On This Day

On This Day in Music for April 6

Events in Music

  • 1516 A Willaert installed as singer of cardinal Ippolito I d'Este
  • 1955 "3 for Tonight" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 85 performances
  • 1968 13th Eurovision Song Contest: Massiel for Spain wins singing "La, la, la" in London
  • 1974 200,000 attend rock concert "California Jam" at the Ontario Motor Speedway in Ontario, California; line-up includes Earth, Wind & Fire; Black Sabbath; Deep Purple; and Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  • 1974 19th Eurovision Song Contest: ABBA for Sweden wins singing "Waterloo" in Brighton, England
  • 1975 "Night... Made America Famous" closes at Barrymore NYC after 75 performances
  • 1975 "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 45 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 1st quadrophonic movie track: "Ladies & Gentlemen The Rolling Stones"

Drummer Charlie Watts
Charlie Watts
  • 1977 Judge rules Beatles 1962 Hamburg album can be released

Music awardsMusic Awards

1987 22nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Hank Williams Jr, Randy Travis, and Reba McEntire win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
Country Singer Reba McEntire
Country Singer
Reba McEntire
Country Music Singer Randy Travis
Country Music Singer
Randy Travis
  • 1995 "Having Our Say" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 308 performances
  • 1997 "3 Sisters" closes at Criterion Theater NYC

Music awardsMusic Awards

2013 48th Academy of Country Music Awards: Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert & Jason Aldean win

Country Music Singer-Songwriter Luke Bryan
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Luke Bryan
Country Music Singer-Songwriter Miranda Lambert
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Miranda Lambert

Music awardsMusic Awards

2014 49th Academy of Country Music Awards: George Strait, Jason Aldean, and Miranda Lambert win

Country Music Singer-Songwriter Miranda Lambert
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Miranda Lambert

Birthdays in Music

  • 1631 Vincenzo De Grandis, composer
  • 1660 Johann Kuhnau, Bohemian organist, choirmaster, and composer (Biblical Sonatas), born in Geising, Bohemia (now Germany) (d. 1722)
  • 1672 Andre Cardinal Destouches, composer
  • 1708 Johann George Reutter, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1772)
  • 1752 Johann Friedrich Kranz, composer
  • 1757 Alessandro Rolla, composer
  • 1778 Joseph Funk, early American composer, born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania (d. 1862)
  • 1812 Gavril Yakimovich Lomakin, composer
  • 1815 Friedrich Robert Volkmann, German composer, born in Lommatzsch, Saxony (d. 1883)
  • 1818 Francis Henry Brown, composer
  • 1835 Jose Marraco y Ferrer, composer
  • 1844 Joseph Ludwig, composer
  • 1878 Carl Emil Theodor Ehrenberg, composer
  • 1885 Carlos Leon Salzedo, composer
  • 1892 Mateusz Glinski, composer
  • 1900 Andres Sas, Belgian Peruvian composer, born in Paris (d. 1967)
  • 1900 Leo Robin, American songwriter ("Thanks For The Memory"; "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1984)
  • 1901 Willem Pelemans, Flemish composer, and music critic, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1991) [some sources give birthdate as April 8]
  • 1902 James "Rosy" McHargue, American jazz clarinetist, and vocalist (Ted Weems Orchestra; The Wolverines), born in Danville, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1908 Vano Il'ich Muradeli, composer
  • 1911 Phyllis Tate, English composer, born in Buckinghamshire (d. 1987)
  • 1917 "Big" Walter Horton, American blues harmonica player ("Everybody's Fishin'"), born in Horn Lake, Mississippi (d. 1981)
  • 1919 Paula Kelly, Grove City, Pennsylvania, American big band singer
  • 1921 Andrew Welsh Imbrie, composer
  • 1922 Dorothy Donegan, American boogie-woogie, swing jazz, and classical pianist, and vocalist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • 1924 Charlie Rouse, American hard bop tenor saxophonist (Thelonious Monk Quartet; Sphere), born in Washington, DC (d. 1988)
  • 1927 Gerry Mulligan, American saxophonist and orchestra leader (Jazz On A Summer Day), born in Queens, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1928 Will Gaines, American-British tap dancer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2014)
  • 1928 Bob Efford, British jazz and session baritone saxophonist and reed player, born in London (d. 2019)
  • 1929 Joi Lansing [Joyce Brown], American model, film and television actress (Touch Of Evil; Bob Cummings Show), and nightclub singer, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1972)
  • 1929 André Previn, German-American conductor (London Symphony), film score composer (My Fair Lady), and jazz pianist, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2019)
  • 1929 Art Taylor, American jazz drummer (Bud Powell, Red Garland, John Coltrane, Donald Byrd), band leader (Taylor's Wailers), and writer (Notes and Tones), born in New York City (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Edison Vasalievich Denisov, Russian avant-garde composer (Sun of the Incas), born in Tomsk, Siberia (d. 1996)
  • 1931 Joan Carlyle, British soprano
  • 1934 Reijo Jyrkiainen, Finnish composer, born in Suistamo, Finland
  • 1934 Horace Tapscott, American jazz pianist and composer (Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, 1961-98), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1934 Guy Peellaert, Belgian graphic artist, photographer (Rock Dreams), movie poster and album cover designer (David Bowie -"Diamond Dogs'; Rolling Stones - "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll"), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2008)
  • 1936 Manfred Schoof, German free jazz trumpeter and composer (Globe United Orchestra), and educator, born in Magdeburg, Germany

