On This Day in Music for March 8

Events in Music

  • 1884 1st performance of Edward MacDowell's 2nd Piano suite
  • 1902 1st performance of Jean Sibelius' 2nd Symphony, his most popular, by the Helsinki Philharmonic Society
  • 1953 "Two's Company" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 90 performances
  • 1957 1st performance of David Diamond's 6th Symphony in Boston
  • 1960 "Greenwillow" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 95 performances
  • 1962 Beatles, with Pete Best, TV debut (perform "Dream Baby" on BBC)
  • 1966 "Golden Boy" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 569 performances
  • 1968 Bill Graham's New York rock venue Fillmore East opens in Manhattan

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1973 Paul & Linda McCartney are fined £100 for growing cannabis

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney
  • 1980 The first festival of rock music kicks off in the Soviet Union
  • 1981 "Shakespeare's Cabaret" closes at Bijou Theater NYC after 54 performances

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1986 The Young Ones and Cliff Richard release new version of single "Living Doll" for Comic Relief charity

  • 1989 "Heidi Chronicles" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 621 performances
  • 1993 Nigerian singer Fela Kuti arrested again on suspicion of murder
  • 1997 11th Soul Train Music Awards: Curtis Mayfield, and Babyface win

Birthdays in Music

  • 1560 Don Carlo Gesualdo, Italian Prince of Venosa and composer, born in Venosa, Italy (d. 1613)
  • 1607 Johann von Rist, German composer and poet known for his hymns, born in Ottensen, Holstein (d. 1667)
  • 1714 Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, German composer, son of J. S. Bach, born in Weimar, Germany (d. 1788)
  • 1743 Bendix Friedrich Zinck, German composer, born in Husum, Holstein, Germany (d. 1801)
  • 1778 Friedrich August Kanne, Austrian-German composer, born in Delitzsch, Saxony (d. 1833)
  • 1783 Gottfied Wilhelm Fink, German composer, born in Sulza, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1846)
  • 1825 George William Martin, composer
  • 1840 Franco Faccio, Italian composer and conductor, born in Verona, Italy (d. 1891)
  • 1843 Vilhelm Svedbom, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1904)
  • 1853 Edward Hubertus Joannes Keurvels, Flemish composer (Parisina), born in Antwerp (d. 1916)
  • 1857 Ruggero Leoncavallo, Italian composer (I pagliacci/Zaza), born in Naples, Italy (d. 1919)
  • 1859 Otto Taubmann, German composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1929)
  • 1872 Paul Juon, Russian-Swiss violinist and composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1940)
  • 1876 Franco Alfano, Italian opera composer (Puccini's Turandot), born in Posillipo, Italy (d. 1954)
  • 1883 Manuel Gómez Carrillo, Argentine composer, born in Santiago del Estero, Argentina (d. 1968)
  • 1909 Anthony Donato, composer
  • 1911 Alan Hovhaness, Armenian-American composer (Lousadzak, Ukiyo), born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 2000)
  • 1915 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (Me tulemme taas, Rion yö), born in Pirkkala, Finland (d. 1979)
  • 1919 Ivor Keys, musician/teacher
  • 1920 James Daniel "Danny" Turner, saxophonist
  • 1921 Egbert George "Pete" Pitterson, trumpeter
  • 1922 Cyd Charisse [Tula Finklea], American dancer and actress (Singin' in the Rain), born in Amarillo, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1925 Darwin Horacio Vargas-Wallis, composer
  • 1927 Jaromir Podesva, composer
  • 1927 Josef Berg, Czech composer (d. 1971)
  • 1928 Frank Michael Beyer, composer
  • 1928 Judy Johnson, singer (Your Show of Shows), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1933 Johnny Dollar, American country and rockabilly singer, born in Kilgore, Texas (d. 1986)
  • 1934 Christian Wolff, composer
  • 1936 Gabor Szabo, Hungarian jazz guitarist (Perfect Circle)
  • 1937 Raynoma Singleton [Gordy], music producer and singer-songwriter (Motown), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • 1937 Richard Farina, American writer and folk rocker (Reflections in a Crystal Wind)
  • 1938 Lew DeWitt, Va, country singer (Statler Brothers-Flowers on the Wall)
  • 1939 Robert Tear, tenor (Welsh National Opera 1970), born in Barry, Wales
  • 1939 Yannis Vlachopoulos, composer
  • 1941 Ivana Loudova, composer
  • 1941 Yvar Emilian Mikhashoff, composer
  • 1944 Sergey Nikitin, Russian composer
  • 1944 Palito Ortega, Argentine singer and actor
  • 1945 Micky Dolenz, actor (Circus Boy)/singer (Monkees), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945 Bruce Broughton, American composer
  • 1946 Randy Meisner, rock bassist/vocalist (Poco, Eagles-Take it Easy)
  • 1947 Mike Allsup, Modesto Ca, rock guitarist (Three Dog Night)
  • 1947 Carole Bayer Sager, American singer-songwriter (On My Own, That's What Friends Are For) and wife of Burt Bacharach, born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1948 Little Peggy March, [Margaret Battavio], vocalist (I Will Follow Him)
  • 1953 Bob Brozman, American musician
  • 1954 Cheryl Baker, rock vocalist (Bucks Fizz-My Camera Never Lies)
  • 1957 Billy Childs, composer/pianist
  • 1957 Clive Burr, English drummer (Iron Maiden 1979-82), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1958 Gary Numan, [Gary Webb], Hammersmith England, vocalist (Replicas)
  • 1964 Peter [Ped] Gill, English drummer (Frankie Goes to Hollywood, born in Liverpool
  • 1968 Shawn Mullins, American musician
  • 1972 Angie Hart, Australian pop singer
  • 1973 Anneke van Giersbergen, Dutch singer (The Gathering)
  • 1975 Peggy Zina, Greek singer
  • 1979 Tom Chaplin, English singer (Keane)
  • 1979 Andy Ross, American guitarist (OK Go)
  • 1984 Dave Moffatt, Canadian musician
  • 1985 Ewa Sonnet, Polish model and pop singer

