Musical Birthdays in Late March

16 March 1663 Nicolas Siret, French baroque composer and organist
16 March 1745 Johann Wilhelm Cornelius von Konigslow, German composer
1823 William Henry Monk, English composer and organist (Eventide)
16 March 1885 Giacomo Benvenuti, Italian composer
16 March 1919 Ernő Király, Yugoslavian composer and ethnomusicologist
16 March 1936 Fred Neil [Morlock], American songwriter, folk singer, guitarist (Everybody’s Talkin’; Candy Man), and conservationist (Dolphin Project)
16 March 1942 Jerry Jeff Walker [Ronald Clyde Crosby], American country music singer and songwriter (Mr Bojangles)
16 March 1947 Ramzan Paskayev, Chechen accordionist and folk musician
16 March 1954 Miklós Csemiczky, Hungarian contemporary classical and electronic music composer
16 March 1954 Nancy Wilson, rock guitarist (Heart – “Baracuda”; “What About Love”)
16 March 1959 Flavor FlavAmerican rapper (Public Enemy) and reality TV star (The Surreal Life)
16 March 1976 Blu Cantrell [Tiffany Cobb], American singer-songwriter (Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!), Breathe), born in Providence, Rhode Island
16 March 1979 Leena Peisa, Finnish musician (Lordi)
16 March 1981 Danny Brown [Sewell], American rapper
16 March 1991 Wolfgang Van Halen, American rock bassist son of guitarist Eddie Van Halen & actress Valerie Bertinelli

17 March 1655 Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, French harpsichordist, organist, singer, and composer (Les pièces de clavessin; Céphale et Procris)
17 March 1675 Petrus Laurentius Wockenfuss, Polish composer
17 March 1892 Sayed Darwish, Egyptian singer & songwriter, “father of Egyptian popular music”
17 March 1911 Raffaele d’Alessandro, Swiss pianist, organist, and composer
17 March 1919 Nat King Cole American jazz pianist and pop vocalist (“Unforgettable”, “Mona Lisa”)
17 March 1928 Edino Krieger, Brazilian composer
17 March 1935 (Patrick Henry} “Adam” Wade, American pop singer (The Writing On The Wall), actor (Kiss Me Goodbye), and 1st US Black game show host (Musical Chairs)
17 March 1938 Zoletta “Zola” Taylor, American pop singer (The Platters, 1954-62 – “The Great Pretender”; “Only You”; “Twilight Time”)
17 March 1942 Dimitris Poulikakos, Greek rock singer-songwriter (Exadaktylos; MGC), and actor
17 March 1946 Harold Brown, American rock drummer (War, 1969-94 – “Summer”: “Low Rider”)
17 March 1947 Ian Gomm, British rock rhythm guitarist (Brinsely Schwarz, 1970-74 – Hooked On Love), and songwriter (Cruel To Be Kind)
17 March 1951 Scott Gorham, American rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy – “Jailbreak”; “21 Guns”)
17 March 1954 Lesley-Anne Down, British actress and singer (A Little Night Music; Moonraker)
17 March 1957 Hamish Kilgour. New Zealand drummer (The Clean – “Tally Ho!”)
17 March 1967 Billy Corgan American rock singer-songwriter and musician (Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness)
17 March 1972 Marc Gunn, American podcaster (The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast), autoharp player, singer and producer (Brobdingnagian Bards
17 March 1973 Caroline Corr, Irish Celtic folk rock singer, drummer, and bodhrán player (The Corrs – “What Can I Do”)
17 March 1975 Justin Hawkins, British hard rock singer and guitarist (The Darkness – “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”)
17 March 1986 Olesya Rulin, Russian-American actress (High School Musical)
17 March 1990 Hozier [Andrew Hozier-Byrne], Irish folk-soul-blues singer-songwriter and guitarist (“Take Me To Church”)
17 March 1993 Rhian Teasdale, British Grammy Award-winning rock singer-songwriter (Wet Leg)

18 March 1909 Ljubica Marić, Serbian composer (Songs Of Space; Octoïcha), pianist, and pedagogue
18 March 1927 John Kander, American musical theater and film composer, with Fred Ebb (Cabaret; Chicago; New York, New York; Funny Lady)
18 March 1929 Ctirad Kohoutek, Czech composer
18 March 1934 Pavle Despalj, Croatian composer & conductor (Zagreb; Miami; Tokyo)
18 March 1936 Robert Lee Smith, American singer (Tams – “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy”)
18 March 1938 Charley Pride, American country singer (Sweet Country)
18 March 1939 Giannis Markopoulos, Greek composer
18 March 1941 Wilson Pickett American R&B singer (“In The Midnight Hour”; “Funky Broadway”)
18 March 1949 Åse Kleveland, Norwegian singer and politician
18 March 1957 György Pazdera, Hungarian bassist (Pokolgép)
18 March 1959 Irene Cara [Escalera], American Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer-songwriter (“Fame”; “Flashdance…What A Feeling”), and actress (Fame; D.C. Cab)
18 March 1963 Vanessa Williams American singer, actress and 1st African American Miss America (1983)
18 March 1965 Jeff Labar, American glam rock guitarist (Cinderella, 1985-2014 – “Nobody’s Fool”; “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)”)
18 March 1966 Jerry Cantrell, American rock guitarist, songwriter, and singer (Alice in Chains – Dirt)
18 March 1970 Queen Latifah American Grammy and Emmy Award-winning rapper (“Ladies First”; “Unity”), actress (Chicago; Bessie: Beauty Shop), and TV personality (The Queen Latifah Show)
18 March 1979 Adam Levine, American singer (Maroon 5 – “This Love”; “Moves Like Jagger”)
18 March 1981 Jang Nara, Korean singer and actress
18 March 1986 Li Lykke [Zachrisson], Swedish pop-electronic singer-songwriter (“I Follow Rivers”)

