On This Day

On This Day in Music for March 18

Events in Music

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1791 Robert Burns poem “Tam o’ Shanter,” is published in the "Edinburgh Herald"

Poet and Lyricist Robert Burns
Poet and Lyricist
Robert Burns

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1902 Italian operatic tenor Enrico Caruso becomes 1st well-known performer to make a record

Operatic Tenor Enrico Caruso
Operatic Tenor
Enrico Caruso

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1902 Arnold Schoenberg's "Verklärte Nacht" premieres in Vienna

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1904 First performance of Edward Elgar's "In the South (Alassio)"

Composer Edward Elgar
Edward Elgar

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1929 Dmitri Shostakovich's "The new Babylon" premieres in Leningrad

  • 1950 "Touch & Go" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 176 performances
  • 1960 5th Eurovision Song Contest: Jacqueline Boyer for France wins singing "Tom Pillibi" in London
  • 1961 6th Eurovision Song Contest: Jean-Claude Pascal for Luxembourg wins "Nous les amoureux" in Cannes
  • 1962 Dmitri Shostakovich becomes member of Supreme Soviet of USSR
  • 1962 7th Eurovision Song Contest: Isabelle Aubret for France wins singing "Un premier amour" in Luxembourg
  • 1963 "Tovarich" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 264 performances
  • 1965 "Do I Hear a Waltz?" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 220 performances
  • 1965 Rolling Stones fined £5 each for public urination
  • 1966 "Pousse Cafe" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • 1967 Beatles' "Penny Lane" single goes #1
  • 1969 "Come Summer" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • 1973 "Seesaw" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 296 performances
  • 1977 The Clash release their first recording "White Riot"
  • 1978 250,000 attend rock concert California Jam II in Ontario, California
  • 1979 "On the 20th Century" closes at St James Theater NYC after 460 performances
  • 1982 Singer Teddy Pendergrass' spinal cord severed in a car accident
  • 1992 "4 Baboons Adoring the Sun" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 38 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 American pop singer Donna Summer gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

Singer Donna Summer
Donna Summer
  • 1993 "Sisters Rosensweig" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 556 performances

Hall of fameHall of Fame

2002 The Ramones are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Guitarist Johnny Ramone
Johnny Ramone

Birthdays in Music

  • 1644 Gottfried Wegner, composer
  • 1657 Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni, Italian composer
  • 1734 Joseph Schmitt, composer
  • 1756 Johann Christoph Vogel, German composer, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1788)
  • 1781 Gustave Vogt, French composer, born in Strasbourg (d. 1870)
  • 1844 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian composer (Scheherazade), born in Tikhvin (d. 1908) (OS 6 Mar)
  • 1866 Dumitru Kiriac-Georgescu, composer
  • 1870 Frank Hoyt Losey, American composer, arranger of band and orchestral music, and advisor to Edison Phonograph Company, born in Rochester, New Jersey (d. 1931)
  • 1881 Paul Le Flem, French composer and music critic, born in Radon, France (d. 1984)
  • 1882 Gian Francesco Malipiero, composer
  • 1893 (John) Jean Goldkette, French jazz pianist and bandleader, born in Valenciennes, France (d. 1962)
  • 1898 Otto Jochum, German composer, born in Babenhausen (d. 1969)
  • 1905 John Kirkpatrick, American pianist (Concord Sonata), born in NYC, New York
  • 1908 Louis "Loulou" Gasté, French songwriter ("Pour Toi" / "Feelings"), born in Paris (d, 1995)
  • 1909 Ljubica Marić, Serbian composer (Songs Of Space), born in Kragujevac, Serbia (d. 2003)
  • 1914 César Guerra-Peixe, Brazilian violinist and composer (Brasilia Symphony), born in Petrópolis, Brazil (d. 1993)
  • 1916 Louis Toebosch, Dutch composer, born in Maastricht, Netherlands (d. 2009)
  • 1927 John Kander, American musical theater and film composer, with Fred Ebb (Cabaret; Chicago; New York, New York; Funny Lady), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1927 Lester "Big Daddy" Kinsey, American Chicago blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, born near Pleasant Grove, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • 1929 Ctirad Kohoutek, Czech composer, born in Zábřeh, Czechoslovakia (d. 2011)
  • 1930 Maurice Peress, American conductor (Kansa City Philharmonic, 1974-80), born in NYC, New York
  • 1930 Pat Halcox, British jazz trumpeter (Chris Barber Jazz Band, 1954-2008), born in Chelsea, London (d. 2013)
  • 1933 Dayton "Bones" Howe, American record producer and sound engineer (The 5th Dimension; The Association; Tom Waits), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1934 Pavle Despalj, Croatian composer & conductor (Zagreb; Miami; Tokyo), born in Blato, Korčula
  • 1936 Robert Lee Smith, American singer (Tams - "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy")
  • 1938 Charley Pride, American country singer (Sweet Country), born in Sledge, Mississippi (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1939 Travis Pritchett, rocker (Travis & Bob)
  • 1939 Giannis Markopoulos, Greek composer

Person of interestWilson Pickett

1941 Wilson Pickett, American R&B singer ("In The Midnight Hour"; "Funky Broadway"), born in Prattville, Alabama (d. 2006)

