On This Day

March 1970 in Music History

Events in Music

Album Release

Mar 2 Reprise Records releases "Ladies of the Canyon", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 3rd studio album

Film Release

Mar 5 "Airport" based on the book by Arthur Hailey, directed by George Seaton and starring Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin is released

  • Mar 6 Beatles release single "Let it Be" in UK

Music Recording

Mar 10 Barbra Streisand records "The Singer" and "I Can Do It"

  • Mar 11 12th Grammy Awards: Aquarius; Crosby Stills & Nash; Peggy Lee win
  • Mar 15 Gary Geld & Peter Udell's "Purlie" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 689 performances
  • Mar 21 15th Eurovision Song Contest: Dana for Ireland wins singing "All Kinds of Everything" in Amsterdam
  • Mar 23 "Hello Darlin'" single released by Conway Twitty (Billboard Song of the Year, 1970)

Music Premiere

Mar 26 Musical "Minnie's Boys", starring Shelley Winters as the mother of the Marx Brothers, and Drama Desk Award winner Lewis J. Stadlen as Groucho, opens at the Imperial Theater, New York City; runs for 80 performances

  • Mar 29 "Look to the Lilies" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 25 performances

Album Release

Mar 30 Miles Davis's influential double album "Bitches Brew" released

  • Mar 30 Strouse, Adams, Comden & Green's musical "Applause", an adaptation of the 1950 film "All About Eve", premieres in NYC, runs for 900 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 2 Alexander Armstrong, British comedian, TV presenter and baritone singer (Armstrong and Miller, Pointless), born in Rothbury, Northumberland
  • Mar 5 John Frusciante, American rock guitarist (Red Hot Chili Peppers - "The Zephyr Song"), born in Queens, New York
  • Mar 10 Matt Barlow, American heavy metal singer (Ashes of Ares; Iced Earth), born in Biloxi, Mississippi
  • Mar 10 Matt Barlow, American heavy metal vocalist (Ashes of Ares; Iced Earth; Pyramaze), born in Biloxi, Mississippi
  • Mar 12 Roy Khan [Khantatat], Norwegian symphonic metal singer (Kamelot, 1997-2011; Conception, since 2018), born in Norway

Queen Latifah

Mar 18 Queen Latifah [Dana Owen], American rapper and actress (Living Single, Chicago), born in Newark, New Jersey

  • Mar 22 Andreas Johnson, Swedish singer-songwriter
  • Mar 24 Sharon Corr, Irish celtic pop-rock violinist (The Corrs - "What Can I Do"), born Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland
  • Mar 24 Pasemaster Mase [Vincent Mason], American rapper (De La Soul - "Me Myself and I"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 27 Brendan Hill, American drummer (Blues Traveler - "Run-Around"), born in London, England

Weddings in Music

David Bowie

Mar 20 Singer David Bowie (23) weds model Angie Barnett, (20) at Bromley Register Office in Beckenham Lane, London; (divorce in 1980)

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 1 Lucille Hegamin, American singer & entertainer, dies at 75
  • Mar 13 Rick Besoyan, American singer, actor, playwright, composer and director (Little Mary Sunshine), dies of internal hemorrhages at 45
  • Mar 16 Tammi Terrell, American soul singer (You're All I Need), dies of a brain tumor at 24
  • Mar 16 Mary Ann Ganser, pop singer (The Shangri-Las), dies at 22
  • Mar 20 Manolis Chiotis, Greek bouzouki virtuoso and songwriter (b. 1920)
  • Mar 21 Manolis Chiotis, Greek songwriter and musician (b. 1920)