19 March 1917 Constantin “Dinu” Lipatti, Romanian classical pianist and composer
19 March 1921 Robert McFerrin, Sr., American operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1955-58; singing voice for Sidney Poitier in film “Porgy and Bess”)
19 March 1928 Clarence Paul [Pauling], American songwriter, and record producer (Motown; Stevie Wonder – “Fingertips”)
19 March 1936 Birthe Wilke, Danish pop singer (Eurovision Song Contest, 1957 & 1959
19 March 1944 Joseph Celli, composer
19 March 1944 Myung-Wha Chung, Korean concert cellist (Chung Trio), and educator
19 March 1944 Tom Constanten, American rock keyboardist (Grateful Dead, 1968-70 – Aoxomoxoa)
19 March 1946 Paul Atkinson, British rock guitarist (The Zombies – “She’s Not There”; “Time Of The Season”), and record company executive
19 March 1946 Ruth Pointer, American pop and R&B singer-songwriter (The Pointer Sisters – “I’m So Excited”
19 March 1952 Gerard Huerta, American graphic designer and album cover artist (CBS Records – AC/DC, Boston, Blue Oyster Cult, Rupert Holmes)
19 March 1953 Ricky Wilson, American rock guitarist (B-52’s – “Rock Lobster”; “Love Shack”), born in Athens, Georgia
19 March 1959 Anthony Marinelli, American session keyboardist and synthesizer player (Michael Jackson; Sigue Sigue Sputnik), film, television, and advertising composer
19 March 1959 Terry Hall, British rock-ska-pop singer (Specials; Fun Boy Three; Vegas)
19 March 1960 Eliane Elias, Brazilian jazz pianist, singer, composer and arranger (Dreamer; Around The City), born in São Paulo, Brazil
19 March 1964 Yoko Kanno, Japanese keyboard and accordion player, arranger, jazz, pop music (Seatbelts), and soundtrack composer (Cowboy Bebop), born in Sendai, Japan
19 March 1975 Vivian Hsu, Taiwanese singer, actress and model
19 March 1976 Zach Lind, American drummer (Jimmy Eat World – “The Middle”)
19 March 1980 Mikuni Shimokawa, Japanese singer
19 March 1983 Ana Rezende, Brazilian film director and musician (CSS)
19 March 1990 Tanja Tzarovska, Macedonian singer (The Passion of the Christ; Troy), and songwriter,

20 March 1915 Sister Rosetta Tharpe [Nubin], American gospel and R&B singer, songwriter, and electric guitarist (“This Train”; “Down By The Riverside”
20 March 1915 Sviatoslav Richter, Soviet pianist considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century
20 March 1921 Primož Ramovš, Slovenian avant-garde composer (Za Harmoniko; Tryptychon), pedagogue, and library director (Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, 1945-87)
20 March 1936 Lee “Scratch” Perry [Rainford Hugh Perry], Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter and producer (The Upsetters)
20 March 1937 Jerry Reed, American country music singer (When You’re Hot, You’re Hot) and actor (Bat 21; Smokey and the Bandit)
20 March 1946 Ranger Doug [Green], American Western swing music, singer, guitarist, and yodeler (Riders in the Sky – Cowboy Way)
20 March 1951 Guy Perry [Adrian Peritore], American rock guitarist (Motels, 1982-87 – “Only the Lonely”; “Suddenly Last Summer”)
20 March 1951 Suzanne Lynch (née Donaldson), New Zealand pop singer (The Chicks), and session vocalist (Car Stevens)
20 March 1964 Natacha Atlas, Egyptian-Belgian world music and electro-pop fusion singer (Transglobal Underground)
20 March 1966 Alka Yagnik, Indian playback singer
20 March 1980 Ock Ju-Hyun, South Korean singer (Fin.K.L), and actress
20 March 1982 Nick Wheeler, American guitarist (The All-American Rejects)
20 March 1984 Winta [Efrem], Eritrean-Norwegian R&B singer (Hot Romance (Rok With You); Nails on Chalkboard)
20 March 1986 Dean Geyer, South African-Australian singer-songwriter (Australian Idol), and actor (Neighbours; Glee)
20 March 1990 JJ [Jökull Júlíusson], Icelandic blues-rock singer-songwriter (Kaleo – Way Down We Go), born in Reykjavík, Iceland
20 March 2000 Hyunjin [Hwang Hyun-jin], South Korean dancer and K-pop rapper (Stray Kids – “Grow Up”)

