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March 1946 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 7 "Three to Make Ready" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 323 performances
  • Mar 16 "Would-Be Gentleman" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 77 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Mar 25 1st performance of Igor Stravinsky's "Ebony Concerto", by Woody Herman and His Thundering Herd, at Carnegie Hall, New York City

Composer Igor Stravinsky
Composer
Igor Stravinsky

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Mar 30 Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer's musical "St Louis Woman", starring Pearl Bailey featuring the Nicholas Brothers, opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC; runs for 113 performances

Songwriter Johnny Mercer
Songwriter
Johnny Mercer

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 1 Tony Ashton, British musician (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), born in Blackburn, England (d. 2001)
  • Mar 1 Gerry Boulet, French-Canadian singer (d. 1990)
  • Mar 4 Ralph Kirshbaum, cellist (RNCM Manchester Intl Festival), born in Denton, Texas
  • Mar 5 Murray Head, British singer (One Night in Bangkok), born in London
  • Mar 5 Richard Bell, Canadian musician (Full Tilt Boogie Band), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2007)

Person of interestDavid Gilmour

Mar 6 David Gilmour, British rock guitarist, and vocalist (Pink Floyd - "Comfortably Numb"), born in Cambridge, England

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
  • Mar 7 Matthew Fisher, English rock keyboardist (Procol Harum - "A Whiter Shade Of Pale"), born in London, England
  • Mar 7 Peter Wolf [Blankenfeild], American rock singer (J. Giels Band - "Centerfold"; "Freeze Frame"), born in the Bronx, New York
  • Mar 8 Randy Meisner, American rock bassist and vocalist (Rick Nelson's Stone Canyon Band; Linda Ronstadt; Eagles, 1971-77- "Take It To The Limit"), born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska
  • Mar 9 Jim Cregan, English rock musician, born in Yeovil, Somerset
  • Mar 10 Gaylord Birch, drummer (Reconstruction, Honey Dripper)

Person of interestLiza Minnelli

Mar 12 Liza Minnelli, American singer and actress (Sterile Cuckoo, Cabaret), born in Hollywood, California

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli
  • Mar 15 David Wall, British ballet dancer (Royal Ballet, 1966-84), and director (Royal Academy of Dancing, 1985-91) born in Chiswick, London (d. 2013)
  • Mar 15 Howard Scott, American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter (War, 1969-94 - "Cisco Kid"; "Why Can’t We Be Friends?"), born in San Pedro, California
  • Mar 16 Hubert Soudant, Dutch conductor
  • Mar 17 Harold Brown, American rock drummer (War, 1969-94 - "Summer": "Low Rider"), born in Long Beach, California
  • Mar 17 Michael Peter Finnissey, composer
  • Mar 19 Paul Atkinson, British rock guitarist and record company executive (The Zombies - "She's Not There"; "Time Of The Season"), born in Cuffley, Hertfordshire (d. 2004)
  • Mar 19 Ruth Pointer, American singer-songwriter (Pointer Sisters - "I'm So Excited"), born in Oakland, California
  • Mar 20 Ranger Doug [Douglas Green], Ill, singer (Riders in Sky-Cowboy Way)
  • Mar 21 Ray Dorset, British rock guitarist, and singer-songwriter (Mungo Jerry - "In The Summertime"), born in Ashford, England
  • Mar 22 Serge [Ruud Schaap], Dutch singer and guitarist (Saskia & Serge), born in Den Helder, Netherlands
  • Mar 24 Lee Oskar [Levitin], Danish rock and soul harmonica player (War - "Why Can't We Be Friends?"; "Low Rider"), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Mar 24 Klaus Dinger, German musician (Kraftwerk; Neu!), born in Scherfede, Germany (d. 2008)
  • Mar 26 Johnny Crawford, American actor (The Mickey Mouse Club; The Rifleman - "Mark"), singer ("Sandy"), and bandleader (JCO), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2021)
  • Mar 27 Olaf Malolepski, German musician (Die Flippers), born in Madgeburg, Germany
  • Mar 28 Richard Sussman, American jazz musician and composer
  • Mar 29 Billy Thorpe, Australian musician (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs), born in Manchester (d. 2007)
  • Mar 31 Al Nichol, American rock guitarist and keyboard player (Turtles - "Elenore"), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 30 Ameican actress Doris Day (23) weds American jazz saxophonist George Weidler (20); divorce in 1949

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 13 Thomas Frederick Dunhill, composer, dies at 69
  • Mar 23 Alexandru Zirra, composer, dies at 62
  • Mar 24 Gustaf Heintze, Swedish composer, dies at 66