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 Harold Arlen-Yip Harburg-Billy Rose 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead) stopped for speeding and LSD possession

Rock Musician Jerry Garcia
Rock Musician
Jerry Garcia
  • 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 - "Human Touch" and "Lucky Town" - on the same day

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 Stage adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical "State Fair" opens at Music Box Theater, New York City; runs for 118 performances
  • 1997 "Young Man From Atlanta" opens at Longacre NYC for 85 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1416 Antonio Squarcialupi [Giovanni], Italian composer and organist (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, 1432-80), 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, Spanish Netherlands (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 publisher, music teacher, and 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)

Person of interestVincent d'Indy

1851 Vincent d'Indy, French composer (Symphony on a French Mountain Air), and teacher, born in Paris (d. 1931)

Composer Vincent d'Indy
Vincent d'Indy
  • 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 pianist, composer (Grand Canyon Suite), and arranger (Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue), born in New York (d. 1972)
  • 1901 Albert Henneberg, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1991)
  • 1904 Hal Kemp American jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger and sweet jazz bandleader, born in Marion, Alabama (d. 1940)
  • 1905 Leroy Carr, American blues piano player and singer-songwriter ("How Long, How Long Blues"), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1935)
  • 1906 Charles "Pee Wee" Russell, American jazz clarinet and saxophone player, born in Maplewood, Missouri (d. 1969)
  • 1909 Ben Webster, American tenor saxophonist, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1973)
  • 1912 Reuel Lahmer, Canadian-American organist and composer ("It Is Good To Give Thanks"), 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 harmonica player ("Ruby"), arranger, and orchestra leader (Boston Pops; St. Louis Pops; Grand Rapids Pops), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2014)
  • 1920 Carl-Henrik Norin Swedish jazz saxophonist, and composer ("Mississippi Mood"), born in Västerås, Sweden (d. 1967)
  • 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, American jazz 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
  • 1926 Frankie Ervin, American R&B singer (The Three Blazers - "Dragnet Blues"; The Shields - "You Cheated"), born in Blythe, California (d. 2009)
  • 1927 Mstislav Rostropovich, Soviet-Russian cellist and conductor, born in Baku, Azerbaijan SSR (d. 2007)
  • 1928 Antonín Tučapský, Czech composer, teacher, and choral conductor, born in Opatovice, Moravia, Czechoslovakia (d. 2014)
  • 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)
  • 1939 Bo Winberg, Swedish instrumental rock guitarist (The Spotnicks - "Hava Nagila"; "Amapola"; "Karelia"), born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 2020)
  • 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
  • 1949 Poul Ruders, Danish organist and composer (Four Compositions; Manhattan Abstraction; Sound And Simplicity), born in Ringsted, Denmark
  • 1950 Maria Ewing, American opera singer, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1950 Tony Banks, British progressive rock keyboardist (Genesis - "Supper's Ready"), and film score and classical composer, born in East Hoathly, Sussex, England
  • 1952 Rocky Maffit, American percussionist (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 and songwriter (INXS - "Kiss the Dirt"; "New Sensation"), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1961 Tak Matsumoto, Japanese Grammy Award-winning guitarist (B'z), born in Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan
  • 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, British vocalist, songwriter, and producer (Johnny Hates Jazz - "Shattered Dreams"), born in Sutton, Surrey, England
  • 1965 Johnny April, American bass guitarist (Staind - "It's Been A While"), born in Enfield, Connecticut
  • 1968 Stacey Kent, American jazz singer (Breakfast On The Morning Tram), born in South Orange, New Jersey
  • 1970 Brendan Hill, American drummer (Blues Traveler - "Run-Around"), born in London, England

Person of interestMariah Carey

1971 Mariah Carey, American pop singer-songwriter ("Without You"; "All I Want For Christmas Is You"; "Hero"; "We Belong Together"), born in Huntington, Long Island, New York

Singer Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey

Person of interestFergie

1975 Fergie [Duhamel], American pop singer (The Black Eyed Peas - "I Gotta Feeling"), 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
  • 1988 Jessie J [Jessica Cornish], British pop singer-songwriter ("Price Tag"; "Domino"; "Bang Bang"), born in Redbridge, London, England
  • 1990 Kimbra [Johnson], New Zealand Grammy Award-winning pop-fusion singer, songwriter, and record producer ("Cameo Lover"; with Gotye - “Somebody That I Used to Know"), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 2000 Halle Bailey, American R&B singer (Chloe X Halle - Ungodly Hour), and actess (Grown-ish), born in Atlanta, Georgia

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, British organist and composer, dies at 83
  • 1928 Leslie Stuart [Thomas Barrett], British musical theater composer (Florodora), 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, British-Canadian arrranger, composer, and orchestra leader (Steve & Eydie; Andy Williams Show), dies at 37
  • 1967 David L. Snell, American pianist and composer for films (MGM Studio), dies at 69
  • 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
  • 1982 Bob Ysaguirre, American jazz double bass and tuba player (Don Redman Orchestra), dies at 85
  • 1983 Janis Ivanovs, Latvian composer, dies at 76
  • 1987 Bruno Kiefer, German-born Brazilian composer, dies at 63
  • 1991 Elinor Remick Warren, American concert pianist and composer, dies at 91
  • 1992 Harald Saeverud, Norwegian composer (Saline), dies at 94
  • 1992 Harald Sæverud, Norwegian composer (Rondo Amoroso; Sinfonia Dolorosa), dies at 94
  • 1993 Clifford Jordan, American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies of cancer at 61
  • 1995 Chet Gierlach, music publisher/composer, dies at 75
  • 1996 Howie Wyeth, American drummer and pianist (Bob Dylan; Robert Gordon; Christine Lavin), dies of cardiac arrest at 51
  • 2000 Ian Dury, English rock musician (The Blockheads) and actor (Judge Dredd), dies at 57

Person of interestDudley Moore

2002 Dudley Moore, English comedian, actor (10; Arthur; Bedazzled), jazz pianist, and composer, dies of progressive supranuclear palsy and pneumonia at 66

Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician Dudley Moore
Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician
Dudley Moore
  • 2004 Adán Sánchez, Mexican-American singer, dies from injuires sustained in a single vehicle accident at 19
  • 2005 Grant Johannesen, American concert pianist, dies at 83
  • 2005 Gwydion Brooke [Holbrooke], British bassoonist (Royal Philharmonic, 1946-1961), dies at 93
  • 2017 Arthur Blythe, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 76