On This Day

On This Day in Music for March 3

Events in Music

  • 1794 1st performance of Joseph Haydn's 101st Symphony in D

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1842 1st performance of Felix Mendelssohn's 3rd "Scottish" Symphony in Leipzig

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1875 Georges Bizet's last and greatest opera "Carmen" premieres in Paris

Composer Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet
  • 1931 "Star Spangled Banner" officially becomes US national anthem by congressional resolution
  • 1931 Cab Calloway records "Minnie Moocher" (Jazz's 1st million seller)
  • 1940 American bandleader Artie Shaw records "Frenesi" on RCA Victor label

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1944 1st performance of corporal Samuel Barber's 2nd Symphony

Composer Samuel Barber
Samuel Barber

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

1955 Elvis Presley makes his 1st TV appearance on a broadcast of radio show "Louisiana Hayride"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1956 Elvis Presley's 1st hit in Billboard's top 10: "Heartbreak Hotel"
  • 1957 2nd Eurovision Song Contest: Corry Brokken for Netherlands wins singing "Net als toen" in Frankfurt
  • 1963 American country blues musician "Mississippi" John Hurt 're-discovered' by musicologist Tom Hoskins in Avalon, Mississippi [1]
  • 1965 The Temptations' "My Girl" reaches #1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 Canadian-American rock band "Buffalo Springfield" forms (Stephen Stills, Neil Young, et al)

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Neil Young
  • 1971 South African Broadcasting Corp lifts its ban on the Beatles
  • 1973 "Shelter" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 31 performances
  • 1974 "Sextet" opens at Bijou Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • 1975 "Goodtime Charley" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 104 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 Linda McCartney is charged in US with possession of marijuana

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1975 1st People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Pictures) and Alan Alda, Telly Savalas & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV)

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
Actor John Wayne
John Wayne
Actress Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore
  • 1985 "My One & Only" closes at St James Theater NYC after 767 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1986 "Master of Puppets", the third studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica, is released

Metallica Rocker James Hetfield
Metallica Rocker
James Hetfield
Heavy Metal Musician Jason Newsted
Heavy Metal Musician
Jason Newsted
  • 1991 "Big Love" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • 1994 "Damn Yankees" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 510 performances
  • 1999 "Fortunate" single by Maxwell is released (Billboard Music Award Best R&B Single of the Year)
  • 2005 50 Cent releases his album “The Massacre” (2005 Billboard Album of the Year, Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Album 2006)

Music releaseAlbum Release

2008 Duffy releases her debut album "Rockferry" (2009 Grammy Best Pop Vocal Album)

Singer Duffy
  • 2019 South African music star Mampintsha shown hitting girlfriend Babes Wodumo on Instagram Live and later arrested for assault

Birthdays in Music

  • 1705 Michael Schevenstuhl, composer
  • 1814 Charles Kensington Salaman, composer
  • 1857 Alfred Bruneau, composer
  • 1865 Alexander Winkler, Russian composer, born in Kharkiv (d. 1935)
  • 1867 Gustav Strube, composer
  • 1869 Henry Wood, British conductor associated with London's promenade "Proms" concerts (Gentle Art of Singing), born in London, England (d. 1944)
  • 1886 James Friskin, composer
  • 1886 R O Morris [Reginald Owen], British composer and music teacher, born in York, England (d. 1948)
  • 1889 Fritz Behrend, composer
  • 1891 Federico Moreno Torroba, composer
  • 1892 Rui Coelho, Portuguese composer, born in Alcacer do Sal (d. 1986)
  • 1895 Alexander Nicolaas Voormolen, Dutch composer (d. 1980)
  • 1897 Jose Moreno Gans, composer
  • 1906 Donald Novis, British-American singer and actor (Monte Carlo; The Singing Plumber), born in Hastings, East Sussex, England (d. 1966)
  • 1906 Albany "Barney" Bigard, Creole-American jazz clarinetist (Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1927-42 - "Mood Indigo"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1980)
  • 1908 Riccardo Nielsen, composer
  • 1911 Francesco Siciliani, opera composer
  • 1913 Margaret Allison Bonds,  American composer (The Ballad of the Brown King), pianist, arranger, and teacher, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1972)
  • 1918 Frank Wigglesworth, American composer (The Willowdale Handcar), born in Boston Massachusetts (d. 1996)
  • 1919 Enzo Stuarti [Scapone], Italian-American pop tenor (That's A'Nice!), born in Rome, Italy (d. 2005)
  • 1922 Kazimierz Serocki, Polish composer and co-founder of the Warsaw Autumn Festival, born in Toruń, Poland (d. 1981)
  • 1923 Doc Watson, American bluegrass musician, (d. 2012)
  • 1926 Lys Assia, Swiss singer
  • 1929 Nicos Mamangakis, composer
  • 1929 Nikos Mamangakis, Greek classical and electronic music composer, born in Rethymno, Crete (d. 2013)
  • 1933 Marco Antonio Munoz, Mexican spanish singer (Murmullos)
  • 1938 Douglas Leedy, American composer, born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2015)
  • 1938 Willie Chambers, guitarist/vocalist (Chambers Brothers)
  • 1942 Mike Pender, vocalist/guitarist (Searchers-Needles & Pins), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1947 Jennifer Warnes, American singer, arranger, and producer ("Up Where We Belong; "Famous Blue Raincoat"), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1948 Terence "Snowy" White, British rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy, 1980-82; Roger Waters), born in Barnstaple, Devon, England
  • 1949 Richie Cannata, American music producer, multi-instrumentalist and studio owner, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1950 Re Styles [Re Styles], American rock vocalist (The Tubes, 1976-79)
  • 1951 Lindsay Cooper, English musician and composer (Henry Cow, News from Babel)
  • 1951 Rustee Allen, American funk and jazz fusion bass guitar player ( Sly and the Family Stone, 1972-75), born in Monroe, Louisiana
  • 1952 Robyn Hitchcock, rocker (Moss Elixir)
  • 1953 Dave Amato, rocker (REO Speedwagon-Can't Fight this Feeling)
  • 1954 Chris Hughes, English record producer and rock drummer (Adam & The Ants), born in London, England
  • 1954 John Lilley, American rock guitarist and dobro player (The Hooters - "All You Zombies"; "And We Danced"), born in West Chester, Pennsylvania
  • 1956 Stephanie McCallum, Australian concert pianist and educator, born in Sydney
  • 1964 Duncan Phillips, Australian drummer (Newsboys)
  • 1966 Tone-Loc [Anthony Terrell Smith], rocker (Let's Do It), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1966 Timo Tolkki, Finnish musician (Stratovarius)
  • 1973 Matthew Marsden, English actor and singer
  • 1975 Albert Fields, rocker (Party-Rodeo, That's Why), born in Gary, Indiana