21 March 1923 Mort Lindsey [Lippman], American pianist, arranger, musical director (Judy Garland, 1961-64; Merv Griffin Show, 1962-86; Barbra Streisand, 1968), and composer
21 March 1935 Antonio Membrado, Spanish-French classical guitarist and composer
21 March 1936 Marek Stachowski, Polish composer (Neusis II; Thakurian Chants), and pedagogue, born in Piekary Śląskie, Poland (d. 2004)
21 March 1940 Chip Taylor [James Voight], American songwriter (“Angel of the Morning”; “Wild Thing”)
21 March 1945 Rosemary Stone, American funk and rock vocalist, and pianist (Sly & Family Stone – “Everyday People”; “Dance to The Music”
21 March 1945 Vernon Guy, American R&B and gospel singer (Cool Sounds, Sharpees)
21 March 1949 Eddie Money [Mahoney], American rock singer-songwriter (“Two Tickets To Paradise”; ‘Take Me Home Tonight”), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2019)
21 March 1950 Roger Hodgson, British rock singer-songwriter (Supertramp – “Take The Long Way Home”; “Breakfast In America”)
21 March 1953 Robert “Shotgun” Johnson, American rock drummer (KC & the Sunshine Band – “That’s The Way I Like It”)
21 March 1955 Haakon Graf, Norwegian jazz keyboard player, composer, arranger and producer
21 March 1956 László Tihanyi, Hungarian composer (Silence of the Winds; Two Imaginary Dialogues), and conductor (Ensemble Intermodulation)
21 March 1959 Nobuo Uematsu, Japanese composer
21 March 1959 Sarah Jane Morris, English pop-jazz-R&B singer-songwriter
21 March 1967 Jonas “Joker” Berggren, Swedish musician, songwriter, and producer (Ace of Base – “All That She Wants”)
21 March 1968 Vincent Courtois, French classically trained jazz cellist, born in Paris, France
21 March 1972 Kristen Anderson-Lopez, American songwriter (Frozen)
21 March 1989 Rochelle Humes, British pop singer (The Saturdays – “What About Us”), born in Barking, England
21 March 1990 Mandy Capristo, German Singer (Monrose)

22 March 1946 Serge [Ruud Schaap], Dutch singer and guitarist (Saskia & Serge), born in Den Helder, Netherlands
22 March 1947 Harry Vanda [Vandenberg], Dutch-Australian rock guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Easybeats – “Friday On My Mind”), born in Voorburg, Netherlands
22 March 1947 Marek Bliziński, Polish jazz guitarist and composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1989)
22 March 1947 Patrick Olive, Grenadian percussionist (Hot Chocolate – “You Sexy Thing”), born in Grenada
22 March Andrew Lloyd Webber 1948 British theatrical composer (Jesus Christ Superstar; Phantom of the Opera; Cats), born in London, England
22 March 1959 Avraham Fried [Friedman], Orthodox Jewish Musician
22 March 1968 Euronymous [Øystein Aarseth], Norwegian black-metal guitarist and producer (Mayhem)
22 March 1973 Beverley Knight, English singer and actress
22 March 1977 Santa Ratniece, Latvian classical and choral composer (Horo horo hata hata)
22 March 1979 Aaron North, American musician (Nine Inch Nails)
22 March 1981 (Shawn) Mims, American rapper (This Is Why I’m Hot)
22 March 1982 Chris Wallace, American pop-rock singer-songwriter (The White Tie Affair – “You Look Better When I’m Drunk’: solo – “Remember When (Push Rewind)”)

23 March 1926 Martha Wright [Wiederrecht;], American stage, concert and radio singer and actress (South Pacific; The Sound Of Music)
23 March 1927 Osvaldo Lacerda, Brazilian composer (Piratininga), and music professor
23 March 1929 Gerrit den Braber, Dutch songwriter and lyricist (Ring-dinge-ding; I See a Star), 
23 March 1938 Dave Pike, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player,
23 March 1942 Jimmy Miller, American record producer and musician (The Rolling Stones
23 March 1943 Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, Finnish Sami writer (The Sun, My Father) and musician
23 March 1947 Ray Phiri, South African jazz and mbaqanga guitarist (Paul Simon)
23 March 1965 Marti Pellow [Mark McLachlan], Scottish pop singer, and musical theater performer (Wet, Wet, Wet – “Love Is All Around”)
23 March 1967 John Strohm, American rock drummer, guitarist, songwriter (The Lemonheads), lawyer, and record executive (Rounder Records)
23 March 1968 Damon Albarn, English rock singer-songwriter, and musician (Blur – “Girls & Boys”; “Country House”; Gorillaz – “Clint Eastwood”; “Feels Good, Inc.”)
23 March 1971 Abe Laboriel, Jr, American session and touring drummer, and vocalist (Paul McCartney; k.d. lang; Sting), born in Los Angeles, California
23 March 1973 Stefon Harris, American jazz vibraphonist (The Grand Unification Theory; The Classical Jazz Quartet), born in Albany, New York
23 March 1995 Jan Lisiecki, Canadian classical pianist

