March 1953 in Music History

Events in Music

Musical Finale

Mar 8 Vernon Duke, Ogden Nash and Sammy Cahn's musical revue "Two's Company", starring Bette Davis, and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, closes at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for, after 90 performances

  • Mar 28 "New Faces (of 1952)" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 365 performances
  • Mar 28 7th Tony Awards: "The Crucible" (Outstanding Play) & "Wonderful Town" (Outstanding Musical) win

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 2 William Simmons, American R&B saxophonist and keyboardist (Midnight Star - "No Parking On The Dance Floor"; "Operator")
  • Mar 3 Dave Amato, American rock guitarist (REO Speedwagon, 1989-present), born in Framingham, Massachusetts.
  • Mar 7 Jules Shear, American rock musician and songwriter ("If She Knew What She Wants"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 7 Kenny Aronoff, American drummer (John Mellencamp), born in Albany, New York
  • Mar 8 Bob Brozman, American world music guitarist, ethno-musicologist, and educator, born in NYC (d. 2013)
  • Mar 10 Ronnie Earl [Ronald Horvath], American blues guitarist (The Broadcasters), born in Queens, New York
  • Mar 11 Bernie LaBarge, Canadian musician
  • Mar 11 Chet Catallo, American jazz guitarist (Spyro Gyra), born in Rochester, New York
  • Mar 11 Chuck Jackson, Canadian singer and harmonica player (Downchild, 1990-present; Cameo Blues Band, 1978-92), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Mar 11 Jimmy Iovine, American record producer (Interscope Records), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 12 Labamba [Richard Rosenberg], American rock trombonist (Asbury Jukes), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 18 Jamie West-Oram, British rock guitarist (The Fixx - "One Thing Leads To Another"; "Saved By Zero")
  • Mar 19 Billy Sheehan, American rock bassist (Talas; Mr Big - "To Be With You"; David Lee Roth), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Mar 19 Ricky Wilson, American rock guitarist (B-52's - "Rock Lobster"; "Love Shack"), born in Athens, Georgia
  • Mar 21 Robert "Shotgun" Johnson, American rock drummer (KC & the Sunshine Band - "That's The Way I Like It")
  • Mar 22 Robin Le Mesurier [Halliley], British session and touring guitarist (The Wombles; Rod Stewart; Johnny Hallyday), born in Kensington, England (d. 2021)

Chaka KhanChaka Khan (70 years old)

Mar 23 American singer and songwriter (Rufus; "I Am Every Woman"), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • Mar 26 Billy Lyall, Scottish rock keyboardist (Bay City Rollers, 1969-71; Pilot, 1973-76; Alan Parsons Project - Irobot), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1989)
  • Mar 26 Michael Bonagura, American country singer (Baille & Boys - "Oh Heart"), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Mar 27 Walter "Wally" Stocker, British rock vocalist and guitarist (The Babys - "Missing You"), born in London, England
  • Mar 31 Dennis Kamakahi, Hawaiian Grammy Award-winning slack-key guitarist, born in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii (d. 2014)
  • Mar 31 Greg Martin, American singer (Kentucky Headhunters - "Davy Crockett"), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Mar 31 Sean Hopper, American rock keyboardist (Huey Lewis & The News - "The Power Of Love"), born in San Francisco, California

Deaths in Music

Sergei ProkofievSergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)

Mar 5 Russian composer (Peter and the Wolf; Alexander Nevsky), dies at 61

  • Mar 17 Conrado del Campo y Zabaleta, Spanish composer and violinist, dies at 73
  • Mar 27 Narciso Garay, Panamanian composer, dies at 76
  • Mar 29 Arthur Fields [Abraham Finkelstein], American singer-songwriter (Aba Daba Honeymoon), dies in a fire at his nursing home residence at 68 [1]
  • Mar 30 Roderich Mojsisovics-Mojsvar, Austrian composer, dies at 75