On This Day

March 1979 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 1 "Sweeney Todd" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 557 performances
  • Mar 4 "Grand Tour" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 61 performances

Film and TV Awards

Mar 7 5th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds & Olivia Newton-John win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda, Mary Tyler Moore & Carol Burnett win (TV)

Singer and Actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and Actress
Olivia Newton-John
Actress Mary Tyler Moore
Actress
Mary Tyler Moore
Actor Burt Reynolds
Actor
Burt Reynolds

Music History

Mar 16 CBS-TV airs "Wings Over the World" with Paul McCartney

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Mar 18 "On the 20th Century" closes at St James Theater NYC after 460 performances
  • Mar 23 Wings release "Goodnight Tonight"
  • Mar 24 "Ballroom" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 116 performances
  • Mar 28 Frank Lazarus & Dick Vosburgh's stage musical comedy "A Day in Hollywood/A Night in Ukraine" premieres at the Mayfair Theatre, London, England
  • Mar 31 24th Eurovision Song Contest: Gali Atari and Milk and Honey for Israel wins singing "Hallelujah" in Jerusalem

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 4 Jon Fratelli [John Lawler], Scottish rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and keyboard player (The Fratellis - Costello Music; Here We Stand), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Mar 8 Tom Chaplin, British rock singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist (Keane), born in Hastings, East Sussex, England
  • Mar 8 Andy Ross, American guitarist (OK Go)
  • Mar 9 Chingy [Howard Bailey, Jr.], American rapper (Right Thurr), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Mar 11 Benji Madden, American guitarist (Good Charlotte)
  • Mar 11 Joel Madden, American singer (Good Charlotte)
  • Mar 12 Pete Doherty, British singer-songwriter (The Libertines), born in Hexham, Northumberland, England
  • Mar 13 Spanky G [Michael Guthier], American musician (Bloodhound Gang), born in Souderton, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 16 Leena Peisa, Finnish musician (Lordi)
  • Mar 18 Adam Levine, American singer (Maroon 5 - "This Love"; "Moves Like Jagger"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 20 Molly Jenson, American musician
  • Mar 22 Aaron North, American musician (Nine Inch Nails), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 26 Hiromi Uehara, Japanese jazz pianist (Spiral), born in Hamamatsu, Japan

Norah Jones

Mar 30 Norah Jones, American pop and jazz singer and pianist ("Come Away With Me"), born in Brooklyn, New York

Singer and Pianist Norah Jones
Singer and Pianist
Norah Jones
  • Mar 30 Simon Webbe, English pop singer
  • Mar 31 Amey Date, Indian playback singer

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 5 Vicente Ascone, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • Mar 7 Guiomar Novaes, Barzilain concert pianist (Brazilian Order of Merit), dies at 84
  • Mar 7 Klaus Egge, Norwegian composer (Fanitullen), dies at 72
  • Mar 15 Leonide Massine, Russian ballet dancer and choreographer (Diaghilev Ballet Russe 1914-20), dies at 82
  • Mar 25 Anton Heiller, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 55