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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 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, singer/songwriter (Wouldn't it be Good)
  • Mar 1 Chosei Komatsu, Japanese conductor

Person of interestAndy Gibb

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

Singer and TV Host Andy Gibb
Singer and TV Host
Andy Gibb
  • Mar 8 Gary Numan, [Gary Webb], Hammersmith England, vocalist (Replicas)
  • Mar 9 Martin Fry, English pop singer and rock vocalist (ABC-All of My Heart), born in Stretford, Lancashire
  • Mar 21 [Jonathan] Butch Norton, American drummer (Eels), born in Inglewood, California
  • Mar 22 Pete Wylie, 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 rocker (Curiosity, Here I Go Again), born in Houston, Texas
  • Mar 31 Pat McGlynn, Edinburgh, rock guitarist (Bay City Rollers)

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