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March 1938 in Music History

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

Mar 16 Noël Coward's musical "Operette" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward

Music concertMusic Concert

Mar 26 NBC radio performance of Howard Hanson's 3rd Symphony

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 2 Simon Estes, American bass/baritone (Wonton, Don Carlos), born in Centerville, Iowa
  • Mar 3 Douglas Leedy, American composer, born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2015)
  • Mar 3 Willie Chambers, guitarist/vocalist (Chambers Brothers)
  • Mar 4 Angus MacLise, American percussionist, mystic, shaman, and composer (Velvet Underground), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1979)
  • Mar 5 Paul Evans, singer/pedal guitarist (Damascus Road)
  • Mar 6 Lovelace Watkins, American singer known as "The Black Sinatra" (The Big, Big Voice of Lovelace Watkins), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 1995)
  • Mar 8 Lew DeWitt, American country singer (Statler Brothers - "Flowers On The Wall"), born in Virgina
  • Mar 9 Lill-Babs [Barbro Margareta Svensson], Swedish singer and actress, born in Järvsö, Gävleborg County, Sweden
  • Mar 10 Norman Blake, American traditional stringed instrument artist and songwriter, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Mar 12 Lew DeWitt, American country singer and composer (Statler Brothers - "Flowers on the Wall"), born in Roanoke, Virginia (d. 1990)
  • Mar 12 Dimitri Terzakis, Greek composer (Die Farben des Ozeans), born in Athens
  • Mar 12 Tona Scherchen-Hsiao, composer, born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • Mar 13 Hans-Joachim Hespos, German composer, born in Emden, Germany
  • Mar 13 Jean-Claude Risset, French composer, born in Le Puy-en-Velay, France (d. 2016)
  • Mar 13 Erma Franklin, American gospel and R&B singer ("Piece Of My Heart"), born in Shelby, Mississippi (d. 2002)
  • Mar 13 Julian Bahula, South African British based jazz and world music drummer, composer and bandleader, born in Eersterust, Pretoria
  • Mar 14 Takehisa Kosugi, Japanese violinist and experimental music composer (Group Ongaku; Taj Mahal Travellers), born in Tokyo (d. 2018)
  • Mar 15 Dick Higgins, American composer, born in Cambridge, England (d. 1998)
  • Mar 17 Rudolf Nureyev, Russian ballet dancer/choreographer (Kirov), born on a train near Irkutsk, Soviet Union (d. 1993)
  • Mar 17 Zoletta "Zola" Taylor, American pop singer (The Platters, 1954-62 - "The Great Pretender"; "Only You"; "Twilight Time"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2007)
  • Mar 18 Charley Pride, American country singer (Sweet Country), born in Sledge, Mississippi (d. 2020) [1]
  • Mar 23 Dave Pike, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • Mar 24 Holger Czukay [Schüring], German musician (Can), born in Danzig, Poland (d. 2017)
  • Mar 25 Hoyt Axton, American songwriter, singer ("No No Song"; "Joy To The World"; "I've Never Been To Spain"), and actor (McCloud; Gremlins; The Rousters), born in Duncan, Oklahoma (d. 1999)
  • Mar 31 Arthur B. Rubinstein, American composer

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 2 Ben Harney, American composer and "Father of Ragtime Piano" (You've Been a Good Old Wagon, But You Done Broke Down), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • Mar 9 Sydney Baynes, British conductor, arranger, band leader and composer (Destiny Waltz; Endure to Conquer), dies at 59
  • Mar 18 Cyril Rootham, English composer, dies at 62