913 Kent Kennan, American composer, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2003)
  • 1913 Miloš Sokola, Czech violinist and composer, born in Bučovice (d. 1976)
  • 1918 Tony Mottola, American jazz guitarist, born in Kearney, New Jersey (d. 2004)
  • 1919 Virginia O'Brien, American actress and singer (Meet the People Gus, Ziegfeld Follies), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2001)
  • 1924 Buxton Orr, Anglo-Scottish composer, born in Glasgow (d. 1997)
  • 1924 Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, American blues singer (Mary is Fine), born in Vinton, Louisiana (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Robert Crawford, Scottish composer, born in Edinburgh (d. 2011)
  • 1930 Clive Revill, New Zealand singer and actor (Legend of Hell House), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1934 Jan Klusak [Jan Porges], Czech composer, born in Prague
  • 1934 George Shirley, African-American tenor (first African-American tenor to perform a leading role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1935 Paul A. Rothchild, American record producer (produced Janis Joplin's final album Pearl), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1939 Glen Hardin, American rock n roll and country musician (Crickets), born in Wellington, Texas
  • 1940 Mike Vickers, British rock guitarist (Manfred Mann-Mighty Quinn), born in Southampton, Hampshire
  • 1943 Lesley Miller, American singer and songwriter (He Wore A Green Beret), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1944 Rudy Shackelford, American composer, born in Newport News, Virginia
  • 1946 Skip [Alexander Lee] Spence, Canadian guitarist and vocalist (Moby Grape-Omaha), born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • 1946 Lenny Baker, American musician (Sha Na Na), born in Whitman, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • 1948 Catherine Malfitano, American soprano (Metropolitan Opera), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949 Andrew Powell, British composer, performer, and music producer (Donovan, Kate Bush- "The Kick Inside"), born in Surrey, England
  • 1952 Jim Scholten, American country singer (Betty's Bein' Bad), born in Midland, Michigan

Person of interestRick Moranis

1953 Rick Moranis, Canadian actor (SCTV, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Spaceballs), born in Toronto, Ontario

Actor and Musician Rick Moranis
Actor and Musician
Rick Moranis
  • 1954 Kim Stone, bassist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
  • 1958 Lee Pattinson, English rock bassist (Echo & Bunnymen - Heaven Up Here), born in Ormskirk,
  • 1960 Mick Sweda, American rocker (Bulletboys), born in Gowanda, New York
  • 1961 Kelly Hansen, American heavy metal rocker (Hurricane-I'm on to You), born in Hawthorne, California
  • 1962 Shirlie Holliman, English pop singer (Wham!, Pepsi & Shirlie), born in Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1964 Jim Ellison, American musician (Material issue) (d. 1996)
  • 1964 Bez [Mark Berry], English percussionist and dancer (Happy Mondays), born in Bolton, Lancashire
  • 1965 Diana Villegas, American-Mexican rocker (The Triplets)
  • 1965 Sylvia Villegas, American-Mexican rocker (The Triplets)
  • 1965 Vicky Villegas, American-Mexican rocker (The Triplets)
  • 1967 Jayce Fincher Jr, American heavy metal bassist (Southgang-Tainted Angel)
  • 1970 Greg Eklund, American musician (Everclear), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1974 Mark Tremonti, American musician (Creed), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1974 Millie Corretjer, Puerto Rican singer (De Hoy en Adelante), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1974 Madeleine Peyroux, American French jazz and blues singer-songwriter, born in Athens, Georgia
  • 1976 Fayray, Japanese singer (Taiyō no Gravity), born in Tokyo
  • 1979 Nuria Fergó, Spanish singer (La vida son sólo dos días), born in Nerja, Spain
  • 1982 Marie-Élaine Thibert, Canadian singer, born in Lasalle, Montreal, Canada
  • 1985 Elena Temnikova, Russian singer (Serebro), born in Kurgan, Russia
  • 1987 Sandra Lyng Haugen, Norwegian singer (Play My Drum), born in Mosjøen, Norway
  • 1996 Alexey Zhigalkovich, Belarusian singer (S druz'yami), born in Minsk, Belarus

Deaths in Music

  • 1800 John Evangelist Schreiber, composer, dies at 84
  • 1824 Edward Jones, Welsh harpist and composer, dies at 72
  • 1830 José Maurício Nunes Garcia, Brazilian classical composer (Master of Music at the Royal Chapel), dies at 63
  • 1854 Joseph Antoni Frantiszek Elsner, composer, dies at 84
  • 1861 Heinrich August Neithardt, composer, dies at 67
  • 1883 Agnes Tyrrell, Czech pianist and composer, dies at 36
  • 1928 Henryk Melcer-Szczawiński, Polish composer, dies at 58
  • 1936 Ottorino Respighi, Italian composer (Belkis), dies at 56
  • 1936 Seaborn McDaniel Denson, American composer, dies at 82
  • 1938 Richard Runciman Terry, musicologist, dies
  • 1940 Florrie Forde, music hall artist, dies
  • 1944 Cécile Chamindale, composer, dies
  • 1964 Albe Vidaković, Croatian composer, dies at 49
  • 1971 Masao Oki, Japanese composer (Symphony No.5 Atomic Bomb), dies at 69
  • 1989 Julia Smith, American composer, pianist, and author on musicology (Aaron Copland), dies at 84
  • 1991 Heino Jurisalu, Estonian composer (Kvintett puhkpillidele), dies at 60
  • 1996 Michael Leander Farr, record producer, dies at 55
  • 2004 Frances Rafferty, American WWII pin-up girl, dancer and actress (Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood), dies at 81
  • 2013 Cordell "Boogie" Mosson, American musician (Parliament-Funkadelic collective), dies of liver failure at 60
  • 2013 Storm Thorgerson, British graphic designer and music video director (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Genesis, The Cranberries), dies of cancer at 69