On This Day

On This Day in Music for March 15

Events in Music

  • 1885 1st performance of Caesar Franck's "Lesson Djinns"

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

1945 17th Academy Awards: "Going My Way", Bing Crosby & Ingrid Bergman win

Actress Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • 1945 Billboard publishes its 1st album chart (King Cole Trio is #1)
  • 1950 Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Consul" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 269 performances
  • 1952 "2 in the Aisle" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 276 performances
  • 1956 "My Fair Lady" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 2,715 performances
  • 1958 "Body Beautiful" musical closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 60 performances
  • 1959 Richard Rogers' "No Strings" opens on Broadway
  • 1962 Richard Rodger's musical "No Strings" opens at 84th St Theater NYC for 580 performances

Music awardsGrammy Awards

1966 8th Grammy Awards: Taste of Honey, Tom Jones, Frank Sintra & Barbra Streisand

Singer Tom Jones
Tom Jones
Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 LIFE mag calls Jimi Hendrix "most spectacular guitarist in the world"

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • 1968 Diocese of Rome announces that it "deplored the concept", but wouldn't prohibit rock & roll masses at Church of San Lessio Falconieri
  • 1970 Gary Geld & Peter Udell's "Purlie" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 689 performances
  • 1975 "That's the Way of the World" 6th studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1975)
  • 1987 "Starlight Express" opens at Gershwin Theater in NYC for 761 performances
  • 1987 "Sweet Charity" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 368 performances
  • 1989 "Les Miserables" opens at Royal Alexandra Theatre Toronto

Music awardsMusic Awards

1994 8th Soul Train Music Awards: Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998 "Cabaret" opens at Club Expo Theater, NYC, starring Alan Cumming and Natasha Richardson

Music releaseAlbum Release

2013 Justin Timberlake releases his 3rd studio album “The 20/20 Experience” (2013 Billboard Album of the Year)

Singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake

Birthdays in Music

  • 1754 Silvestro Palma, Italian composer, born in Barano d'Ischia, Italy (d. 1834)
  • 1790 Nicola Vaccai, Italian opera composer, born in Tolentino, (d. 1848)
  • 1807 Gaetano Gaspari, Italian composer, born in Bolonga (d. 1881)
  • 1835 Eduard Strauss, Austrian composer (318 Dance)
  • 1836 Henrique Alves de Mesquita, composer
  • 1838 Karl Davydov, Russian cellist (d. 1889)
  • 1851 Jozef Surzynski, composer
  • 1864 Johan Halvorsen, composer
  • 1864 Leslie Stuart, composer
  • 1867 Will Rossiter, composer
  • 1873 David Vaughan Thomas, Welsh musician and composer, born in Ystalyfera (d. 1934)
  • 1884 Rudolf Piskacek, composer
  • 1894 Slava Vorlova, composer
  • 1900 Colin McPhee, Canadian composer (H2O, Mechanical Principles), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1964)
  • 1907 James "Jimmy" McPartland, American cornetist and musician (Magic Horn), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1907 Zarah Leander, Swedish actress and singer, born in Karlstad, Värmland County, Sweden (d. 1981)

