On This Day

March 1917 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 7 1st jazz record released on a 78 by Original Dixieland Jass Band for the Victor Talking Machine Company ("Dixie Jazz Band One Step," one side "Livery Stable Blues" other)

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 1 Dinah Shore, American singer (See the USA in a Chevrolet), actress and TV personality (Dinah Shore Show, Nabisco DS Championship), born in Winchester, Tennessee (d. 1994)
  • Mar 2 John Gardner, English classical composer, born in Manchester, England (d. 2011)
  • Mar 7 Janet Collins, ballerina
  • Mar 7 Robert Erickson, composer
  • Mar 13 Ina Ray Hutton, American orchestra leader (Ina Ray Hutton Show), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1984)
  • Mar 17 Brian Boydell, composer
  • Mar 19 Dino Lipatti, composer
  • Mar 20 Vera Lynn 'the Forces Sweetheart', English singer (We'll Meet Again), born in East Ham, London (d. 2020)
  • Mar 23 Johnny Guarnieri, American jazz pianist (Morey Amsterdam Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)
  • Mar 26 Rufus Thomas [Mr. Swing], American musician (Do the Funky Chicken), born in Cayce, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • Mar 30 Els Aarne, Estonian composer, born in Makiivka, Russian Empire (d. 1995)
  • Mar 30 Rudolf Bruci, composer

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 29 Fran Gerbič, Slovenian composer, dies at 76