March 1961 in Music

Events in Music

  • Mar 1 Cellist Jacqueline du PrĂ©s debut in Wigmore Hall
  • Mar 2 "13 Daughters" opens at 54th St Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Mar 9 Supremes release "I Want A Guy" & "Never Again"
  • 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

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Mar 25 Elvis Presley performs live on the USS Arizona

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Elvis Presley

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 1 Davis Daniel, country singer, born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • Mar 2 Simone Young, Australian conductor
  • Mar 5 Dan Stuart, American singer/songwriter (Green on Red)
  • Mar 11 Bruce Watson, Ontario Canada, rock guitarist (Big Country-Wonderland)
  • Mar 11 Mike Percy, rocker (Dead or Alive-Spin Me Round)
  • Mar 21 Slim Jim Phantom, [Jim McDonnell], American rock drummer (Stray Cats), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 21 Shawn Lane, American guitar virtuoso (d. 2003)
  • Mar 27 Clark Datchler, English vocalist (Johnny Hates Jazz-Don't Say it's Love), born in Sutton, Surrey, England
  • Mar 27 Tak Matsumoto, Japanese Grammy Award-winning guitarist (B'z), born in Toyonaka, Osaka

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 (Last Night of the Prom), dies at 81
  • Mar 19 Edric Cundell, composer, dies at 68
  • Mar 27 Jack Kane, orchestra leader (Steve & Eydie, Andy Williams Show), dies at 37