On This Day

March 1943 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 1 Piet Veerman, Dutch rock vocalist/guitarist (Cats-Sailin' Home)
  • Mar 2 (Daniel) Tony Meehan, British rock drummer (Vipers; Drifters: Shadows), born in Hampstead, North West London, England (d. 2005)
  • Mar 2 Stephen Dickman, American composer and librettist (Tibetan Dreams; Rabbi Nathan's Prayer), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 4 Zoltán Jeney, Hungarian composer and educator (Franz Liszt Academy, 1995-2019), born in Szolnok, Hungary (d. 2019)
  • Mar 5 Lucio Battisti, Italian pop singer and composer, born in Poggio Bustone, Italy (d. 1998)
  • Mar 7 Chris White, British rock singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer (The Zombies - "She's Not There"; "Time Of The Season"), born in Barnet, Hertfordshire, England
  • Mar 7 Leon Sylvers III, American rocker and producer (The Sylers), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Mar 10 Alfred Whitford 'Fred' Lerdahl, American composer (Arches), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Mar 10 Stephen Montague, composer
  • Mar 10 Robert Allworth, Australian composer (A Different Time, A Different Place), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2017)
  • Mar 14 Jim Pons, American rock bassist (Turtles: Mothers of Invention), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Mar 15 Sly Stone [Sylvester Stewart] American funk musician (Sly & The Family Stone - "Everyday People";"Dance To The Music"), born in Denton, Texas
  • Mar 17 Tony Newman, English drummer (Sounds Incorporated, T.Rex), born in Southampton, England
  • Mar 17 Jim Weatherly, American pop and country songwriter ("Midnight Train To Georgia"), born in Pontotoc, Mississippi (d. 2021)
  • Mar 21 (Victor) "Vivian" Stanshall, British singer and comic songwriter (Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - "I'm The Urban Spaceman"; Magical Mystery Tour), born in Shillingford, England (d. 1995)
  • Mar 21 Hartmut Haenchen, German conductor
  • Mar 22 George Benson, American jazz and blues singer and guitarist (Breezin'), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 22 Joseph Schwantner, American composer (Aftertones of Infinity), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 22 Keith Relf, British blues-rock singer and harmonica player (The Yardbirds - "For Your Love"; Renaissance, 1969-71), born in Richmond, England (d. 1976)
  • Mar 23 Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, Finnish Sami writer (The Sun, My Father) and musician, born in Enontekiö, Finland (d. 2001)
  • Mar 28 Richard Eyre, English film, theatre, television and opera director (National Theatre), born in Barnstaple, Devon, England
  • Mar 29 Vangelis [Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou], Greek composer, keyboardist, and Academy Award winner (Chariots of Fire), born in Agria, Greece
  • Mar 29 Chad Allan [Allan Kowbel], Canadian rock singer (The Guess Who, 1962-66), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Mar 30 Jay Traynor, American pop singer (Jay and the Americans, 1960-62 - "She Cried"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)
  • Mar 30 Ken Forssi, American bassist (Love), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1998)

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 19 Vicente Ripollés, Spanish composer, dies at 75
  • Mar 23 Joseph Moiseyevich Schillinger, composer, dies at 47
  • Mar 28 Sergei Rachmaninoff, Russian-American piano virtuoso, conductor, and composer (Aleko; Piano Concerto No. 3), dies at 69