Births / Deaths

April births and deaths

April 1

Births

1873    Sergei Rachmaninoff
1932    Debbie Reynolds
1934    Jim Ed Brown – vocals The Browns
1939    Rudolph Isley
1940    John St. John – lead guitar Sound Incorporated
1942    Alan Blaikley – guitar Tremeloes
1942    Annie Nightingale
1942    Philip Margo – drums The Tokens
1945    John Barbata – drums Turtles
1946    Arthur Conley
1946    Ronnie Lane – bass Small Faces
1947    M
1948    Jimmy Cliff
1948    Simon Cowe – guitar/mandolin Lindisfarne
1949    Gil Scott-Heron
1951    Henry Gross
1952    Billy Currie – piano Ultravox
1954    Jeff Pocaro – drums Toto
1961    Susan Boyle
1961    Mark White – guitar ABC
1962    Phillip Schofield
1971    Method Man – vocals Wu Tang Clan
1976    Kim Sasabone – vocals Vengaboys
1981    Hannah Spearritt – vocals S Club 7
1986    Hilary Scott – vocals Lady Antebellum
1994    Ella Eyre

Deaths

1917    Scott Joplin
1984    Marvin Gaye
2003     Edwin Starr
2004    Timi Yuro
2010     Jimmy Helms – US singer/Londonbeat

April 2

Births

1912    Herbert Mills – vocals Mills Brothers
1917    Lou Monte – US singer
1928    Serge Gainsbourg
1939    Marvin Gaye
1942    Leon Russell
1945    David Dundas
1946    Kurt Winter – guitar Guess Who
1947    Emmylou Harris
1949    Paul Gambaccini
1952    Leon Wilkeson – bass Lynyrd Skynrd
1953    David Robinson – drums Modern Lovers/Cars
1954    Gregory Abbot
1961    Keren Woodward – vocals Bananarama
1981    Lindsay Martin – vocals Girl Thing

Deaths

1987    Buddy Rich – jazz drummer

April 3

Births

1886    Dooley Wilson 
1922    Doris Day
1928    Don Gibson
1938    Phillipe Wynne – vocals Detroit Spinners
1941    Jan Berry – vocals Jan & Dean
1942    Billy Joe Royal
1943    Leslie Dash – Hedgehoppers Anonymous
1944    Tony Orlando
1944    Barry Pritchard – guitar Fortunes
1945    Richard Manuel – vocals/piano The Band
1946    Dean Murray – bass Spencer Davis Group
1949    Richard Thompson – guitar Fairport Convention
1955    Mick Mars – guitar Motley Crue
1956    Judie Tzuke
1961    Eddie Murphy
1962    Simon Raymonde – bass/keyboards Cocteau Twins
1968    Sebastian Bach – vocals Skid Row
1970    Matthew Priest – drums Dodgy
1976    Will Mellor
1985    Leona Lewis

Deaths

1990    Sarah Vaughan
1999    Lionel Bart
2006    Martin Gilks – Drums Wonder Stuff
2013    Harry J
2014    Arthur ‘Guitar Boogie’ Smith
2015    Linton Beckles – vocals Central Line

April 4

Births

1915    Muddy Waters
1922    Elmer Bernstein
1941    Major Lance
1941    Bill Tarmey
1946    Dave Hill – guitar Slade
1948    Pick Withers – drums Dire Straits
1949    Gregg Diamond
1949    Junior Braithwaite – vocals Wailers
1950    Jeff Dicken – vocals/guitar Mr Big
1952    Maria Mendiola – vocals Baccara
1952    Peter Haycock – vocals/guitarist Climax Blues Band
1952    Gary Moore
1957    Graeme Kelling – guitar Deacon Blue
1958    Julie Forsyth – vocals Guy’s and Dolls
1962    Craig Adams – bass Sisters Of Mercy
1963    Pliers
1963    Nigel Preston – drums Cult
1966    Mike Starr – bass Alice In Chains
1968    Mark Yates – guitar Terrorvision
1971    Louise Dean – vocals Shiva
1972    Magnus Sveningsson – Cardigans
1975    Phil Jimenez – percussion/keyboards Wheatus
1978    Lemar

