On This Day

March 1971 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 3 South African Broadcasting Corp lifts its ban on the Beatles

Music Premiere

Mar 5 "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin first played live at Ulster Hall, Belfast by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones

Rock Vocalist Robert Plant
Rock Vocalist
Robert Plant
Musician John Paul Jones
Musician
John Paul Jones
Rock Star Jimmy Page
Rock Star
Jimmy Page

Music History

Mar 11 Jim Morrison leaves for Paris to reorient himself emotionally and creatively and to avoid the jail sentence given to him in Miami. He will never return to the US.

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison

TV Show Appearance

Mar 14 Barbra Streisand appears on "The Burt Bacharach Special" on CBS TV

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

Music History

Mar 14 The Rolling Stones leave England for France to escape taxes

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts
  • Mar 16 13th Grammy Awards: Bridge over Troubled Water, Carpenters win

Grammy Awards

Mar 16 Muddy Waters wins his first Grammy Award

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters

Music Awards

Mar 22 6th Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Lynn Anderson win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard

Music History

Mar 25 Tom Jones' "She's a Lady" goes gold

Singer Tom Jones
Singer
Tom Jones
  • Mar 28 25th Tony Awards: "Sleuth" (Best Play) & "Company" (Best Musical, Original Score, Director) win

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 4 Fergal Lawler, Irish rock drummer (The Cranberries - "Linger"), born in Limerick, Ireland
  • Mar 9 Diego Torres, Argentine singer (Un Mundo Diferente), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Mar 23 Abe Laboriel, Jr, American session and touring drummer, and vocalist (Paul McCartney; k.d. lang; Sting), born in Los Angeles, California

Mariah Carey

Mar 27 Mariah Carey, American pop singer-songwriter ("Without You"; "All I Want For Christmas Is You"; "Hero"; "We Belong Together"), born in Huntington, Long Island, New York

Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey
  • Mar 29 Ryan Lambert, American performer (Kids Incorporated) lead singer (Elephone), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 6 Thurston Dart, English harpsichordist and conductor, dies at 49
  • Mar 9 Jean-Pierre Guézec, French composer (Colorful Architectures), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • Mar 10 Mabel Wheeler Daniels, American composer (Deep Forest, The Desolate City), dies at 92
  • Mar 13 Piero Coppola, Italian composer, dies at 82
  • Mar 23 Armin Loos, German-born American composer, dies at 67
  • Mar 28 Felix Wolfes, German-American educator, conductor and composer, dies at 78
  • Mar 31 Alfred Desenclos, French composer, mostly of liturgical works (Messe de Requiem), and teacher, dies at 59