On This Day in Music for April 18

Events in Music

  • 1946 "Call Me Mister" opens at National Theater NYC for 734 performances
  • 1946 Rome, Auerbach and Horwitt's musical "Call Me Mister" premieres in NYC
  • 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
  • 1972 "Lost in the Stars" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 39 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 John Lennon releases "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

Music releaseMusic Recording

1988 Barbra Streisand records "Warm All Over"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & 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" 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

Birthdays in Music

  • 1605 Giacomo Carissimi, composer
  • 1729 Gaetano B Vestris, Italian/French ballet dancer
  • 1759 Jacques-Christian-Michel Widerkehr, composer
  • 1764 Bernhard Anselm Weber, pianist/conductor/composer
  • 1777 Ignac Ruzitska, composer
  • 1786 Franz Xaver Schnyder von Wartensee, composer
  • 1806 Ludwig Schuberth, composer
  • 1819 Franz von Suppé, Austrian composer (d. 1895)
  • 1839 Frantz Jehin-Prume, composer
  • 1845 Wilhelm Gericke, composer
  • 1855 Josef Gruber, composer
  • 1873 Jean Roger-Ducasse, composer
  • 1881 Hermann KJ Zilcher, German pianist/composer (Dr Eisenbart)
  • 1882 Leopold Stokowski, British conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra), born in London, England (d. 1977)
  • 1901 Al Lewis, American lyricist (d. 1967)
  • 1903 Yury Sergeyevich Milyutin, composer
  • 1907 Miklos Rozsa, movie composer (Atomic Cafe, Fedora), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1908 Joseph Keilberth, German conductor (Bayreuther Festspiele)
  • 1908 Eric Spear, British film and TV composer (Coronation Street theme)
  • 1910 Sylvia Fisher, soprano (Albert Herring Opera)
  • 1913 Kent Wheeler Kennan, composer
  • 1913 Milos Sokola, composer
  • 1918 Tony Mottola, Kearney NJ, guitarist/host (Melody Street)
  • 1924 Buxton Daeblite Orr, composer
  • 1924 Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Vinton La, blues singer (Mary is Fine)
  • 1925 Lionel Edmund "Sonny" Taylor, musician
  • 1925 Robert Caldwell Crawford, composer
  • 1928 Jean-Francois Pailliard, Vitry-le-Francois France, conductor
  • 1934 Jan Klusak [Jan Porges], Czech composer, born in Prague
  • 1934 George Shirley, American tenor
  • 1935 Paul A Rothchild, record producer
  • 1939 Glen Hardin, American rock n roll and country musician (Crickets), born in Wellington, Texas
  • 1941 Mike Vickers, rock guitarist (Manfred Mann-Mighty Quinn)
  • 1944 Rudy Shackelford, composer
  • 1946 Alexander "Skip" Spence, Canadian guitarist/vocalist (Moby Grape-Omaha)
  • 1948 Catherine Malfitano, American soprano (Metropolitan Opera), born in NYC, New York
  • 1952 Jim Scholten, Midland Mich, country singer (Betty's Bein' Bad)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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 Ocl Sweda, rocker (Bulletboys)
  • 1961 Kelly Hansen, heavy metal rocker (Hurricane-I'm on to You)
  • 1962 Mick Sweda, heavy metal (Bulletboys, King Kobra-Ready to Strike)
  • 1962 Shirlie Hollman, rocker (Pepsi & Shirley-All Right Now)
  • 1964 Jim Ellison, American musician (Material issue) (d. 1996)
  • 1964 Mark Berry, aka Bez, Dancer in Happy Mondays
  • 1965 Diana Villegas, rocker (Triplets)
  • 1965 Sylvia Villegas, rocker (Triplets)
  • 1965 Vicky Villegas, rocker (Triplets)
  • 1967 Jayce Fincher Jr, heavy metal bassist (Southgang-Tainted Angel)
  • 1970 Greg Eklund, American musician
  • 1974 Mark Tremonti, American musician
  • 1974 Millie Corretjer, Puerto Rican singer
  • 1974 Madeleine Peyroux, American French jazz and blues singer-songwriter, born in Athens, Georgia
  • 1976 Fayray, Japanese singer
  • 1979 Nuria Fergó, Spanish singer
  • 1982 Marie-Élaine Thibert, Canadian singer
  • 1985 Elena Temnikova, Russian singer (Serebro)
  • 1987 Sandra Lyng Haugen, Norwegian singer
  • 1996 Alexey Zhigalkovich, Belarusian Singer

Deaths in Music

  • 1710 Pierre de La Barre, composer, dies at 75
  • 1800 John Evangelist Schreiber, composer, dies at 84
  • 1824 Edward Jones, 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, composer, dies at 36
  • 1928 Henryk Melcer-Szczawinski, composer, dies at 58
  • 1936 Ottorino Respighi, Italian composer (Belkis), dies at 56
  • 1936 Seaborn M Denson, composer, dies at 82
  • 1938 Richard Runciman Terry, musicologist, dies
  • 1944 Cécile Chamindale, composer, dies
  • 1964 Albe Vidakovic, composer, dies at 49
  • 1971 Masao Oki, Japanese composer (Symphony No.5 Atomic Bomb), dies at 69
  • 1991 Heino Jurisalu, Estonian composer (Kvintett puhkpillidele), dies at 60
  • 1996 Michael Leander Farr, record producer, dies at 55
  • 2013 Cordell "Boogie" Mosson, American musician (Parliament-Funkadelic collective), dies of liver failure at 60