Deaths

1980    Red Sovine
1995    Kenny Everett
1997    Gene Ames – vocals Ames Brothers

April 5

Births

1928    Tony Williams – vocals Platters
1929    Joe Meek
1932    Billy Bland
1934    Stanley Turrentine – US jazz saxophonist
1939    Ronnie White – vocals Miracles
1939    Crispian St Peters
1941    Dave Swarbrick – vocals/violin Fairport Convention
1942    Allan Clarke – vocals Hollies
1944    Nick Caldwell – vocals Whispers
1950    Agnetha Faltskog – vocals Abba
1951    Everett Morton – drums Beat
1954    Stan Ridgeway
1954    Nicko McBrain – drums Iron Maiden
1955    Janice Long
1956    Tim Smith – vocals Adverts
1965    Mike McCready – guitar Pearl Jam
1967    Mark Rankin – vocals GUN
1968    Paula Cole
1973    Pharrell Williams

Deaths

1981    Bob Hite – vocals Canned Heat
1983    Danny Rapp – vocals Danny and The Juniors
1994    Kurt Cobain – vocals Nirvana
1998    Rob Pilatus – vocals? Milli Vanilli
1998    Cozy Powell
2006    Gene Pitney
2016    Leon Haywood

April 6

Births

1937    Billy Dee Williams – vocals Dynasty
1937    Merle Haggard
1943    Julie Rogers
1944    Michelle Phillips – vocals Mama’s and Papa’s
1947    Tony O’Connor – drums Hot Chocolate
1949    Patrick Hernandez
1954    Jean Patrick Baptiste – vocals Ottawan
1962    Stan Cullimore – guitar Housemartins
1972    Joe Gittleman – bass Mighty Mighty Boss Tones
1976    Chantelle Kerzner – vocals N-Tyce
1978    Imaani Coppala – US Singer
1978    Myleene Klass – vocals Hear’say

Deaths

1971    Igor Stravinsky – classical composer
1984    Ral Donner
1998    Wendy O’Williams – vocals Plasmatics
2001    Charles Pettigrew – vocals Charles and Eddie
2016    Merle Haggard

April 7

Births

1908    Percy Faith
1915    Billie Holiday
1920    Ravi Shankar
1922    Mongo Santamaria
1935    Bobby Bare
1943    Mick Abrahams – guitar Jethro Tull
1943    Alan Buck – drums Four Pennies
1943    Spencer Dryden – drums Jefferson Airplane
1946    Bill Kreutzmann – drums Grateful Dead
1947    Pat Bennett – vocals Chiffons
1947    Florian Schneider – computers Kraftwerk
1949    John Oates
1950    Steve Ellis – vocals Love Affair
1951    Janis Ian
1951    Bruce Gary – drums The Knack
1960    Simon Climie – Climie Fisher
1979    Duncan James – vocals Blue
1981    Kelli Young – vocals Liberty X

Deaths

1994    Lee Brilleaux – vocals Dr Feelgood
1998    Tammy Wynette
2000    Heinz Bert – bass Tornados
2015    Stan Freberg

April 8

Births

1929    Jacques Brel
1942    Roger Chapman – vocals Family
1947    Steve Howe – guitar Yes/Asia
1956    Justin Sullivan – vocals/guitar New Model Army
1962    Adam Mole – guitar/keyboards Pop Will Eat Itself
1962    Izzy Stradlin – guitar Guns ‘N Roses
1963    Julian Lennon
1963    Donita Sparks – vocals L7
1972    Paul Gray – bass Slipknot

Deaths

2009     Pop Winans – Winans
2010     Malcolm McLaren

April 9

Births

1898    Paul Robeson – US singer
1932    Carl Perkins
1938    Rockin’ Sydney – US singer
1944    Gene Parsons – drums Byrds
1946    Les Gray – vocals Mud
1948    Phil Wright – vocals/drums Paper Lace
1952    Denise Nolan – vocals Nolans
1961    Mark Kelly – keyboards Marillion
1978    Rachel Stevens – vocals S Club 7
1982    Justin – vocals Triple Eight
1987    Jesse McCartney – US singer

