On This Day in Music for March 31

Events in Music

  • 1841 1st performance of Robert Schumann's 1st Symphony in B
  • 1923 1st dance marathon-NYC-Alma Cummings sets record of 27 hrs

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1967 1st time Jimi Hendrix burns his guitar (London)

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix

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1969 George Harrison & Patti Boyd are fined £250 each for illegal drugs

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • 1972 Official Beatles Fan Club closes down
  • 1978 Wings release "London Town" album
  • 1979 24th Eurovision Song Contest: Gali Atari and Milk and Honey for Israel wins singing "Hallelujah" in Jerusalem
  • 1991 Musical "Will Rogers Follies" premieres in NYC
  • 1996 "Getting Away With Murder" closes at Broadhurst NYC after 17 performances
  • 1996 "Midsummer Night's Dream" opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 66 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1684 Francesco Durante, composer

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1685 Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer (Mattheus-Passion) [OS 21 Mar], born in Eisenach, Germany (d. 1750)

  • 1717 Florian Wrastill, composer
  • 1732 Franz Joseph Haydn, prominent composer of the classical period (The Creation/Die Schopfung), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1747 Johann Abraham Peter Schulz, German composer (Moon has Risen)
  • 1791 Franciszek Wincenty Mirecki, composer
  • 1809 Otto Jonas Lindblad, composer
  • 1822 Rafael Hernando, composer
  • 1847 Jarolslaw Zielinski, composer
  • 1848 John Henry Roberts, composer
  • 1872 Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev, Russia, dance master (Imperial Ballet)
  • 1887 Jose Maria Usandizaga, composer
  • 1891 Erich Walter Sternberg, composer
  • 1893 Clemens Krauss, conductor (Berlin State Orch-1937), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1906 Lauri Saikkola, composer
  • 1908 Red Norvo, American jazz vibraphonist (d. 1999)
  • 1911 Elisabeth Grümmer, German soprano (d. 1986)
  • 1913 Etta Baker, Caldwell County North Carolina, American blues guitarist
  • 1915 Eliseo Morales Pajaro, composer
  • 1934 John D. Loudermilk, country singer and songwriter (Tobacco Road), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 2016)
  • 1935 Herb Alpert, bandleader/trumpeteer (Tijuana Brass)/CEO (A & M)
  • 1937 Willem Duyn, [Mouth], Dutch singer (Mouth & MacNeal)
  • 1938 Arthur B. Rubinstein, American composer
  • 1944 Rod Allen, [B Rodney Bainbridge] rock bassist/vocalist (Fortunes)
  • 1944 Mick Ralphs, English guitarist (Mott the Hoople, Bad Company)
  • 1946 Al Nichol, Winston Salem NC, rock guitarist/vocalist (Turtles)
  • 1947 Al Goodman, rock vocalist (Ray, Goodman, Brown)
  • 1947 Jon-Jon Poulos, rocker (Buckinghams), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1948 Thijs van Leer, Dutch singer/flutist (Focus, Introspection)
  • 1950 Richard Hughes, rocker (Johnny Winter Band)
  • 1953 Greg Martin, singer (Ky Headhunters-Davy Crockett), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1953 Sean Hopper, California, rock keyboardist (Huey Lewis & The News)
  • 1953 Dennis Kamakahi, Grammy Award-winning musician (d. 2014), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1954 Tony Brock, England, rock drummer (Isn't It Time, Every Time I Think of You)
  • 1955 Angus Young, Glascow Scotland, rock guitarist (AC/DC-Highway to Hell)
  • 1958 Pat McGlynn, Edinburgh, rock guitarist (Bay City Rollers)
  • 1959 Ali McMordie, Irish bassist (Stiff Little Fingers)
  • 1963 Paul Mercurio, Australian actor/dancer
  • 1964 Erik Turner, rock guitarist (Warrant-Cherry Pie), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1974 Stefan Olsdal, Swedish bassist (Placebo)
  • 1977 Toshiya, Japanese musician (Dir en grey)
  • 1978 Tony Yayo, American rapper
  • 1979 Amey Date, Indian playback singer
  • 1982 Lennon Murphy, American rock singer/songwriter
  • 1986 Cveta Majtanović, Serbian singer, winner of Pop Idol.

Weddings in Music

  • 2011 Italian Canadian singer Michael Buble (35) weds actress and model Luisana Lopilato (23) in Buenos Aires

Deaths in Music

  • 1656 Pierre de La Barre, composer, dies at 64
  • 1703 Johann Christoph Bach, German composer (b. 1642)
  • 1880 Henryk Wieniawski, Polish violist/composer, dies at 44
  • 1881 Gaetano Gaspari, composer, dies at 73
  • 1885 Franz W Abbot, German composer/choir conductor, dies at 65
  • 1885 Philipp Fahrbach, composer, dies at 69
  • 1886 Giovanni Rossi, composer, dies at 57
  • 1892 Adolf Rzepko, composer, dies at 66
  • 1901 John Stainer, composer, dies at 60
  • 1960 Joseph Haas, German (opera)composer (Totenmesse), dies at 81
  • 1967 Hieronim Feicht, composer, dies at 72
  • 1973 Kurt George Hugo Thomas, composer, dies at 68
  • 1986 O'Kelly Isley, US, singer (Isley Brothers), dies of heart attack at 48
  • 1988 Talib Rasul Hakim, composer, dies at 48
  • 1991 John Carter, US jazz clarinetist (Roots & folklore), dies
  • 1993 Mitchell Parish, American lyricist (b. 1900)
  • 1995 Carl Story, American bluegrass musician (Rambling Mountaineers), dies at 78
  • 1995 Selena, Mexican Grammy winning singer, killed by a fan at 24
  • 1996 Jeffrey Lee Pierce, musician, dies at 37
  • 2003 Tommy Seebach, Danish singer (b. 1949)
  • 2006 Jackie McLean, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1931 or 1932)