Music History for

April 7


1763 - Composer Domenico Dragonetti was born.

1949 - The musical "South Pacific" by Rodgers and Hammerstein debuted on Broadway.

1956 - "Rock 'n Roll Dance Party" premiered on the CBS Radio Network.

1967 - Sonny & Cher's movie "Good Times" debuted in Chicago, IL.

1975 - Beverly Sills made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in Gioacchino Rossini's "Siege of Corinth."

1981 - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band started their first European tour in Hamburg, Germany.
Bruce Springsteen Merchandise

1985 - Prince ended his 32-city tour in Miami, FL, and said that he was withdrawing from live performances for "an indeterminate number of years." He later returned to live performing.

1985 - Wham! became the first Western act to play in China.

1990 - At Farm Aid IV, Elton John performed "Candle in the Wind" for Ryan White. White, a young boy with AIDS, died later the same day.

1995 - Airport police seized a loaded pistol from Eddie Van Halen's carry-on luggage. No charges were filed.
Van Halen apparel and gear

1997 - Oasis singer Liam Gallagher and actress Patsy Kensit were married.

1997 - An Amsterdam university began offering a course entitled "Madonna 101."
Madonna Merchandise

1998 - Carlos Vega died of a self-inflicted gunshot.

1998 - George Michael was arrested in a public restroom in Beverly Hills for lewd conduct. He was sentenced to community service for the incident.

1998 - Mary Bono, the widow of Sonny Bono, won a special election to serve out the remainder of her husband's congressional term.

2000 - Michael Abram attended a hearing for his attempt to murder George Harrison and his wife Olivia on December 30, 1999. Abram was ordered to appear for trial, but a date was not set.

2004 - It was announced that Polar Studios, in Stockholm, would close in May due to high rent.

2016 - The final episode of the final season of "American Idol" was aired.