Deaths

1976    Phil Ochs – US folk singer
1988    Brook Benton
1999    Colin Manley – guitar Tommy Quickley’s Remo 4
2009    Randy Cain – vocals Delfonics
2009    Duke D’Mond – vocals/guitar Barron Knights
2010    Kenneth McKellar
2013    Emilio Pericoli

April 10

Births

1921    Sheb Wooley
1923    Norman Vaughan
1932    Nate Nelson – vocals Flamingos
1936    Bobby Smith – vocals Detroit Spinners
1940    Ricky Valance
1943    P’Nut Langford – vocals/guitar Barron Knights
1947    Bunny Wailer
1955    Lesley Garrett
1959    Katrina Leskanich – vocals Katrina and the Waves
1959    Babyface
1960    Afrika Bambaataa
1960    Brian Setzer – vocals/guitar Stray Cats
1963    E – vocals/guitar/keyboard The Eels
1964    Reni – drums Stone Roses
1968    Kenediid Osman – bass Sleeper
1970    Q-Tip – rapper A Tribe Called Quest
1979    Sophie Bextor-Ellis
1981    Elizabeth McClarnon – vocals Atomic Kitten
1984    Mandy Moore

Deaths

1962    Stu Sutcliffe
1986    Linda Creed – US songwriter
2003    Little Eva

April 11

Births

1934    Cleotha Staples – vocals Staple singers
1935    Father Abraham
1946    Bob Harris – UK DJ
1949    Lee Sheridan – vocals Brotherhood Of Man
1951    Paul Fox – guitar Ruts
1956    Neville Staples – vocals Specials
1958    Stuart Adamson – vocals Big Country
1965    Nigel Pulsford – guitar Bush
1966    Lisa Stansfield
1969    Cerys Matthews – vocals Catatonia
1970    Delroy Pearson – vocals Five Star
1970    Whigfield
1977    DJ Fresh
1987    Joss Stone

Deaths

1988    Dave Prater – vocals Sam and Dave
2001    Harry Secombe
2006    Obie Trice – Rapper D-12
2006    June Pointer – Pointer Sisters
2016    Emile Ford

April 12

Births

1922    Tiny Tim
1925    Ned Miller
1933    Montserrat Caballe
1940    Herbie Hancock
1944    John Kay – vocals/guitar Steppenwolf
1950    David Cassidy
1950    Graham De Wilde – vocals Evasions
1951    Alexander Briley – G.I in Village People
1957    Donald Ray Mitchell – vocals Was Not Was
1958    Will Sergeant – guitar Echo and The Bunnymen
1962    Art Alexakis – vocals Everclear
1965    Sean Welch – bass Beautiful South
1967    Sarah Cracknell – vocals Saint Etienne
1980    Bryan McFadden – vocals Westlife

Deaths

1989    Herbert Mills – vocals Mills Brothers

April 13

Births

1919    Howard Keel
1936    Tim Field – vocals Springfields
1944    Brian Pendleton – guitar Pretty Things
1944    John Casady – bass Jefferson Airplane
1945    Lowell George – vocals/guitar Little Feat
1946    Al Green
1951    Peabo Bryson
1954    Jimmy Destri – keyboards Blondie
1955    Louis Johnson – vocals/bass/piano Brothers Johnson
1957    Wayne Lewis – keyboards Atlantic Starr
1975    Lou Bega
1977    Abigail Norman – vocals Madasun

