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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1956 Musical "Mr Wonderful" with Sammy Davis, Jr. and father Sammy Davis, Sr. opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 383 performances

Singer, Actor and TV Host Sammy Davis Jr.
Singer, Actor and TV Host
Sammy Davis Jr.

Music releaseMusic Single

1957 "All Shook Up" single released by Elvis Presley

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1962 Musical "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" starring Barbra Streisand in her Broadway debut opens at Shubert NYC for 300 performances

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1963 The Beatles release their 1st album, "Please Please Me"
  • 1964 Barbra Streisand appears on the cover of NY Times Magazine section
  • 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 Musical "The Selling of the President" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 1975 Netherlands' "Ding-a-dong" performed by Tech-In wins Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 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
  • 1992 Herb Gardner's play "Conversations with My Father", starring Judd Hirsch and Tony Shalhoub, opens at Royale NYC for 462 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1994 "Not a Moment Too Soon" 2nd studio album by Tim McGraw is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1994)

Country Musician and Actor Tim McGraw
Country Musician and Actor
Tim McGraw
  • 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, Italian opera composer, born in Naples (d. 1777)
  • 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 Rosa, German violinist and composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1889)
  • 1842 Mykola Lysenko, Ukrainian composer (Taras Bulba), conductor and ethno-musicologist, born in Hrynky, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1912)
  • 1868 Hamish MacCunn, Scottish composer (The Land of the Mountain and the Flood), and teacher, born in Greenock, Scotland (d. 1916)
  • 1885 Adriano Lualdi, Italian composer and conductor (d. 1971)
  • 1885 Jēkabs Mediņš, Latvian composer, born in Riga, Russian Empire (now Latvia) (d. 1971)
  • 1899 Ruth Page, US ballet dancer and choreographer (Diaghilev, Pygmalion), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1991)
  • 1905 Carlo Alberto Pizzini, Italian composer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1981)
  • 1909 Jack Popplewell, British composer and playwright (If I Should Fall In Love Again), born in Leeds, England (d. 1996)
  • 1916 George Wyle [Bernard Weissman], American composer (The Ballad of Gilligan's Island"; "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"), and orchestra leader (Flip Wilson Show), born in New York City (d. 2003)
  • 1918 Tauno Pylkkanen, Finnish opera composer, born in Helsinki, Finland(d. 1980)
  • 1920 Fanny Waterman, English concert pianist and teacher (founder of Leeds International Piano Competition), born in Leeds, England (d. 2020)
  • 1925 Gerard Hoffnung, German-British artist, humorist and tuba player (Hoffnung Music Festival), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1959)
  • 1930 Stephen Sondheim, American lyricist (West Side Story; Into The Woods; Company), born in NYC, New York
  • 1935 Danny Ray, American MC, stage manager, valet and "cape man" for singer James Brown, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2021)
  • 1936 Roger Whittaker, Kenyan British country singer ("The Last Farewell"; "Durham Town"), born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1937 Jon Hassell, American composer and trumpet player (Dream Theory In Malaya), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1937 Angelo Badalamenti, American film composer (Twin Peaks; The Straight Story; Blue Velvet; Mulholland Drive), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1941 Jeremy Clyde, English pop singer and guitarist (Chad & Jeremy - "A Summer Song") and actor (The Iron Lady), born in Dorney, Buckinghamshire
  • 1942 Jorge Ben, Brazilian musician and composer, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1943 George Benson, American jazz and blues singer and guitarist (Breezin'), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1943 Joseph Schwantner, American composer (Aftertones of Infinity), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1943 Keith Relf, British blues-rock singer and harmonica player (The Yardbirds - "For Your Love"; Renaissance, 1969-71), born in Richmond, England (d. 1976)
  • 1944 Chris Stainton, English session and touring bass and keyboard player (Joe Cocker; The Who), born in Woodseats, England
  • 1945 Alan Opie, British Grammy Award-winning baritone (Boughton - Bethlehem; Britten's Peter Grimes "Balstrode"), born in Redruth, Cornwall, England
  • 1945 Chuck Jackson, American singer (Playboy, Independents), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1946 Serge [Ruud Schaap], Dutch singer and guitarist (Saskia & Serge), born in Den Helder, Netherlands
  • 1947 Harry Vanda [Vandenberg], Dutch-Australian rock guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Easybeats - "Friday On My Mind"), born in Voorburg, Netherlands
  • 1947 Patrick Olive, Grenadian percussionist (Hot Chocolate - "You Sexy Thing"), born in Grenada
  • 1947 Marek Bliziński, Polish jazz guitarist and composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1989)

