On This Day

On This Day in Music for March 8

Events in Music

  • 1813 1st concerto of Royal Philharmonic
  • 1884 1st performance of Edward MacDowell's 2nd Piano Suite

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1902 1st performance of Jean Sibelius' 2nd Symphony, his most popular, by the Helsinki Philharmonic Society

Composer Jean Sibelius
Jean Sibelius
  • 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

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1962 Beatles, with Pete Best, TV debut (perform "Dream Baby" on BBC)

Original Drummer of the Beatles Pete Best
Original Drummer of the Beatles
Pete Best
  • 1966 "Golden Boy" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 569 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Music releaseMusic Single

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)
  • 1893 Mississippi John Hurt, American country blues singer and guitarist, born in Teoc, Carroll County, Mississippi (d. 1966)
  • 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 Vargas [-Wallis], Chilean composer
  • 1927 Jaromir Podesva, composer
  • 1927 Josef Berg, Czech composer (d. 1971)
  • 1927 Dick Hyman, American jazz pianist, composer, arranger, conductor, and organist, born in New York City
  • 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 Gábor Szabó, Hungarian-American jazz guitarist (Spellbinder), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1982)
  • 1937 Raynoma Singleton [Gordy], music producer and singer-songwriter (Motown), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • 1937 Richard Fariña, American folk singer-songwriter ("Birmingham Sunday"), and novelist ("Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me"), born in New York City (d. 1966)
  • 1938 Lew DeWitt, American country singer (Statler Brothers - "Flowers On The Wall"), born in Virgina
  • 1939 Robert Tear, Welsh tenor (Welsh National Opera 1970), born in Barry, Wales
  • 1939 Yannis Vlachopoulos, Greek composer
  • 1941 Ivana Loudova, Czech composer (Vocal Symphony), born in Chlumec nad Cidlinou (d. 2017)
  • 1941 Yvar Emilian Mikhashoff, American pianist & composer
  • 1942 Ralph Ellis, British rock guitarist (The Swinging Blue Jeans – "Hippy Hippy Shake"), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1944 Sergey Nikitin, Russian composer
  • 1944 Palito Ortega, Argentine singer and actor
  • 1945 Micky Dolenz, American singer (The Monkees - "I'm A Believer"), and actor (Circus Boy), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945 Bruce Broughton, American composer
  • 1946 Randy Meisner, American rock bassist and vocalist (Rick Nelson's Stone Canyon Band; Linda Ronstadt; Eagles, 1971-77- "Take It To The Limit"), born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska
  • 1947 Mike Allsup, American rock guitarist (Three Dog Night - "Joy To The World"), born in Modesto, California
  • 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], American pop vocalist ("I Will Follow Him"), born in Lansdale, Pennsylvania
  • 1953 Bob Brozman, American musician
  • 1954 Cheryl Baker, British rock vocalist (Bucks Fizz - "My Camera Never Lies"), and TV presenter, born in Bethnal Green, London, ENgland
  • 1957 Billy Childs, American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1957 Clive Burr, English drummer (Iron Maiden, 1979-82), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1958 Gary Numan [Webb], British new wave rock musician ("Cars"), born in Hammersmith, England
  • 1964 Peter [Ped] Gill, British drummer (Frankie Goes to Hollywood - "Relax"), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1968 Shawn Mullins, American folk-rock singer-songwriter ("Lullabye"), born in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 1972 Angie Hart, Australian pop singer
  • 1973 Anneke van Giersbergen, Dutch singer (The Gathering)
  • 1975 Peggy Zina, Greek singer
  • 1976 (Gareth) "Gaz" Coombes, British rock guitarist and singer-songwriter (Supergrass - "Alright"), born in Oxford, England
  • 1979 Tom Chaplin, British rock singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist (Keane), born in Hastings, East Sussex, England
  • 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

Person of interestHector Berlioz

1869 Hector Berlioz, French composer (Symphony Fantastic), dies at 65

Composer Hector Berlioz
Hector Berlioz
  • 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 (co-founded and led London Philharmonic, 1932-39; Royal Philharmonic, 1946-60), dies of heart failure at 81
  • 1973 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, American 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)
  • 1988 Amar Singh Chamkila [Dhanni Ram], Punjabi folk singer "The Elvis of Punjab" killed by unknown gunmen as he arrived for concert at age 26 [1]
  • 1988 Ken Colyer, British New Orleans jazz devotee trumpeter, cornetist, and bandleader, dies at 79
  • 1989 Stuart Hamblen, American singer and composer (This Ole House), dies at 80
  • 1992 George "Red" Callender, American jazz and session string bass and tuba player, dies of thyroid cancer at 76
  • 1993 Billy Eckstine, American jazz singer (Tenderly, A Fool in Love), dies at 78 of a stroke
  • 1995 Ingo Schwichtenberg, German drummer, commits suicide at 29
  • 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)
  • 2009 Ali Bongo [William Oliver Wallace], British comedy musician and magician (President of The Magic Circle - Shriek of Araby), dies at 79
  • 2011 Mike Starr (musician), American Musician (b. 1966)
  • 2015 Lew Soloff, American jazz trumpeter (Blood, Sweat and Tears), dies at 71

Person of interestGeorge Martin

2016 George Martin, British record producer (The Beatles), dies at 90

Music Producer George Martin
Music Producer
George Martin
  • 2018 Milko Kelemen, Croat composer (Archetypon), dies at 93
  • 2021 Julien-François Zbinden, Swiss jazz pianist, and jazz and classical composer (Monophrases), dies at 103
  • 2021 Trevor Peacock, British stage and screen actor (The Vicar of Dibley - "Jim Trott"), screenwriter, and songwriter ("Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter"), dies at 89