On This Day

March 1999 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 3 "Fortunate" single by Maxwell is released (Billboard Music Award Best R&B Single of the Year)

Hall of Fame

Mar 15 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Billy Joel; Curtis Mayfield; Paul McCartney; Del Shannon; Dusty Springfield; Bruce Springsteen; The Staple Singers; Charles Brown; Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys; and George Martin

  • Mar 22 "Amazed" single released by Lonestar (Billboard Song of the Year 1999)

Music Single

Mar 23 "Livin' la Vida Loca" sung by Ricky Martin released - goes on to sell over 8 million copies


Deaths in Music

  • Mar 2 Dusty Springfield [Mary O'Brien], English vocalist (Growing Pains), dies at 59
  • Mar 2 David Ackles, American singer-songwriter (American Gothic), dies of lung cancer at 62
  • Mar 5 Richard Kiley, American actor and singer (Kismet; Man of La Mancha; Endless Love), dies at 76
  • Mar 7 Lowell Fulson, Choctaw-Cherokee-American blues guitarist and songwriter (“3 O’Clock Blues”; “Reconsider Baby”), dies at 77
  • Mar 8 Hans Eklund, Swedish composer, dies at 71
  • Mar 9 Harry Somers, Canadian composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 12 Yehudi Menuhin, American-British violinist, conductor and teacher (Bartok's Sonata), dies at 82
  • Mar 13 Bidu Sayão, Brazilian born soprano (b. 1902)
  • Mar 16 Eric Norman Stokes, American composer, dies in an auto accident at 68
  • Mar 17 Ernest Gold, Austrian-born American film composer (Exodus), dies at 77
  • Mar 19 Bob Cato, American photographer, graphic artist and Grammy Award-winning album cover designer (Columbia Records; United Artists), of complications of Alzheimer's disease at 75
  • Mar 28 Freaky Tah, American rapper (Lost Boyz) (b. 1971)
  • Mar 29 Joe Williams [Goreed], American jazz singer (Everyday I Have The Blues), dies of natural causes at 80