On This Day

March 1962 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 7 The Beatles made their broadcasting debut on BBC radio

Television Debut

Mar 8 Beatles, with Pete Best, TV debut (perform "Dream Baby" on BBC)

  • Mar 15 Richard Rodger's musical "No Strings" opens at 84th St Theater NYC for 580 performances

Music History

Mar 18 Dmitri Shostakovich becomes member of Supreme Soviet of USSR

  • Mar 18 7th Eurovision Song Contest: Isabelle Aubret for France wins singing "Un premier amour" in Luxembourg
  • Mar 19 "All American" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 80 performances

Music Premiere

Mar 22 Musical "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" starring Barbra Streisand in her Broadway debut opens at Shubert NYC for 300 performances

  • Mar 25 "Family Affair" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 65 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 1 Bill Leen, American rocker (Gin Blossoms - "Allison Road")
  • Mar 2 Jon Bon Jovi [John Bongiovi], American rock singer-songwriter (Bon Jovi - "You Give Love a Bad Name"; "Who Says You Can't Go Home"), born in Sayreville, New Jersey
  • Mar 5 Charlie and Craig Reid, Scottish rock musicians (The Proclaimers - "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)"), born in Leith, Scotland
  • Mar 7 Taylor Dayne [Leslie Wunderman], American vocalist ("Tell It To My Heart"; "I'll Always Love You"), born in New York
  • Mar 10 Gary Clark, Scottish rock singer-songwriter and record producer (Danny Wilson - "Mary's Prayer"), born in Dundee, Scotlaand
  • Mar 10 Seiko Matsuda, Japanese pop singer
  • Mar 13 Terence Blanchard, American jazz trumpeter (Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers), film score composer (When The Levees Broke; Harriet), and educator, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Mar 15 Steve Coy, rocker (Dead or Alive-Spin Me Round)
  • Mar 15 Terrence Trent D'Arby, American rock vocalist (Wishing Well), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 17 Clare Grogan, Scottish new wave singer (Altered Images - "Happy Birthday"), and actress (Gregory's Girl; Eastenders), born in Glasgow
  • Mar 17 Janet Gardner, American rock singer, and rhythm guitarist (Vixen - "Rev It Up"), born in Juneau, Alaska
  • Mar 17 Roxy Petrucci, American rock drummer (Vixen - "Rev It Up'), born in Rochester, Michigan
  • Mar 24 Angèle Dubeau, Canadian classical violinist, born in Saint-Norbert, Quebec
  • Mar 26 Richard Coles, English musician (Communards - "Don't Leave Me This Way"), now a Church of England priest, and BBC broadcaster, born in Northampton
  • Mar 28 Ged Grimes, Scottish rock bassist, and producer (Danny Wilson; Deacon Blue; Simple Minds), born in Dundee, Scotland
  • Mar 30 M C Hammer [Stanley Kirk Burrell], rapper (Hammer Time), born in Oakland, California

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 5 Otakar Jeremias, composer, dies at 69
  • Mar 6 Rezső Kókai, Hungarian pianist, composer, musicologist, and pedagogue, dies at 56
  • Mar 16 John Owen Jones, composer, dies at 85
  • Mar 24 (John) Jean Goldkette, French jazz pianist and bandleader, dies of a heart attack at 69
  • Mar 30 Jack Purvis, American jazz trumpet player and composer, dies at 55