On This Day

March 1931 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 3 "Star Spangled Banner" officially becomes US national anthem by congressional resolution
  • Mar 3 Cab Calloway records "Minnie Moocher" (Jazz's 1st million seller)
  • Mar 25 Hal Kemp & his orchestra record Whistles, with Skinnay Ennis

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 5 Anthony Headges, composer
  • Mar 5 Barry Tuckwell, Australian horn player (London Symph Orch 1955-68), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Mar 6 Carmen de Lavallade, American actress, dancer and choreographer (Aida), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 7 C W Stubblefield, American restaurateur and music promoter, born in Navasota, Texas (d. 1995)
  • Mar 10 Georges Dor, Quebec author, playwright, singer and songwriter (d. 2001)
  • Mar 13 Rosalind Elias, American mezzo-soprano (Grimgerde-Die Walkuere), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Mar 14 Phil Phillips [Baptiste], rock vocalist (Sea Of Love)
  • Mar 15 [Dominic Joseph] D. J. Fontana, American drummer (drummer for Elvis), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2018)
  • Mar 16 Betty Johnson, American pop and cabaret singer (Jack Paar Show, I Dreamed), born in Guilford County, North Carolina
  • Mar 20 Antonio Tauriello, composer
  • Mar 20 Hal Linden [Harold Lipshitz], American director, musician and actor (Barney Miller, Blacke's Magic), born in The Bronx, New York City
  • Mar 25 Paul Motian, American jazz drummer and composer
  • Mar 27 Burt Collins, American jazz trumpeter, born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • Mar 27 Yoriaki Matsudaira, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo
  • Mar 30 Harold Burrage, American singer/pianist (Hi Yo Silver)
  • Mar 30 Sandor Szokolay, composer

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 8 Clara Kathleen Rogers, composer, dies at 87