Deaths

2013    Vince Montana Jr – US soul producer
2015    Ronnie Carroll

April 14

Births

1933    Buddy Knox
1935    Loretta Lynn – US country singer
1942    Tony Burrows – session singer (Brotherhood Of Man/Edison Lighthouse)
1945    Ritchie Blackmore – guitar Deep Purple/Rainbow
1946    Patrick Fairley – bass Marmalade
1948    Larry Ferguson – keyboards Hot Chocolate
1949    Sonja Kristina – vocals/piano Curved Air
1949    Dennis Byron – drums Amen Corner
1951    Julian Lloyd-Webber
1952    Jerry Knight – vocals/bass Raydio
1961    Mark Rutherford – guitar Jimmy the Hoover
1965    Carl Hunter – bass Farm

Deaths

1975    Michael Flanders – vocals Flanders and Swann
1983    Pete Fardon – bass Pretenders
1995    Burl Ives
1998    Dorothy Squires
1999    Anthony Newley
2015    Percy Sledge

April 15

Births

1937    Bob Luman
1939    Marty Wilde
1940    Clarence Satchell – vocals/saxophone Ohio Players
1944    Dave Edmunds
1949    Marsha Hunt
1952    Phil Mogg – vocals UFO
1962    Nick Kamen
1962    Sally-Ann Triplett – vocals Bardo
1965    Oscar Harrison – drums Ocean Colour Scene
1965    Linda Perry – vocals 4 Non Blondes
1966    Samantha Fox
1966    Graham Clarke – bass Wet Wet Wet
1968    Ed O’Brien – guitar Radiohead
1979    Caroline Barnes – vocals Scooch
1980    Natalie Casey
1983    Matt Cardle
1988    Eliza Doolittle

Deaths

1984    Tommy Cooper
2001    Joey Ramone – vocals Ramones
2002     Dave King – UK singer
2005    John Fred

April 16

Births

1889    Charlie Chaplin
1918    Spike Milligan
1924    Henry Mancini
1924    Rudy Pompilli – saxophone Comets
1935    Bobby Vinton
1937    Vince Hill
1939    Dusty Springfield
1942    Colin Manley – guitar Tommy Quickley’s Remo 4
1947    Gerry Rafferty
1952    Chas Jankel – keyboards Ian Dury’s Blockheads
1956    Paul Buchanan – vocals/guitar Blue Nile
1963    Chaka Demus
1963    Jimmy Osmond
1963    Nick Berry
1964    Dave Pirner – vocals/guitar Soul Asylum
1976    Sean Maguire
1977    Terry Daly – vocals Mytown

Deaths

1993    Eugene Church – US doo wop singer

April 17

Births

1929    James Last
1930    Chris Barber
1940    Billy Fury
1945    Tony Crane – guitar Merseybeats
1947    Douglas MacRae-Brown – vocals Young Idea
1948    Jan Hammer
1954    Michael Sembello
1955    Pete Shelley
1956    Valerie Jones – vocals Jones Girls
1959    Steve Singleton – saxophone/synthesizer ABC
1961    Niki Haris – vocals Snap
1967    Matt Chamberlain – drums New Bohemians
1971    Steve Mason – guitar Gene
1975    Victoria (Adams) Beckham – vocals Spice Girls

Deaths

1960    Eddie Cochran
1998    Linda McCartney

April 18

Births

1906    Pigmeat Markham
1939    Glen D. Hardin – piano Crickets
1941    Mike Vickers – guitar/flute Manfred Mann
1946    John Kane – vocals New World
1946    Hayley Mills
1946    Harvey Regan – bass Sir Douglas Quintet
1947    Polly Brown
1958    Les Pattison – bass Echo and the Bunnymen
1962    Shirlie Holliman – vocals Pepsi and Shirlie
1964    Mark Berry – percussion Black Grape
1977    Colin Newton – drums Idlewild
1979    Glenn Hooper – drums Easyworld
1993    Nathan Sykes – vocals Wanted

Deaths

1996    Bernard Edwards

April 19

Births

1928    Alexis Korner – guitar C.C.S
1935    Dudley Moore
1941    Alan Price
1943    Eve Graham – vocals New Seekers
1947    Mark Volman – vocals/guitar Turtles
1958    Andy Kyriacou – drums Modern Romance
1979    Tony Lundon – vocals Liberty X

