March 1975 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 1 17th Grammy Awards: I Honestly Love You, Marvin Hamlisch win
  • Mar 1 Eagles' "Best of My Love" reaches #1

Music Premiere

Mar 3 Larry Grossman and Hal Hackady's historical musical comedy "Goodtime Charley", based on King Charles VII of France, and starring Joel Grey, opens at Palace Theater, NYC; runs for 104 performances

Music History

Mar 3 Linda McCartney is charged in US with possession of marijuana

Album Release

Mar 7 RCA releases "Young Americans", David Bowie's 9th studio album, recorded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and New York City; featuring appearances by John Lennon on two tracks, it peaks in the U.S. charts at No. 9, and No. 2 in the U.K.

  • Mar 9 "Lieutenant" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Mar 10 "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 45 performances

Music Single

Mar 10 John Lennon releases single "Stand By Me", a cover of Ben E. King's song from 1961

  • Mar 15 "That's the Way of the World" 6th studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1975)
  • Mar 16 "Lieutenant" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • Mar 19 "Dr Jazz" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Mar 22 "Dr Jazz" closes at Winter Garden Theater, NYC, after 5 performances
  • Mar 22 "Letter for Queen Victoria" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 18 performances
  • Mar 22 20th Eurovision Song Contest: Teach-In for Netherlands wins singing "Ding-a-dong" in Stockholm
  • Mar 22 Netherlands' "Ding-a-dong" performed by Tech-In wins Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden

Music Concert

Mar 24 New Orleans R&B piano player Professor Longhair with the Meters perform at record release party for Paul McCartney and Wings' "Venus and Mars", aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California

Music Single

Mar 25 Linda Ronstadt releases cover of the Everly Brothers' 1960 song "When Will I Be Loved" as a single; climbs to No. 2 in the charts

Film Premiere

Mar 26 Ken Russell's film "Tommy", based on the rock opera by The Who, premieres in London; Roger Daltrey and Ann-Margret star, Tina Turner and Elton John are featured

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 3 Albert Fields, American rocker (Party-Rodeo, That's Why), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Mar 4 Hawksley Workman, Canadian rock singer-songwriter
  • Mar 6 Aracely Arambula, Mexican actress and singer
  • Mar 6 Yannick Nézet-Séguin, French Canadian conductor (Montréal Orchestre Métropolitain, 2000-; Philadelphia Orchestra, 2010-26; Metropolitan Opera, 2018-present), born in Montréal, Quebec
  • Mar 8 Peggy Zina, Greek singer
  • Mar 9 Jane Antonia Cornish, British composer of contemporary classical music (Seascapes), and film scores (Five Children And It), born in London, England
  • Mar 12 Herman Li, Cantonese guitarist
  • Mar 12 Kéllé Bryan, British pop singer (Eternal - "I Wanna Be The Only One"), born in Plaistow, England
  • Mar 15 Ľubica Čekovská, Slovak classical pianist and composer (Fragments and Elegies; Two Portraits), born in Humenné, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia) (48 years old)

Mar 15 American singer-songwriter, rapper, musician (Black Eyed Peas - "I Gotta Feeling"), born in East Los Angeles, California

  • Mar 17 Justin Hawkins, British hard rock singer and guitarist (The Darkness - "I Believe in a Thing Called Love"), born in Chertsey, Surrey, England
  • Mar 18 Rodleen Getsic, American musician, civil servant
  • Mar 18 Sutton Foster, American Tony Award-winning stage actress and singer (Thoroughly Modern Millie; Anything Goes; The Music Man), born in Statesboro, Georgia
  • Mar 19 Brann Dailor, American heavy metal drummer (Mastodon), born in Rochester, New York
  • Mar 19 Vivian Hsu, Taiwanese singer, actress and model
  • Mar 24 Krisdayanti, Indonesian pop singer and actress, born in Batu, East Java, Indonesia
  • Mar 25 Melanie Blatt, British pop singer (All Saints - "Never Ever"), born in London

FergieFergie (48 years old)

Mar 27 American pop singer (The Black Eyed Peas - "I Gotta Feeling"), born in Hacienda Heights, California

  • Mar 28 Orrin Evans, American jazz pianist, born in Trenton, New Jersey

Divorces in Music

Tammy Wynette

Mar 21 American country singer Tammy Wynette (33) divorces American country singer-songwriter George Jones (43), after 6 years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 2 Jean Kurt Forest, German composer, dies at 65
  • Mar 10 Léopold Samuel, Belgian composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 11 Philip Bezanson, American composer (Golden Child), and eductor, dies at 59
  • Mar 11 Sammy Spear, American big band trumpet player and orchestra leader (The Jackie Gleason Show), dies of a heart attack at 65

T-Bone WalkerT-Bone Walker (1910-1975)

Mar 16 American blues guitarist ("Funky Town"; "Well Done"), dies of bronchial pneumonia at 64

  • Mar 21 Berend Giltay, composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 24 Oscar Rasbach, American composer, dies at 86
  • Mar 27 Arthur Bliss, English composer (Olympians), dies at 83
  • Mar 27 Gertrude Niesen, American actress, comedian, and songwriter (Start Cheering; Rookies on Parade), dies following a long illness at 63
  • Mar 28 Renzo Massarani, Italian composer, dies at 77