On This Day

On This Day in Music for March 27

Events in Music

  • 1910 Fire during a barn-dance in Ököritófülpös, Hungary, killed 312

Music releaseMusic Recording

1945 Ella Fitzgerald and Delta Rhythm Boys record the song "It's Only a Paper Moon"

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald

Music concertMusic Concert

1948 Just 11 days after being released from prison, Billie Holiday plays in front of a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday

Music concertMusic Concert

1950 Jazz pianist, Erroll Garner's solo concert (Cleveland, Ohio)

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner

Music releaseMusic Recording

1951 Frank Sinatra records "I'm a Fool to Want You"

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Film release premierFilm Premier

1952 "Singin' in the Rain", musical comedy directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, premieres at Radio City Music Hall in NYC

Actor and Dancer Gene Kelly
Actor and Dancer
Gene Kelly
  • 1973 Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead) stopped for speeding and LSD possession
  • 1978 Bob Fosse's "Dancin'" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 1,774 performances
  • 1980 "Happy New Year" opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • 1980 "Reggae" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 21 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

1981 John Lennon single "Watching the Wheels" released posthumously in UK

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Music releaseAlbum Release

1981 "Blizzard of Ozz", the debut solo album by English rock musician Ozzy Osbourne, is released in the United States

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
Rock Vocalist
Ozzy Osbourne
  • 1982 "Best Little Whorehouse..." closes at 46th St NYC after 1577 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1984 Premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe's rock musical "Starlight Express"

Music releaseAlbum Release

1992 Bruce Springsteen releases two music albums on the same day, "Human Touch" and "Lucky Town"

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen

Music releaseMusic Single

1995 "Back for Good" single released by British boy Band Take That, reaches No. 1 in 31 countries

  • 1996 "State Fair" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 118 performances
  • 1997 "Young Man From Atlanta" opens at Longacre NYC for 85 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1416 Antonio Squarcialupi, Italian composer and organist, born in Florence (d. 1480)
  • 1702 Johann Ernst Eberlin, German composer, born in Jettingen-Scheppach, Germany (d. 1762)
  • 1710 Joseph Abaco, Italian composer, born in Brussels (d. 1805)
  • 1746 Augustin Ullinger, German composer, born in Ranoldsberg, Upper Bavaria (d. 1781)
  • 1757 Richard John Samuel Stevens, English composer, born in London (d. 1837)
  • 1760 Ishmail Spicer, American composer, born in Bozrah, Connecticut (d. 1832)
  • 1760 Marie-Jean Auguste Vestris, French ballet dancer, born in Paris (d. 1842)
  • 1772 Giovanni Liverati, Italian composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1846)
  • 1816 George Elvey, English composer, born in Canterbury, England (d. 1893)
  • 1818 Jacob Axel Josephson, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1880)
  • 1851 Ruperto Chapi, Spanish composer, born in Villena, Spain (d. 1909)
  • 1851 Vincent d'Indy, French composer and teacher, born in Paris (d. 1931)
  • 1858 Peter C. Lutkin, composer, born in Thomp­son­ville, Wis­con­sin (d. 1931)
  • 1867 Edyth Walker, American opera singer, born in Hopewell, New York (d. 1950)
  • 1868 Patty Smith Hill, American composer, teacher and songwriter (Happy Birthday to You), born in Anchorage, Kentucky (d. 1946)
  • 1883 Jan Kunc, Czech composer (Czech State Anthem), born in Doubravice nad Svitavou (d. 1976)
  • 1892 Ferde Grofé, American composer, born in New York (d. 1972)
  • 1901 Albert Henneberg, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1991)
  • 1905 Leroy Carr, blues singer-songwriter, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1935)
  • 1906 Pee Wee Russell, American jazz musician, born in Maplewood, Missouri (d. 1969)
  • 1909 Ben Webster, American tenor saxophonist, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1973)
  • 1912 Reuel Lahmer, composer, born in Maple, Ontario
  • 1912 Robert Watson Hughes, Scottish-Australian composer, born in Levan, Inverclyde, Scotland (d. 2007)
  • 1913 Godfrey Turner, British composer, born in Manchester, England (d. 1948)
  • 1914 Snooky Lanson [Roy Landman], American singer (Your Hit Parade, 5 Star Jubilee), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1990)
  • 1915 Robert Lockwood Jr., American blues guitarist, born in Turkey Scratch, Arkansas (d. 2006)
  • 1920 Richard Hayman, American orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2014)
  • 1921 Harold Nicholas, American dancer known as one of the world's greatest dancers (Nicholas Brothers), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 2000)
  • 1923 Victor Hochhauser, British impresario (Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra), born in Košice, Czechoslovakia (d. 2019)
  • 1924 Sarah Vaughan, jazz scat singer (Broken Hearted Melody), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1990)
  • 1925 Robert Cohan, American dancer and artistic director (Contemporary Dance Trust), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1927 Mstislav Leopold Rostropovich, Soviet-Russian cellist and conductor, born in Baku, Azerbaijan SSR (d. 2007)
  • 1931 Burt Collins, American jazz trumpeter, born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1931 Yoriaki Matsudaira, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo
  • 1932 [Herman] Junior Parker, American blues singer and musician (Mystery Train), born in Bobo, Mississippi (d. 1971)
  • 1934 Arthur Mitchell, African-American choreographer (Dance Theater of Harlem), born in New York
  • 1936 Malcolm Goldstein, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1937 Johnny Copeland, American blues guitarist and singer (Lion's Den), born in Haynesville, Louisiana (d. 1997)
  • 1940 Janis Martin, American rockabilly and country singer, born in Sutherlin, Virginia (d. 2007)
  • 1946 Olaf Malolepski, German musician (Die Flippers), born in Madgeburg, Germany
  • 1950 Maria Ewing, American opera singer, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1950 Tony Banks, English musician and rock keyboardist (Genesis), born in East Hoathly, Sussex
  • 1952 Rocky Maffit, rocker (Champaign)
  • 1953 Walter "Wally" Stocker, British rock vocalist and guitarist (The Babys- "Missing You"), born in London, England
  • 1957 Billy MacKenzie, Scottish rock vocalist (The Associates-Affectionate Punch), born in Dundee, Scotland (d. 1997)
  • 1959 Andrew Farriss, Australian rock keyboardist (INXS-Kiss the Dirt), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1961 Tak Matsumoto, Japanese Grammy Award-winning guitarist (B'z), born in Toyonaka, Osaka
  • 1963 Dave Koz, American jazz saxophonist, born in Encino, California
  • 1963 Charly Alberti, Argentinian rock musician (Soda Stereo), born in Buenos Aires
  • 1964 Clark Datchler, English vocalist (Johnny Hates Jazz), born in Sutton, Surrey, England
  • 1965 Johnny April, American bass guitarist and vocalist (Staind), born in Enfield, Connecticut
  • 1970 Brendan Hill, American-English drummer (Blues Traveler), born in London

