On This Day

March 1964 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Mar 2 Beatles begin filming "A Hard Day's Night", George Harrison meets Pattie Boyd

  • Mar 14 "Girl Who Came to Supper" closes at Broadway NYC after 112 performances
  • Mar 21 Beatles' single "She Loves You" goes #1 in the US & stays #1 for 2 weeks
  • Mar 21 9th Eurovision Song Contest: Gigliola Cinquetti for Italy wins singing "Non ho l'eta" in Copenhagen
  • Mar 22 Barbra Streisand appears on the cover of NY Times Magazine section

Historic Publication

Mar 23 "In His Own Write", a book of short stories, poems and drawings by John Lennon is published

  • Mar 26 Jule Styne and Bob Merrill's musical "Funny Girl", starring Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice, opens at Winter Garden Theater, New York City; runs for 1,348 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 1 Clinton Gregory, Martinsville, Virginia, American country and bluegrass singer-songwriter (Play, Ruby, Play)
  • Mar 3 Duncan Phillips, Australian drummer (Newsboys)
  • Mar 6 Reniet Vrieze, Dutch rock singer and guitarist (Pilgrims - "White Men")
  • Mar 6 Madonna Wayne Gacy [Stephen Bier, Jr.], American musician (Marilyn Manson), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Mar 7 Jennifer McCarters, American country singer (McCarters - "The Gift"), born in Sevierville, Tennessee
  • Mar 7 Denyce Graves, American mezzo-soprano (Carmen), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 8 Peter [Ped] Gill, British drummer (Frankie Goes to Hollywood - "Relax"), born in Liverpool, England
  • Mar 10 Neneh Cherry, Swedish singer-songwriter and rapper (Money Love), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Mar 11 Vinnie Paul, American drummer (Pantera), born in Abilene, Texas (d. 2018)
  • Mar 12 Tony Terry, American soul singer and actor (With You), born in Pinehurst, North Carolina
  • Mar 15 Rockwell [Kennedy Gordy], rock vocalist (Someone Watching Me), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 16 Patty Griffin, American singer and songwriter (Downtown Church), born in Old Town, Maine
  • Mar 18 Courtney Pine, British jazz saxophonist
  • Mar 18 Rozalla, Zambian singer
  • Mar 19 Yoko Kanno, Japanese keyboard and accordion player, arranger, jazz, pop music (Seatbelts), and soundtrack composer (Cowboy Bebop), born in Sendai, Japan
  • Mar 20 Natacha Atlas, Belgian singer
  • Mar 24 Patterson Hood, American rock singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Drive-By Truckers - Southern Rock Opera; The Unraveling), born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama
  • Mar 26 Barry "Baz" Warne, British rock guitarist and singer (The Stranglers, 2000 - present), born in Sunderland, England
  • Mar 27 Clark Datchler, British vocalist, songwriter, and producer (Johnny Hates Jazz - "Shattered Dreams"), born in Sutton, Surrey, England
  • Mar 30 Tracy Chapman, American singer-songwriter (Fast Car; Give Me One Reason), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Mar 31 Erik Turner, American rock guitarist (Warrant - "Cherry Pie"), born in Omaha, Nebraska

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 1 Sergius Kagen, American pianist & composer, dies at 54
  • Mar 20 Jean Rogister, Belgian virtuoso violist and composer, dies at 84
  • Mar 29 Ted Collins, pianist (Kate Smith Evening Hour), dies at 63
  • Mar 30 Willem Andriessen, Dutch composer and pianist (Beethoven), dies at 76