On This Day

March 1980 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 1 Patti Smith & MC5 guitarist Fred Sonic Smith wed in Detroit
  • Mar 8 The first festival of rock music kicks off in the Soviet Union
  • Mar 24 Capitol Records releases some rare Beatles tracks on the LP "Rarites"
  • Mar 26 Bombay gets its 1st rock concert in 10 years (The Police)
  • Mar 27 "Happy New Year" opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • Mar 27 "Reggae" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 21 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 13 Lee Jung-hyun, South Korean pop singer and actress (Alice in Earnestland), born in Taegu, South Korea
  • Mar 19 Mikuni Shimokawa, Japanese singer
  • Mar 20 Ock Ju-Hyun, South Korean singer
  • Mar 21 Deryck Whibley, Canadian guitarist and singer (Sum41 - "Fat Lip"), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • Mar 25 Joe King, American rock guitarist and songwriter (The Fray), born in Colorado
  • Mar 26 Son Ho Young, Korean American singer (g.o.d.), born in New Jersey
  • Mar 28 Rasmus Seebach, Danish pop singer-songwriter, and record producer, born in Frederiksberg, Denmark
  • Mar 30 Yalin, Turkish singer and songwriter

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 1 John Jacob Niles, American composer & singer, dies at 87
  • Mar 13 Tauno Pylkkänen, Finnish composer dies at 61
  • Mar 17 Rudolf G Escher, Dutch composer (Vrai Visage de la Paix), dies at 68
  • Mar 21 Gideon Fagan, South African conductor and composer, dies at 75
  • Mar 25 Walter Susskind, Czech conductor and pianist, dies at 66
  • Mar 26 Jon-Jon Poulos, American drummer (Buckinghams), dies at 32
  • Mar 28 Richard "Dick" Haymes, Argentine-American actor and singer (Sate Fair, Real Life, Betrayal), dies of lung cancer at 61
  • Mar 28 John Poulos, American drummer (The Buckinghams - "Kind Of A Drag"), dies of heart failure at 32
  • Mar 29 Annunzio Mantovani, Italian orchestra leader (Mantovani), dies at 74