24 March 1924 Eric Parkin, British classical pianist and champion of British composers
24 March 1927 János Decsényi, Hungarian composer (Farewell to a Vanished Century)
24 March 1933 David Harries, Welsh composer (Epithalamium)
24 March 1935 Carol Kaye, American session bassist (Beach Boys, Sonny & Cher, Simon & Garfunkel)
24 March 1947 Meiko Kaji [Masako Ohta], Japanese film actress and singer (Lady Snowblood),
24 March 1949 Nick Lowe, British rock bassist, singer, songwriter (Brinsley Schwarz – “What’s So Funny About Peace, Love, and Understanding”; Rockpile – “Teacher, Teacher”; solo-“Cruel To Be Kind”), and producer (Elvis Costello; Graham Parker),
24 March 1949 Steve Lang, Canadian rock bassist (April Wine, 1976-84 – “Just Between You And Me”)
24 March 1960 Nena [Gabrielle Kerner], German pop singer (“99 Luftballons”- “99 Red Balloons”)
24 March 1970 Pasemaster Mase [Vincent Mason], American rapper (De La Soul – “Me Myself and I”)
24 March 1970 Sharon Corr, Irish celtic pop-rock violinist (The Corrs – “What Can I Do”)
24 March 1974 Chad Butler, American Christian rock drummer (Switchfoot – “Mess Of Me”)
24 March 1975 Krisdayanti, Indonesian pop singer and actress
24 March 1977 Corneille [Cornelius Nyungura], Rawandan-Canadian R&B, pop, and soul singer
24 March 1977 Natalie Hemby (Wrucke), American Grammy Award-winning country music songwriter (Miranda Lambert – “Only Prettier”; “Automatic”; Toby Keith – “Drinks After Work”), and singer (The Highwomen)
24 March 1982 Nivea [Hamilton], American pop singer (“Laundromat”; “Don’t Mess With My Man”), born in Savannah, Georgia

25 March 1653 Joseph Sauveur, French mathematician, physicist and sound engineer who coined the name acoustics for the study of sound from the ancient Greek word ακουστός, meaning “able to be heard”
25 March 1923 Bonnie Guitar [Buckingham], American guitarist, singer and record executive (Dark Moon)
25 March 1929 Cecil Taylor, American pianist, poet, and one of the pioneers of free jazz
25 March 1931 Tom Wilson, American record producer (Sun Ra; Bob Dylan; Simon & Garfunkel; Mothers of Invention; Velvet Underground)
25 March 1935 (Juan) “Johnny” Pacheco, Dominican-American salsa flutist, bandleader, composer, record producer and label executive (Fania Records)
25 March 1938 Hoyt Axton, American songwriter, singer (“No No Song”; “Joy To The World”; “I’ve Never Been To Spain”), and actor (McCloud; Gremlins; The Rousters)
25 March 1942 Aretha Franklin American singer known as “The Queen of Soul” (“Respect”; “Think”; “Chain of Fools”), pianist, songwriter, and first female performer inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987)
25 March 1947 Elton John English singer-songwriter and piano player (“Rocketman”; “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”; “Candle In The Wind”)
25 March 1949 Bob Ezrin, Canadian keyboardist and music producer (Alice Cooper; Peter Gabriel; Kiss; Pink Floyd)
25 March 1949 Kaja Danczowska, Polish classical violinist, and teacher
25 March 1949 Klaus Mertens, German bass and bass-baritone singer
25 March 1949 Neil Jones, Welsh rock guitarist (Amen Corner – “Bend Me Shape Me”)
25 March 1960 Steve Norman, British rock saxophone player (Spandau Ballet – “True”)
25 March 1966 Frank Ferrer, American rock drummer (Guns N’ Roses, 2006 -present)
25 March 1966 Jeff Healey, Canadian blind blues-rock guitarist and singer (“See The Light”; “Angel Eyes”)
25 March 1974 Finley Quaye, Scottish reggae singer and musician
25 March 1976 Baek Ji Young, South Korean singer
25 March 1976 Gigi Leung, Hong Kong actress and singer (Tempting Heart), born in Hong Kong
25 March 1976 Juvenile [Terius Gray], American rapper (The Hot Boys), born in Magnolia, New Orleans, Louisiana
25 March 1980 Joe King, American rock guitarist and songwriter (The Fray)
25 March 1982 Sergey Yakovlev, Russian musical artist and painter
25 March 1984 Katharine McPhee, American singer-songwriter (“Over It”) and actress (Country Comfort)
25 March 1988 Big Sean [Anderson], American rapper, singer, and songwriter (Dark Sky Paradise)
25 March 1989 Alyson Michalka, American actress/singer

