On This Day

On This Day in Music for March 7

Events in Music

  • 1824 Giacomo Meyerbeers opera "Il Crociati in Egitto" (The Crusader in Egypt) premieres at La Fenice in Venice with famous castrato Giovanni Battista Velluti singing
  • 1917 1st jazz record released on a 78 by Original Dixieland Jass Band for the Victor Talking Machine Company ("Dixie Jazz Band One Step," one side "Livery Stable Blues" other)
  • 1918 H Carroll & J McCarthy's musical "Oh, Look!" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1923 Carlos Gardel applies for Argentine citizenship

  • 1946 "Three to Make Ready" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 323 performances

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1955 Musical "Peter Pan", starring Mary Martin broadcast live on NBC as part of "Producers' Showcase" series; attracts a then record 65 million viewers

Actress Mary Martin
Actress
Mary Martin
  • 1959 "Bells Are Ringing" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 925 performances
  • 1962 The Beatles made their broadcasting debut on BBC radio

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman recorded their self-titled album "John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman" at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane
  • 1966 "Wait A Minim!" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 457 performances
  • 1967 Clark Gesner's musical "You're a Good Man" premieres in NYC
  • 1972 “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” single written by Ewan MacColl, released by Roberta Flack (Billboard Song of the Year 1972)

Music releaseAlbum Release

1975 RCA releases "Young Americans", David Bowie's 9th studio album, recorded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and New York City; featuring appearances by John Lennon on two tracks, it peaks in the U.S. charts at No. 9, and No. 2 in the U.K.

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1979 5th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds & Olivia Newton-John win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda, Mary Tyler Moore & Carol Burnett win (TV)

Singer and Actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and Actress
Olivia Newton-John
Actress Mary Tyler Moore
Actress
Mary Tyler Moore
Actor Burt Reynolds
Actor
Burt Reynolds
  • 1981 Michael Stewart's musical "Bring Back Birdie" closes at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 4 performances
  • 1994 The United States Supreme Court rules in Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc.that parodies of an original work are generally covered by the doctrine of fair use.
  • 2011 "Crazy Girl" single released by Eli Young Band (ACM Awards Song of the Year 2012, Billboard Song of the Year 2011)

Birthdays in Music

  • 1574 John Wilbye, English madrigal composer, born in Brome, Suffolk (d. 1638)
  • 1621 Georg Neumark, German composer and poet, born in Langensalza (d. 1681)
  • 1663 Tomaso Antonio Vitali, Italian composer and violinist (d. 1745)
  • 1731 Jean-Louis Laruette, French musician and composer of comic opera, born in Paris, France (d. 1792)
  • 1769 Josef Alois Ladurner, Austrian composer and priest, born in Algund (d. 1851)
  • 1773 Tommaso Marchesi, Italian composer, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1852)
  • 1797 Carl Schwencke, German pianist and composer, born in Hamburg (d. 1870)
  • 1799 Frantisek L. Celakovsky, Czech poet (national anthem, folk song)
  • 1811 Christian Heinrich Hohmann, German composer, born in Niederwerrn (d. 1861)
  • 1820 Gustav Heinrich Graben-Hoffman, German composer and teacher, born in Bnin (d. 1900)
  • 1822 Victor Masse, French composer, born in Lorient, France (d. 1884)
  • 1858 Nikolai Artzibushev, Russian composer, born in Tsarskoye Selo (d. 1937)
  • 1872 Vasily Andreyevich Zolotaryov, Russian composer (Rhapsodie hébraïque; Prince Lake), and teacher, born in Taganrog, Russia (d. 1964)

