On This Day

March 1988 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 2 30th Grammy Awards: "Graceland"; "Joshua Tree"; Jody Watley win
  • Mar 17 "Les Miserables" opens at Det Norske Teatret, Oslo

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 21 23rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Hank Williams Jr, Randy Travis, and Reba McEntire win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
Country Singer Reba McEntire
Country Singer
Reba McEntire
Country Music Singer Randy Travis
Country Music Singer
Randy Travis
  • Mar 24 "Gospel at Colonus" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 61 performances
  • Mar 25 "Les Miserables" opens at Chunichi Theatre, Nagoya, Japan
  • Mar 29 "Oba Oba" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 46 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 2 Keith Jack, British pop and theater singer and actor
  • Mar 2 James Arthur, British pop singer ("Say You Won't Let Go"), born in Middlesbrough, England
  • Mar 14 Mark Falgren, Danish drummer (Lukas Graham - "7 Years"), born in Denmark
  • Mar 17 Grimes [Claire Boucher], Canadian pop musician, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Mar 25 Big Sean [Anderson], American rapper, singer, and songwriter (Dark Sky Paradise), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Mar 27 Jessie J [Jessica Cornish], British pop singer-songwriter ("Price Tag"; "Domino"; "Bang Bang"), born in Redbridge, London, England

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 6 Konstantin Iliev, Bulgarian composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 8 Henryk Szeryng, Polish-born violinist (b. 1918)
  • Mar 8 Amar Singh Chamkila [Dhanni Ram], Punjabi folk singer "The Elvis of Punjab" killed by unknown gunmen as he arrived for concert at age 26 [1]
  • Mar 8 Ken Colyer, British New Orleans jazz devotee trumpeter, cornetist, and bandleader, dies at 79

Person of interestAndy Gibb

Mar 10 Andy Gibb, British singer-songwriter, performer and teen idol (Bee Gees-I Just Want to Be Your Everything), dies of myocarditis at 30

Singer and TV Host Andy Gibb
Singer and TV Host
Andy Gibb
  • Mar 10 William Brocklesby Wordsworth, composer, dies at 79
  • Mar 14 Willi Apel, German-American musicologist (Harvard dictionary of music), dies at 94
  • Mar 17 Nikolas Asimos, Greek counter-culture composer and singer, dies at 38
  • Mar 20 Gil Evans, Canadian-American jazz pianist, composer and arranger (Miles Davis; Absolute Beginners, Out of the Cool), dies at 75
  • Mar 26 Musa Kaleem [Orlando Wright], American jazz saxophonist, dies at 67
  • Mar 31 Talib Rasul Hakim, composer, dies at 48