26 March 1936 Erich Urbanner, Austrian composer and educator, born in Innsbruck, Austria
26 March 1936 Fred Parris, American doo-wop singer and songwriter (The Five Satins – “In The Still Of The Night”)
26 March 1944 Diana Ross American singer (The Supremes – “Stop! In The Name Of Love”; “You Can’t Hurry Love”; “I Hear A Symphony”), and actress (Lady Sings Blues; Mahogany)
26 March 1948 Kyung-Wha Chung, Korean violinist (Chung Sisters)
26 March 1949 Vicki Lawrence, American television actress (The Carol Burnett Show; Mama’s Family), and singer (“The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia”)
26 March 1962 Richard Coles, Britiish synth-pop musician (Communards – “Don’t Leave Me This Way”), now a Church of England priest, and BBC broadcaster
26 March 1968 James Iha, American rock guitarist and songwriter (The Smashing Pumpkins; A Perfect Circle)
26 March 1968 Kenny Chesney, American country music singer (“Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven”)
26 March 1979 Hiromi Uehara, Japanese jazz pianist (Spiral)
26 March 1980 Son Ho Young, Korean American singer (g.o.d.)
26 March 1981 Anaïs Mitchell, American singer-songwriter and playwright (Hadestown – 2019 Tony for Best Musical)
26 March 1981 Jay Sean [Kamaljit Singh Jhooti], British pop, Bhaṅgṛā, and R&B singer
26 March 1984 Stéphanie Lapointe, French Canadian singer (Star Académie)
26 March 1987 Yui [Yoshioka], Japanese pop-rock singer-songwriter, and musician (“Good-bye Days”; Flower Power) and actress (A Song to the Sun)
26 March 1990 Xiumin [Kim Min-seok], South Korean singer and actor (Exo)
26 March 1991 Ari Lennox, American R&B singer (Revenge of the Dreamers)
26 March 2003 Bhad Bhabie [Danielle Bregoli], American rapper (These Heaux)

27 March 1926 Frankie Ervin, American R&B singer (The Three Blazers – “Dragnet Blues”; The Shields – “You Cheated”)
27 March 1927 Mstislav Rostropovich, Soviet-Russian cellist and conductor
27 March 1928 Antonín Tučapský, Czech composer, teacher, and choral conductor
27 March 1940 Janis Martin, American rockabilly and country singer (“Will You Willyum”; “Drugstore Rock ‘n Roll”)
27 March 1946 Andy Bown, British rock keyboard player (Peter Frampton; Status Quo.)
27 March 1946 Olaf Malolepski, German musician (Die Flippers), born in Madgeburg, Germany
27 March 1949 Poul Ruders, Danish organist and composer (Four Compositions; Manhattan Abstraction; Sound And Simplicity)
27 March 1957 Billy MacKenzie, Scottish rock vocalist (The Associates – “Affectionate Punch”)
27 March 1959 Andrew Farriss, Australian rock keyboardist and songwriter (INXS – “Kiss the Dirt”; “New Sensation”)
27 March 1961 Tak Matsumoto, Japanese Grammy Award-winning guitarist (B’z)
27 March 1963 Charly Alberti, Argentinian rock musician (Soda Stereo)
27 March Mariah Carey 1969 American pop singer-songwriter (“Without You”; “All I Want For Christmas Is You”; “Hero”; “We Belong Together”)
27 March 1975 Fergie American pop singer (The Black Eyed Peas – “I Gotta Feeling”)
27 March 1976 Tia Fuller, American jazz saxophonist (Soul (film); Beyoncé backing band), composer, and educator (Berklee School)
27 March 1981 JJ Lin, Chinese singer (Music Voyager)
27 March 1988 Jessie J [Jessica Cornish], British pop singer-songwriter (“Price Tag”; “Domino”; “Bang Bang”)
27 March 1990 Kimbra [Johnson], New Zealand Grammy Award-winning pop-fusion singer, songwriter, and record producer (“Cameo Lover”; with Gotye – “Somebody That I Used to Know”)
27 March 2000 Halle Bailey, American R&B singer (Chloe X Halle – Ungodly Hour), and actess (Grown-ish)
27 March 2004 Amira Willighagen, Dutch classical cross-over soprano singer (Holland’s Got Talent, 2013)

28 March 1939 Roy Cicala, American sound engineer (Record Plant Studios (NYC) – Jimi Hendrix; John Lennon; Frank Sinatra)
28 March 1941 Charles Ray “Charlie” McCoy, American Grammy-winning session musician and harmonica player (Hee Haw)
28 March 1955 Reba McEntire American country singer (“Can’t Even Get the Blues”; “Consider Me Gone”), born in McAlester, Oklahoma
28 March 1958 Oran “Juice” Jones, American R&B singer (“Curiosity”; “Here I Go Again”)
28 March 1961 José Feghali, Brazilian concert pianist (Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, 1985)
28 March 1962 Ged Grimes, Scottish rock bassist, and producer (Danny Wilson; Deacon Blue; Simple Minds)
28 March 1963 Andy Cousin, English rock bassist (All About Eve; The Mission; The Lucy Nation)
28 March 1965 Steve Turner, American grunge rock guitarist (Mudhoney)
28 March 1966 Indra Lesmana, Indonesian jazz keyboardist, arranger, and composer
28 March 1966 Salt [Cheryl James], American Grammy Award-winning rapper and songwriter (Salt-n-Pepa – “Let’s Talk About Sex”)
28 March 1969 Rodney Atkins, American country music singer-songwriter (Honesty), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
28 March 1972 Ledisi [Young], American Grammy Award-winning jazz and R&B singer-songwriter, and record producer (Pieces of Me; The Wild Card)
28 March 1980 Rasmus Seebach, Danish pop singer-songwriter, and record producer, born in Frederiksberg, Denmark
28 March 1986 J-Kwon [Jerrell Jones], American rapper (Tipsy)
28 March 1986 Lady Gaga American singer-songwriter and actress (Bad Romance; A Star is Born)
28 March 1989 Afrikan Boy [Olushola Ajose], British rapper (Wot It Do?)

