On This Day

On This Day in Music for March 1

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Recording

1928 Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra record "Ol' Man River" for Victor Records featuring Bing Crosby

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • 1956 "Crazy Arms" single released by Ray Price - his 1st no.1 (Billboard Song of the Year 1956)
  • 1957 "Ziegfeld Follies of 1957" opens at Winter Garden NYC for 123 performances
  • 1961 Cellist Jacqueline du Prés debut in Wigmore Hall

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1968 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" first performed as a 15-minute pop cantata at Colet Court School in London

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyricist Tim Rice
Tim Rice
  • 1969 "Red, White, & Maddox" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • 1969 After 88 weeks, the Beatles' album "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" drops off the charts

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 Jim Morrison allegedly exposes himself on stage at the Dinner Key Auditorium in Miami, Florida

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison
  • 1973 Robert Joffrey Dance Company opens

Music releaseAlbum Release

1973 Pink Floyd release their album "Dark Side of the Moon", since sold over 45 million copies

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters

Music concertMusic Concert

1974 George Harrison announces his concert tour of US in November

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 1975 17th Grammy Awards: I Honestly Love You, Marvin Hamlisch win
  • 1975 Eagles' "Best of My Love" reaches #1

Music awardsMusic Awards

1976 11th Academy of Country Music Awards: Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn win

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn
  • 1978 "Timbuktu!" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 243 performances
  • 1979 "Sweeney Todd" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 557 performances
  • 1980 Patti Smith & MC5 guitarist Fred Sonic Smith wed in Detroit

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1981 Duke Ellington's musical "Sophisticated Ladies" opens at Lunt-Fontanne, NYC; runs for 767 performances

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Liza Minnelli enters Betty Ford Drug Center

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli
  • 1992 "Little Hotel on the Side" closes at Belasco NYC after 41 performances
  • 1992 "Visit" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances

Music awardsGrammy Awards

1994 36th Grammy Awards: "I Will Always Love You"; Whitney Houston; Sting; Toni Braxton; Mary Chapin-Carpenter win

Singer Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
Singer and Actor Sting
Singer and Actor

Music awardsGrammy Awards

1995 37th Grammy Awards: All I Want to Do, Streets of Philadelphia, Sheryl Crow

Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow
  • 1997 "Mandy Patinkin in Concert" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC
  • 1998 "Art" opens at Royale Theater NYC

Music awardsMusic Awards

2003 17th Soul Train Music Awards: LL Cool J, Mariah Carey & Nelly win

Actor and Rapper LL Cool J
Actor and Rapper
LL Cool J
Singer Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey

Birthdays in Music

  • 1607 Giovanni Francesco Milanta, Italian composer and organist, born in Parma
  • 1690 Conrad Beissel, German born American religious leader and composer (founded Ephrata community), born in Eberbach (d. 1768)
  • 1703 Dieudonne Raick, Flemish composer and organist, born in Liège (d. 1764) baptism date
  • 1709 Josef Antonin Gurecky, Czech composer, born in Přerov (d. 1769)
  • 1711 Peregrinus Pogl, German composer, born in Sandau (d. 1788)
  • 1771 Armand-Emmanuel Trial, composer
  • 1779 Jacob Gottfried Weber, German composer, born in Freinsheim (d. 1839)
  • 1799 Alexey Nikolayevich Verstovsky, composer

Person of interestFrederic Chopin

1810 Frederic Chopin, Polish-French pianist and composer (Concerto in F Minor), born in Żelazowa Wola, Duchy of Warsaw (d. 1849) (baptismal record states 22nd Feb)

Composer Frederic Chopin
Frederic Chopin
  • 1820 Richard Redhead, composer
  • 1826 John Thomas, Welsh composer and harpist, born in Bridgend (d. 1913)
  • 1832 Friedrich Grutzmacher, German cellist and composer, born in Dessau, Germany (d. 1903)
  • 1841 Romualdo Marenco, Italain composer and conductor, born in Novi Ligure, Italy (d. 1907)
  • 1878 Gabriel Édouard Xavier Dupont, French composer, born in Caen, France (d. 1914)
  • 1882 Ida Moore, American character actress (Mr. Music; Ma and Pa Kettle; Desk Set), born in Altoona, Kansas (d. 1964)
  • 1896 Dimitri Mitropoulos, Athens Greece, conductor/composer
  • 1900 Donald Keith Falkner, singer

