March 1942 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Premiere

Mar 5 World première of Dmitri Shostakovich' 7th Symphony in Kuybyshev, Russia

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 1 Jerry Fisher, American R&B singer (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in DeKalb, Texas
  • Mar 1 Michael Giles, British drummer (King Crimson, Giles, Giles & Fripp), born in Waterlooville, Hampshire, England
  • Mar 1 Peter Guber, producer (Flashdance)
  • Mar 2 Lou Reed, American rock vocalist, songwriter and guitarist (Velvet Underground - "Sweet Jane"; "Walk On The Wild Side"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • Mar 2 Luc Plamondon, French Canadian musical lyricist, born in Saint-Raymond, Quebec
  • Mar 3 Mike Pender [Prendergast], British rock vocalist and guitarist (The Searchers - "Needles & Pins"), born in Liverpool, England
  • Mar 4 Alexander Tekeliev, Bulgarian composer, and pedagogue, born in Svilengrad, Bulgaria
  • Mar 4 Bob Wootton, American guitarist, born in Paris, Arkansas
  • Mar 6 Charles Tolliver, American jazz trumpeter (Impact), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Mar 6 Flora Purim, Brazilian jazz singer (Return To Forever; Airto), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Mar 7 Tammy Faye Bakker (Messner), American Christian singer and former wife of Jim Bakker (The PTL Club), born in International Falls, Minnesota (d. 2007)
  • Mar 8 Ralph Ellis, British rock guitarist (The Swinging Blue Jeans – "Hippy Hippy Shake"), born in Liverpool, England
  • Mar 9 Gary Walker [Leeds], American musician (The Standells;;The Walker Brothers), born in Glendale, California
  • Mar 9 John Cale, Welsh musician, composer and singer-songwriter (Velvet Underground), born in Garnant, Wales
  • Mar 9 Mark Lindsay, American rock vocalist (Paul Revere & Raiders - "Kicks"; "Indian Reservation"), born in Eugene, Oregon
  • Mar 12 Brian O'Hara, English rock musician (The Foremost), born in Liverpool (d. 1999)
  • Mar 13 William "Bill" Curbishley, British music and film producer and band manager (The Who, Judas Priest, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant), born in London, England
  • Mar 15 Hughie Flint, British blues-rock drummer (John Mayall & The Blues Breakers, 1964-66; Bonzo Dog Band, 1971; The Blues Band, 1979-82), born in Manchester, England
  • Mar 15 Montserrat Figueras, Catalan soprano and early music advocate (Hespèrion), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2011)
  • Mar 16 Jerry Jeff Walker [Ronald Clyde Crosby], American country music singer and songwriter (Mr Bojangles), born in Oneonta, New York
  • Mar 17 Dimitris Poulikakos, Greek composer, singer and actor
  • Mar 19 Jeff Neighbour, American rock bassist (Joy of Cooking)
  • Mar 19 Robin Luke, rocker (Susie Darlin')
  • Mar 22 Jorge Ben, Brazilian musician and composer, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Mar 23 Jimmy Miller, American record producer and musician (The Rolling Stones), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)

Aretha Franklin

Mar 25 Aretha Franklin, American singer-songwriter known as "The Queen of Soul" ("Respect") and first female performer inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2018)

  • Mar 28 Samuel Ramey, American operatic bass (La Scala, 1981- ; Metropolitan, 1984-), born in Colby, Kansas
  • Mar 30 Graeme Edge, British rock drummer, and poet (Moody Blues - "The Dream"; "Morning Glory"), born in Rocester, Staffordshire England (d. 2021)
  • Mar 31 Hugh McCracken, American session guitarist (Aretha Franklin; Paul McCartney; Steely Dan; Billy Joel; John Lennon), born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey (d. 2013)

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 2 Charlie Christian, American jazz and swing guitarist (Benny Goodman Sextet), dies of tuberculosis at 25 [1]
  • Mar 4 Yuliya Veysberg, Russian composer, dies at 62
  • Mar 12 Enric Morera i Viura, Spanish musician and composer, dies at 76
  • Mar 15 Alexander von Zemlinsky, Austrian composer, conductor, and arranger (The Mermaid; Lyric Symphony), dies from a stroke at 70 [1]
  • Mar 20 Theodoro Valcarcel, composer, dies at 41
  • Mar 20 Vasily Kalafati, Russian composer (Cygany), dies in the siege of Leningrad during World War II at 73