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"

Music History

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

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

Music History

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

Music Premiere

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

  • 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 Dan Michaels, American musician and record producer
  • 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 4 Janey Lee Grace, British pop singer ("7 Ways to Love"), author (Imperfectly Natural...), television presenter and radio disc jockey, born in Nottingham, England

Jason NewstedJason Newsted (60 years old)

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

  • Mar 4 MDV [Michiel de Vos], Dutch pop bassist (Burma Shave, 1984-91 and 2011-present - "Stash"), born in Netherlands
  • Mar 10 (Frederick) Rick Rubin, American record producer (Run-DMC; Public Enemy; Red Hot Chilil Peppers; Johnny Cash), co-founder of Def Jam Recordings, born in Long Beach, New York
  • Mar 10 Jeff Ament, American rock bassist, and songwriter (Pearl Jam - "Jeremy"), born in Havre, Montana
  • 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 [Sychak], American rock and country singer-songwriter, guitarist (Poison - "Talk Dirty to Me"), and television personality, born in Butler, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 16 Doug Grisby, American soul music bassist, composer and producer (Patti LaBelle; Teena Marie), born in Queens, New York (d. 2021)
  • Mar 16 Jimmy Degrasso, American musician, drummer
  • Mar 17 Michael Ivins, American rock bassist and keyboard player (The Flaming Lips, 1983-2021 - "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots"), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Mar 17 Nick Peros, Canadian classical composer (Prayer of Consolation)

Vanessa WilliamsVanessa Williams (60 years old)

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

  • Mar 20 Paul Mirkovich, American session and touring keyboardist and vocalist (Nelson; Janet Jackson, Cher), and music director (The Voice), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 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 Charly Alberti, Argentinian rock musician (Soda Stereo), born in Buenos Aires
  • Mar 27 Dave Koz, American jazz saxophonist, born in Encino, California
  • 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, born in Campina Grande, Brazil
  • 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

Barbra Streisand

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

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 5 Harold "Hawkshaw" Hawkins, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee; "Lonesome 7-7203"), dies in a plane crash at 41
  • Mar 5 Lloyd "Cowboy" Copas, American country singer ("Candy Kisses"; "Alabam"), dies in a plane crash at 49

Patsy ClinePatsy Cline (1932-1963)

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

  • Mar 10 Irving Aaronson, American jazz pianist and big band lbandeader, dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Mar 17 Lizzie Miles [Elizabeth Landreaux], Creole-American jazz, blues and gospel singer ("Man O'War"), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Mar 17 William Henry Squire, British composer and cellist, dies at 91
  • Mar 28 Alec Templeton, Welsh pianist and composer (Concertino Lirico), dies at 52
  • Mar 30 Alexander Gauk, Russian-Soviet composer, dies at 69