March 1991 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 2 "Aspects of Love" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 377 performances
  • Mar 2 "La Bete" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 24 performances
  • Mar 3 Brooke Allen's stage drama "The Big Love", a one-woman show starring Tracey Ullman, opens at Plymouth Theater, NYC; runs for 41 performances
  • Mar 9 "Les Miserables" opens at Lyric Theatre, Brisbane

Music Concert

Mar 10 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, Gilberto Gil; Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Caetano Veloso

Music History

Mar 11 Janet Jackson signs $40M 3 album deal with Virgin records

Soul Train Music Awards

Mar 12 5th Soul Train Music Awards: Johnny Gill, Mariah Carey win

Music Concert

Mar 14 The Dave Matthews Band perform their first show as part of a benefit for the Middle East Children's Alliance

Plane Crash

Mar 16 Seven members of Reba McEntire's band are killed in a plane crash

Music History

Mar 20 Court awards Peggy Lee $3 million in suit against Disney regarding home video royalties

Music History

Mar 20 Michael Jackson signs $65M deal with Sony Records to produce 6 albums

  • Mar 30 "Speed of Darkness" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 36 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Mar 4 Diandra Newlin, American actress, singer, and fashion model
  • Mar 5 Daniil Trifonov, Russian Grammy Award-winning classical pianist, born in Nizhny Novgorod, Soviet Union (now Russia)
  • Mar 6 Tyler, the Creator [Tyler Gregory Okonma], American rapper and record producer (Flower Boy, Igor), born in Ladera Heights, California
  • Mar 16 Wolfgang Van Halen, American rock bassist son of guitarist Eddie Van Halen & actress Valerie Bertinelli, born in Santa Monica, California
  • Mar 26 Ari Lennox, American R&B singer (Revenge of the Dreamers), born in Washington D.C.

Weddings in Music

Janet Jackson

Mar 31 American actress-singer Janet Jackson (25) weds Mexican dancer and music video director René Elizondo Jr. (28); divorce in 2003

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 1 Frank Esler-Smith, English-Australian rock keyboardist (Air Supply), dies at 42
  • Mar 1 Louis Saguer, German born French composer (Lili Merveille), dies at 83
  • Mar 1 Scott Huston, American composer, dies at 74
  • Mar 2 Serge Gainsbourg, Russian-French singer (Ford Mustang), dies at 62
  • Mar 3 Arthur Murray [Moses Teichman], American ballroom dancer and businessman (Arthur Murray Dance Party), dies at 95 of pneumonia
  • Mar 9 Tomojirō Ikenouchi, Japanese composer and educator, dies at 84
  • Mar 13 James "Jimmy" McPartland, American cornetist and musician (Magic Horn), dies of cancer at 83 [1]
  • Mar 14 Doc Pomus [Jerome Solon Felder], American blues singer and songwriter (Save the Last Dance for Me), dies at 65
  • Mar 14 Howard Ashman, American playwright and lyricist (Little Shop of Horrors; The Little Mermaid), dies of AIDS-related complications at 40
  • Mar 21 Leo Fender, American inventor, and electric guitar designer (Telecaster; Stratocaster; Precision Bass), dies from Parkinson's disease complications at 81
  • Mar 22 Dave Guard, American singer, songwriter and arranger (Kingston Trio - "Tom Dooley"), dies of cancer at 56
  • Mar 25 Eileen Joyce, pianist, dies at 78
  • Mar 25 Lee Donn, pianist, dies of stroke at 96
  • Mar 27 Elinor Remick Warren, American concert pianist and composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 31 John Carter, American jazz clarinetist (Roots & Folklore), dies at 61