On This Day

On This Day in Music for March 22

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1928 Noël Coward's musical "This Year of Grace" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 1956 Musical "Mr Wonderful" with Sammy Davis Jr opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 383 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

1957 "All Shook Up" single released by Elvis Presley

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1962 "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" opens at Shubert NYC for 300 performances
  • 1963 Beatles release 1st album, "Please Please Me"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1964 Barbra Streisand appears on the cover of NY Times Magazine section

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1969 "Come Summer" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 7 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1971 6th Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Lynn Anderson win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • 1972 "Selling of the President" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 1975 "Dinge-competed" wins Eurovision Song festival
  • 1975 "Dr Jazz" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1975 "Letter for Queen Victoria" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 18 performances
  • 1975 20th Eurovision Song Contest: Teach-In for Netherlands wins singing "Ding-a-dong" in Stockholm
  • 1986 Heart's "These Dreams" single goes #1
  • 1986 "On My Own" single released by Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald (Billboard Song of the Year 1986)
  • 1990 "Grapes of Wrath" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 188 performances
  • 1992 "Private Lives" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 37 performances
  • 1994 "Not a Moment Too Soon" 2nd studio album by Tim McGraw is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1994)
  • 1997 "Sunset Boulevard" closes at Minskoff NYC after 977 performances
  • 1999 "Amazed" single released by Lonestar (Billboard Song of the Year 1999)
  • 2013 American rock band My Chemical Romance announce their break-up
  • 2018 Musical "Frozen" opens on Broadway based on the film, starring Patti Murin and Caissie Levy

Birthdays in Music

  • 1700 Giuseppe Sellitto, composer
  • 1728 Giacomo Insanguine, Italian organist and composer, born in Monopoli (d. 1795)
  • 1752 Johann Georg Joseph Spangler, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1802)
  • 1842 Carl A N Rosa, German violinist/composer
  • 1842 Mykola Lysenko, Ukranian composer, conductor and ethnomusicologist, born in Hrynky, Russian Empire (d. 1912)
  • 1868 Hamish MacCunn, Scottish composer (The Land of the Mountain and the Flood), born in Greenock, Scotland (d. 1916)
  • 1885 Adriano Lualdi, composer
  • 1885 Jakabs Medins, composer
  • 1905 Carlo Alberto Pizzini, composer
  • 1909 Jack Popplewell, British composer and playwright (If I Should Fall In Love Again), born in Leeds, England (d. 1996)
  • 1916 George Wyle, American orchestra leader (Jerry Lewis Show, Flip Wilson Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1918 Tauno Kullerve Pylkkanen, composer
  • 1920 Fanny Waterman, concert pianist & teacher
  • 1925 Gerard Hoffnung, British artist/humorist/musician, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1959)
  • 1930 Stephen Sondheim, American lyricist (West Side Story, Company), born in NYC, New York
  • 1936 Roger Whittaker, country singer (Durham Town), born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1937 Jon Hassell, American composer and trumpet player, born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1937 Angelo Badalamenti, American film composer (Twin Peaks, The Straight Story, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1940 Jorge Ben Jor, Brazilian musician
  • 1941 Jeremy Clyde, English musician (Chad & Jeremy) and actor (The Iron Lady), born in Dorney, Buckinghamshire
  • 1943 George Benson, American jazz/blues singer/guitarist (Greatest Love of All), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1943 Joseph Schwantner, American composer (Aftertones of Infinity), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1943 Keith Relf, British musician and vocalist (the Yardbirds-For Your Love, Renaissance), born in Richmond, England (d. 1976)
  • 1944 Chris Stainton, English session musician (Joe Cocker, The Who), born in Woodseats, England
  • 1945 Alan Opie, baritone (Boughton Bethlehem, Britten 5 Canticles)
  • 1945 Chuck Jackson, American singer (Playboy, Independents), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1946 Serge, [Ruud Schaap], Dutch singer/guitarist (Saskia & Serge)
  • 1947 Harry Vanda, [Vandenberg], Hague Neth, rock guitarist (Easybeats)
  • 1947 Patrick Olive, percussionist (Hot Chocolate-You Sexy Thing)