Person of interestGlenn Miller

1904 Glenn Miller, American bandleader and jazz composer (Glenn Miller Orchestra - "In The Mood"; "Moonlight Srenade"; "String Of Pearls"), born in Clarinda, Iowa (d. 1944)

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller
  • 1909 Richard de Guide, composer

Person of interestDinah Shore

1917 (Fannye) "Dinah" Shore, American singer ("Buttons and Bows"), and TV personality (Dinah Shore Show), born in Winchester, Tennessee (d. 1994)

Singer, Actress and TV Personality Dinah Shore
Singer, Actress and TV Personality
Dinah Shore
  • 1920 Alfred Grant Goodman, composer
  • 1927 Harry Belafonte, Jamaican-American calypso singer ("Banana Boat Song"; actor (Buck & the Preacher), and human rights activist , born in Harlem, New York
  • 1927 Lusine Amara, opera/concert singer
  • 1930 Pierre Max Dubois, composer
  • 1932 Jacques Leduc, Belgian composer, born in Jette (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Istvan Lang, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest
  • 1939 Leo Brouwer, Cuban composer, conductor and musician, born in Havana
  • 1939 Warren Davis, rocker (Monotones)
  • 1940 Ralph Towner, rocker (Oregon)
  • 1942 Jerry Fisher, American R&B singer (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in DeKalb, Texas
  • 1942 Peter Guber, producer (Flashdance)
  • 1942 Michael Giles, British drummer (King Crimson, Giles, Giles & Fripp), born in Waterlooville, Hampshire
  • 1943 Piet Veerman, Dutch rock vocalist/guitarist (Cats-Sailin' Home)
  • 1944 Mike D'Abo, British rock vocalist (Manfred Mann - "Mighty Quinn"; Jesus Christ Superstar - "Herod"), and songwriter ("Handbags and Gladrags"), born in Betchworth, Surrey, England
  • 1944 Roger Daltrey, English singer and founder of the rock band "The Who", born in East Acton, London, England
  • 1946 Tony Ashton, British musician (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), born in Blackburn, England (d. 2001)
  • 1946 Gerry Boulet, French-Canadian singer (d. 1990)
  • 1947 Alan Thicke, Canadian actor (Thicke of the Night; Growing Pains), and TV theme song composer (Doff'rent Strokes; The Facts Of Life), born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • 1948 Burning Spear [Winston Rodney], Jamaican reggae singer
  • 1948 Norman Connors, singer (You Are My Starship)
  • 1948 Richard Festinger, American guitarist, pianist, and classical music composer (Between Thought and Thing; Le Pianiste), born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • 1949 Sido Martens, Dutch guitarist/singer/mandolin player (Fungus)
  • 1951 Scott Ross, American-French harpsichordist (recorded all 555 sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1989)
  • 1954 Janis Gill, American country singer (Sweethearts of Rodeo - "Midnight Girl"), born in Torrance, California
  • 1955 Jimmy Fortune, American country singer (Statler Brothers - Class of '57), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • 1956 Jan Van der Roost, Belgian composer (Chemical Suite for Trombone Quartet), born in Duffel, Belgium
  • 1957 Jon Carroll, American pop vocalist (Starland Vocal Band - "Afternoon Delight"), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1958 Nik Kershaw, British new wave singer/songwriter (Wouldn't It Be Good), born in Bristol, England
  • 1958 Chosei Komatsu, Japanese conductor
  • 1958 Dave Flippo, American jazz pianist, composer, vocalist, teacher and bandleader, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvana
  • 1961 Davis Daniel, American country singer, born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • 1962 Bill Leen, American rocker (Gin Blossoms - "Allison Road")
  • 1963 Robert James Affuso, American rock drummer (Skid Row - "Psycho Love"), born in Newburgh, New York
  • 1963 Thomas Anders, German singer (Modern Talking)
  • 1963 Dan Michaels, American musician and record producer
  • 1964 Clinton Gregory, Martinsville, Virginia, American country and bluegrass singer-songwriter (Play, Ruby, Play)
  • 1969 Dafydd Ieuan, Welsh drummer (Super Furry Animals)
  • 1973 Carlo Resoort, Dutch DJ and producer (4 Strings)
  • 1983 Elan Sara DeFan, Mexican singer-songwriter
  • 1987 Sammie Bush, American R&B singer ("I Like It"), born in Boyton Beach, Florida

