On This Day

On This Day in Music for March 15

Events in Music

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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1908 1st performance of Maurice Ravel's "Rapsodie Espagnole"

Composer and Pianist Maurice Ravel
Composer and Pianist
Maurice Ravel

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
  • 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 Revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's "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 Bologna (d. 1881)
  • 1835 Eduard Strauss, Austrian dance band conductor, and composer, born in Vienna (d. 1916)
  • 1836 Henrique Alves de Mesquita, Brazilian composer, conductor and educator, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1906)
  • 1838 Karl Davydov, Russian cellist (d. 1889)
  • 1851 Jozef Surzynski, composer
  • 1864 Johan Halvorsen, Norwegian violinist, conductor (Nationaltheatret Orchestra, 1899-1929), and composer (Bergensiana), born in Drammen, Norway (d. 1934)
  • 1864 Leslie Stuart, [Thomas Barrett], British musical theater composer (Florodora), born in Southport, Lancashire, England (d. 1928) coast.
  • 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) and musicologist (Bali), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1964)
  • 1901 Theo Uden Masman Dutch big band leader (The Ramblers), born in Cheribon, Dutch East Indies (d. 1965)
  • 1905 Bertha "Chippie" Hill, American blues and vaudeville singer (King Oliver's Jazz Band), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1950)
  • 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 (Sam) Lightnin' 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)
  • 1919 Randy Brooks, American jazz trumpeter and bandleader ("Harlem Nocturne') (d. 1967)
  • 1922 (Albert) Eddie Calvert, British trumpeter ("Oh, Mein Papa"; "Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White)"), born in Preston, Lancashire, England (d. 1978)
  • 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
  • 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 (University of Wisconsin)
  • 1933 Ronald Roseman, American composer
  • 1934 Danny Apolinar, cabaret performer and theatrical composer-songwriter (Do Your Own Thing), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1995)
  • 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"; "California Girls"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942 Hughie Flint, English rock drummer (Bonzo Dog Band), born in London
  • 1942 Montserrat Figueras, Catalan soprano and early music advocate ( Hespèrion), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2011)
  • 1943 Sly Stone [Sylvester Stewart] American funk musician (Sly & The Family Stone - "Everyday People";"Dance To The Music"), born in Denton, Texas
  • 1944 Gordon "Jazz" Summers, British music manager (Wham, Snow Patrol), born in Winchester, Hampshire (d. 2015)
  • 1944 David Costell, American rock bassist (Gary Lewis and The Playboys - "This Diamond Ring"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1944 Ralph MacDonald, Trinbagonian-American jazz and R&B percussionist and songwriter ("Just the Two of Us"; "Where Is The Love"), born in Harlem, New York City (d. 2011)
  • 1946 David Wall, British ballet dancer (Royal Ballet, 1966-84), and director (Royal Academy of Dancing, 1985-91) born in Chiswick, London (d. 2013)
  • 1946 Howard Scott, American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter (War, 1969-94 - "Cisco Kid"; "Why Can’t We Be Friends?"), born in San Pedro, California
  • 1947 (Ryland) "Ry" Cooder, American blues guitarist and producer (Crossroads), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1947 Stomu Yamash'ta, Japanese percussionist, keyboard player and traditional Japanese-progressive rock fusion composer (Go), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1950 Jørgen Olsen, Danish singer (The Olsen Brothers) won 2000 Eurovision Song Contest, born in Odense, Denmark
  • 1952 Howard Devoto [Trafford], British singer-songwriter (Buzzcocks; Magazine; Luxuria), born in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England
  • 1955 Etterlene "Bunny" DeBarge, American rock and soul singer-songwrtier (DeBarge - "Time Will Reveal"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1955 Daniel "Dee" Snider, American singer, songwriter and actor (Twisted Sister), born in Astoria, Queens
  • 1955 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, American rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist (Poison - "Talk Dirty to Me"), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1964 Rockwell [Kennedy Gordy], rock vocalist (Someone Watching Me), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1966 Klaus Paier, Austrian jazz accordionist and composer, born in Sankt Andrä, Austria
  • 1968 John Tardy, American 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 rock singer (Sugar Ray - "Every Morning"), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1968 Jon Schaffer, American guitarist (Iced Earth)
  • 1969 Timo Kotipelto, Finnish musician
  • 1972 Mark Hoppus, American rock singer and bass player (+44 and blink-182), born in Ridgecrest, California
  • 1974 John "Beatz" Holohan, American musician
  • 1975 Will.i.am [Adams], American singer-songwriter, rapper, musician (Black Eyed Peas - "I Gotta Feeling"), born in East Los Angeles, California
  • 1977 Joe Hahn, American musician
  • 1981 Young Buck [David Brown] American rapper, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1982 Jordan Hastings, Canadian drummer (Alexisonfire)
  • 1987 Tatiana Shmailyuk, Ukrainian heavy metal vocalist (Jinjer -"Pisces"), born in Donetsk, Ukraine

Weddings in Music

LovePerson of Interest

1969 American singer and actress Judy Garland (46) weds American nightclub manager Mickey Deans, at Chelsea Register Office, London, England

Actress Judy Garland
Judy Garland

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, conductor, and arranger (The Mermaid; Lyric Symphony), dies from a stroke at 70 [1]
  • 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 stage and screen actor, and writer (Kind Hearts and Coronets; 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
  • 1994 Gundaris Poné, Latvian-American violinist, composer, and educator (NYU-New Paltz, 1964-94), dies of cancer at 61
  • 1996 Olga Rudge, American concert violinist, dies at 100
  • 2002 Marshall Leib [Leibovitz], American pop singer (Teddy Bears - "To Know Him Is To Love Him"), and record producer, dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 2008 Vytautas Kernagis, Lithuanian singer, TV shows announcer (b. 1951)
  • 2008 Mikey Dread, Jamaican singer (b. 1954)
  • 2008 Mikey Dread [Michael Campbell], Jamaican reggae singer, producer, ("Rocker's Delight"), and broadcaster (BBC), dies of a brain tumor at 53
  • 2011 Nate Dogg [Nathaniel Dwayne Hale], American rapper ("Regulate"), dies from heart failure related to multiple strokes at 41
  • 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
  • 2019 David White, American singer and songwriter (Danny And The Juniors - "At The Hop": Leslie Gore - "You Don't Own Me"), dies of cancer at 79 [1]
  • 2020 Suzy Delair, French actress and singer (The Murderer Lives at Number 21, Utopia, White Paws), dies at 102
  • 2021 Doug Parkinson, Australian pop and rock singer (Focus - "Dear Prudence"), dies at 74