March 1923 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Mar 7 Carlos Gardel applies for Argentine citizenship

  • Mar 23 Frank Silver and Irving Conn publish their hit song "Yes, We Have No Bananas"
  • Mar 31 First dance marathon in New York City; Alma Cummings sets record of 27 hours with 6 different partners

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 2 Orrin Keepnews, American jazz producer and founder of Riverside Records and Milestone Records labels, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2015)
  • Mar 3 (Arthel) "Doc" Watson, American Grammy Award-winning bluegrass, folk, and blues guitarist, songwriter, and singer, born in Deep Gap, North Carolina (d. 2012)
  • Mar 4 Willie Johnson, American electric blues guitarist (Howlin' Wolf's "How Many More Years"), born in Senatobia, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • Mar 6 (John) "Wes" Montgomery, American influential and Grammy Award-winner jazz guitarist, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1968)
  • Mar 6 Erhard Karkoschka, German composer, conductor (Contac-Ensemble), educator, and music scholar, born in Moravská Ostrava, Czechoslovakia (d. 2009)
  • Mar 7 Mahlon Clark, American big band jazz and session clarinetist, born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 2007)
  • Mar 10 (John) Don Abney, American session and touring jazz pianist, and musical director, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2000)
  • Mar 12 Norbert Brainin, Austrian-British violinist (Amadeus Quartet, 1947-87), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2005)
  • Mar 19 Janine Dacosta, French classical pianist, born on Bordeaux, France (d. 2021)
  • Mar 21 Mort Lindsey [Lippman], American pianist, arranger, musical director (Judy Garland, 1961-64; Merv Griffin Show, 1962-86; Barbra Streisand, 1968), and composer, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • Mar 25 Bonnie Guitar [Buckingham], American guitarist, singer and record executive (Dark Moon), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2019)
  • Mar 26 Clifton Williams, American composer (The Ramparts; Sinfonians), born in Traskwood, Arkansas (d. 1976)
  • Mar 27 Victor Hochhauser, British impresario (Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra), born in Košice, Czechoslovakia (d. 2019)
  • Mar 28 Thad Jones, American jazz saxophonist, flugelhorn player, arranger, band leader, and composer (Count Basie; Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra), born in Pontiac, Michigan (d. 1986)

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 5 (Theodora) "Dora" Pejačević, Croatian countess and composer (Symphony in F-sharp minor, Op. 41), dies of kidney failure at 37