Person of interestMariah Carey

1971 Mariah Carey, American singer (Love Takes Time, Hero), born in NYC, New York

Singer Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey

Person of interestFergie

1975 Fergie Duhamel, American pop singer (The Black Eyed Peas), born in Hacienda Heights, California

Singer Fergie
  • 1976 Tia Fuller, American jazz musician (Beyoncé backing band), born in Aurora, Colorado
  • 1981 JJ Lin, Chinese singer (Music Voyager), born in Singapore

Deaths in Music

  • 1668 Clemens Thieme, German composer, dies at 36
  • 1757 Johann Wenzel Anton Stamitz, composer, dies at 39
  • 1761 Johann Ludwig Steiner, Swiss composer, dies at 72
  • 1769 Josef Antonin Gurecky, composer, dies at 60
  • 1826 Jakob Haibel, Austrian composer, dies at 63
  • 1889 Moritz Fürstenau, German composer, dies at 64
  • 1910 David Duffle Wood, composer, dies at 72
  • 1922 Nikolay Alexandrovich Sokolov, Russian composer, dies at 63
  • 1924 Walter Parratt, composer, dies at 83
  • 1928 Leslie Stuart, composer, dies at 64
  • 1948 Karel Candael, Flemish composer, dies at 64
  • 1953 Narciso Garay, Panamanian composer, dies at 76
  • 1960 Ian Whyte, Scottish composer and conductor (BBC Scottish Orchestra), dies at 58
  • 1961 Jack Kane, orchestra leader (Steve & Eydie, Andy Williams Show), dies at 37
  • 1972 Sharkey Bonano, American jazz musician, dies at 67
  • 1973 Boyan Georgiev Ikonomov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 72
  • 1975 Arthur Bliss, English composer (Olympians), dies at 83
  • 1975 Gertrude Niesen, American actress, comedian, and songwriter (Start Cheering, Rookies on Parade), dies following a long illness at 63
  • 1977 Lodewijk de Vocht, Belgian composer, dies at 89
  • 1983 Janis Ivanovs, Latvian composer, dies at 76
  • 1987 Bruno Kiefer, German-born Brazilian composer, dies at 63
  • 1991 Elinor Remick Warren, composer, dies at 91
  • 1992 Harald Saeverud, Norwegian composer (Saline), dies at 94
  • 1993 Clifford Jordan, tenor saxophonist, dies of cancer at 61
  • 1995 Chet Gierlach, music publisher/composer, dies at 75
  • 2000 Ian Dury, English rock musician (The Blockheads) and actor (Judge Dredd), dies at 57

Person of interestDudley Moore

2002 Dudley Moore, English actor and comedian (10, Arthur, Bedazzled), dies at 66

Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician Dudley Moore
Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician
Dudley Moore
  • 2004 Adán Sánchez, Mexican-American singer (b. 1984)
  • 2005 Grant Johannesen, American concert pianist, dies at 83
  • 2017 Arthur Blythe, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 76