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March 1958 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 12 3rd Eurovision Song Contest: Andre Claveau for France wins singing "Dors, mon amour" in Hilversum
  • Mar 15 "Body Beautiful" musical closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 60 performances

USAElvis Presley in the Army

Mar 24 Elvis Presley joins the U.S. Army (serial number 53310761)

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Conscripted in 1958, Elvis Presley served two years in the U.S. Army
Conscripted in 1958, Elvis Presley served two years in the U.S. Army
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Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 1 Nik Kershaw, British new wave singer/songwriter (Wouldn't It Be Good), born in Bristol, England
  • Mar 1 Chosei Komatsu, Japanese conductor
  • Mar 1 Dave Flippo, American jazz pianist, composer, vocalist, teacher and bandleader, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvana

Person of interestAndy Gibb

Mar 5 Andy Gibb, British singer-songwriter, stage performer, and teen idol ("I Just Want to Be Your Everything"), born in Stretford, Lancashire, England (d. 1988)

Singer and TV Host Andy Gibb
Singer and TV Host
Andy Gibb
  • Mar 8 Gary Numan [Webb], British new wave rock musician ("Cars"), born in Hammersmith, England
  • Mar 9 Martin Fry, British pop singer-songwriter (ABC - "The Look Of Love"; "All of My Heart"), born in Stretford, Lancashire, England
  • Mar 14 Zbigniew Karkowski, Polish composer and experimental musician (Sensorband), born in Krakow, Poland (d. 2013)
  • Mar 21 [Jonathan] Butch Norton, American drummer (Eels), born in Inglewood, California
  • Mar 22 Pete Wylie, English rocker (Sinful), born in Liverpool, England
  • Mar 23 El Duce [Eldon Wayne Hoke], American singer and drummer (The Mentors), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1997)
  • Mar 28 Oran "Juice" Jones, American R&B singer ("Curiosity"; "Here I Go Again"), born in Houston, Texas
  • Mar 31 Pat McGlynn, Scottish pop guitarist (Bay City Rollers), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Mar 31 Paul Ferguson, British rock drummer (Killing Joke), born in England

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 14 Eugeen Van de Velde, Flemish musicologist and composer (In Tempore Belli), dies at 64
  • Mar 25 Emerson Whithorne, American composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 25 Tom Brown, American dixieland jazz trombonist, dies at 69

Person of interestW. C. Handy

Mar 28 W. C. Handy, American composer and musician known as the "Father of the Blues" (Memphis Blues, St Louis Blues), dies of bronchial pneumonia at 84

Musician and Father of the Blues W. C. Handy
Musician and Father of the Blues
W. C. Handy