March 1959 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 2 Ceremony to mark the start of construction of the Sydney Opera House at Bennelong Point, Sydney
  • Mar 7 "Bells Are Ringing" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 925 performances
  • Mar 9 "Juno" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Mar 9 The Coasters' single "Charlie Brown" peaks at #2 on the Billboard Top 100
  • Mar 11 4th Eurovision Song Contest: Teddy Scholten for Netherlands wins singing "Een beetje" in Cannes

Theater Premiere

Mar 11 Lorraine Hansberry's stage drama "A Raisin in the Sun", 1st Broadway play by a black woman, starring Ruby Dee and Sidney Poitier, opens at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, NYC; later transfers to the Belasco Theatre; runs for 530 performances

Music Premiere

Mar 19 George Weiss, Bo Goldman, and Glenn Paxton musical "First Impressions", adapted from Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice", starring Polly Bergen; Farley Granger, and Hermione Gingold, opens at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 84 performances

  • Mar 21 "Juno" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 16 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 2 Larry Stewart, American country singer (Restless Heart - "Alright Already"), born in Paducah, Kentucky
  • Mar 5 John Kezdy, American punk-rock guitarist and singer (The Effigies), and later prosecuting attorney, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2023)
  • Mar 7 Donna Murphy, American musical theatre actress (The King and I), born in Queens, New York
  • Mar 13 Greg Norton, American rock bassist (Hüsker Dü; Porcupine), born in Rock Island, Illinois
  • Mar 13 Melvin Taylor, American electric blues guitarist, born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Mar 13 Ronnie Rogers, British guitarist (T'Pau-Heart & Soul), born in Shrewsbury, England
  • Mar 14 Patrick Dupond, French dancer (La Bayadère), born in Paris, France

Flavor Flav (64 years old)

Mar 16 American rapper (Public Enemy) and reality TV star (The Surreal Life), born in Roosevelt, Long Island, New York

  • Mar 16 Stan Thorn, American country singer (Shenandoah - "Sunday in the South"), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • Mar 17 Mike Lindup, British rock keyboardist, singer, and songwriter (Level 42 - "Lessons In Love"; "Something About You"), born in London, England
  • Mar 17 Paul Black [Marmorstein], American rock singer (L.A. Guns, 1985-87), and drummer, born in San Francisco, California
  • Mar 18 Irene Cara [Escalera], American Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer-songwriter ("Fame"; "Flashdance...What A Feeling"), and actress (Fame; D.C. Cab), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2022)
  • Mar 19 Anthony Marinelli, American session keyboardist and synthesizer player (Michael Jackson; Sigue Sigue Sputnik), film, television, and advertising composer, born in Burbank, California
  • Mar 19 Terry Hall, British rock-ska-pop singer (Specials; Fun Boy Three; Vegas), born in Coventry, England (d. 2022)
  • Mar 20 Richard Drummie, British rock guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Go West - "Call Me"; "Don't Look Down"), born in London, England
  • Mar 21 Nobuo Uematsu, Japanese composer
  • Mar 21 Sarah Jane Morris, English pop-jazz-R&B singer-songwriter, born in Southampton, England
  • Mar 22 Avraham Fried [Friedman], Orthodox Jewish Musician, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 23 Epic Soundtracks [Kevin Paul Godfrey], English musician (Swell Maps, Crime and the City Solution, These Immortal Souls), born in Croydon, Surrey (d. 1997)
  • Mar 26 Chris Whitten, British session drummer (Paul McCartney - "Flowers In The Dirt"; Edie Brickell; The Waterboys), born in England
  • Mar 27 Andrew Farriss, Australian rock keyboardist and songwriter (INXS - "Kiss the Dirt"; "New Sensation"), born in Perth, Australia
  • Mar 29 Perry Farrell [Peretz Bernstein], American rock singer-songwriter (Jane's Addiction - "Just Because"; Porno For Pyros - "Pets"), born in Queens, New York
  • Mar 30 Sabine Meyer, German classical clarinetist, Born in Crailsheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • Mar 31 Ali McMordie, Irish bassist (Stiff Little Fingers)

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 11 Haydn Wood, English violinist, and composer of light classical music (Roses of Picardy), dies at 76
  • Mar 15 Lester Young, American jazz musician, dies at 49
  • Mar 17 Raffaele d'Alessandro, Swiss pianist, organist, and composer, dies of a ruptured aorta on his 48th birthday
  • Mar 25 Billy Mayerl, British pianist, music hall songwriter, theatre composer (Marigold), music publisher, and teacher (School of Syncopation), dies of a heart attack at 55
  • Mar 29 Sara Wennerberg-Reuter, Swedish composer, dies at 84