On This Day in Music for 15th March

Events in Music


Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1945 17th Academy Awards - "Going My Way", Bing Crosby & Ingrid Bergman win

Actress Ingrid Bergman
Actress
Ingrid Bergman
Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • 1945 Billboard publishes its 1st album chart (King Cole Trio is #1)
  • 1950 Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Consul" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 269 performances
  • 1952 "2 in the Aisle" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 276 performances
  • 1956 "My Fair Lady" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 2,715 performances
  • 1958 "Body Beautiful" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 60 performances
  • 1959 Richard Rogers' "No Strings" opens on Broadway
  • 1962 Richard Rodger's musical "No Strings" opens at 84th St Theater NYC for 580 performances

Music-awardsMusic Awards

1966 8th Grammy Awards: Taste of Honey, Tom Jones, Sintra & Striesand

Singer Tom Jones
Singer
Tom Jones

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1968 LIFE mag calls Jimi Hendrix "most spectacular guitarist in the world"

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • 1968 Diocese of Rome announces that it "deplored the concept", but wouldn't prohibit rock & roll masses at Church of San Lessio Falconieri
  • 1970 Gary Geld & Peter Udell's "Purlie" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 689 performances
  • 1987 "Starlight Express" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 761 performances
  • 1987 "Sweet Charity" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 368 performances
  • 1989 "Les Miserables" opens at Royal Alexandra Theatre Toronto

Music-awardsMusic Awards

1994 8th Soul Train Music Awards: Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston win

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
  • 1998 "Cabaret" opens at Club Expo Theater NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • 1754 Silvestro Palma, composer
  • 1790 Nicola Vaccai, composer
  • 1808 Gaetano Gaspari, composer
  • 1835 Eduard Strauss, Austria, composer (318 Dance)
  • 1836 Henrique Alves de Mesquita, composer
  • 1838 Karl Davydov, Russian cellist (d. 1889)
  • 1851 Jozef Surzynski, composer
  • 1864 Johan Halvorsen, composer
  • 1864 Leslie Stuart, composer
  • 1867 Will Rossiter, composer
  • 1873 David Vaughan Thomas, composer
  • 1884 Rudolf Piskacek, composer
  • 1894 Slava Vorlova, composer
  • 1901 Colin McPhee, composer (H2O, Mechanical Princibles), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1901 Theo Uden Marsman, Dutch orchestra leader
  • 1907 Jimmy McPartland, jazz trumpeteer/actor (Magic Horn)
  • 1907 Zarah Leander, Swedish actress and singer (d. 1981)

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1912 Lightnin' [Sam] Hopkins, Texas, blues stylist (Ball of Twine)

Blues Singer Lightnin Hopkins
Blues Singer
Lightnin Hopkins
  • 1916 Harry James, Albany Ga, trumpeter (married to Betty Grable)
  • 1924 Lockrem Johnson, composer
  • 1926 Benjamin Burwell Johnston, Jr. Macon Geeorgia, American composer
  • 1927 Carl Smith, Maynardville Tn, country singer (Grand Ole Opry)
  • 1928 Nicolas Flagello, composer
  • 1929 Tiezo Matsumura, composer
  • 1933 Cecil Perceval Taylor, composer/jazz pianist (U of Wisconsin)
  • 1933 Ronald Roseman, composer
  • 1934 Daniel George "Danny" Apolinar, composer/songwriter
  • 1934 Wolfgang Hufschmidt, composer
  • 1938 Dick Higgins, composer
  • 1940 Phil Lesh, [Chapman], California, rock bassist (Grass Roots, Grateful Dead)
  • 1941 Mike Love, California, rock saxophonist/vocalist (Beachboys-In My Room)
  • 1942 Hughie Flint, rock drummer (Bonzo Dog Band), born in London, England
  • 1944 Ralph MacDonald, rock percussionist (Graceland)
  • 1946 David Wall, English ballet dancers/director (Royal Academy of Dancing)
  • 1946 Howard Scott, San Pedro Cal, rock guitarist/vocalist (War, Cisco Kid)
  • 1947 Ry[land] Cooder, LA, blues guitarist (Crossroads)
  • 1947 Stomu Yamash'ta, composer
  • 1950 Jørgen Olsen, Danish singer
  • 1962 Steve Coy, rocker (Dead or Alive-Spin Me Round)
  • 1962 Terrence Trent D'Arby, rock vocalist (Wishing Well), born in NYC, New York
  • 1963 Bret Michaels, Harrisburg Pa, guitarist (Poison-Talk Dirty to Me)
  • 1964 Rockwell, [Kennedy Gordy], Det MI, rock vocalist (Someone Watching Me)
  • 1968 John Tardy, US heavy metalist (Obituary, Slowly We Rot)
  • 1968 Sabrina [Salerno], Genoa Italy, Miss Italy (1984)/singer (Boys)
  • 1968 Kahimi Karie, Japanese singer
  • 1968 Mark McGrath, American musician (Sugar Ray), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1968 Jon Schaffer, American guitarist (Iced Earth)
  • 1969 Timo Kotipelto, Finnish musician
  • 1972 Mark Hoppus, American musician (+44 and blink-182)
  • 1974 John "Beatz" Holohan, American musician
  • 1975 Will.i.am, American musician
  • 1977 Joe Hahn, American musician
  • 1978 Sid Wilson, American musician (Slipknot)
  • 1981 Young Buck, American rapper
  • 1982 Jordan Hastings, Canadian drummer (Alexisonfire)

Deaths in Music

  • 1575 Annibale Padovano, Italian composer (b. 1527)
  • 1673 Salvatore Rosa, Italian painter (Baroque)/poet/music/actor, dies at 57
  • 1842 Maria Luigi C Z S Cherubini, Italian composer (Dies Irae), dies at 81
  • 1883 Karol Studzinski, composer, dies at 55
  • 1918 Jose Silvestre de los Dolores White Lafitte, composer, dies at 82
  • 1918 Juliette Marie Olga Lili Boulanger, composer, dies at 24
  • 1918 Lili Boulanger, composer, dies at 24
  • 1929 Pine-Top Smith, jazz pianist (Boogie Woogie Piano), dies at 24
  • 1942 Alexander van Zemlinsky, Austrian and US composer (African Dance), dies at 70
  • 1954 Arthur Fickenscher, composer, dies at 82
  • 1959 Lester Young, American musician (b. 1909)
  • 1966 Heinrich Lemacher, composer, dies at 74
  • 1991 Budd [Lawrence] Freeman, US jazz saxophonist (Eel), dies at 84
  • 1993 Anthony Bowles, music writer (Jesus Christ Superstar), dies at 61
  • 1996 Olga Rudge, violinist, dies at 100
  • 2008 Vytautas Kernagis, Lithuanian singer, TV shows announcer (b. 1951)
  • 2008 Mikey Dread, Jamaican singer (b. 1954)
  • 2011 Nate Dogg, American rapper, Nathaniel Dwayne Hale. (b. 1969)
  • 2011 Smiley Culture, British reggae singer, David Victor Emmanuel. (b. 1962)