On This Day

March 1963 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 3 American country blues musician "Mississippi" John Hurt 're-discovered' by musicologist Tom Hoskins in Avalon, Mississippi [1]
  • Mar 5 Beatles record "From Me to You" & "Thank You Girl"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 7 John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman recorded their self-titled album "John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman" at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane
  • Mar 9 Beatles began 1st British tour, supporting Tommy Roe & Chris Montez

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 12 Beatles perform as a trio, at Granada Cinema, in Bedford, England, as John Lennon is ill with a cold

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Mar 13 Paul Hindemith and Thornton Wilder's opera "Long Christmas Dinner" premieres in NYC

Composer Paul Hindemith
Composer
Paul Hindemith
Playwright and Writer Thornton Wilder
Playwright and Writer
Thornton Wilder
  • Mar 18 "Tovarich" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 264 performances
  • Mar 21 David Hendon & Douglas Cross' musical premieres in London
  • Mar 22 The Beatles release their 1st album, "Please Please Me"
  • Mar 23 8th Eurovision Song Contest: Grethe and Jorgen Ingmann for Denmark win singing "Dansevise" in London

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 1 Robert James Affuso, American rock drummer (Skid Row - "Psycho Love"), born in Newburgh, New York
  • Mar 1 Thomas Anders, German singer (Modern Talking)
  • Mar 1 Dan Michaels, American musician and record producer

Person of interestJason Newsted

Mar 4 Jason Newsted, American heavy-metal bassist (Metallica - "Nothing Else Matters"), born in Battle Creek, Michigan

Heavy Metal Musician Jason Newsted
Heavy Metal Musician
Jason Newsted
  • Mar 4 MDV [Michiel de Vos], Dutch pop bassist (Burma Shave - "Stash")
  • Mar 4 Janey Lee Grace, English singer, author, television presenter and radio disc jockey
  • Mar 10 Jeff Ament, American rock bassist, and songwriter (Pearl Jam - "Jeremy"), born in Havre, Montana
  • Mar 10 Rick Rubin, American record producer, co-founder of Def Jam Recordings, born in Long Beach, New York
  • Mar 13 Fito Paez, Argentine singer-songwriter and pianist (La Conquista Del Espacio), born in Rosario, Argentina
  • Mar 14 Cyco Mike [Mike Muir], American thrash metal vocalist (Suicidal Tendencies), born in Venice, California
  • Mar 15 Bret Michaels, American rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist (Poison - "Talk Dirty to Me"), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 16 Jimmy Degrasso, American musician, drummer
  • Mar 16 Doug Grisby, American soul music bassist, composer and producer (Patti LaBelle; Teena Marie), born in Queens, New York (d. 2021)
  • Mar 17 Nick Peros, Canadian classical composer (Prayer of Consolation)
  • Mar 17 Michael Ivins, American rock bassist and keyboard player (The Flaming Lips - "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots"), born in Omaha, Nebraska

Person of interestVanessa Williams

Mar 18 Vanessa Williams, American singer, actress and 1st African American Miss America (1983), born in The Bronx, New York

Singer and Actress Vanessa Williams
Singer and Actress
Vanessa Williams
  • Mar 20 Paul Mirkovich, rock keyboardist (Nelson-Love & Affection)
  • Mar 21 Sharon "Share" Ross (Pederson) American rock bassist (Vixen - "Rev It Up"), born in Glencoe, Minnesota
  • Mar 22 Suzanne Sulley, English rocker (The Human League - "Don't You Want Me"), born in Sheffield, England
  • Mar 27 Dave Koz, American jazz saxophonist, born in Encino, California
  • Mar 27 Charly Alberti, Argentinian rock musician (Soda Stereo), born in Buenos Aires
  • Mar 28 Andy Cousin, English rock bassist (All About Eve; The Mission; The Lucy Nation), born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire
  • Mar 30 Eli-Eri Moura, Brazilian composer and conductor
  • Mar 30 Ximo Tebar, Spanish jazz and flamenco guitarist, and composer (Goes Blue), born in Valencia, Spain
  • Mar 31 Paul Mercurio, Australian actor/dancer

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 21 Singer and actress Barbra Streisand (20) marries actor Elliott Gould (24)

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 5 Harold "Hawkshaw" Hawkins, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee; "Lonesome 7-7203"), dies in a plane crash at 41

Person of interestPatsy Cline

Mar 5 Patsy Cline [Virginia Henlsey], American country singer ("Crazy"; "I Fall To Pieces"; "Walkin' After Midnight"), dies in a plane crash at 30

Country Music Singer Patsy Cline
Country Music Singer
Patsy Cline
  • Mar 5 Lloyd "Cowboy" Copas, American country singer ("Candy Kisses"; "Alabam"), dies in a plane crash at 49
  • Mar 10 Irving Aaronson, American jazz pianist and big band leader, dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Mar 17 William Henry Squire, composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 17 Lizzie Miles [Elizabeth Landreaux], Creole-American jazz, blues and gospel singer ("Man O'War"), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Mar 28 Alec Templeton, Welsh pianist and composer (Concertino Lirico), dies at 52
  • Mar 30 Alexander Gauk, Russian-Soviet composer, dies at 69