29 March 1918 Pearl Bailey, American Tony and Emmy Award-winning stage and screen actress, singer and dancer (Hello, Dolly!)
29 March 1940 Astrud Gilberto, Brazilian samba singer (“The Girl From Ipanema”),
29 March 1943 Vangelis [Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou], Greek composer, keyboardist, and Academy Award winner (Chariots of Fire)
29 March 1950 Mory Kanté, Guinean singer and kora harp player (Yé ké yé ké)
29 March 1960 Jo Nesbø, Norwegian writer (Harry Hole crime novels) and singer
29 March 1968 Lucy Lawless New Zealand actress (Xena: Warrior Princess) and singer
29 March 1974 Alex Cuba [Alexis Puentes], Cuban-Canadian singer-songwriter (Mendó)29 March 1978 Michael Kaczurak, American singer and actor
29 March 1981 Edewede Oriwoh, Nigerian classical and liturgical composer, mostly for chorus (Baba, Ese; Play)
29 March 1981 Megan Hilty, American actress and singer (Wicked)
29 March 1981 P.J. Morton, American singer-songwriter and musician (Maroon 5; Gospel According to PJ)
29 March 1982 Hideaki Takizawa, Japanese record producer
29 March 1983 Luiza Sá, Brazilian rock guitarist and keyboard player (CCS – Cansei de Ser Sexy)
29 March 1994 Sulli [Choi Jin-ri], South Korean K-pop singer (f(x)) and actress (Fashion King)
29 March 1997 Arón Piper, German-Spanish actor (Elite) and singer

30 March 1913 Frankie Laine [Francesco Paolo LoVecchio], American singer (“Jezebel”; “Rawhide”; “Blazing Saddles”), songwriter (“We’ll Be Together Again”), and actor (Bring Your Smile Along)
30 March 1917 Els Aarne, Estonian composer
30 March 1917 Rudolf Bruci, Croatian composer
30 March 1921 Kan Ishii, Japanese composer (Marimo)
30 March 1921 Oto Ferenczy, Slovak composer
30 March 1922 German Galynin, Soviet-Russian composer
30 March 1922 Peter Jona Korn, German composer
30 March 1924 Milko Kelemen, Croatian composer (Archetypon)
30 March 1925 Ivo Malec, Croat-French composer (Miniatures pour Lewis Carroll; Lumina) 
30 March 1931 Sándor Szokolay, Hungarian composer and pedagogue, 
30 March 1935 John Charles Eaton, American composer,
30 March 1945 Eric Clapton English singer and guitarist (Cream – “Sunshine Of Your Love; Derek & The Dominos – “Layla”; solo -“Tears in Heaven”)
30 March 1962 MC Hammer [Stanley Kirk Burrell], American rapper (Hammer Time)
30 March 1963 Eli-Eri Moura, Brazilian composer and conductor
30 March 1963 Ximo Tebar, Spanish jazz and flamenco guitarist, and composer (Goes Blue) 
30 March 1967 Hayashibara Megumi, Japanese voice actress, singer (Give A Reason), and lyricist
30 March 1968 Celine Dion Canadian singer (“My Heart Will Go On”; “The Power Of Love”; “Tell Him”)
30 March 1979 Norah Jones American pop and jazz singer and pianist (“Come Away With Me”)
30 March 1979 Simon Webbe, English pop singer (Blue)
30 March 1980 [Hüseyin] Yalin, Turkish pop singer-songwriter
30 March 1983 Hebe Tian, Taiwanese singer (S.H.E)
30 March 1983 Scott Moffatt, Canadian guitarist and singer-songwriter (The Moffatts)
30 March 1984 Anna Nalick, American singer-songwriter
30 March 1986 Beni Arashiro, Japanese singer
30 March 1990 Thomas Rhett, American singer-songwriter
30 March 1993 Anitta [Larissa de Macedo Machado], Brazilian pop and reggaeton singer-songwriter (Show das Poderosas; Envolver)
30 March 1997 Cha Eun-woo, South Korean singer (Astro), actor and model