Deaths

2012    Levon Helm – drums Band
2012    Greg Ham – keyboards Men At Work
2015    Richard Anthony

April 20

Births

1923    Tito Puente Jr
1934    Pops Winans – Winans
1939    Johnny Tillotson
1944    Iris Williams
1945    Jimmy Winston – organ Small Faces
1951    Luther Vandross
1973    Gabriele Ponte – dancer Eiffel 65
1976    Joey Lawrence
1983    Sebastian Ingrosso – Swedish DJ

Deaths

1989    Miki –  vocals Miki and Griff
1991    Steve Marriott – vocals Small Faces
1992    Benny Hill
2016    Victoria Wood

April 21

Births

1919    Don Cornell
1945    Al Jackson – vocals Applejacks
1947    Iggy Pop
1947    Alan Warner – guitar Foundations
1953    Forrest
1959    Robert Smith – vocals Cure
1963    Johnny McElhone – vocals/bass Altered Images/Texas
1967    Michael Franti – vocals Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy

Deaths

1978    Sandy Denny
2000    Neal Matthews –vocals Jordanaires
2003     Nina Simone
2008     Al Wilson – US singer/drummer
2013    Christine Amphlett – vocals Divinyls
2016    Prince

April 22

Births

1916    Yehudi Menuhin – classical violinist
1927    Laurel Aitken – King Of Ska
1936    Glen Campbell
1950    Peter Frampton
1951    Paul Carrack – vocals Ace/Squeeze
1955    Arthur Baker
1956    Kenny Lyon – guitar Lemonheads
1961    Nick Sanderson – drums World Of Twist & Jesus & Mary Chain
1969    Craig Logan – bass Bros
1979    Daniel Johns – vocals/guitar Silverchair
1984    Amelle Berrabah – vocals Sugababes

Deaths

2013    Richie Havens – US soul singer

April 23

Births

1928    Shirley Temple
1936    Roy Orbison
1939    Ray Peterson
1941    Ed Stewart
1945    John Allen – guitar Nashville Teens
1949    John Miles
1952    Narada Michael Walden
1955    Captain Sensible
1960    Steve Clarke – guitar Def Leppard
1960    David Gedge – vocals Wedding Present
1963    Billy Gould – bass Faith No More
1964    Gen Matthews – drums Jesus Jones
1964    Torsten Fenslam – DJ/producer Culture Beat
1968    Paul Clifford – bass Wonder Stuff
1979    Jazz – vocals Dru Hill
1985    Taio Cruz
1987    Laura Mvula –UK singer

Deaths

1975    Pete Ham – guitar Badfinger
1991    Johnny Thunders – vocals/guitar New York Dolls
2010     Norman Wright – vocals Del-Vikings

April 24

Births

1941    John Williams – classical guitarist
1942    Barbra Streisand
1944    (Bernard) St Clair Lee – vocals Hues Corporation
1945    Doug Clifford – drums Creedence Clearwater Revival
1945    Robert Knight
1947    Hubert Ann Kelly – vocals Hues Corporation
1947    Hubert Ann Kelly – vocals Hues Corporation
1949    Preston Ritter – drums Electric Prunes
1951    Nigel Harrison – bass Blondie
1957    David Jay – bass Bauhaus
1958    Boris Williams – drums Cure
1960    Bruno Brookes – UK DJ
1964    Paul Ryder – bass Happy Mondays
1967    Patty Schemel – drums Hole
1971    Jas Mann – vocals Babylon Zoo
1982    Kelly Clarkson
1987    Ben Howard
1995    Kehlani

Deaths

2001    Al Hibbler
2015    Sid Tepper
2016    Billy Paul

April 25

Births

1917    Ella Fitzgerald
1935    Michael King – vocals King Brothers
1943    Tony Christie
1944    Charlie Harper – vocals UK Subs
1945    Bjorn Ulvaeus – guitar Abba
1945    Mike Kogel – vocals/guitar Los Bravos
1945    Stu Cook – bass Creedence Clearwater Revival
1950    Steve Ferrone – drums Average White Band
1958    Fish – vocals Marillion
1964    Andy Bell – vocals Erasure
1965    Simon Fowler – vocals/harmonica Ocean Colour Scene
1967    Eric Avery – bass Jane’s Addiction
1980    Jacob Underwood – vocals O-Town