Person of interestMerle Haggard

1937 Merle Haggard, American country singer-songwriter ("Mama Tried"; "If We Make It Through December"; "Okie from Muskogee"), born in Oildale, California (d. 2016)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • 1939 Beverly "Guitar" Watkins, American blues guitarist, and singer, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2019)
  • 1940 Donald Myrick, American saxophonist ("If Leaving Me Is Easy"; "One More Night"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • 1941 Gheorghe Zamfir, Romanian pan lute player, born in Găești, Romania
  • 1941 (William) Louis Shelton, American session guitarist and music producer, born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1942 Anita Pallenberg, Italian model and actress credited as the muse of the Rolling Stones, born in Rome, Italy (d. 2017)
  • 1944 Felicity Palmer, British mezzo-soprano
  • 1944 John Stax [Fullagar], British rock bassist, and harmonica player (Pretty Things, 1963-67 - "Don't Bring Me Down"; "Cry To Me"), born in Crayford, Kent, England
  • 1946 Danny Kortchmar, American session guitarist, producer and songwriter (James Taylor, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Don Henley), born in New York City
  • 1947 Tony Cooner, British drummer (Hot Chocolate - "You Sexy Thing"), born in Romford, England
  • 1947 Rosemary Ann Butler, American session singer (Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Warren Zevon, Neil Young, Neil Diamond, Jackson Browne), born in California
  • 1951 Ralph Cooper, Australian drummer (Air Supply - "All Out of Love")
  • 1952 Udo Dirkshneider, heavy metal rocker (Accept - "Balls to the Wall"; Udo)
  • 1952 Stephen Barber, American musician, arranger, and composer, born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1953 Christopher Franke, German musician and composer (Tangerine Dream), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1953 Patrick Doyle, Scottish film composer (Artemis Fowl; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; Thor), born in Uddingston, Scotland
  • 1956 Hal Willner, American music producer (Lost In The Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill; Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films; The Carl Stalling Project), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • 1960 Warren Haynes, American rock and blues guitarist (The Allman Brothers Band), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • 1960 John Pizzarelli, American jazz guitarist, vocalist, and record producer, born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1964 Johnny Dee [DiTeodoro], American heavy metal drummer (Britny Fox - "Boys in Heat"; "King Kobra"), born in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
  • 1965 Black Francis [Charles Thompson IV], American singer and songwriter (Pixies; Frank Black), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1968 Vanessa Lann, American composer (Dancing to an Orange Drummer), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1973 Rie Miyazawa, Japanese actress/singer
  • 1975 Dannon Phillip Pampolina, rapper and drummer (Party)
  • 1976 Georg Hólm, Icelandic musician
  • 1978 Myleene Klass, British pop-opera singer,born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
  • 1978 Martin Mendez, Uruguayan-born bassist (Opeth)
  • 1978 Robert Glasper, American jazz, neo-soul, and R&B pianist, songwriter, arranger, and producer, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1978 Armen Nalbandian, Armenian-American jazz pianist, composer, and activist, born in Manchester, England
  • 1982 Michael Guy Chislett, Australian-American rock and Christian music guitarist (The Academy Is...2007-11; Hillsong United, 1998-present), born in Skipton, Australia
  • 1984 Max Bemis, American musician and songwriter
  • 1985 Garrett Zablocki, American musician