Person of interestMaurice Ravel

1875 Maurice Ravel, French composer, pianist and conductor (Daphnis et Chloé; Boléro), born in Ciboure, France (d. 1937)

Composer and Pianist Maurice Ravel
Composer and Pianist
Maurice Ravel
  • 1883 Carl Deis, American composer and organist, born in New York City (d. 1960)
  • 1887 Heino Eller, Estonian composer, born in Tartu, Governorate of Livonia, Russian Empire (now Estonia) (d. 1970)
  • 1888 Alcide "Slow Drag" Pavageau, American jazz guitarist and double-bassist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1969)
  • 1895 Juan Jose Castro, Argentine composer, born in Avellaneda, Argentina (d. 1968)
  • 1896 Erwin Bodky, German-American composer, born in Ragnit, East Prussia (d. 1958)
  • 1900 Evald Aav, Estonian composer (Vikerlased), born in Tallinn (d. 1939) [OS 22 Feb]
  • 1906 Alejandro Garcia Caturla, Cuban composer, born in Remedios, Cuba (d. 1940)
  • 1906 Hans Lachman, German born Dutch Jewish composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1990)
  • 1907 Juan Francisco Giacobbe, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1990)
  • 1908 Tomas de Manzarraga, Spanish composer, born in Igorre, Spain (d. 1988)
  • 1911 Stefan Kisielewski, Polish composer, writer and politician, born in Warsaw (d. 1991)
  • 1911 Louis Cottrell Jr., Creole-American jazz clarinetist and tenor saxophonist (Heritage Hall Jazz Band), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1978)
  • 1917 Janet Collins, American ballerina, choreographer, and teacher born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2003)
  • 1917 Robert Erickson, American composer, born in Marquette, Michigan (d. 1997)
  • 1923 Mahlon Clark, American big band jazz and session clarinetist, born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 2007)
  • 1929 Yvonne Chouteau, Native American dancer (one of the "five Moons" of Oklahoma), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1931 C W Stubblefield, American restaurateur and music promoter, born in Navasota, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1932 Ed Thrasher, American Grammy Award-winning art director (Warner Brothers Records, 1964-79), and photographer (album art for Frank Sinatra; Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead), born in Glendale, California (d. 2006)
  • 1934 Giorgos Katsaros, Greek musician and composer, born in Corfu
  • 1939 Marion Marlowe, American singer (Arthur Godfrey & Friends), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1942 Tammy Faye Bakker (Messner), American Christian singer and former wife of Jim Bakker (The PTL Club), born in International Falls, Minnesota (d. 2007)
  • 1943 Chris White, British rock singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer (The Zombies - "She's Not There"; "Time Of The Season"), born in Barnet, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1943 Leon Sylvers III, American rocker and producer (The Sylers), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1944 Townes Van Zandt, American singer-songwriter ("Kathleen"; "Loretta"), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1997)
  • 1945 Arthur Lee, American rock singer-songwriter (Love - "Forever Changes"; "Vindicator"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2006)
  • 1946 Matthew Fisher, English rock keyboardist (Procol Harum - "A Whiter Shade Of Pale"), born in London, England
  • 1946 Peter Wolf [Blankenfeild], American rock singer (J. Giels Band - "Centerfold"; "Freeze Frame"), born in the Bronx, New York
  • 1947 Donna Loren, American singer and actress (Beach Blanket Bingo), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1950 Iris Chacon, Puerto Rican singer and dancer
  • 1951 Francis Rocco Prestia, American musician (Tower of Power)
  • 1952 Ernie Isley, American vocalist and guitarist (The Isley Brothers - "It's Your Thing"; "Heat is On"), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1953 Jules Shear, American rock musician and songwriter ("If She Knew What She Wants"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1953 Kenny Aronoff, American drummer (John Mellencamp), born in Albany, New York
  • 1954 Matt Frenette, Canadian rock drummer (Loverboy)
  • 1959 Donna Murphy, American musical theatre actress (The King and I), born in Queens, New York
  • 1960 Chris Rodriguez, American pop and country session and touring guitarist and vocalist, and contemporary Christian music singer-songwriter, born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1961 Warrel Dane, American singer (Nevermore), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2017)
  • 1962 Taylor Dayne [Leslie Wunderman], American vocalist ("Tell It To My Heart"; "I'll Always Love You"), born in New York
  • 1964 Jennifer McCarters, American country singer (McCarters - "The Gift"), born in Sevierville, Tennessee
  • 1964 Denyce Graves, American mezzo-soprano (Carmen), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1967 Randel "Randy" Guss, American musician and drummer (Toad the Wet Sprocket), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1972 Jang Dong-gun, South Korean actor (Friend) and musician, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1973 Sébastien Izambard, French operatic pop singer (Il Divo), born in Paris, France
  • 1974 Larry Bagby, American actor and musician (Buffy the Vampire Slyer), born in Marysville, California
  • 1974 Hugo Ferreira, Portuguese-American rock singer-songwriter (Tantric), born in Luanda, Portuguese Angola
  • 1977 Bartosz Kowalski [-Banasewicz], (Contra Tempus; Symmetrical Visions)Polish classical music composer, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1985 Thomas Erak, American guitarist (The Fall of Troy)
  • 1997 Josh Dewhurst, British rock guitarist (Blossoms), born in Manchester, England