Person of interestAndrew Lloyd Webber

1948 Andrew Lloyd Webber, British theatrical composer (Jesus Christ Superstar; 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, American rocker (Iron Butterfly). born in Southgate, California
  • 1952 Jay Dee Daugherty, American drummer, worked with Patti Smith, born in New York City
  • 1955 [Waliou] Wally Badarou, French musician (Level 42), born in Paris, France
  • 1957 Stephanie Mills, American singer-songwriter and actress (The Wiz), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1958 Pete Wylie, English rocker (Sinful), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1959 Avraham Fried [Friedman], Orthodox Jewish Musician, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1963 Suzanne Sulley, English rocker (The Human League - "Don't You Want Me"), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1968 Euronymous, Norwegian black metal musician (d. 1993)
  • 1970 Andreas Johnson, Swedish singer-songwriter
  • 1973 Beverley Knight, English singer and actress, born in Wolverhampton, England
  • 1977 Santa Ratniece, Latvian classical and choral composer (Horo horo hata hata), born in Jelgava, Latvia
  • 1979 Aaron North, American musician (Nine Inch Nails), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1981 (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
  • 1727 Francesco Gasparini, Italian baroque composer (Ambleto; Missa Canonica), dies at 59
  • 1758 Richard Leveridge, English bass singer and composer, dies at 87
  • 1796 Gaspare Gabellone, Italian composer, dies at 68
  • 1798 Justin Morgan, American composer and horse breeder, dies at 51
  • 1824 Johann Melchior Dreyer, German composer, dies at 76
  • 1845 Franz Joseph Volkert, Austrian composer and organist, 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 vaudeville and Grand Ole Opry banjo player, singer-songwriter and comedian, dies at 81
  • 1977 Witold Friemann, Polish composer, dies at 87
  • 1977 Hymie Shertzer, American jazz and session saxophonist (Benny Goodman; NBC's Tonight Show), dies at 67
  • 1986 Mark Dinning, American singer ("Teen Angel"), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • 1991 Dave Guard, American singer, songwriter and arranger (Kingston Trio - "Tom Dooley"), dies of cancer at 56
  • 1993 Gret Palucca, German dancer and choreographer (Entartet), dies at 91
  • 1993 Phia Berghout, Dutch harpist, dies at 83
  • 1994 Dan Hartman, American musician, singer-songwriter, and producer (Edgar Winter Group - "Free Ride; solo- "I Can Dream About You"; James Brown -"Living In America") 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
  • 1996 (William Famous) Billy Williamson, American steel guitar player ( Bill Haley and His Saddlemen; Bill Haley & His Comets), dies at 71
  • 2001 Earl Beal American doo-wop baritone (The Silhouettes - "Get A Job"), dies at 75
  • 2005 Rod Price, British rock and blues guitar and slide guitar player (Foghat, 1971-80 - "Slow Ride"), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 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
  • 2013 Gerardo Gandini, Argentinian pianist and composer (Laberynthus Johannes), dies at 76
  • 2015 Norman Scribner, American organist, conductor, choral director (St. Alban's, 1960-2007; Choral Arts Society of Washington, 1965-2012), and composer (Song for St. Cecilia), dies at 79
  • 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 Carlo Franci, Italian composer and conductor, dies at 91 [1]
  • 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
  • 2020 Julie Felix, American-born British-based folk-rock singer-songwriter, and BBC presenter (The Frost Report; Once More With Felix), dies at 81