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1979 Singer Rod Stewart & model Alana Collins wed

Singer Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2012 Actress and model Heidi Klum (39) divorces British soul and R&B singer-songwriter Seal (49) due to irreconcilable differences after almost seven years of marriage

Supermodel Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum
Musician & Songwriter Seal
Musician & Songwriter

Deaths in Music

  • 1779 Tommaso MFS Traetta, Italian opera composer (Farnace), dies at 52
  • 1782 Rynoldus Popma van Oevering, composer, dies at 90
  • 1805 Lorenz Justinian Ott, German composer, dies at 56
  • 1817 Bonaventura Furlanetto, Italian composer, dies at 78
  • 1822 František Xaver Partsch, Czech composer, dies at 62
  • 1913 Jose Marraco y Ferrer, composer, dies on 78th birthday
  • 1919 Stefan Surzynski, Polish conductor and composer, dies at 63
  • 1931 Giuseppi Radiciotti, composer, dies at 73
  • 1940 Andrés Isasi, Spanish Basque composer, dies at 49
  • 1947 Václav Kaprál, Czech composer, pianist, and pedagogue, dies at 58
  • 1951 Halfdan Cleve, Norwegian composer, dies at 71

Person of interestIgor Stravinsky

1971 Igor Stravinsky, Russian composer (Le Sacre du Printemps - The Rite of Spring; The Firebird), dies of pneumonia at 88

Composer Igor Stravinsky
Igor Stravinsky
  • 1978 Nicolas Nabokov, Russian composer (Holy Devil), dies at 74
  • 1979 Milton Ager, American composer, dies at 85
  • 1984 Jimmy Kennedy, Irish singer-songwriter ("Teddy Bears' Picnic"; "My Prayer"), dies at 81
  • 1984 Ral Donner, singer/narrator, dies at 41
  • 1985 Mark Lothar, German composer (The Story of the Lazy Bear), dies at 82
  • 1994 Dick Cary, American jazz musician, dies at 77
  • 1996 Nadieh [Karin Meis], Dutch singer, guitarist and composer (Haifa Blue) dies from a pulmonary embolism and breast cancer at 37

Person of interestTammy Wynette

1998 Tammy Wynette [Virginia Pugh], American country singer ("Stand By Your Man"), dies at 55

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • 1998 Wendy O. Williams, American singer (Plasmatics) (b. 1949)
  • 1999 Red Norvo, American jazz vibraphonist known as "Mr. Swing" (Congo Blues; Knockin' on Wood), dies at 91
  • 2001 Charles Pettigrew, American soul singer (Charles & Eddie - "Would I Lie To You?"), dies of cancer at 37
  • 2003 Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian percussionist (Drums of Passion), educator, and social activist, dies at 75
  • 2004 Niki Sullivan, American guitarist (The Crickets), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 2006 Augustyn Bloch, Polish composer, dies at 76
  • 2014 Jacques Castérède, French composer and pianist (Pandora's Box), dies at 87
  • 2015 Milton Delugg, American pianist, accordion player, composer ("Hoop-Dee-Do"), and orchestra leader (The Tonight Show, 1966; The Gong Show), dies at 96
  • 2015 David Leon Kaplan, American-Canadian music professor (University of Saskatchewan, 1960-82), conductor (Saskatoon Symphony, 1962-72), and composer, dies at 91

Person of interestMerle Haggard

2016 Merle Haggard, American country music singer-songwriter ("Mama Tried"; "If We Make It Through December"; "Okie from Muskogee"), dies on his 79th birthday

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • 2016 Dennis Davis, American drummer (David Bowie), dies of cancer at 66