March 2017 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Mar 12 Irene Sankoff and David Hein's musical drama "Come From Away" opens at Schoenfeld Theatre, NYC
  • Mar 21 Singer Wyclef Jean wrongly identified as a suspect, handcuffed and detained by LA county sheriff’s department

Weddings in Music

Amanda Seyfried

Mar 12 Actress and singer-songwriter Amanda Seyfried (31) weds actor Thomas Sadoski (40) in a private ceremony

  • Mar 12 Country music singer-songwriter and guitarist Frankie Ballard (34) weds Old Smokey Boots owner Christina Murphy

Deaths in Music

  • Mar 3 Jim Fuller, American 'Godfather of Surf Guitar' and songwriter (The Safaris - "Wipe Out"), dies at 69
  • Mar 3 Lyle Ritz, American jazz ukulele and session bassist, dies at 87
  • Mar 3 Misha Mengelberg, Dutch jazz pianist and composer (Reconstruction), dies at 81
  • Mar 3 Tommy Page, American pop singer ("I'll Be Your Everything"), found dead of apparent suicide at 46
  • Mar 4 Valerie Carter, American folk-rock singer-songwriter, and session vocalist, dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Mar 5 Kurt Moll, German bass opera singer, dies at 78
  • Mar 6 Alberto Zedda, Italian opera conductor and musicologist, dies at79
  • Mar 7 Francis Thorne, American composer (Fortuna; Elegy), dies at 94
  • Mar 10 (Joan) "Joni" Sledge, American vocalist (Sister Sledge "We Are Family"), dies at 60
  • Mar 10 Gido Kokars, Latvian choral conductor, dies at 95
  • Mar 13 Tommy LiPuma, American Grammy Award-winning jazz record producer (George Benson; Natalie Cole; Diana Krall), and record label executive (A&M, Verve, GRP), dies at 80
  • Mar 16 James Cotton, American blues vocalist and harmonica player, dies at 81

Chuck BerryChuck Berry (1926-2017)

Mar 18 American rock n' roll guitarist and singer-songwriter ("Roll Over Beethoven"; "Sweet Little Sixteen"), dies at 90

  • Mar 18 Don Hunstein, American photographer of musicians, dies at 88
  • Mar 18 Trisha Brown, American choreographer and dancer, dies at 80
  • Mar 23 Lola Albright, American singer and actress (Delta Country, Kid Galahad, A Cold Wind in August), dies at 92
  • Mar 23 Louis Frémaux, French conductor (Monte-Carlo Philharmonic, 1956-65; City of Birmingham Symphony, 1969-78; Sydney Symphony, 1979-82), dies at 95
  • Mar 26 Alain Gagnon, Canadian composer (Chansons d'Orient), and music educator (Université Laval, 1967-2008), dies at 78
  • Mar 27 Arthur Blythe, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 76
  • Mar 30 Rosalie “Rosie” Hamlin, American singer-songwriter (Rosie and The Originals – “Angel Baby”), dies at 71