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
  • Mar 10 Eubie Blake, a 92-year old ragtime piano player and composer, and Gregory Hines are musical guest on Saturday Night Live

Music History

Mar 16 CBS-TV airs "Wings Over the World" with 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 7 Lisa Batiashvili, Georgian-German concert violinist, born in Tblisi, Georgian SSR
  • Mar 8 Andy Ross, American guitarist (OK Go)
  • Mar 8 Tom Chaplin, British rock singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist (Keane), born in Hastings, East Sussex, England
  • Mar 9 Chingy [Howard Bailey, Jr.], American rapper (Right Thurr), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Mar 11 Benji Madden, American rock guitarist (Good Charlotte), born in Waldorf, Maryland
  • Mar 11 Joel Madden, American rock singer (Good Charlotte), born in Waldorf, Maryland
  • 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 singer-songwriter, born in San Diego, California
  • 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

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

  • Mar 30 Simon Webbe, English pop singer (Blue), born in Manchester, England
  • 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's Ballets Russes, 1914-20), dies at 82
  • Mar 25 Anton Heiller, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 55
  • Mar 29 Ray Ventura, French jazz pianist and big band leader ("Tout va très bien, Madame la Marquise"), dies at 69