Events in Music on April 7

Music Premiere

1724 Johann Sebastian Bach's "St John Passion" premieres in Leipzig

Music Premiere

1805 Premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Eroica", in Vienna, conducted by the composer

  • 1949 "South Pacific" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 1928 performances

Music Premiere

1964 Hugh Martin and Timothy Gray's musical "High Spirits", based on Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit", opens at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 375 performances

  • 1973 18th Eurovision Song Contest: Anne-Marie David for Luxembourg wins singing "Tu te reconnaitras" in Luxembourg

Album Release

1981 "Street Songs" 5th studio album by Rick James is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1981)

Farm Aid Concert

1990 Farm Aid IV concert at Hoosier Dome (Indianapolis, Indiana features Bonnie Raitt, John Mellencamp, John Hiatt, Carl Perkins, Arlo Guthrie, Garth Brooks, Bruce Hornsby, Elton John, Lou Reed, Taj Mahal, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Willie Nelson, Iggy Pop, and others [1]

  • 1991 "Big Love" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • 1991 "Shadowlands" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theatre NYC after 169 performances
  • 1994 "Medea" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 82 performances
  • 1994 American soul singer Percy Sledge pleads guilty to tax evasion
  • 1994 Vatican commemorates The Holocaust for the first time with an orchestral concert in the Sala Nervi

Hall of Fame

2017 32nd Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Joan Baez; Electric Light Orchestra; Journey; Pearl Jam; 2Pac Shakur; Yes; and Nile Rodgers