March 1948 in Music

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 16 Billie Holiday is released from prison early because of good behaviour

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • Mar 20 1st live televised musical Eugene Ormandy on CBS followed in 90

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 20 20th Academy Awards: "Gentleman's Agreement", Loretta Young, Ronald Colman win

  • 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 2 Larry Carlton, rock composer (Against All Odds, Who's the Boss)
  • Mar 2 Rory Gallagher, Donegal, Irish rock guitarist and songwriter (See Here)
  • Mar 4 Chris Squire, rock bassist (Yes-Fish Out of Water), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 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], vocalist (I Will Follow Him)
  • Mar 9 Jeffrey Osborne, rock vocalist (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 guitarist/singer (Golden Earring)
  • Mar 12 Dana Walden, rock keyboardist (Champaign)
  • Mar 12 James Taylor, vocalist/guitarist (Up on the Roof), 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, composer (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 singer-songwriter, born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Mar 25 Kelly Garrett, actress/singer (Holdin)
  • Mar 26 Kyung-Wha Chung, Seoul Korea, violinist (Chung Sisters)
  • Mar 26 Richard Tandy, rock bassist (ELO)
  • Mar 26 Steven Tyler, American rock vocalist (Aerosmith-Janie's Got a Gun), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 28 John Evans, British rock drummer (Jethro Tull), born in Blackpool, Lancashire
  • Mar 30 Jim Dandy Mangrum, American vocalist (Black Oak Arkansas), born in Benton Harbour, Michigan
  • Mar 31 Thijs van Leer, Dutch singer/flutist (Focus, Introspection)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding 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 27 Karel Candael, Flemish composer, dies at 64