On This Day

March 1954 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 5 "Girl in Pink Tights" opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 115 performances

Music Premiere

Mar 12 1st performance of Arnold Schoenberg's opera "Moses und Aaron", in a concert setting in Hamburg, Germany

  • Mar 20 "King & I" closes at St James Theater NYC after 1246 performances
  • Mar 28 8th Tony Awards: Teahouse of the August Moon (Best Play) & Kismet (Best Musical) win

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 1 Janis Gill, American country singer (Sweethearts of Rodeo - "Midnight Girl"), born in Torrance, California
  • Mar 2 Hunt Sales, American rock drummer (Todd Rundgren; Iggy Pop; Tin Machine), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 3 Chris Hughes, English record producer and rock drummer (Adam & The Ants), born in London, England
  • Mar 3 John Lilley, American rock guitarist and dobro player (The Hooters - "All You Zombies"; "And We Danced"), born in West Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 7 Matt Frenette, Canadian rock drummer (Loverboy)
  • Mar 8 Cheryl Baker, British rock vocalist (Bucks Fizz - "My Camera Never Lies"), and TV presenter, born in Bethnal Green, London, ENgland
  • Mar 9 Charmain Elaine Sylvers, American rocker (The Sylvers), born in Watts, Los Angeles
  • Mar 10 Tina Charles [Hoskins], British disco singer ("I Love to Love (But My Baby Loves to Dance)"), born in Whitechapel, London, England
  • Mar 10 Scott Litt, American sound engineer and record producer (Flaming Lips; R.E.M.), born in New York
  • Mar 14 Jann Browne, country singer (Mexican Wind)
  • Mar 16 Jimmy Nail, singer/actor (Evita, Spender, Howling II)
  • Mar 16 Nancy Wilson, rock guitarist (Heart - "Baracuda"; "What About Love"), born in San Francisco, California
  • Mar 17 Lesley-Anne Down, British actress and singer (A Little Night Music; Moonraker), born in London, England
  • Mar 17 Rena Jones, rock vocalist
  • Mar 20 Jim Seales, American country singer (Shenandoah - "Sunday in the South"), born in Hamilton, Alabama
  • Mar 24 Hank Roberts, American electric and acoustic jazz cellist (Bill Frissell Quartet; Arcado String Trio), born in Terre Haute, Indiana
  • Mar 26 Dorothy Porter, Australian poet (The Monkey's Mask), librettist, (The Eternity Man), and lyricist (The Fiery Maze), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2008)
  • Mar 28 Bill Bourne, Canadian Juno Award-winning folk, rock, and world music guitarist, and singer-songwriter, born in Red Deer, Alberta
  • Mar 31 Tony Brock, England, rock drummer (Isn't It Time, Every Time I Think of You)

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 4 Georg Göhler, German composer (Rückert), dies at 79
  • Mar 4 Noel Gay [Reginald Moxon Armitage], British composer (Who's been polishing the Sun), dies at 55
  • Mar 6 Louis Zimmermann, Dutch violinist and 1st concert master of Concert building, dies at 80
  • Mar 14 Ludomir Michał Rogowski, Polish composer, dies at 72
  • Mar 15 Arthur Fickenscher, American composer, dies at 82
  • Mar 19 Walter Braunfels, German composer (Die Vögel -The Birds), dies at 71
  • Mar 21 Harry Lawrence Freeman, African-American composer, dies at 84