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)

Lawdy Miss Clawdy

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

  • Mar 3 Albert Hague and Arnold Horwitt's musical "Plain and Fancy", about an Amish wedding, closes at Mark Hellinger Theater, NYC, after 476 performances
  • Mar 3 Elvis Presley's 1st hit in Billboard's top 10: "Heartbreak Hotel"

Songs for Swingin' Lovers!

Mar 5 Capitol Records releases "Songs for Swingin' Lovers!", the tenth album by American singer Frank Sinatra: upbeat collection of pop tunes with jazz arrangements by Nelson Riddle became the first album ever to top the new UK Albums Chart

Music History

Mar 15 Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's musical "My Fair Lady", adapted from George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion", starring Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews, and Stanley Holloway, opens at Mark Hellinger Theater, later transferring to the Broadway Theatre, NYC; runs for 2,715 performances, winning 6 Tony Awards

Mr Wonderful

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 13 Motoharu Sano, Japanese rock singer-songwriter ("Someday"), born in Taitō, Japan
  • 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 Luca Francesconi, Italian classical and electronic music composer (Wanderer; Unexpected End of Formula), born in Milan, Italy
  • Mar 17 Will Rigby, American rock drummer and percussionist (The dB's)
  • Mar 20 Alphonso Martin, British reggae percussionist and vocalist (Steel Pulse, 1977-91 - "Prodigal Son"), born in Birmingham, England
  • Mar 21 László Tihanyi, Hungarian composer (Silence of the Winds; Two Imaginary Dialogues), and conductor (Ensemble Intermodulation), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Mar 26 Charly McClain, American country singer (Radio Heart), born in Jackson, Tennessee
  • Mar 27 (Paul) "Wix" Wickens, British session and touring keyboard player (Paul McCartney; Nik Kershaw; Kevin Coyne), born in Brentwood, Essex, England
  • 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 British "The Doors of Perception" author Aldous Huxley (62) weds American musician and author Laura Archera (45)

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 1 Henriette Renié, French harp prodigy, composer, and teacher, dies at 80
  • Mar 5 Erich Itor Kahn, German composer of Jewish descent, dies at 50
  • Mar 9 Amanda Aldridge, British opera singer, pianist, teacher, and composer of parlour songs and light orchestral pieces music, dies at 89
  • 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, American composer, dies at 70
  • Mar 26 Thomas de Hartmann, Russian composer, dies at 70