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March 1942 in Music History

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic 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 Peter Guber, producer (Flashdance)
  • Mar 1 Michael Giles, British drummer (King Crimson, Giles, Giles & Fripp), born in Waterlooville, Hampshire
  • 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, vocalist/guitarist (Searchers-Needles & Pins), born in Liverpool, England
  • 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 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 9 Gary Walker [Leeds], American musician (The Standells, The Walker Brothers), born in Glendale, California
  • 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, English rock drummer (Bonzo Dog Band), born in London
  • 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 James "Jimmy" Miller, American record producer and musician (The Rolling Stones), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)

Person of interestAretha 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)

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • 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
  • 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] [2]
  • Mar 4 Yuliya Lazarevna Veysberg, 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