On This Day in Music for April 4

Events in Music

  • 1859 Opera "Dinorah" is produced (Paris)
  • 1929 "New Moon" musical opens in London
  • 1957 Heitor Villa-Lobos' 10th Symphony, premieres in Paris
  • 1964 "Anyone Can Whistle" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • 1964 Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
  • 1968 "Education of Hyman Kaplan" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • 1971 "Follies" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 524 performances
  • 1981 26th Eurovision Song Contest: Bucks Fizz for United Kingdom wins singing "Making Your Mind Up" in Dublin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Gloria Estefan released from hospital after her accident

  • 1991 "Lucifer's Child" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • 1996 "Inherit the Wind" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 45 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1716 John Evangelist Schreiber, composer
  • 1731 Francisco Morera, composer
  • 1740 Wolfgang Nicolaus Haueisen, composer
  • 1752 Niccolo Antonio Zingarelli, composer (Andromeda)
  • 1755 Vincenc Masek, composer
  • 1762 Stephen Storace, composer
  • 1785 Bettina von Arnim, German writer and composer of the Romantic era (This Book Belongs to the King)
  • 1804 Joseph Fischhof, composer
  • 1836 Jerome Hopkins, composer
  • 1843 Hans Richter, composer
  • 1872 Nikolai Amani, composer
  • 1872 Pauline de Haan-Manifarges, Dutch singer
  • 1875 Jozef Szulc, Polish composer, born in Warsaw (d. 1956)
  • 1875 Pierre Monteux, conductor (Boston Symph Orch 1919-24), born in Paris, France
  • 1879 Gabriel Groulez, composer
  • 1882 Mary Howe, American composer (Sand) and pianist, born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1964)
  • 1895 Arthur Murray, American dancer (Arthur Murray Dance Party), born in NYC, New York
  • 1905 Eugene Bozza, composer
  • 1913 Frances Langford, singer (Armed Forces Hour, Star Time), born in Lakeland, Florida

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1913 Muddy Waters [McKinley Morganfield], American blues guitarist (Hoochie Coochie Man), born in Jug's Corner (Issaquena County) or Rolling Fork, Mississippi (d. 1983)

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • 1919 Antony Tudor, England, choreographer (Metropolitan Opera 1957)
  • 1922 Elmer Bernstein, American movie music composer (Robot Monster), born in NYC, New York
  • 1925 Erna Spoorenberg, Dutch singer
  • 1928 Monty Norman, composer/writer
  • 1932 Clive Davis, American record producer
  • 1933 Seoirse Bodley, Irish composer
  • 1935 Francois-Bernard Mache, composer
  • 1936 Margo J Sylvia, rocker (Tune Weavers)
  • 1939 Hugh Masekela, Wilbank South Africa, trumpeter (I Am Not Afraid)
  • 1939 Major Lance, American singer (d. 1994)
  • 1940 Sharon Sheeley, American songwriter
  • 1942 Kris Jensen, American musician (Torture), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1946 Dave Hill, English rock guitarist (Slade-Coz I Love You), born in Holbeton, Devon
  • 1947 Salvatore Sciarrino, composer
  • 1949 Larry Lingle, rocker (The Four Seasons)
  • 1951 Steve Gatlin, Olney Tx, country singer (Gatlin Bros-Broken Lady)
  • 1952 Gary Moore, Irish rock guitarist (Skid Row-Oh Pretty Woman)
  • 1957 Graeme Kelling, Scottish pop guitarist (Deacon Blue), born in Paisley, Scotland (d. 2004)
  • 1957 Ali El Haggar, Egyptian singer and actor
  • 1957 Nobuyoshi Kuwano, Japanese musician (Rats & Star)
  • 1958 Cazuza, Brazilian poet, singer and composer (d. 1990)
  • 1960 Jane Eaglin, English soprano
  • 1963 David Gavurin, English pop guitarist/composer (Sundays, Blind)
  • 1963 Nigel Preston, British drummer (The Cult), born in Birmingham (d. 1992)
  • 1964 Robbie Rist, American actor (Oliver-Brady Bunch) and musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1965 Black Francis [Charles Thompson], American singer/songwriter (Pixies), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1966 Mike Starr [Michael], musician (Alice in Chains bassist), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 2011)
  • 1972 Jill Scott, American soul singer
  • 1972 Magnus Sveningsson, Swedish musician (The Cardigans)
  • 1977 Adam Dutkiewicz, American guitarist and producer(Killswitch Engage)
  • 1978 Lemar, English R'n'B singer
  • 1978 Aska Yang, Taiwanese singer
  • 1979 Andy McKee, American musician
  • 1980 Johnny Borrell, English singer (Razorlight)
  • 1994 Risako Sugaya, Japanese singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1995 Rapper Tupac Shakur marries Keisha Morris (divorced 1996)

Rap Musician and Actor Tupac Shakur
Rap Musician and Actor
Tupac Shakur
  • 2004 Latina singer Joy Enriquez (25) weds Grammy-winner Rodney Jerkins (26) at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2008 Singer-songwriter and actress Beyonce Knowles (30) weds rapper Jay-Z (43) at a 13,500-square foot penthouse apartment in New York

Singer Beyoncé Knowles
Singer
Beyoncé Knowles
Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
Jay-Z

Deaths in Music

  • 1662 Davis Mell, composer, dies at 57
  • 1806 Friedrich Gottlob Fleischer, composer, dies at 84
  • 1908 Josef Sucher, composer, dies at 64
  • 1931 George Whitefield Chadwick, composer, dies at 76
  • 1934 Braulio Dueno Colon, composer, dies at 80
  • 1943 Raoul Laparra, composer, dies at 66
  • 1944 Karel Weis, Czech composer and folk song collector, dies at 82
  • 1967 Mischa Elman, Ukraine/US violinist, dies at 76
  • 1967 Al Lewis, American songwriter (b. 1901)
  • 1972 Stefan Wolpe, German composer (Zeus & Elidco), dies at 69
  • 1977 Jeno Zador, composer, dies at 82
  • 1978 Gino Contilli, composer, dies at 70
  • 1980 Woodrow Wilson "Red" Sovine, American country music singer, dies following a heart attack leading to a car crash at 62
  • 1982 Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 50
  • 1992 Sy Kramer, singer/comedy writer dies of cancer at 59
  • 1992 Arthur Russell, American cellist (b. 1951)
  • 1993 Bep [Alberta B] Ogterop, [Rita la Roche], singer, dies
  • 1994 Virginia "Ginny" Simms, American actress and singer (Night and Day, Kay Kyser Band), dies of a heart attack at 78
  • 1995 Peter Brinson, dance educationalist, dies at 67
  • 1996 Joy Newton, dancer, dies at 82
  • 1996 Larry Laprise, songwriter, dies at 83
  • 1996 Paul Cooper, American composer, dies at 69
  • 2011 Scott Columbus, American drummer (Manowar) (b. 1956)
  • 2016 Carlo Mastrangelo, rocker (Dion & The Belmonts), dies of cancer at 78