On This Day

Events in Music on March 8

  • 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