On This Day

On This Day in Music for March 17

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1926 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical "Girl Friend" premieres in NYC

Composer Richard Rodgers
Richard Rodgers
  • 1965 Beatles announce their second film is titled "8 Arms to Hold You" ; later changed to "Help!"
  • 1967 British harpist Shiela Bromberg plays with string section for the Sgt. Pepper track "She's Leaving Home", becomes the first female to perform on a Beatles recording

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1968 Bee Gees make their US TV debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show" performing "To Love Somebody" and "Words"

Bee Gees Guitarist Maurice Gibb
Bee Gees Guitarist
Maurice Gibb
TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan
Bee Gees Singer Barry Gibb
Bee Gees Singer
Barry Gibb
  • 1988 "Les Miserables" opens at Det Norske Teatret, Oslo
  • 1989 "Chu Chem" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 44 performances
  • 1992 "Death & the Maiden" opens at Brooks Atkinson NYC for 159 performances
  • 1994 "Little More Magic" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 30 performances
  • 1996 "Bus Stop" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 29 performances
  • 1996 "Getting Away With Murder" opens at Broadhurst NYC for 17 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

2014 Sia releases her single "Chandelier" with a music video featuring Maddie Ziegler

Dancer, Actress and Model Maddie Ziegler
Dancer, Actress and Model
Maddie Ziegler
  • 2020 Golden Raspberry Film Awards (Razzies): Musical "Cats" wins six awards including worst film

Birthdays in Music

  • 1655 Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, French harpsichordist, organist, singer, and composer (Les pièces de clavessin; Céphale et Procris), born in, Paris (d. 1729)
  • 1664 Georg Osterreich, composer
  • 1675 Petrus Laurentius Wockenfuss, composer
  • 1746 Jan David Holland, composer
  • 1839 Josef Rheinberger, German organist, composer, and educator (Munich Conservatory, 1877-1901), born in Vaduz, Liechtenstein (d. 1901)
  • 1848 Horace Wadham Nicholl, composer
  • 1876 Frederic Ayers, composer
  • 1880 Guillermo Uribe Holguin, composer
  • 1884 Alcide Nunez, American jazz clarinetist, born in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana (d. 1934)
  • 1890 Harold Morris, composer
  • 1892 Sayed Darwish, Egyptian singer & songwriter, "father of Egyptian popular music" (Ana Haweet), born in Kôm el-Dikka, Alexandria (d. 1923)
  • 1900 Alfred Newman, American film music arranger, conductor and composer, winner of 9 Academy Awards (The Robe; How The West Was Won; Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1970)
  • 1901 Piotr Perkowski, Polish composer, born in Oweczacze (now Druzhne), Ukraine (d. 1990)
  • 1906 Tamara Geva, Russian-born dancer and actress, born in St. Petersburg (d. 1997)
  • 1908 Radie Britain, American composer, born near Silverton, Texas (d. 1994)
  • 1909 Lovie Lee [Edward Lee Watson], American electric blues pianist, singer, and songwriter, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1997)
  • 1911 Raffaele d'Alessandro, Swiss pianist, organist, and composer, born in St. Gallen, Switzerland (d. 1959)
  • 1916 Ray Ellington, British singer (d. 1985)
  • 1917 Brian Boydell, composer
  • 1918 D Arendo [Arend Honhoff], Dutch pianist and composer (Eleonora)

Person of interestNat King Cole

1919 Nat "King "Cole, American jazz pianist and pop vocalist ("Unforgettable", "Mona Lisa"), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1965)