Weddings in Music

  • 2007 Former vocalist of "Babado Novo" Claudia Leitte (26) weds Marcio Pedreira at Hotel Convento do Carmo in Salvador, Brazil

Deaths in Music

  • 1761 Antonio Palella, Italian composer and harpsichordist, dies at 68
  • 1786 František Benda, Bohemian violinist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1802 Johann Georg Witthauer, German composer, dies at 50
  • 1809 Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Austrian composer, dies at 73
  • 1842 Christian Theodor Weinlig, German composer, dies at 61
  • 1907 Victor Alphonse Duvernoy, French pianist and composer, dies at 64
  • 1926 Heinrich Kàan-Albest, Bohemian pianist and composer, dies at 73
  • 1939 Amadeo Roldán, Cuban composer and violinist, dies at 38
  • 1941 Arnold Schering, German musicologist (Humor, Heldentum, Tragik), dies at 63
  • 1966 Mike Millward, English musician (The Fourmost), dies of leukaemia at 23
  • 1974 Alberto Rabagliati, Italian singer and actor (b. 1906)
  • 1976 Erwin Kroll, German composer, dies at 90
  • 1979 Guiomar Novaes, Barzilain concert pianist (Brazilian Order of Merit), dies at 84
  • 1979 Klaus Egge, Norwegian composer (Fanitullen), dies at 72
  • 1981 Kirill Kondrashin, Russian conductor (Bolshoi Theatre, 1943-56; Moscow Philharmonic, 1960-75; Concertgebouw, 1978-81), dies at 67
  • 1982 Charles Borromeo Mills, composer, dies at 68
  • 1983 Igor Markevitch, Russian composer and conductor (Le Paradis Perdu), dies at 70
  • 1985 George Schick, Czech conductor (Chicago Symphony, 1950-56; Metropolitan Opera, 1958-69), and educator, dies at 76
  • 1993 Arnold Franchetti, Italian American composer, dies at about 84
  • 1993 Earl Wrightson, American actor and singer (Pinafore, Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue), dies of heart failure at 77
  • 1995 John Arthur Neill Lambert, composer teacher organist, dies at 69
  • 1999 Lowell Fulson, Choctaw-Cherokee-American blues guitarist and songwriter (“3 O’Clock Blues”; “Reconsider Baby”), dies at 77
  • 2000 Pee Wee King [Julius Frank Kuczynski], American country singer, accordionist, and songwriter ("Tennesee Waltz"; "Slow Poke"), dies of a heart attack at 84
  • 2001 Frankie Carle, American pianist and bandleader (b. 1903)
  • 2002 Abdul Mati [Matias Klarwein], French artist known for his works used on music album covers (Santana's Abraxus; Miles Davis' Bitches Brew; Osibisa's Heads; Jon Hassel's Dream Theory), dies at 69
  • 2006 Ali Farka Touré, Malian musician, dies at 66
  • 2007 Frigyes Hidas, Hungarian composer, dies at 78
  • 2012 Jimmy Ellis, American soul singer, dies from complications from Alzheimer's disease at 74
  • 2013 Peter Banks [Brockbanks], British rock guitarist and singer-songwriter described as "the architect of progressive music" (Yes, the Syn, Flash), dies of heart failure at 65
  • 2013 Claude King, American country music singer (Wolverton Mountain), dies at 90
  • 2013 Kenny Ball, English jazz musician, dies of pneumonia at 82
  • 2014 Pentti Raitio, Finnish composer (‘Lemminkainen Gatecrashes at Pohjola’), dies at 83
  • 2017 Francis Thorne, American composer (Fortuna; Elegy), dies at 94
  • 2018 Gary Burden, American artist and one of the pioneers for the concept of album cover art (designed covers for Neil Young, Nash, The Doors), dies at 84