On This Day

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 The Coasters' single "Charlie Brown" peaks at #2 on the Billboard Top 100
  • Mar 9 "Juno" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Mar 11 4th Eurovision Song Contest: Teddy Scholten for Netherlands wins singing "Een beetje" in Cannes
  • Mar 15 Richard Rogers' "No Strings" opens on Broadway
  • Mar 19 "1st Impressions" opens at Alvin Theater NYC 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 7 Donna Murphy, American musical theatre actress (The King and I), born in Queens, New York
  • Mar 13 Ronnie Rogers, British guitarist (T'Pau-Heart & Soul), born in Shrewsbury, England
  • 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 14 Patrick Dupond, dancer (La Bayadere), born in Paris, France
  • Mar 16 Stan Thorn, American country singer (Shenandoah - "Sunday in the South"), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin

Flavor Flav

Mar 16 Flavor Flav [William Drayton Jr], American rapper and reality TV star (Public Enemy), born in Roosevelt, New York

  • 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
  • Mar 19 Terry Hall, British rock-ska-pop singer (Specials; Fun Boy Three; Vegas), born in Coventry, England
  • Mar 20 Richard Drummie, British rock guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Go West - "Call Me"; "Don't Look Down"), born in London, England
  • Mar 21 Sarah Jane Morris, English pop-jazz-R&B singer-songwriter, born in Southampton, England
  • Mar 21 Nobuo Uematsu, Japanese composer
  • 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"), born in England, United Kingdom
  • 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 clarinetist
  • Mar 31 Ali McMordie, Irish bassist (Stiff Little Fingers)

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 11 Haydn Wood, English composer, 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, and musical theatre composer, dies at 55
  • Mar 29 Sara Wennerberg-Reuter, composer, dies at 84