On This Day

March 1972 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 5 Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis leaves communist party
  • Mar 7 “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” single written by Ewan MacColl, released by Roberta Flack (Billboard Song of the Year 1972)

Music History

Mar 10 "What's Up, Doc?", Peter Bogdanovich's film homage to screwball comedies, starring Ryan O'Neal, Barbra Streisand, Madeline Kahn & Kenneth Mars premieres

  • Mar 11 "Inner City" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 97 performances

Music Awards

Mar 13 7th Academy of Country Music Awards: Freddie Hart and Loretta Lynn win

Grammy Awards

Mar 14 14th Grammy Awards: Carole King's "It's Too Late"; Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine"; Carly Simon; Isaac Hayes; Muddy Waters; and Bill Evans win

Grammy Awards

Mar 14 Muddy Waters wins his first Grammy Award, for his album"They Call Me Muddy Waters"

Music History

Mar 16 John Lennon and Yoko Ono are served with deportation papers

Music Single

Mar 17 Ringo Starr releases single "Back off Bugaloo" in the UK

  • Mar 19 "To Live Another Summer" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 173 performances
  • Mar 22 Musical "The Selling of the President" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Mar 25 "Selling of the President" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Mar 25 America's LP "America" goes #1
  • Mar 25 17th Eurovision Song Contest: Vicky Leandros for Luxembourg wins singing "Apres toi" in Edinburgh
  • Mar 26 "Only Fools Are Sad" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 144 performances

Music Recording

Mar 28 Elvis Presley records his final Top Ten hit, a cover of "Burning Love", written by Dennis Linde and first recorded by Arthur Alexander

  • Mar 30 "Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 156 performances
  • Mar 31 Official Beatles Fan Club closes down

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 4 Ivy Queen [Martha Pesante], Puerto Rican singer, rapper, and songwriter, born in Añasco, Puerto Rico
  • Mar 5 Luca Turilli, Italian symphonic metal composer, guitarist and keyboard player (Rhapsody), born in Trieste, Italy
  • Mar 7 Jang Dong-gun, South Korean actor (Friend) and musician, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Mar 8 Angie Hart, Australian pop singer
  • Mar 10 Timbaland [Timothy Mosley], American musician, record producer, DJ, rapper, singer, and songwriter, born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Mar 15 Mark Hoppus, American rock singer and bass player (+44 and blink-182), born in Ridgecrest, California
  • Mar 17 Melissa Auf der Maur, Canadian rock bassist (Hole, 1994-99), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Mar 17 Marc Gunn, poet, podcaster, and Celtic musician (Brobdingnagian Bards)
  • Mar 20 Alexander Kapranos, Greek-British musician (Franz Ferdinand)
  • Mar 21 Kristen Anderson-Lopez, American songwriter (Frozen), born in New York City
  • Mar 25 Mimi Jones [Miriam Sullivan], American jazz bassist, vocalist, composer, and bandleader (Hot Tone Music), born in The Bronx, New York

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 1 Victor Babin, Russian-American concert pianist (Vronsky & Babin), composer, and educator (Cleveland Institute, 1961-72) composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 1 Vladimir Golschmann, French-American conductor (St. Louis Symphony, 1931-57), dies at 78 [1]
  • Mar 5 Nils Björkander, Swedish composer, dies at 78
  • Mar 18 Jimmy Carroll, American pianist (Most Important People), dies at 58
  • Mar 27 Sharkey Bonano, American jazz musician, dies at 67