On this day, March 31 In Music History

On this day, March 31 In Music History


On this day, March 31 in 1949 – After nine years of development, the 45 rpm single records were finally released in public by RCA Victor.

1956 – Brenda Lee made her debut appearance on television when she appeared on ABC’s Ozark Jamboree.

1958 – Chuck Berry released his rock and roll classic ‘Johnny B. Goode’. But despite now being a classic, back then it “only” managed to reach No.8 on the US singles chart.

1962 – Girl group The Shirelles released their most successful single ‘Soldier Boy’. The song topped the US singles chart and also sold over million copies worldwide.

1962 – Connie Francis topped the Billboard pop singles chart with ‘Don’t Break The Heart That Loves You’. In the UK however, it only managed to reach No.33.

1967 – Jimi Hendrix suffered minor burns because he set his guitar on fire during a show at the Astoria Theater in London. However, that did not stop him from continuing the show.

1969George Harrison and his first wife Pattie Boyd were fined 250 pounds each because of marijuana possession charges.

1971 – American march music bandmaster and composer Karl L. King died at the age of 80.

1976 – With ‘Save Your Kisses For Me’The Brotherhood Of Man topped the UK singles chart. The song also won the Eurovision Song Contest of that year.

1976 – Led Zeppelin released their seventh studio album Presence on this day, March 31 in music history.

1982 – After twelve years of recording and touring, The Doobie Brothers split up. However, in 1987 they got back together and are still touring to this day.

1986 – Founding member of the family group The Isley BrothersO’Kelly Isley Jr. died at the age of 48 from a heart attack.

1992 – English rock band Def Leppard released their fifth studio album ‘Adrenalize. Also their first album without guitarist Steve Clark who died the previous year.

Def Leppard – Heaven Is

1992 – Bruce Springsteen released not one, but two studio albums called Human Touch and Lucky Town.

1993 – Songwriter Mitchell Parish died at the of 92 on this day in music history. Best known for songs such as ‘Deep Purple, ‘Stardust’, ‘Sweet Lorriane’ and so on.

1995 – A “fan” tried to murder Jimmy Page during a Page and Plant concert at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan. His reason? Apparently Page played satanic music!

1995 – Singer-songwriter Selena Perez also known as the Queen of Tejano music was murdered by her assistant Yolanda Saldivar. She was only 23.

1996 – Founding member of the post-punk/blues band The Gun ClubJeffrey Lee Pierce died at the age of 37 from a brain hemorrhage.

2001 – For his services to the music industry, Acker Bilk received an MBE medal from Queen Elizabeth II.

2009 – 34 years after the concert took place, Lynyrd Skynyrd released a live album for their gig at the Capitol Theatre in Cardiff, Wales.

2015 –  Anglo-American jazz pianist and arranger Ralph Sharon died at the age of 91 on this day, March 31 in music history.


1685 –  German composer and musician Johann Sebastian Bach was born on this day, March 31 in music history.

1732 – Austrian composer of the Classical period Joseph Haydn was born on this day, March 31 in music history.

1908 – Jazz vibraphonist Kenneth Norville also known as Red Norvo or ‘Mr. Swing’ was born in Beardstown, Illinois.

1921 – Blues guitarist and songwriter Lowell Fulson was born on this day, March 31 in Atoka, Oklahoma.

1928 – Country music singer-songwriter William ‘Lefty’ Frizzell was born on this day in Corsicana, Texas.

1934 – American singer and actress Shirley Mae Jones was born on this day in Charleroi, Pennsylvania. Best known for her roles in musicals such as Oklahoma!, Carousel, The Music Man and so on.

1935 – American jazz musician Herb Alpert was born on this day in Los Angeles, California. He is a nine time Grammy Award winner and also five time chart topper on the Billboard album chart.

1942 – Rock guitarist and session musician Hugh McCracken was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. He also worked as an arranger and producer.

1947 – Drummer and founding member of The BuckinghamsJoh Poulos was born on this day, March 31 in music history.

1948 – Dutch musician, composer and producer Thijs van Leer was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Also known as a founding member of rock band Focus.

1955 – Co-founder, lead guitarist and songwriter of hard rock band AC/DCAngus Young was born in Glasgow, Scotland.

1958 – British musician Paul Ferguson was born on this day, March 31 in music history. Also known for his work as a drummer for Killing Joke and Pink Parts.

1974 – Bassist of the alternative rock band PlaceboStefan Olsdal was born on this day in Gothenburg, Sweden.

1978 – Rapper and hype-man Marvin Bernard also known as Tony Yayo was born in Queens, New York city.

1984 – Musician, songwriter and record producer Jack Antonoff was born on this day, March 31 in music history.

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