On This Day in Music for 17th March

Events in Music

  • 1926 Richard Rodgers & L Hart's musical "Girl Friend" premieres in NYC
  • 1965 Beatles announce their film is named "8 Arms to Hold on to You" (Help)
  • 1978 Ligeti's opera "Le Grand Macabre" premieres in Stockholm
  • 1979 Ice Dance Championship at Vienna won by N Linichuk & G Karponosov USSR
  • 1988 "Les Miserables" opens at Det Norske Teatret, Oslo
  • 1989 "Chu Chem" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 44 performances
  • 1992 "Death & the Maiden" opens at Brooks Atkinson NYC for 159 performances
  • 1994 "Little More Magic" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 30 performances
  • 1996 "Bus Stop" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 29 performances
  • 1996 "Getting Away With Murder" opens at Broadhurst NYC for 17 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1664 Georg Osterreich, composer
  • 1675 Petrus Laurentius Wockenfuss, composer
  • 1746 Jan David Holland, composer
  • 1839 Josef Rheinberger, Vaduz Liechtenstein, opera composer (Munich Conser)
  • 1848 Horace Wadham Nicholl, composer
  • 1876 Frederic Ayers, composer
  • 1880 Guillermo Uribe Holguin, composer
  • 1884 Alcide Nunez, American jazz clarinetist (d. 1934)
  • 1890 Harold Morris, composer
  • 1892 Sayed Darwish, composer
  • 1900 Alfred Newman, composer (Love is a Many Splendored Thing), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1906 Tamara Geva, Russian-born dancer and actress, born in St. Petersburg (d. 1997)
  • 1908 Radie Britain, composer
  • 1911 Raffaele d' Alessandro, composer
  • 1916 Ray Ellington, British singer (d. 1985)
  • 1917 Brian Boydell, composer
  • 1918 D Arendo, [Arend Honhoff], Dutch pianist/composer (Eleonora)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1919 Nat "King" Cole, singer (Unforgettable, Mona Lisa), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1965)

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole
  • 1920 John La Montaine, Oak Park Ill, composer (Pulitzer 1959), (d. 2013)
  • 1924 Stephen Dodgson, composer
  • 1927 Kenneth S Goldstein, folklorist/enthomusicologist
  • 1927 Maurice Ingvar Karkoff, composer
  • 1927 Sulkhan Ivanovich Nasidze, composer
  • 1928 Edino Krieger, composer
  • 1932 Dick Curless, singer/songwriter
  • 1934 Erhard Grosskopf, composer
  • 1934 Q T Macon, blues vocal/guitar
  • 1935 Adam Wade, singer (Tony Orlando & Dawn), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1936 Ladislaw Kupkovic, composer
  • 1938 Rudolf Nureyev, Russian ballet dancer/choreographer (Kirov), born on a train near Irkutsk, Soviet Union (d. 1993)
  • 1941 Paul Kantner, rock singer/guitarist (Jefferson Airplane), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2016)
  • 1941 Clarence Collins, US singer (Imperials-Tears on my pillow)
  • 1941 Edward Harper, composer
  • 1942 Dimitris Poulikakos, Greek composer, singer and actor
  • 1944 John Sebastian, singer (Loving Spoonful, Welcome Back Kotter), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 Pat McCauley, N Ireland, rock drummer (Them)
  • 1945 Elis Regina, Brazilian singer (d. 1982)
  • 1946 Harold Brown, rock drummer (War-Summer, Galaxy), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1946 Michael Peter Finnissey, composer
  • 1947 Ian Gomm, rock guitarist
  • 1947 Yury Chernavsky, Russian-born Composer and Producer
  • 1948 Fran Byrne, musician (Ace), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1948 Pat Lloyd, rocker (The Equals), born in London
  • 1951 Scott Gorham, Irish hard rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy-21 Guns)
  • 1952 Nikos Xydakis, Greek musician and composer
  • 1954 Lesley-Anne Down, actress (A Little Night Music, Moonraker), born in London, England
  • 1954 Rena Jones, rock vocalist
  • 1954 Wally Stocker, rock vocalist/guitarist (Babys-Missing You), born in London, England
  • 1955 Paul Overstreet, Van Cleave Miss, country singer (Daddy's Come Around)
  • 1956 Will Rigby, rock percussionist (Amy Rigby Diary of a Mad Housewife)
  • 1959 Mike Lindup, British rock keyboardist/singer (Level 42-Hot Water)
  • 1959 Paul Black, American rock singer
  • 1961 Casey Siemaszko, actor (Biloxi Blues, 3 O'Clock High), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1962 Clare Grogan, rocker (Altered Images-Happy Birthday)
  • 1962 Janet Patricia Gardner, Juneau Alaska, rocker (Vixen-Rev It Up)
  • 1962 Roxy Dora Petrucci, Rochester Minn, rock drummer (Vixen-Rev It Up)
  • 1963 Nick Peros, Canadian composer
  • 1967 Van Conner, rocker (Screaming Trees)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1967 Billy Corgan, American musician (Smashing Pumpkins), born in Chicago, Illinois

Musician Billy Corgan
Musician
Billy Corgan
  • 1972 Melissa Auf der Maur, Canadian musician
  • 1972 Marc Gunn, poet, podcaster, and Celtic musician (Brobdingnagian Bards)
  • 1975 Justin Hawkins, British singer (The Darkness)
  • 1976 Stephen Gately, Irish singer (Boyzone), born in Dublin, Ireland

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1966 The Who drummer Keith Moon (19) weds model Kim Kerrigan (18) at Brent Registry Office

Rocker Keith Moon
Rocker
Keith Moon

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2008 Musician Paul McCartney (65) divorces former model and anti-landmines campaigner Heather Mills (40) on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney

Deaths in Music

  • 1801 Juan de Sesse y Balaguer, composer, dies at 64
  • 1803 Candido Jose Ruano, composer, dies at 42
  • 1855 Ramon Carnicer y Batlle, composer, dies at 65
  • 1857 Adolph Trube, composer, dies at 42
  • 1861 Petter Conrad Boman, composer, dies at 56
  • 1862 Fromental Halevy, [Elie Levy], French opera composer, dies at 62
  • 1902 George William Warren, composer, dies at 73
  • 1910 Joaquin Valverde, composer, dies at 64
  • 1927 James Scott Skinner, composer, dies at 83
  • 1953 Conrado del Campo y Zabaleta, composer, dies at 73
  • 1959 Raffaele d' Alessandro, composer, dies on 48th birthday
  • 1963 William Henry Squire, composer, dies at 91
  • 1966 Walter Lang, Swiss composer, dies at 69
  • 1980 Rudolf G Escher, Dutch composer (Vrai Visage de la Paix), dies at 68
  • 1988 Nikolas Asimos, Greek counter-culture composer and singer (b. 1949)
  • 1990 Rick Grech, rocker (Blind Faith, Traffic), dies at 44
  • 1995 Sunnyland Smart, jazz/blues singer/pianist (Delta Blues), dies at 87
  • 1996 Terry Stafford, American singer (b. 1941)
  • 1999 Ernest Gold, Austrian composer (b. 1921)
  • 2006 Bob Blue, American singer/songwriter (b. 1948)
  • 2007 Roger Bennett, American Southern Gospel performer (b. 1959)
  • 2010 Alex Chilton, American musician (b. 1950)
  • 2010 Charlie Gillett, British musicologist and radio presenter (b. 1942)
  • 2010 Alex Chilton, American singer-songwriter (Box Tops), dies of a heart attack at 59