On This Day

March 1974 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Concert

Mar 1 George Harrison announces his concert tour of US in November

Grammy Awards

Mar 2 16th Grammy Awards: Roberta Flack Best Record - "Killing Me Softly", Stevie Wonder Best Album - "Innervisions"

  • Mar 3 "Sextet" opens at Bijou Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Mar 5 "Candide" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 740 performances
  • Mar 6 "Over Here!" musical written by Richard & Robert Sherman opens at Shubert Theater, NYC for 341 performances (top-grossing production 1974)
  • Mar 10 "Sextet" closes at Bijou Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • Mar 16 1st performance at new Grand Ole Opry House at Opryland in Nashville

Music Recording

Mar 25 Barbra Streisand records the album "Butterfly"

Music Awards

Mar 25 9th Academy of Country Music Awards: Charlie Rich and Loretta Lynn win

  • Mar 28 Rock group Raspberries breakup

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 4 ICS Vortex [Simen Hestnæs], Norwegian vocalist (Arcturus)
  • Mar 6 Guy Garvey, British singer-songwriter (Elbow) and presenter (BBC 6 Music), born in Bury, Lancashire. England
  • Mar 7 Larry Bagby, American actor and musician (Buffy the Vampire Slyer), born in Marysville, California
  • Mar 7 Hugo Ferreira, Portuguese-American rock singer-songwriter (Tantric), born in Luanda, Portuguese Angola
  • Mar 11 Adam Wakeman, British session and touring rock keyboardist, and songwriter (Black Sabbath; Rick Wakeman; Headspace), and television score composer, born in Windsor, England
  • Mar 15 John "Beatz" Holohan, American musician
  • Mar 24 Chad Butler, American Christian rock drummer (Switchfoot - "Mess Of Me"), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Mar 25 Finley Quaye, Scottish reggae singer and musician, born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Mar 31 Stefan Olsdal, Swedish bassist (Placebo), born in Gothenburg, Sweden

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 1 Bobby Timmons, American jazz pianist (Moanin'), dies of cirrhosis, at 38
  • Mar 2 Barbara Ruick, American actress and singer (Jerry Colonna Show), dies from a cerebral hemorrhage at 43
  • Mar 4 Mihail Andricu, Romanian pianist, composer, violinist, and music professor (Bucharest Conservatory, 1926-59), dies at 79
  • Mar 7 Alberto Rabagliati, Italian singer and actor (b. 1906)
  • Mar 8 Willem "Wim" Sonneveld, Dutch singer considered one of the 'Great Three' of Dutch cabaret (My Fair Lady), dies from a heart attack at 56
  • Mar 10 Quinto Maganini, American composer (The Argonauts), dies at 76
  • Mar 28 Dorothy Fields, American singer (Way you Look Tonight), dies at 68
  • Mar 28 Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist (That's Alright), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Mar 28 Dino Ciani, Italian pianist, dies in a car accident at 32