Musician Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole
  • 1920 John La Montaine, composer (Pulitzer 1959), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1924 Stephen Dodgson, British composer, born in Chelsea, London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Kenneth S Goldstein, folklorist/enthomusicologist
  • 1927 Sulkhan Nasidze, Georgian composer, born in Tiflis, Transcaucasia, Soviet Union (now Tblisi, Georgia) (d. 1996)
  • 1928 Edino Krieger, composer
  • 1932 Dick Curless, singer/songwriter
  • 1934 Erhard Grosskopf, German avant-garde composer, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1934 Q T Macon, blues vocal/guitar
  • 1935 Adam Wade, American singer & actor (The Writing On The Wall), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1936 Ladislaw Kupkovic, composer
  • 1937 Galina Samsova, Russian ballerina, born in Stalingrad, Soviet Union
  • 1938 Rudolf Nureyev, Russian ballet dancer/choreographer (Kirov), born on a train near Irkutsk, Soviet Union (d. 1993)
  • 1938 Zoletta "Zola" Taylor, American pop singer (The Platters, 1954-62 - "The Great Pretender"; "Only You"; "Twilight Time"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2007)
  • 1941 Paul Kantner, American rock singer and guitarist (Jefferson Airplane; Jefferson Starship), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2016)
  • 1941 Clarence Collins, American doo-wop singer (Imperials - "Tears On My Pillow"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1941 Edward Harper, composer
  • 1942 Dimitris Poulikakos, Greek composer, singer and actor
  • 1943 Tony Newman, English drummer (Sounds Incorporated, T.Rex), born in Southampton, England
  • 1943 Jim Weatherly, American pop and country songwriter ("Midnight Train To Georgia"), born in Pontotoc, Mississippi (d. 2021)
  • 1944 John Sebastian, American singer (Loving Spoonful - "Summer In The City"; solo - "Welcome Back"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 Pat McCauley, Northern Irish rock keyboardist and drummer (Them - "Here Comes The Night") (d. 1984)
  • 1945 Elis Regina, Brazilian singer (d. 1982)
  • 1946 Harold Brown, American rock drummer (War, 1969-94 - "Summer": "Low Rider"), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1946 Michael Peter Finnissey, composer
  • 1947 Ian Gomm, British rock guitarist
  • 1947 Yury Chernavsky, Russian-born Composer and Producer
  • 1948 Fran Byrne, musician (Ace), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1950 Michael Been, American musician (The Call), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2010)
  • 1951 Scott Gorham, American rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy - "Jailbreak"; "21 Guns"), born in Glendale, California
  • 1952 Nikos Xydakis, Greek musician and composer
  • 1954 Lesley-Anne Down, British actress and singer (A Little Night Music; Moonraker), born in London, England
  • 1954 Rena Jones, rock vocalist
  • 1955 Paul Overstreet, American country singer (Daddy's Come Around), born in Van Cleave, Mississippi
  • 1956 Will Rigby, rock percussionist (Amy Rigby Diary of a Mad Housewife)
  • 1956 Luca Francesconi, Italian classical and electronic music composer (Wanderer; Unexpected End of Formula), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1959 Mike Lindup, British rock keyboardist, singer, and songwriter (Level 42 - "Lessons In Love"; "Something About You"), born in London, England
  • 1959 Paul Black [Marmorstein], American rock singer (L.A. Guns, 1985-87), and drummer, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1962 Clare Grogan, Scottish new wave singer (Altered Images - "Happy Birthday"), and actress (Gregory's Girl; Eastenders), born in Glasgow
  • 1962 Janet Gardner, American rock singer, and rhythm guitarist (Vixen - "Rev It Up"), born in Juneau, Alaska
  • 1962 Roxy Petrucci, American rock drummer (Vixen - "Rev It Up'), born in Rochester, Michigan
  • 1963 Nick Peros, Canadian classical composer (Prayer of Consolation)
  • 1963 Michael Ivins, American rock bassist and keyboard player (The Flaming Lips - "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots"), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1967 Van Conner, American rock bassist and guitarist (Screaming Trees), born in Apple Valley, California

Person of interestBilly Corgan

1967 Billy Corgan, American rock singer-songwriter and musician (Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness), born in Chicago, Illinois