31 March 1685 Johann Sebastian Bach German composer (St. Matthew’s Passion; Brandenburg Concertos; Toccata and Fugue)
31 March 1934 Shirley Jones, American Academy Award-winning actress (Elmer Gantry; Oklahoma!), and singer (Partridge Family)
31 March 1935 Herb Alpert, American jazz trumpeter and bandleader (Tijuana Brass – “This Guy’s In Love With You”), and record executive (A & M)
31 March 1948 Thijs van Leer, Dutch rock singer, organist, and flutist (Focus – “Hocus Pocus”; Introspection)
31 March 1951 Henry Spinetti, Welsh session and touring drummer (Eric Clapton, Joan Armatrading, Gerry Rafferty, Katie Melua)
31 March 1953 Dennis Kamakahi, Hawaiian Grammy Award-winning slack-key guitarist
31 March 1959 Ali McMordie, Irish bassist (Stiff Little Fingers)
31 March 1963 Paul Mercurio, Australian actor/dancer
31 March 1964 Erik Turner, American rock guitarist (Warrant – “Cherry Pie”)
31 March 1974 Stefan Olsdal, Swedish bassist (Placebo)
31 March 1977 Toshiya, Japanse musician (Dir en grey)
31 March 1978 Tony Yayo [Marvin Bernard], American rapper (G-Unit – “So Seductive”)
31 March 1979 Amey Date, Indian playback singer
31 March 1980 Maaya Sakamoto, Japanese voice actor, film dubber, and singer (You Can’t Catch Me)
31 March 1981 Ryan Bingham, American Academy Award-winning roots-rock singer-songwriter (Crazy Heart “The Weary Kind”)
31 March 1982 Lennon Murphy, American rock singer/songwriter
31 March 1984 Jack Antonoff, American rock singer, guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Bleachers; fun.)
31 March 1986 Cveta Majtanović, Serbian singer, winner of Pop Idol

Vivaldi and Happy Spring!

The first day of spring is here. It may not feel like it quite yet, but warmer days are coming.

Antonio Vivaldi’s best known works are the Four Seasons, a group of four violin concertos that each gives expression to one season of the year. Spring is linked below. These seasonal concertos represent flowing creeks, singing birds, a shepherd and his dog, buzzing flies, storms, drunken dancers, hunting parties from both the hunters’ and the prey’s point of view, frozen landscapes, and warm winter fires. This was a musical revolution of concept- and Vivaldi kept notes and even wrote sonnets to go with each concerto. This is one of the earliest and most detailed examples of what would become “program music” (music with a narrative element).

Vivaldi published the Four Seasons in 1725. There is some debate on how much earlier they were written, whether the sonnets were written to go with the music or vice versa, and whether Vivaldi or someone else wrote the sonnets. Each concerto has three movements (allegro, largo, allegro or fast, slow, fast) and the sonnet was likewise broken into three parts.

Spring sonnet translation by Armand D’Angour
Springtime is upon us.
The birds celebrate her return with festive song,
and murmuring streams are
softly caressed by the breezes.
Thunderstorms, those heralds of Spring, roar,
casting their dark mantle over heaven,
Then they die away to silence,
and the birds take up their charming songs once more.

On the flower-strewn meadow, with leafy branches
rustling overhead, the goat-herd sleeps,
his faithful dog beside him.

Led by the festive sound of rustic bagpipes,
nymphs and shepherds lightly dance
beneath spring’s beautiful canopy.

Traditional Irish Music

St. Patrick’s Day is this week, so here’s a bit of history about Irish music. It began as an oral tradition to be passed from one generation to the next. This practice of listening, learning by ear, and not writing tunes down is still encouraged.

Traditional instruments include the Irish harp, which is believed to have originated in Egypt. The Celts brought music to the Irish 2000 years ago, and they had influences from the East. The harp was the most popular instrument, used to create music for nobles and play for the Irish chieftains until the Flight of the Earls (1607). After that, the harpists played where they could.

The first written records of Irish tunes began in 1762. Traditional Irish music travelled with Irish immigrants all over the world. Traditional instruments include fiddle, Celtic harp, Irish flute, penny whistle, uilleann pipes and bodhrán and have expanded more recently to the Irish bouzouki, acoustic guitar, mandolin and tenor banjo.

In the US in the 1920s, Irish music was first recorded and available for listening. Since then, many Irish musicians have kept the traditions alive and thriving for many different audiences.

Here’s a link to sounds from the Traditional Irish Music Archive. Listen to some Irish music, or find it on your favorite streaming app.

Musical Birthdays in Early March

Have a birthday in early March? You might share it with one or more of these musical people. While this is by no means an exhaustive list, feel free to check out someone new to you. Music is meant to be shared, and not just what’s on your current playlist.

