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March 1955 in Music History

Events in Music

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Mar 3 Elvis Presley makes his 1st TV appearance on a broadcast of radio show "Louisiana Hayride"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Mar 7 Musical "Peter Pan", starring Mary Martin broadcast live on NBC as part of "Producers' Showcase" series; attracts a then record 65 million viewers

Actress Mary Martin
Actress
Mary Martin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 24 Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opens for 694 performances

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Playwright
Tennessee Williams

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 1 Jimmy Fortune, American country singer (Statler Brothers - Class of '57), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • Mar 2 Jay Osmond, American singer and drummer (Osmond Brothers - "One Way Ticket to Anywhere"), born in Ogden, Utah
  • Mar 2 Jawanza Kobie, American jazz pianist and composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 9 Fernando Bujones, American ballet dancer, born in Miami, Florida (d. 2005)
  • Mar 10 Youssra, Egyptian actress and singer
  • Mar 10 Gary Louris, American singer-songwriter and musician (Jayhawks), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Mar 11 Catharina "Nina" Hagen, German punk rock singer, and actress (The Go-Blue Girl), born in East Berlin, East Germany
  • Mar 13 John Hackett, British rock, classical, and new age flautist, born in Pimlico, London, England
  • Mar 14 Boon Gould, rock guitarist (Level 42 - "Hot Water")
  • Mar 15 Etterlene "Bunny" DeBarge, American rock and soul singer-songwrtier (DeBarge - "Time Will Reveal"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 15 Daniel "Dee" Snider, American singer, songwriter and actor (Twisted Sister), born in Astoria, Queens
  • Mar 15 Steve Lillywhite, British record producer (U2; Rolling Stones; Phish), born in Egham, England
  • Mar 17 Paul Overstreet, American country singer (Daddy's Come Around), born in Van Cleave, Mississippi
  • Mar 21 Haakon Graf , Norwegian jazz keyboard player, composer, arranger and producer, born in Oslo, Norway
  • Mar 22 [Waliou] Wally Badarou, French musician (Level 42), born in Paris, France
  • Mar 26 Dean Dillon, American country music singer (Chair), born in Lake City, Tennessee

Person of interestReba McEntire

Mar 28 Reba McEntire, American country singer ("Can't Even Get the Blues"; "Consider Me Gone"), born in McAlester, Oklahoma

Country Singer Reba McEntire
Country Singer
Reba McEntire
  • Mar 30 Randy Vanwarmer, American singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Just When I Needed You Most"), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2004)
  • Mar 31 Angus Young, Scottish rock guitarist (AC/DC - "Highway to Hell"), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 12 Charlie "Bird" Parker, American jazz saxophonist (Ornithology), dies pf pneumonia and bleeding ulcer at 34 in NYC
  • Mar 16 Mayhew Lake, composer, dies at 75