Person of interestKesha

1987 Kesha [Rose Sebert], American pop singer (Tik Tok), born in Los Angeles, California

Singer-Songwriter Kesha
  • 1989 Sonya Kitchell, American singer

Person of interestJustin Bieber

1994 Justin Bieber, Canadian Pop Singer and musician ("Baby"; "Sorry"; "What Do You Mean?"), born in London, Ontario

Pop Star Justin Bieber
Pop Star
Justin Bieber

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1968 Singer-songwriter and actress June Carter (38) weds singer-songwriter Johnny Cash (36) at a church in Franklin, Kentucky

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
Country Singer June Carter Cash
Country Singer
June Carter Cash

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1989 Julianne Philips & Bruce Springsteen divorce

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen

Deaths in Music

  • 1619 Thomas Campion, English physician, composer, poet (Poemata), dies at 53
  • 1643 Girolamo Frescobaldi, Italian composer, dies at 59
  • 1693 Benedict Schultheiss, German composer, dies at 39
  • 1771 Isfrid Kayser, German composer, dies at 58
  • 1777 Georg Christoph Wagenzeil, Austria (court) composer & pianist, dies at 62
  • 1788 Orazio Mei, Italian composer, dies at 56
  • 1797 Juan Manuel Olivares, Venezuelan composer, dies at 36
  • 1804 Wolfgang Nicolaus Haueisen, German composer, dies at 63
  • 1817 Luigi Gatti, Italian composer, dies at 77
  • 1859 Josef Theodor Krov, Bohemian composer, singer and teacher, dies at 61
  • 1914 Tor Aulin, Swedish composer, dies at 47
  • 1918 Johan Gustaf Emil Sjogren, Swedish composer, dies at 64
  • 1928 Herbert Brewer, English composer, dies at 62
  • 1928 Jacob Adolf Hägg, Swedish composer, dies at 77
  • 1932 Frank Teschemacher, American jazz clarinetist and alto-saxophonist, killed in a car accident at 25
  • 1964 Sergius Kagen, American pianist & composer, dies at 54
  • 1965 Boleslav Vomáček, Czech composer, dies at 77
  • 1970 Lucille Hegamin, American singer & entertainer, dies at 75
  • 1972 Victor Babin, Russian composer, dies at 63
  • 1972 Vladimir Golschmann, French-American conductor (St. Louis Symphony, 1931-57), dies at 78 [1]
  • 1974 Bobby Timmons, American jazz pianist (Moanin'), dies of cirrhosis, at 38
  • 1976 Jean Martinon, French conductor & composer, dies at 66
  • 1980 John Jacob Niles, American composer & singer, dies at 87
  • 1985 Eugene List, American concert pianist & teacher (Eastman School of Music), dies at 66
  • 1991 Scott Huston, American composer, dies at 74
  • 1991 Frank Esler-Smith, English-Australian rock keyboardist (Air Supply), dies at 42
  • 1991 Louis Saguer, German born French composer ( Lili Merveille), dies at 83
  • 1994 Timothy Andrew James Souster, British composer, dies at 51
  • 1994 Walter Kent, American composer (I'll Be Home for Christmas), dies at 82
  • 1994 Sandro Fuga, Italian composer & pianist, dies at 87
  • 1996 (Elijah) Doug Quattlebaum, American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter (Softee Man Blues), dies at 67
  • 2000 Dennis Danell, American guitarist (Social Distortion) (b. 1961)
  • 2006 Johnny Jackson, American drummer (The Jackson 5), dies at 54
  • 2007 Joel Brodsky, American photographer, credited with photographing over 400 album covers, dies of a heart attack at 67 [1]
  • 2013 Rafael Puyana, Colombian baroque harpsichordist (NY debut 1957), dies at 81
  • 2015 Orrin Keepnews, American jazz producer and founder of Riverside Records label, dies at 91
  • 2016 Martha Wright, American actress & singer (South Pacific, The Martha Wright Show), dies at 92
  • 2021 Ralph Peterson Jr., American jazz drummer (Jazz Messengers; Fo'tet), and educator (Berklee), dies of cancer at 58