On This Day in Music for 8th March

Events in Music

  • 1902 1st performance of Jean Sibelius' 2nd Symphony
  • 1953 "Two's Company" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 90 performances
  • 1957 1st performance of David Diamond's 6th Symphony in Boston
  • 1960 "Greenwillow" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 95 performances
  • 1962 Beatles, with Pete Best, TV debut (perform "Dream Baby" on BBC)
  • 1966 "Golden Boy" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 569 performances
  • 1968 New York rock venue Fillmore East opens in Manhattan
  • 1973 Paul & Linda McCartney are fined £100 for growing cannabis
  • 1980 The first festival of rock music kicks off in the Soviet Union.
  • 1981 "Shakespeare's Cabaret" closes at Bijou Theater NYC after 54 performances
  • 1985 Ice Dance Championship at Tokyo won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)
  • 1989 "Heidi Chronicles" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 621 performances
  • 1993 Nigerian singer Fela Kuti arrested again on suspicion of murder
  • 1997 11th Soul Train Music Awards: Curtis Mayfield, Babyface win

Birthdays in Music

  • 1560 Don Carlo Gesualdo, Italian composer (d. 1613)
  • 1607 Johann Rist, German composer, born in Ottensen, Holstein (d. 1667)
  • 1714 Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, German composer, son of JS Bach
  • 1743 Bendix Friedrich Zinck, composer
  • 1778 Friedrich August Kanne, composer
  • 1783 Gottfied Wilhelm Fink, German composer, born in Sulza, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1846)
  • 1825 George William Martin, composer
  • 1840 Franco Faccio, Italian composer/conductor
  • 1843 Per Jonas Fredrik Vilhelm Svedbom, composer
  • 1853 Edward Hubertus Joannes Keurvels, Flemish composer (Parisina)
  • 1859 Otto Taubmann, composer
  • 1872 Paul Juon, Russian/Swiss violinist/composer
  • 1872 Anna Held, Polish-born actress and singer (d. 1918)
  • 1876 Franco Alfano, Italian opera composer (Il dottore Antonio)
  • 1883 Manuel Gomez Carillo, composer
  • 1909 Anthony Donato, composer
  • 1911 Alan Hovhaness, Somerville Mass, composer (Lousadzak, Ukiyo)
  • 1915 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (d. 1979)
  • 1919 Ivor Keys, musician/teacher
  • 1920 James Daniel "Danny" Turner, saxophonist
  • 1921 Cyd Charisse, [Tula Finklea], Amarillo Tx, dancer/actress (Singing in the Rain)
  • 1921 Egbert George "Pete" Pitterson, trumpeter
  • 1925 Darwin Horacio Vargas-Wallis, composer
  • 1927 Jaromir Podesva, composer
  • 1927 Joseph Berg, composer
  • 1928 Frank Michael Beyer, composer
  • 1928 Judy Johnson, Norfolk Va, singer (Your Show of Shows)
  • 1933 Johnny Dollar, singer
  • 1934 Christian Wolff, composer
  • 1936 Gabor Szabo, Hungarian jazz guitarist (Perfect Circle)
  • 1937 Raynoma Gordy, [Mayberry], US orchestra leader (Rayber Voices)
  • 1937 Richard Farina, American writer and folk rocker (Reflections in a Crystal Wind)
  • 1938 Lew DeWitt, Va, country singer (Statler Brothers-Flowers on the Wall)
  • 1939 Robert Tear, Barry Wales, tenor (Welsh National Opera 1970)
  • 1939 Yannis Vlachopoulos, composer
  • 1941 Ivana Loudova, composer
  • 1941 Yvar Emilian Mikhashoff, composer
  • 1944 Carole Bayer Sager, NY, aka Mrs Burt Bachrach, singer (Arthur)
  • 1944 Sergey Nikitin, Russian composer
  • 1944 Palito Ortega, Argentine singer and actor
  • 1945 Micky Dolenz, actor (Circus Boy)/singer (Monkees), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945 Bruce Broughton, American composer
  • 1946 Randy Meisner, rock bassist/vocalist (Poco, Eagles-Take it Easy)
  • 1947 Mike Allsup, Modesto Ca, rock guitarist (Three Dog Night)
  • 1947 Carole Bayer Sager, American composer
  • 1948 Little Peggy March, [Margaret Battavio], vocalist (I Will Follow Him)
  • 1953 Bob Brozman, American musician
  • 1954 Cheryl Baker, rock vocalist (Bucks Fizz-My Camera Never Lies)
  • 1957 Billy Childs, composer/pianist
  • 1957 Clive Burr, East Ham, London, drummer (Iron Maiden 1979-82), (d. 2013)
  • 1958 Gary Numan, [Gary Webb], Hammersmith England, vocalist (Replicas)
  • 1964 Cheryl "Salt" James, singer (Salt-N-Pepa)
  • 1964 Peter Ged Gill, drummer (Frankie Goes to Hollywood-2 Tribes) [or 1/8]
  • 1968 Shawn Mullins, American musician
  • 1972 Angie Hart, Australian pop singer
  • 1973 Anneke van Giersbergen, Dutch singer (The Gathering)
  • 1975 Peggy Zina, Greek singer
  • 1979 Tom Chaplin, English singer (Keane)
  • 1979 Andy Ross, American guitarist (OK Go)
  • 1984 Dave Moffatt, Canadian musician
  • 1985 Ewa Sonnet, Polish model and pop singer

Deaths in Music

  • 1640 Guillaume van Messaus, composer, dies at 50
  • 1716 Harald Vallerius, composer, dies at 69
  • 1720 Georg Bronner, composer, dies at 53
  • 1734 Carolomannus Pachschmidt, composer, dies at 33
  • 1828 Johann Anton Sulzer, composer, dies at 75
  • 1862 Adrien de La Fage, composer, dies at 56
  • 1869 Louis Hector Berlioz, French composer (Symphony Fantastic), dies at 65
  • 1901 Peter Benoit, Flemish composer/conductor (High Mass), dies at 66
  • 1919 Auguste Tolbecque, composer, dies at 88
  • 1931 Clara Kathleen Rogers, composer, dies at 87
  • 1941 Jose Serrano Simeon, composer, dies at 67
  • 1950 Jaroslav Kocian, composer, dies at 67
  • 1951 John Winter Thompson, composer, dies at 83
  • 1957 Othmar Schoeck, composer, dies at 70
  • 1961 Thomas Beecham, English conductor (Last Night of the Prom), dies at 81
  • 1973 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, rocker (Grateful Dead) dies at 27
  • 1983 William T Walton, English composer (Belhazzar's feast), dies at 80
  • 1988 Henryk Szeryng, Polish-born violinist (b. 1918)
  • 1992 Red Callender, US jazz bassist (Unfinished dream), dies at 76
  • 1993 Billy Eckstine, jazz singer (Fools Rush In), dies at 78 of stroke
  • 1995 Ingo Schwichtenberg, German drummer (b. 1965)
  • 1996 Paul Lewis Harrhy, actor/opera singer (Intelligence Park), dies at 38
  • 2003 Adam Faith, English singer and actor (b. 1940)
  • 2011 Mike Starr (musician), American Musician (b. 1966)
  • 2015 Lew Soloff, American jazz trumpeter (Blood, Sweat and Tears), dies at 71