On This Day

March 1956 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 1 "Crazy Arms" single released by Ray Price - his 1st no.1 (Billboard Song of the Year 1956)

Music Single

Mar 2 "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" single cover released by Elvis Presley

  • Mar 3 Elvis Presley's 1st hit in Billboard's top 10: "Heartbreak Hotel"
  • Mar 15 "My Fair Lady" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 2,715 performances

Music Premiere

Mar 22 Musical "Mr Wonderful" with Sammy Davis, Jr. and father Sammy Davis, Sr. opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 383 performances


Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 1 Jan Van der Roost, Belgian composer (Chemical Suite for Trombone Quartet), born in Duffel, Belgium
  • Mar 2 John Cowsill, American rock drummer (The Cowsills - "We Can Fly"; Beach Boys, 2000-present), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • Mar 2 Mark Evans, Australian rock bassist (AC/DC), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Mar 3 Stephanie McCallum, Australian concert pianist and educator, born in Sydney
  • Mar 4 Kermit Driscoll, American jazz bassist (Bill Frissell), born in Kearney, Nebraska
  • Mar 5 Teena Marie, American singer
  • Mar 12 Steve Harris, English hard rock bassist (Iron Maiden - "Gypsy's Kiss"), born in London, England
  • Mar 14 Patrick Leonard, American songwriter, film composer and music producer (Madonna), born in Crystal Falls, Michigan
  • Mar 16 Vladimír Godár, Slovak contemporary classical music and film music composer, born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia)
  • Mar 17 Will Rigby, rock percussionist (Amy Rigby Diary of a Mad Housewife)
  • Mar 17 Luca Francesconi, Italian classical and electronic music composer (Wanderer; Unexpected End of Formula), born in Milan, Italy
  • Mar 20 Alphonso Martin, British reggae percussionist and vocalist (Steel Pulse, 1977-91 - "Prodigal Son"), born in Birmingham, England
  • Mar 26 Charly McClain, American country singer (Radio Heart), born in Jackson, Tennessee
  • Mar 29 Patty Donahue, American new wave rock singer (The Waitresses - "I Know What Boys Like"; "Christmas Wrapping), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1996)

Weddings in Music

Aldous Huxley

Mar 19 Author Aldous Huxley (62) weds musician and author Laura Archera (45)

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 5 Erich Itor Kahn, German composer of Jewish descent, dies at 50
  • Mar 11 Sergey Nikiforovich Vasilenko, Russian opera composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 16 Joseph John Richards, American composer, dies at 77
  • Mar 25 George Luther Foote, composer, dies at 70
  • Mar 26 Thomas de Hartmann, Russian composer, dies at 70