On This Day

March 1961 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 1 Cellist Jacqueline du Prés debut in Wigmore Hall
  • Mar 2 "13 Daughters" opens at 54th St Theater NYC for 28 performances

Music Single

Mar 9 The Supremes release singles "I Want A Guy" and "Never Again"

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
  • Mar 18 6th Eurovision Song Contest: Jean-Claude Pascal for Luxembourg wins "Nous les amoureux" in Cannes
  • Mar 21 The Beatles' first appearance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool
  • Mar 25 "13 Daughters" closes at 54th St Theater, NYC, after 28 performances
  • Mar 25 "Gypsy" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 702 performances

Music History

Mar 25 Elvis Presley performs live on the USS Arizona

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 1 Davis Daniel, American country singer, born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • Mar 2 Simone Young, Australian conductor (Hamburg State Opera and Hamburg Philharmonic, 2005-15), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Mar 5 Dan Stuart, American singer/songwriter (Green on Red)
  • Mar 7 Warrel Dane, American singer (Nevermore), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2017)
  • Mar 11 Bruce Watson, Canadian-Scottish rock guitarist, sitar and mandolin player (Big Country - "Wonderland"; "In A Big Country"), born in Timmons, Ontario
  • Mar 11 Mike Percy, rocker (Dead or Alive-Spin Me Round)
  • Mar 18 Grant Hart, American punk rock drummer and songwriter (Hüsker Dü), born in South St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 2017)
  • Mar 21 Slim Jim Phantom [McDonnell], American rock drummer (Stray Cats - "Rock This Town"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 21 Shawn Lane, American guitar virtuoso (d. 2003)
  • Mar 27 Tak Matsumoto, Japanese Grammy Award-winning guitarist (B'z), born in Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan
  • Mar 28 José Feghali, Brazilian concert pianist (Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, 1985) (d. 2014)

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 3 Paul Wittgenstein, Austrian-born left-handed pianist, dies at 72
  • Mar 6 George Formby, British singer and comedian, dies at 56
  • Mar 8 Thomas Beecham, English conductor (co-founded and led London Philharmonic, 1932-39; Royal Philharmonic, 1946-60), dies of heart failure at 81
  • Mar 9 Wilbur Sweatman, American ragtime and dixieland jazz clarinetist, composer, and bandleader, dies at 79
  • Mar 19 Edric Cundell, composer, dies at 68
  • Mar 27 Jack Kane, British-Canadian arrranger, composer, and orchestra leader (Steve & Eydie; Andy Williams Show), dies at 37