Person of interestRonan Keating

1977 Ronan Keating, Bayside Irish singer (Boyzone), born in Dublin, Ireland

  • 1978 Douglas Osmond, vocalist (Osmond Boys), born in Provo, Utah
  • 1978 Seomoon Tak, Korean singer
  • 1978 Jeff Hanson, American singer-songwriter, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2009)
  • 1981 Kim Yoo-Jin (Eugene), South Korean singer and actress
  • 1981 Sung Yu Ri, South Korean singer and actress
  • 1981 Tobias Forge, Swedish heavy metal singer (Ghost), born in Linköping, Sweden
  • 1986 Stacie Orrico, American singer (Stuck), born in Seattle, Washington

Person of interestCamila Cabello

1997 Camila Cabello [Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao], Cuban-born American singer-songwriter (Fifth Harmony), born in Cojimar, Cuba

Deaths in Music

  • 1766 Gregor Joseph Werner, composer, dies at 73
  • 1768 Nicola Antonio Porpora, composer, dies at 81
  • 1800 Johann Baptist Christoph Toeschi, German composer, dies at 64
  • 1822 Franz Adam Veichtner, German violinist and composer, dies at 81
  • 1824 Giovanni Battista Viotti, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 70
  • 1889 (Edward) Sydney Smith, British pianist and composer, dies at 49
  • 1926 Cyril Metodej Hrazdira, Czech composer and conductor, dies at 58
  • 1932 Eugene Francis Charles D'Albert, German pianist and composer (Golem), dies at 67
  • 1934 Norman O'Neill, English composer, dies at 58
  • 1945 Jacobus H "Koos" Speenhoff, Dutch cabaret singer, killed in bombing raid at 75
  • 1948 Antonin Artaud, French songwriter and director (Theatre Seraphin), dies at 51
  • 1961 Paul Wittgenstein, Austrian-born left-handed pianist, dies at 72
  • 1965 Carlo Gatti, Italian musicologist (Verdi), dies at 88
  • 1967 Georges Lonque, Belgian composer, dies at 66
  • 1976 Alfred Sendrey, composer, dies at 92
  • 1991 Arthur Murray [Moses Teichman], American ballroom dancer and businessman (Arthur Murray Dance Party), dies at 95 of pneumonia
  • 1993 Carlos Montoya, American flamenco guitarist (Suite Flamenco 1966), dies at 89
  • 1993 Cyril Collard, French composer/dir/actor (A Nos Amours), dies at 35
  • 1994 Karel Kryl, Czechoslovak folk singer, dies at 49
  • 1997 Finn Høffding, Danish composer (Karlsvognen), dies at 97
  • 2000 Toni Ortelli, Italian composer and alpinist (b. 1904)
  • 2002 Harlan Howard, American country music songwriter, dies at 74
  • 2003 Goffredo Petrassi, Italian composer (Beatitudines), dies at 98
  • 2008 Giuseppe Di Stefano, Italian operatic tenor, dies at 86
  • 2008 Norman "Hurricane" Smith, English musician and producer (Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?, Don't Let It Die), dies at 85
  • 2010 Dudley "Big Tiny" Little Jr, American pianist (Lawrence Welk Show), dies at 79
  • 2012 Ronnie Montrose, American rock guitarist (Montrose, Gamma), dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 64
  • 2012 Frank Marocco, American jazz and classical accordionist, arranger and composer, dies at 81
  • 2013 Bobby Rogers, American vocalist, dies from complications from diabetes at 73
  • 2017 Tommy Page, American pop singer ("I'll Be Your Everything"), found dead of apparent suicide at 46
  • 2017 Misha Mengelberg, Dutch jazz pianist and composer (Reconstruction), dies at 81
  • 2017 Lyle Ritz, American jazz ukulele and session bassist, dies at 87
  • 2018 Patrick Doyle, English drummer (Veronica Falls, Boys Forever), dies at 32
  • 2019 Peter Hurford, British organist, composer and choral conductor (St. Albans Cathedral), dies at 88