On This Day

March 1950 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 15 Gian Carlo Menotti's Pulitzer Prize winning opera "The Consul" opens at Barrymore Theater, NYC; runs for 269 performances
  • Mar 18 "Touch & Go" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 176 performances
  • Mar 23 "Great to Be Alive" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 52 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

Mar 27 Jazz pianist, Erroll Garner's solo concert (Cleveland, Ohio)

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 2 Karen Carpenter, American pop vocalist and drummer ("We've Only Just Begun"; "Rainy Days And Mondays"; "Top Of The World"), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1983)
  • Mar 3 Re Styles [Re Styles], American rock vocalist (The Tubes, 1976-79)
  • Mar 4 Emilio Estefan, Cuban-American musician and producer (Miami Sound Machine), born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
  • Mar 5 Eugene Fodor, American classical violinist (1974 Tchaikovsky Award), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2011)
  • Mar 7 Iris Chacon, Puerto Rican singer and dancer
  • Mar 9 Jerry Eubanks, American rock saxophonist and flautist (The Marshall Tucker Band, 1966-96 - "Can't You See"; "I Heard It In A Love Song"), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • Mar 10 Ted McKenna, Scottish drummer (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band; Rory Gallagher), born in Lennoxtown, Stirlingshire, ( d. 2019)
  • Mar 11 Bobby McFerrin, American Grammy Award winner vocalist ("Don't Worry Be Happy"), and classical music conductor, born in New York City, New York
  • Mar 13 Steve Hill, country vocalist (A Winning Hand)
  • Mar 15 Jørgen Olsen, Danish singer (The Olsen Brothers) won 2000 Eurovision Song Contest, born in Odense, Denmark
  • Mar 17 Michael Been, American musician (The Call), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2010)
  • Mar 18 James Conlon, American conductor (Los Angeles opera, 2006-present; Cincinnati May Festival, 1979-2016; Ravinia Festival, 2005-15), born in Queens, New York City
  • Mar 18 John Hartman, American rock drummer (Doobie Brothers, 1970–79 & 1987–92 - "China Grove" ), born in Falls Church, Virginia
  • Mar 21 Roger Hodgson, British rock singer-songwriter (Supertramp - "Take The Long Way Home"; "Breakfast In America"), born in Portsmouth, England
  • Mar 25 Ronald "Ronnie" McDowell, American country singer ("The King Is Gone"), born in Portland, Tennessee
  • Mar 25 Chuck Greenberg, American jazz and new age saxophonist, composer, and producer (Shadowfax), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • Mar 26 Theodore "Teddy" Pendergrass, American singer (Turn Off the Lights), born in Kingstree, South Carolina (d. 2010)
  • Mar 26 Alan Silvestri, American film score composer (Back To The Future; Forrest Gump), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 27 Maria Ewing, American opera singer, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 27 Tony Banks, British progressive rock keyboardist (Genesis - "Supper's Ready"), and film score and classical composer, born in East Hoathly, Sussex, England
  • Mar 29 Mory Kanté, Guinean singer and kora harp player (Yé ké yé ké), born in Albadaria, French Guinea (d. 2020)
  • Mar 30 Dave Ball, British guitarist (Procul Harum - "A Whiter Shade Of Pale"), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2015)
  • Mar 30 Eugene Bowen, composer (Wonder's Edge)
  • Mar 30 Rupert Greenall, British rock keyboardist (The Fixx - "One Thing Leads To Another"; "Saved By Zero")
  • Mar 31 Richard Hughes, American drummer (Johnny Winter Band, 1973-76), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 1983)

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 8 Jaroslav Kocian, composer, dies at 67