R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter Wilson Pickett
R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter
Wilson Pickett
  • 1945 Eric Woolfson, Scottish singer and producer (The Alan Parsons Project), born in Glasgow (d. 2009)
  • 1947 Barry Wilson, British rock drummer (Procol Harum - "Whiter Shade of Pale"), born in Edmonton, London (d. 1990)
  • 1947 Elliot Ray Scheiner, American Grammy winning music producer, mixer and engineer (History of the Eagles), born in the US
  • 1948 Robert "Bobby" Whitlock, American singer, songwriter and musician (Derek and the Dominos), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1949 Starr Danias, American ballerina (Turning Point), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949 Åse Kleveland, Norwegian singer and politician
  • 1950 James Conlon, American conductor (Los Angeles opera, 2006-present; Cincinnati May Festival, 1979-2016; Ravinia Festival, 2005-15), born in Queens, New York City
  • 1950 John Hartman, American rock drummer (Doobie Brothers, 1970–79 & 1987–92 - "China Grove" ), born in Falls Church, Virginia
  • 1951 Bill Frisell, American jazz guitarist, composer, and band leader, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1953 Jamie West-Oram, British rock guitarist (The Fixx - "One Thing Leads To Another"; "Saved By Zero")
  • 1957 Melvin Gentry, American R&B singer and guitarist (Midnight Star - "No Parking On The Dance Floor"; "Operator")
  • 1957 György Pazdera, Hungarian bassist (Pokolgép)
  • 1959 Irene Cara [Escalera], American Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer-songwriter ("Fame"; Flashdance...What A Feeling"), and actress (Fame: D.C. Cab), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1960 Anita Lane, Australian rock singer-songwriter (The Bad Seeds - "From Her To Eternity"), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2021)
  • 1961 Grant Hart, American punk rock drummer and songwriter (Hüsker Dü), born in South St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 2017)

Person of interestVanessa Williams

1963 Vanessa Williams, American singer, actress and 1st African American Miss America (1983), born in The Bronx, New York

Singer and Actress Vanessa Williams
Singer and Actress
Vanessa Williams
  • 1964 Courtney Pine, British jazz saxophonist
  • 1964 Rozalla, Zambian singer
  • 1965 Jeff Labar, American rocker (Cinderella - Heartbreak Station)
  • 1966 Jerry Cantrell, American rock guitarist, songwriter, and singer (Alice in Chains - Dirt), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1967 Miki Berenyi, English singer (Lush - "Single Girl")

Person of interestQueen Latifah

1970 Queen Latifah [Dana Owen], American rapper and actress (Living Single, Chicago), born in Newark, New Jersey

Singer, Rapper and Actress Queen Latifah
Singer, Rapper and Actress
Queen Latifah
  • 1975 Rodleen Getsic, American musician, civil servant
  • 1977 Devin Lima [Harold Lima], American singer (LFO), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2018)
  • 1979 Adam Levine, American singer (Maroon 5 - "This Love"; "Moves Like Jagger"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1981 Jang Nara, Korean singer and actress
  • 1986 Li Lykke [Zachrisson], Swedish pop-electronic singer-songwriter ("I Follow Rivers"), born in Ystad, Sweden

Deaths in Music

  • 1799 John Randall, British composer, dies at 82
  • 1816 Johann Paul Schulthesius, German composer, dies at 67
  • 1817 Johann Jakob Walder, composer, dies at 67
  • 1823 Jean-Baptiste Sebastien Breval, French cellist and composer, dies at 69
  • 1870 Joaquin y Garbayo Gaztambide, composer, dies at 48
  • 1875 Ferdinand Laub, composer, dies at 43
  • 1889 William Henry Monk, composer, dies at 66
  • 1918 Willem Coenen, composer, dies at 80
  • 1924 Frederick Bridge, English organist and composer, dies at 79
  • 1938 Cyril Rootham, English composer, dies at 62
  • 1967 Jimmy Blaine, singer (Stop the Music), dies at 42
  • 1968 Manuel Gómez Carrillo, Argentine composer, dies at 85
  • 1972 Jimmy Carroll, American pianist (Most Important People), dies at 58
  • 1973 Lauritz Melchior, Danish-American baritone tenor (National Symphony), dies at 82
  • 1976 Robert de Roos, composer, dies at 69
  • 1984 Paul Frances Webster, lyricist, dies of Parkinson's disease at 76
  • 1985 Jack Miller, orchestra leader (Kate Smith Evening Hour), dies at 89
  • 1990 Robin Harris, American comedian and actor (House Party, Mo' Better Blues), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • 1995 Charles Drain, American soul singer, dies at 65
  • 1995 Heinrich Sutermeister, Swiss composer (Raskolnikov), dies at 84
  • 2001 John Phillips, American singer and guitarist (Mama & Papas-California Dreaming), dies at 65
  • 2002 Gösta Winbergh, Swedish tenor, dies at 58
  • 2006 Dan Gibson, musician (b. 1922)
  • 2007 Alec Wyton, English-born American composer, dies at 85
  • 2011 Jet Harris [Terence Harris], English rock bassist (Drifters), dies of cancer at 71
  • 2014 Joseph "Joe" Lala, American musician, actor and singer notable for co-founding the rock band "Blues Image", dies from complications of lung cancer at 66

Person of interestChuck Berry

2017 Chuck Berry [Charles Andersen], American rock n' roll guitarist and singer-songwriter (Roll over Beethoven), dies at 90

Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Chuck Berry
Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Chuck Berry
  • 2017 Trisha Brown, American choreographer and dancer, dies at 80
  • 2017 Don Hunstein, American photographer of musicians, dies at 88