On This Day in Music for March 15

Events in Music


Film tv awardsFilm Awards

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

Actress Ingrid Bergman
Actress
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 awardsMusic Awards

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

Singer Tom Jones
Singer
Tom Jones
Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & 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 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

Singer and Actress Whitney Houston
Singer and Actress
Whitney Houston
  • 1998 "Cabaret" opens at Club Expo Theater NYC

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
Singer-songwriter
Justin Timberlake

Birthdays in Music

  • 1754 Silvestro Palma, composer
  • 1790 Nicola Vaccai, composer
  • 1808 Gaetano Gaspari, composer
  • 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 Benjamin Burwell Johnston, Jr. Macon Geeorgia, American composer
  • 1927 Carl Smith, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in Maynardville, Tennessee
  • 1928 Nicolas Flagello, composer
  • 1929 Tiezo Matsumura, composer
  • 1932 Arif Melikov, Turkish-American music producer (Queen, Bee Gees, Aretha Franklin, Phil Collins), 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, composer
  • 1940 Phil Lesh, [Chapman], American rock bassist (Grateful Dead), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1941 Mike Love, vocalist (Beach Boys - "Fun, Fun, Fun"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942 Hughie Flint, rock drummer (Bonzo Dog Band), born in London, England
  • 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, rock percussionist (Graceland)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1918 Lili Boulanger, composer, 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 van Zemlinsky, Austrian and US composer (African Dance), 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
  • 1993 Anthony Bowles, music writer (Jesus Christ Superstar), dies at 61
  • 1996 Olga Rudge, American-born 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)
  • 2015 Michael "Mike" Porcaro, American rock bassist affiliated with Toto (Stranger In Town), dies from Lou Gehrig’s disease at 59