On This Day

March 1918 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 7 H Carroll & J McCarthy's musical "Oh, Look!" premieres in NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 3 Frank Wigglesworth, American composer (The Willowdale Handcar), born in Boston Massachusetts (d. 1996)
  • Mar 6 Howard McGhee, American be-bop jazz trumpeter, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1987)
  • Mar 16 Howard Boatwright, American composer and violinist, born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1999)
  • Mar 17 D Arendo [Arend Honhoff], Dutch pianist and composer (Eleonora)
  • Mar 20 Bernd-Alois Zimmermann, German composer (The Soldiers; Requiem), born in Bliesheim, Germany (d. 1970)
  • Mar 20 Marian McPartland, British jazz pianist and radio broadcaster (Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz), born in Slough, United Kingdom (d. 2013)
  • Mar 22 Tauno Pylkkanen, Finnish opera composer, born in Helsinki, Finland(d. 1980)
  • Mar 23 Granville "Sticks" McGhee, American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter ("Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee"), born in Knoxville, Tennesee ( d. 1961)
  • Mar 28 Youly Algaroff, Russian-French ballet dancer, born in Simferopol, Crimea (d. 1995)
  • Mar 29 Pearl Bailey, American Tony and Emmy Award-winning stage and screen actress, singer and dancer (Hello, Dolly!), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1990)
  • Mar 31 Helen Kemp (nee Hubbert), American choral conductor, composer, and voice teacher, born in Perkasie, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 19 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (17) weds Daisy Parker (21)

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 1 Johan Gustaf Emil Sjogren, Swedish composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 4 Eugène d'Harcourt, French composer, dies at 58
  • Mar 13 Karel Stecker, Czech organist, pedagogue, and composer of organ and sacred music dies at 57
  • Mar 15 Jose Silvestre de los Dolores White Lafitte, composer, dies at 82
  • Mar 15 Lili [Marie-Juliette Olga] Boulanger, French composer (first female winner of the Prix de Rome composition prize), dies at 24
  • Mar 18 Willem Coenen, composer, dies at 80
  • Mar 23 César Cortinas, Uruguayan composer, dies at 27
  • Mar 24 Théophile "Théo" Ysaÿe, Belgian composer and pianist, dies at 53

Person of interestClaude Debussy

Mar 25 Claude Debussy, French composer (Nocturnes, La Mer), dies of cancer at 55

Composer Claude Debussy
Claude Debussy
  • Mar 26 Caesar A. Cui, Lithuanian fort builder and composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 28 Johann Christoph Lauterbach, German violinist and concert master, dies at 87