Person of interestAndrew Lloyd Webber

1948 Andrew Lloyd Webber, English composer (Phantom of the Opera, Cats), born in London, England

  • 1948 Randy Hobbs, American rock musician (Johnny Winter Band, McCoys), born in Winchester, Indiana (d. 1993)
  • 1951 Howard Reitzes, Southgate Ca, rocker (Iron Butterfly)
  • 1952 Jay Dee Daugherty, American drummer
  • 1955 [Waliou] Wally Badarou, French musician (Level 42), born in Paris, France
  • 1957 Stephanie Mills, singer/actress (Wiz)
  • 1958 Pete Wylie, rocker (Sinful), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1959 Avraham Fried [Friedman], Orthodox Jewish Musician, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1960 Laurie Sargent, rock vocalist (Face To Face)
  • 1963 Suzanne Sulley, Sheffield S Yorks, rocker (Human Leauge-Human)
  • 1968 Euronymous, Norwegian black metal musician (d. 1993)
  • 1970 Andreas Johnson, Swedish singer
  • 1973 Beverley Knight, English singer
  • 1979 Aaron North, American musician
  • 1980 Shannon Bex, American singer (Danity Kane)
  • 1981 Mims [Shawn Mims], American rapper (This Is Why I'm Hot), born in Manhattan, New York

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1984 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (36) weds singer/dancer Sarah Brightman (23) in Hampshire, England

  • 1992 Record producer Lou Adler weds Paige Hannah (Daryl's sister)
  • 2009 "The Wonder Years" actress Danica McKellar (36) weds composer Mike Verta (36) at St. James by the Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla, California

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1948 Musician Nat King Cole (29) divorces dancer Nadine Robinson after 11 years of marriage

Musician Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole

Deaths in Music

  • 1687 Jean-Baptiste Lully, Italian-born French composer (Miserere Suites de Symphonies et Trios), dies at 54
  • 1758 Richard Leveridge, English bass singer and composer, dies at 87
  • 1796 Gaspare Gabellone, Italian composer, dies at 68
  • 1798 Justin Morgan, composer, dies at 51
  • 1824 Johann Melchior Dreyer, German composer, dies at 76
  • 1845 Franz Joseph Volkert, composer, dies at 67
  • 1867 Ferdinando Giorgetti, Italian composer, dies at 70
  • 1906 Martin Wegelius, Finnish musicologist and composer, dies at 59
  • 1909 Gyula Erkel, Hungarian composer, son of Ferenc Erkel, dies at 66
  • 1929 Anton Beer-Walbrun, German composer, dies at 64
  • 1951 Willem Mengelberg, Dutch conductor (Concertgebouw Orchestra, NY Philharmonic 1922-30), dies at 79
  • 1952 Uncle Dave Macon, American musician (b. 1870)
  • 1977 Witold Friemann, Polish composer, dies at 87
  • 1986 Mark Dinning, American singer (b. 1933)
  • 1991 Dave Guard, American folk singer (The Kingston Trio), dies of cancer at 56
  • 1993 Gret Palucca, German dancer/choreographer (Entartet), dies at 91
  • 1994 Dan Hartman, American singer-songwriter (Love Sensation), dies of an AIDS-related brain tumor at 43
  • 1996 Don Murray, American drummer (The Turtles), dies from post-operative complications at 50
  • 1996 Václav Nelhýbel, Czech-American composer (Everyman), dies at 76
  • 2008 Cachao López, Cuban mambo musician (b. 1918)
  • 2013 Derek Watkins, British trumpet player and composer (The Spy Who Loved Me, Skyfall), dies of cancer at 68
  • 2016 Phife Dawg [Malik Taylor] American rapper (A Tribe called Quest), dies from diabetes complications at 45
  • 2018 Morgana King, American jazz singer and actress (The Godfather, The Godfather Part II), dies of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at 87
  • 2019 Scott Walker [Noel Scott Engel], American-born British singer-songwriter and composer (The Walker Brothers), dies of cancer at 76
  • 2019 Victor Hochhauser, British impresario (Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra), dies at 95
  • 2020 Eric Weissberg, American singer and musician (Duelling Banjos), dies of Alzheimer’s at 80