On This Day in Music for 15th March

Events in Music


Film tv awardsFilm Awards

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

Event of interestEvent 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, American blues musician (Ball of Twine), born in Centerville, Texas (d. 1982)

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, American-born concert 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)