On This Day

March 1947 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 12 "Chocolate Soldier" opens at Century Theater NYC for 69 performances
  • Mar 13 "Brigadoon" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 581 performances
  • Mar 29 "Beggar's Holiday" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 111 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 1 Alan Thicke, Canadian actor (Thicke of the Night; Growing Pains), and TV theme song composer (Doff'rent Strokes; The Facts Of Life), born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • Mar 3 Jennifer Warnes, American singer, arranger, and producer ("Up Where We Belong; "Famous Blue Raincoat"), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Mar 4 Jan Garbarek, Norwegian musician
  • Mar 5 (Samuel) "Eddie" Hodges, American stage and screen actor and singer ("High Hopes", The Music Man - "Gary, Indiana"; Adventures of Huckleberry Finn), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Mar 5 Clodagh Rodgers, Irish singer (Come Back and Shake Me), born in Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland
  • Mar 6 Kiki Dee [Pauline Matthews], British pop singer ("Don't Go Breaking My Heart"), born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England
  • Mar 7 Donna Loren, American singer and actress (Beach Blanket Bingo), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 8 Mike Allsup, American rock guitarist (Three Dog Night - "Joy To The World"), born in Modesto, California
  • Mar 8 Carole Bayer Sager, American singer-songwriter ("On My Own"; "That's What Friends Are For"), and wife of Burt Bacharach, born in Manhattan, New York
  • Mar 10 Tom Scholz, American rock guitarist, singwriter, and inventor (Boston - "More Than a Feeling"), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Mar 11 Mark Stein, American rock singer, Hammond organ and keyboard player, and songwriter (Vanilla Fudge - "You Keep Me Hanging On"), born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • Mar 13 Lesley Collier, English ballet dancer, born in Orpington, England
  • Mar 13 Beat Richner, Swiss physician (founder of children's hospitals in Cambodia) and cellist, born in Zürich, Switzerland
  • Mar 14 Jona Lewie [John Lewis], British pop singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist ("You'll Always Find Me in the Kitchen at Parties"; "Stop the Cavalry"), born in Southampton, England
  • Mar 15 (Ryland) "Ry" Cooder, American blues guitarist and producer (Crossroads), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 15 Stomu Yamash'ta, Japanese percussionist, keyboard player and traditional Japanese-progressive rock fusion composer (Go), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • Mar 16 Ramzan Paskayev, Chechen accordionist and folk musician, born in Taraz, Kazakhstan
  • Mar 17 Ian Gomm, British rock guitarist
  • Mar 17 Yury Chernavsky, Russian-born Composer and Producer
  • Mar 18 Barry Wilson, British rock drummer (Procol Harum - "Whiter Shade of Pale"), born in Edmonton, London (d. 1990)
  • Mar 18 Elliot Ray Scheiner, American Grammy winning music producer, mixer and engineer (History of the Eagles), born in the US
  • Mar 20 Carl Palmer, drummer (Asia-Heat of the Moment, Emerson Lake & Palmer)
  • Mar 21 Franco Mussida, Italian progressive rock musician (Premiata Forneria Marconi), born in Milan, Italy
  • Mar 22 Harry Vanda [Vandenberg], Dutch-Australian rock guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Easybeats - "Friday On My Mind"), born in Voorburg, Netherlands
  • Mar 22 Patrick Olive, Grenadian percussionist (Hot Chocolate - "You Sexy Thing"), born in Grenada
  • Mar 22 Marek Bliziński, Polish jazz guitarist and composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1989)
  • Mar 24 Mike Kellie, British session and touring rock drummer (Spooky Tooth; The Only Ones), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2017)
  • Mar 24 Meiko Kaji [Masako Ohta], Japanese film actress and singer (Lady Snowblood), born in Kanda, Tokyo, Japan

Elton John

Mar 25 Elton John [Reginald Kenneth Dwight], English singer-songwriter and piano player ("Rocketman"; "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"; "Candle In The Wind"), born in Pinner, Middlesex

  • Mar 26 Carmen Krolis, Suriname Dutch singer
  • Mar 30 Marilyn Crispell, American jazz pianist and composer (Anthony Braxton Quartet), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 31 Al Goodman, American pop-soul singer (Ray, Goodman, Brown - "Special Lady"), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Mar 31 John Poulos, American drummer (The Buckinghams - "Kind Of A Drag"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1980)

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 5 Alfredo Casella, Italian pianist, composer and conductor (La Giara), dies at 63
  • Mar 11 Victor Hely-Hutchinson, British composer (Carol Symphony), dies of pneumonia at 45
  • Mar 19 Willem Pijper, Dutch composer and music critic, dies at 52
  • Mar 28 Rudolph Simonsen, Danish composer (Symphony No. 2 - Hellas), and educator (Copenhagen Conservatory, 1916-47), dies at 57