On This Day

March 1948 in Music History

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 16 Billie Holiday is released from prison early due to good behavior

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • Mar 20 1st live televised musical Eugene Ormandy on CBS followed in 90
  • Mar 21 "Stop the Music" with Bert Parks premieres on ABC radio
  • Mar 27 Just 11 days after being released from prison, Billie Holiday plays in front of a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 1 Burning Spear [Winston Rodney], Jamaican reggae singer
  • Mar 1 Norman Connors, singer (You Are My Starship)
  • Mar 1 Richard Festinger, American guitarist, pianist, and classical music composer (Between Thought and Thing; Le Pianiste), born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • Mar 2 Larry Carlton, American jazz and rock session and touring guitarist (Crusaders; Joni Mitchell; Steely Dan), born in Torrance, California
  • Mar 2 Rory Gallagher, Irish rock and blues guitarist and songwriter ("Born on the Wrong Side of Time"), born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, Ireland (d. 1995)
  • Mar 3 Terence "Snowy" White, British rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy, 1980-82; Roger Waters), born in Barnstaple, Devon, England
  • Mar 4 Chris Squire, British progressive rock bassist, founding and longest serving member of Yes, 1969-2014 ("The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)"), born in Kingsbury, London, England (d. 2015)
  • Mar 4 Shakin' Stevens [Michael Barrett], Welsh rock singer ("This Ole House"; "Oh Julie"; "You Drive Me Crazy"), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • Mar 5 Eddy Grant, Guyana, reggae performer (Electric Avenue)
  • Mar 5 Jacques Kloes, singer (Dizzy Man's Band)
  • Mar 5 Richard Hickox, English musical conductor
  • Mar 5 Elaine Paige, English singer and actress
  • Mar 8 Little Peggy March [Margaret Battavio], American pop vocalist ("I Will Follow Him"), born in Lansdale, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 9 Jeffrey Osborne, American soul singer-songwriter ("On the Wings of Love"), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Mar 9 Jimmie Fadden, American singer (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), born in Long Beach, California
  • Mar 9 Christopher "Chris" Thompson, British singer and guitarist (Manfred Mann's Earth Band- "Blinded By the Light"), born in Ashford, Kent
  • Mar 11 George Kooymans, Dutch rock singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Golden Earring - Radar Love"), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Mar 11 Jan Schelhaas, English musician (Caravan, Camel), born in Liverpool
  • Mar 12 Dana Walden, rock keyboardist (Champaign)
  • Mar 12 James Taylor, American singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Fire And Rain"; "You've Got A Friend"; "Shower The People"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 12 Les Holroyd, British progressive rock musician (Barclay James Harvest), born in Oldham England
  • Mar 16 Michael Owen Bruce, American rock musician (Alice Cooper), born in Kansas
  • Mar 17 Fran Byrne, musician (Ace), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Mar 18 Robert "Bobby" Whitlock, American singer, songwriter and musician (Derek and the Dominos), born in Memphis, Tennessee

Person of interestAndrew Lloyd Webber

Mar 22 Andrew Lloyd Webber, British theatrical composer (Jesus Christ Superstar; Phantom of the Opera; Cats), born in London, England

  • Mar 22 Randy Hobbs, American rock musician (Johnny Winter Band, McCoys), born in Winchester, Indiana (d. 1993)
  • Mar 23 David Olney, American folk singer-songwriter, born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2020)
  • Mar 26 Kyung-Wha Chung, Korean violinist (Chung Sisters), born in Seoul, Korea
  • Mar 26 Richard Tandy, British rock bassist (ELO), born in Birmingham, England
  • Mar 26 Steven Tyler, American rock vocalist (Aerosmith - "Walk This Way"; "Dude Looks Like A Lady"), born in New York City
  • Mar 28 John Evan, British rock keyboardist (Jethro Tull), born in Blackpool, Lancashire
  • Mar 30 Jim "Dandy" Mangrum, American rock vocalist (Black Oak Arkansas), born in Benton Harbor, Michigan
  • Mar 31 Thijs van Leer, Dutch rock singer, organist, and flutist (Focus - "Hocus Pocus"; Introspection), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 28 Musician Nat King Cole (29) weds jazz singer Maria Hawkins (25) at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 22 Musician Nat King Cole (29) divorces dancer Nadine Robinson after 11 years of marriage

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 3 Antonin Artaud, French songwriter and director (Theatre Seraphin), dies at 51
  • Mar 27 Karel Candael, Flemish composer, dies at 64