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" in Ontario
  • 1974 19th Eurovision Song Contest: ABBA for Sweden wins singing "Waterloo" in Brighton
  • 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
  • 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
  • 2014 49th Academy of Country Music Awards: George Strait, Jason Aldean, and Miranda Lambert win

Birthdays in Music

  • 1631 Vincenzo De Grandis, composer
  • 1660 Johann Kuhnau, German composer and writer, born in Geising (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)
  • 1901 Willem Pelemans, Flemish composer/music reviewer
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 1929 Joi Lansing [Joyce Brown], American model, film and television actress, and nightclub singer (Touch of Evil, Bob Cummings Show), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1972)
  • 1929 André Previn, German born American conductor (London Symphony), film scorer (My Fair Lady) and pianist, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2019)
  • 1929 Arthur S Taylor Jr, US drummer/band leader (Taylor's Wailers)
  • 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
  • 1936 Manfred Schoof, composer

Person of interestMerle Haggard

1937 Merle Haggard, country singer (Death Valley Days), born in Bakersfield, California (d. 2016)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • 1940 Donald Myrick, American saxophonist ("If Leaving Me Is Easy, One More Night), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • 1941 Gheorghe Zamfir, Romanian musician
  • 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
  • 1946 Daniel Kortchmar, American musician, producer and songwriter, born in NYC, New York
  • 1947 Tony Cooner, Essex, drummer (Hot Chocolate-You Sexy Thing)
  • 1951 Ralph Cooper, Australian drummer (Air Supply-All Out of Love)
  • 1952 Udo Dirkshneider, heavy metal rocker (Accept-Balls to the Wall, Udo)
  • 1953 Christopher Franke, German musician and composer
  • 1953 Patrick Doyle, Scottish film composer (Artemis Fowl, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Thor), born in Uddingston, Scotland
  • 1960 Warren Haynes, rock and blues guitarist (The Allman Brothers Band), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • 1962 Stan Cullimore, bassist (Housemartins-Happy Hour, Over There)
  • 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/drummer (Party)
  • 1976 Georg Hólm, Icelandic musician
  • 1978 Myleene Klass, British singer
  • 1978 Martin Mendez, Uruguayan-born Bassist (Opeth)
  • 1982 Michael Guy Chislett, Australian-born American guitarist of "The Academy Is...", born in Skipton, Australia
  • 1984 Max Bemis, American musician/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), 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
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 singer (b. 1963)
  • 2003 Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian drummer (b. 1927)
  • 2004 Niki Sullivan, American guitarist (The Crickets) (b. 1937)
  • 2006 Augustyn Bloch, Polish composer, dies at 76
  • 2014 Jacques Castérède, French composer and pianist, dies at 87
  • 2015 Milton Delugg, American orchestra leader (The Tonight Show), dies at 96

Person of interestMerle Haggard

2016 Merle Haggard, American country music singer (Death Valley Days), dies at 79

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