On This Day

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
  • Mar 3 "Goodtime Charley" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 104 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 3 1st People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Pictures) and Alan Alda, Telly Savalas & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV)

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne
Actress Mary Tyler Moore
Actress
Mary Tyler Moore

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 5 10th Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Singer-songwriter
Loretta Lynn

Music releaseAlbum 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.

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 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 releaseMusic Single

Mar 10 John Lennon releases single "Stand By Me", a cover of Ben E. King song, originally released in 1961

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 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 Netherlands' "Ding-a-dong" performed by Tech-In wins Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 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

Music releaseMusic 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

Singer and Actress Linda Ronstadt
Singer and Actress
Linda Ronstadt

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
Singer Tina Turner
Singer
Tina Turner

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 3 Albert Fields, 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 Will.i.am [Adams], 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 19 Vivian Hsu, Taiwanese singer, actress and model
  • Mar 19 Brann Dailor, American drummer
  • 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

Person of interestFergie

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

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

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette

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, composer, dies at 59
  • Mar 11 Sammy Spear, orchestra leader (Dom Deluise Show), dies at 65

Person of interestT-Bone Walker

Mar 16 T-Bone Walker, blues guitarist (Funky Town, Well Done), dies at 64

Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter T-Bone Walker
Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
T-Bone Walker
  • 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