Person of interestLightnin Hopkins

1912 Lightnin' [Sam] Hopkins, American blues musician (Ball of Twine), born in Centerville, Texas (d. 1982)

Blues Singer Lightnin Hopkins
Blues Singer
Lightnin Hopkins
  • 1916 Harry James, American swing-era bandleader, trumpeter and husband to Betty Grable, born in Albany, Georgia (d. 1983)
  • 1924 Lockrem Johnson, American composer, born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 1977)
  • 1926 Ben Johnston [Benjamin Burwell Johnston Jr], American microtonal composer (Gambit), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 2019)
  • 1927 Carl Smith, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in Maynardville, Tennessee
  • 1928 Nicolas Flagello, composer
  • 1929 Tiezo Matsumura, Japanese composer and poet (Chinmoku), born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 2007)
  • 1931 [Dominic Joseph] D. J. Fontana, American drummer (drummer for Elvis), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2018)
  • 1932 Arif Mardin, Turkish-American music producer (Atlantic Records, Aretha Franklin, Bee Gees), born in Istanbul, Turkey (d. 2006)
  • 1933 Cecil Percival Taylor, American pianist and poet (U of Wisconsin)
  • 1933 Ronald Roseman, American composer
  • 1934 Daniel George "Danny" Apolinar, composer/songwriter
  • 1934 Wolfgang Hufschmidt, composer
  • 1938 Dick Higgins, American composer, born in Cambridge, England (d. 1998)
  • 1940 Phil Lesh, [Chapman], American rock bassist (Grateful Dead), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1941 Mike Love, American vocalist (Beach Boys - "Fun, Fun, Fun"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942 Hughie Flint, English rock drummer (Bonzo Dog Band), born in London
  • 1943 Sly Stone, Dallas, funk musician (Sly & the Family Stone-Everyday People), born in Denton, Texas
  • 1944 Gordon "Jazz" Summers, British music manager (Wham, Snow Patrol), born in Winchester, Hampshire (d. 2015)
  • 1944 Ralph MacDonald, American rock percussionist and songwriter (Just the Two of Us), born in New York City (d. 2011)
  • 1946 David Wall, English ballet dancers/director (Royal Academy of Dancing)
  • 1946 Howard Scott, San Pedro Cal, rock guitarist/vocalist (War, Cisco Kid)
  • 1947 Ry[land] Cooder, LA, blues guitarist (Crossroads)
  • 1947 Stomu Yamash'ta, composer
  • 1950 Jørgen Olsen, Danish singer
  • 1955 Daniel "Dee" Snider, American singer, songwriter and actor (Twisted Sister), born in Astoria, Queens
  • 1955 Stephen "Steve" Lillywhite, British record producer (U2, Rolling Stones, Phish), born in Egham, England
  • 1962 Steve Coy, rocker (Dead or Alive-Spin Me Round)
  • 1962 Terrence Trent D'Arby, American rock vocalist (Wishing Well), born in NYC, New York
  • 1963 Bret Michaels, guitarist (Poison-Talk Dirty to Me), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1964 Rockwell, [Kennedy Gordy], Det MI, rock vocalist (Someone Watching Me)
  • 1968 John Tardy, US heavy metalist (Obituary, Slowly We Rot)
  • 1968 Sabrina [Salerno], Miss Italy (1984)/singer (Boys), born in Genoa, Italy
  • 1968 Kahimi Karie, Japanese singer
  • 1968 Mark McGrath, American musician (Sugar Ray), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1968 Jon Schaffer, American guitarist (Iced Earth)
  • 1969 Timo Kotipelto, Finnish musician
  • 1972 Mark Hoppus, American musician (+44 and blink-182)
  • 1974 John "Beatz" Holohan, American musician
  • 1975 Will.i.am, American musician
  • 1977 Joe Hahn, American musician
  • 1978 Sid Wilson, American musician (Slipknot)
  • 1981 Young Buck, American rapper
  • 1982 Jordan Hastings, Canadian drummer (Alexisonfire)

Deaths in Music

  • 1575 Annibale Padovano, Italian composer (b. 1527)
  • 1673 Salvatore Rosa, Italian baroque painter, poet, musician and actor, dies at 57
  • 1842 Maria Luigi C Z S Cherubini, Italian composer (Dies Irae), dies at 81
  • 1883 Karol Studzinski, composer, dies at 55
  • 1905 Luigi Manzotti, Italian mine dancer and ballet choreographer, dies at 70
  • 1912 Louis van Westerhoven, Dutch actor, singer and opera director (Youth), dies at 58
  • 1918 Jose Silvestre de los Dolores White Lafitte, composer, dies at 82
  • 1918 Lili [Marie-Juliette Olga] Boulanger, French composer (first female winner of the Prix de Rome composition prize), dies at 24
  • 1929 Clarence "Pinetop" Smith, American jazz pianist and singer (Boogie Woogie Piano), dies of a gunshot wound in a dance-hall fight at 24
  • 1942 Alexander von Zemlinsky, Austrian composer (Schneeman), dies at 70
  • 1954 Arthur Fickenscher, American composer, dies at 82
  • 1959 Lester Young, American jazz musician, dies at 49
  • 1966 Heinrich Lemacher, German composer, dies at 74
  • 1969 Miles Malleson, British writer and actor (Phantom of the Opera, Postman's Knock), dies at 80
  • 1979 Leonide Massine, Russian ballet dancer and choreographer (Diaghilev Ballet Russe 1914-20), dies at 82
  • 1993 Anthony Bowles, music writer (Jesus Christ Superstar), dies at 61
  • 1996 Olga Rudge, American concert violinist, dies at 100
  • 2008 Vytautas Kernagis, Lithuanian singer, TV shows announcer (b. 1951)
  • 2008 Mikey Dread, Jamaican singer (b. 1954)
  • 2011 Nate Dogg, American rapper, Nathaniel Dwayne Hale. (b. 1969)
  • 2011 Smiley Culture, British reggae singer, David Victor Emmanuel. (b. 1962)
  • 2013 Terry Lightfoot, British clarinetist and bandleader (New Orleans Jazzmen), dies at 77
  • 2015 Michael "Mike" Porcaro, American rock bassist affiliated with Toto (Stranger In Town), dies from Lou Gehrig’s disease at 59
  • 2020 Suzy Delair, French actress and singer (The Murderer Lives at Number 21, Utopia, White Paws), dies at 102