Deaths

1999    Roger Troutman –vocals Zapp
1999    Larry Troutman – vocals Zapp
2002    Lisa ‘Left-Eye’ Lopes – vocals TLC
2007     Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett
2010     Dorothy Provine
2011     Poly Styrene – vocals X-Ray Spex

April 26

Births

1938    Duane Eddy
1938    Maurice Williams
1940    Giorgio Moroder
1940    Bobby Rydell
1951    Nick Garvey – vocals/guitar Motors
1960    Roger Taylor – drums Duran Duran
1964    Jimmy Stafford – guitar Train
1970    T-Boz – vocals TLC
1970    Ruth Ann Boyle – vocals Olive
1971    Jay DeMarcus – bass Rascal Flatts
1977    Celena Cherry – vocals Honeyz
1981    Caro Emerald
1982    Jon Lee – vocals S Club 7

Deaths

1984    Count Basie
2011     Phoebe Snow
2012    George Jones – US country singer

April 27

Births

1914    Winifred Atwell
1946    Gordon Haskell
1947    Pete Ham – guitar Badfinger
1947    Ann Peebles
1948    Kate Pierson – vocals B-52’s
1949    Clive Taylor – bass Amen Corner
1949    Herb Murrell – vocals Stylistics
1951    Ace Frehely – vocals/guitar Kiss
1959    Sheena Easton
1959    Marco Pirroni – guitar Adam and The Ants
1962    Robin S
1969    Mica Paris
1972    Gareth Coombes – keyboards Supergrass
1984    Patrick Stump – vocals Fall Out Boy
1984    Yonah Higgins – vocals Cleopatra

Deaths

2000    Vicki Sue Robinson – US disco singer
2015    Jack Ely – vocals/guitar The Kingsmen

April 28

Births

1945    John Wolters – drums Dr Hook
1947    Peaches – Peaches & Herb
1948    Scott Fitzgerald
1953    Kim Gordon – vocal/bass Sonic Youth
1956    Jimmy Barnes
1968    Howard Donald – vocals Take That
1978    Lauren Laverne – vocals/guitar Kenickie

Deaths

1981    Steve Currie – bass T.Rex
2015    Keith Harris – UK ventriloquist

April 29

Births

1899    Duke Ellington
1927    Carl Gardner – vocals Coasters
1931    Lonnie Donegan
1933    Willie Nelson
1936    April Stevens    – US singer with brother Nino Tempo
1947    Tommy James
1949    Francis Rossi – vocals/guitar Status Quo
1949    Anita Dobson
1951    Bob Henke – bass Dr Hook
1953    Bill Drummond – synthesizer KLF
1958    Simon Edwards – guitar Fairground Attraction
1960    Philip King – bass Lush
1968    Carnie Wilson – vocals Wilson Phillips
1968    Stan Frazier – drums Sugar Ray
1973    Michael Hogan – bass Cranberries
1979    Jo O’Meara – vocals S Club 7
1980    Kian Egan – vocals Westlife
1981    Tom Smith – vocals Editors

Deaths

2005    Jim Pash – Saxophone The Surfaris

April 30

Births

1927    Johnny Horton
1934    Jerry Lordan
1943    Bobby Vee
1953    Merrill Osmond
1962    Dave Frew – guitar An Emotional Fish
1962    Robert Reynolds – bass Mavericks
1964    Robert Clivilles – vocals CandC Music Factory
1967    Turbo B – rapper Snap
1971    Darren Emerson – keyboards Underworld
1982    Cleopatra Higgins – vocals Cleopatra

Deaths

1983    Muddy Waters
1993    Mick Ronson
1999    Darrell Sweet – drums Nazareth
2007     Zola Taylor – vocals The Platters
2015    Ben E. King

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