Deaths in Music

  • 1640 Guillaume van Messaus, composer, dies at 50
  • 1716 Harald Vallerius, composer, dies at 69
  • 1720 Georg Bronner, German composer and organist, dies at 53
  • 1734 Carolomannus Pachschmidt, Austrian composer, dies at 33
  • 1828 Johann Anton Sulzer, Swiss writer and composer, dies at 75
  • 1862 Adrien de La Fage, composer, dies at 56
  • 1869 Louis Hector Berlioz, French composer (Symphony Fantastic), dies at 65
  • 1901 Peter Benoit, Flemish composer/conductor (High Mass), dies at 66
  • 1919 Auguste Tolbecque, composer, dies at 88
  • 1931 Clara Kathleen Rogers, composer, dies at 87
  • 1941 José Serrano Simeón, Spanish composer, dies at 67
  • 1950 Jaroslav Kocian, composer, dies at 67
  • 1951 John Winter Thompson, composer, dies at 83
  • 1957 Othmar Schoeck, composer, dies at 70
  • 1961 Thomas Beecham, English conductor (Last Night of the Prom), dies at 81
  • 1973 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, rocker (Grateful Dead) dies at 27
  • 1974 Willem "Wim" Sonneveld, Dutch singer considered one of the 'Great Three' of Dutch cabaret (My Fair Lady), dies from a heart attack at 56
  • 1983 William T Walton, English composer (Belhazzar's feast), dies at 80
  • 1988 Henryk Szeryng, Polish-born violinist (b. 1918)
  • 1992 Red Callender, US jazz bassist (Unfinished dream), dies at 76
  • 1993 Billy Eckstine, jazz singer (Fools Rush In), dies at 78 of stroke
  • 1995 Ingo Schwichtenberg, German drummer (b. 1965)
  • 1996 Paul Harrhy, actor and opera singer (Intelligence Park), dies at 38
  • 1999 Hans Eklund, Swedish composer, dies at 71
  • 2003 Adam Faith, English singer and actor (b. 1940)
  • 2011 Mike Starr (musician), American Musician (b. 1966)
  • 2015 Lew Soloff, American jazz trumpeter (Blood, Sweat and Tears), dies at 71