Musician Billy Corgan
Billy Corgan
  • 1972 Melissa Auf der Maur, Canadian rock bassist (Hole, 1994-99), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1972 Marc Gunn, poet, podcaster, and Celtic musician (Brobdingnagian Bards)
  • 1973 Caroline Corr, Irish Celtic folk rock singer, drummer, and bodhrán player (The Corrs - "What Can I Do", born in Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland
  • 1975 Justin Hawkins, British hard rock singer and guitarist (The Darkness - "I Believe in a Thing Called Love"), born in Chertsey, Surrey, England
  • 1976 Stephen Gately, Irish pop singer (Boyzone - "A Different Beat"; "No Matter What"), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2009)
  • 1988 Grimes [Claire Boucher], Canadian pop musician, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1990 Hozier [Andrew Hozier-Byrne], Irish folk-soul-blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Take Me To Church"), born in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland.

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1966 The Who drummer Keith Moon (19) weds model Kim Kerrigan (18) at Brent Registry Office

Rocker Keith Moon
Keith Moon

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2008 Musician Paul McCartney (65) divorces former model and anti-landmines campaigner Heather Mills (40) on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
Activist and Media Personality Heather Mills
Activist and Media Personality
Heather Mills

Deaths in Music

  • 1801 Juan de Sesé y Balaguer, Aragonese composer, dies at 64
  • 1803 Candido Jose Ruano, Spanish composer, dies at 42
  • 1855 Ramon Carnicer y Batlle, Spanish composer, dies at 65
  • 1857 Adolph Trube, composer, dies at 42
  • 1861 Petter Conrad Boman, Swedish composer, dies at 56
  • 1862 Fromental Halévy, French composer, dies at 62
  • 1895 Adolphe Nibelle, French composer (Le Loup-Garou (The Werewolf)), dies at 69
  • 1902 George William Warren, composer, dies at 73
  • 1910 Joaquin Valverde Durán, Spanish composer, dies at 64
  • 1927 James Scott Skinner, composer, dies at 83
  • 1953 Conrado del Campo y Zabaleta, composer, dies at 73
  • 1959 Raffaele d'Alessandro, Swiss pianist, organist, and composer, dies of a ruptured aorta on his 48th birthday
  • 1963 William Henry Squire, composer, dies at 91
  • 1963 Lizzie Miles [Elizabeth Landreaux], Creole-American jazz, blues and gospel singer ("Man O'War"), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • 1966 Walter Lang, Swiss composer, dies at 69
  • 1980 Rudolf G Escher, Dutch composer (Vrai Visage de la Paix), dies at 68
  • 1983 Ray Barr, American pianist (Vincent Lopez Show), dies at 70
  • 1988 Nikolas Asimos, Greek counter-culture composer and singer, dies at 38
  • 1989 Marek Bliziński, Polish jazz guitarist and composer, dies of skin cancer at 41
  • 1990 Rick Grech, British musician (Blind Faith, Traffic), dies at 44
  • 1995 Sunnyland Smart, jazz/blues singer/pianist (Delta Blues), dies at 87
  • 1996 Terry Stafford, American singer (b. 1941)
  • 1997 Jermaine Stewart, American R&B singer (We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off) dies of cancer at 37
  • 1998 Bernarr Rainbow, English historian of music education, organist, and choir master, dies at 83
  • 1999 Ernest Gold, Austrian-born American film composer (Exodus), dies at 77
  • 2006 Bob Blue, American singer/songwriter (b. 1948)
  • 2007 Roger Bennett, American Southern Gospel performer (b. 1959)
  • 2010 Charlie Gillett, British musicologist and radio presenter (b. 1942)
  • 2010 Alex Chilton, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Box Tops - "The Letter"), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • 2011 Ferlin Husky, American country singer (Born to Lose, Gone), dies at 85
  • 2014 Joseph Kerman, American educator and musicologist ( Contemplating Music: Challenges to Musicology), dies at 89
  • 2019 Barbara Benary, American composer (Gamelon Son Of Lion), dies at 73
  • 2019 [Zephire] Andre Williams, American R&B musician ("Jailbait"; "Shake a Tail Feather"), dies at 82
  • 2021 Freddie Redd, American hard-bop jazz pianist, organist, and composer, dies at 92