1 March 1904 Glenn Miller of the Glenn Miller Orchestra – “In the Mood”; “Moonlight Serenade”; “String of Pearls”
1 March 1927 Harry Belafonte (Jr) “Banana Boat Song” Also actor and human rights activist
1 March 1930 Pierre Max Dubois, French Composer
1 March 1932 Jacques Leduc, Belgian Composer
1 March 1933 Istvan Lang, Hungarian Composer
1 March 1939 Leo Brouwer, Cuban Composer
1 March 1947 Alan Thicke, Canadian actor and TV theme song composer (Diff’rent Strokes; Facts of Life)
1 March 1983 Elan Sara DeFan, Mexican singer-songwriter
1 March 1987 Kesha American pop singer

2 March 1909 Hanoch Jacoby, Israeli Violist (Israel Philharmonic 1958-74)
2 March 1913 Celedonio Romero, Spanish Guitarist
2 March 1917 Desi Arnaz, Cuban-American singer, bandleader, actor and television producer
2 March 1944 Leif Segerstam, Finnish violinist, conductor and composer (342 symphonies and counting)
2 March 1961 Simone Young, Australian conductor
2 March 1962 Jon Bon Jovi, American rock singer-songwriter
2 March 1977 Chris Martin, British rock singer-songwriter and piano player (Coldplay “Viva la Vida”)

3 March 1929 Nikos Mamangakis, Greek classical and electronic music composer
3 March 1933 Marco Antonio Munoz, Mexican Latin pop singer and actor
3 March 1953 Dave Amato, American rock guitarist (REO Speedwagon)
3 March 1978 Seomoon Tak [Lee Su-jin], Korean rock singer
3 March 1981 Eugene (Kim Yoo-Jin) South Korean K-pop singer and actress
3 March 1981 Tobias Forge, Swedish heavy metal singer (Ghost)
3 March 1997 Camila Cabello Cuban-American singer-songwriter

4 March 1678 Antonio Vivaldi, Baroque violin virtuoso and composer
4 March 1932 Miriam Makeba, South African singer and civil rights activist (Grammy for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording 1965)
4 March 1936 Eric Allandale [Dubuisson], West Indian-British rock and soul trombonist and songwriter
4 March 1950 Emilio Estefan, Cuban-American musician and producer (Miami Sound Machine)
4 March 1951 Linda Yamamoto, Japanese singer and actress
4 March 1981 Carol Banawa, Filipino singer and celebrity

5 March 1913 Julian Krein [Yulian Kreyn] Russian composer and musicologist
5 March 1955 Juraj Filas, Slovak composer
5 March 1991 Daniil Trifonov, Russian Grammy Award-winning classical pianist

6 March 1938 Lovelace Watkins, American singer known as “The Black Sinatra”
6 March 1942 Flora Purim, Brazilian jazz singer
6 March 1944 Kiri Te Kanawa, New Zealand operatic soprano
6 March 1946 David Gilmour, British rock guitarist and vocalist (Pink Floyd 1968-2014)
6 March 1964 Madonna Wayne Gacy [Stephen Bier, Jr.] American musician (Marilyn Manson)
6 March 1975 Yannick Nezet-Seguin, French Canadian conductor
6 March 1985 Pretty Yende, South African operatic soprano

7 March 1907 Juan Francisco Giacobbe, Argentine composer
7 March 1992 Alisson Kruusmaa, contemporary classical composer (born in Estonia)

8 March 1940 Johnny Ventura, merengue and salsa bandleader and politician
8 March 1943 Gayla Peevey (“I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”)
8 March 1972 Angie Hart, Australian pop singer
8 March 1973 Anneke van Giersbergen, Dutch singer
8 March 1975 Peggy Zina, Greek singer
8 March 1988 Benny Blanco, American record producer

9 March 1911 Ramon Campbell Batista, Chilean physician, composer, and ethno-musicologist
9 March 1930 Ornette Coleman, American jazz saxophonist and composer
9 March 1936 Mickey Gilley, American nightclub owner and country singer
9 March 1951 Zakir Hussain, Punjabi tabla virtuoso, composer, producer, and film actor
9 March 1993 Suga [Min Yoon-gi], Korean rapper and songwriter (BTS)

10 March 1892 Arthur Honegger, Swiss composer
10 March 1934 Fou Ts’ong, Chinese-British concert pianist
10 March 1955 Youssra [Seveen Nessim], Egyptian actress and singer
10 March 1962 Seiko Matsuda [Noriko Kamachi], Japanese pop singer
10 March 1976 Haifa Wehbe, Lebanese-Egyptian actress, model, pop and world music singer
10 March 1976 Kisaki, Japanese progressive rock musician (Phantasmagoria)
10 March 1983 Carrie Underwood, American Grammy Award-winning country music singer-songwriter
10 March 1983 Che’Nelle [Cheryline Lim] Malaysian-Australian pop and hip-hop singer-songwriter
10 March 1984 Li Yuchun [Chris Lee], Chinese singer-songwriter and actress
10 March 1992 Emily Osment, American actress and singer
10 March 1994 Bad Bunny, Puerto Rican rapper and singer-songwriter (YHLQMDLG)

11 March 1903 Lawrence Welk, American accordionist and orchestra leader (Lawrence Welk Show
11 March 1906 Hasan Ferit Alnar, Turkish composer
11 March 1921 Astor Piazzolla, Argentinian banodeonist and composer
11 March 1926 Ilham Mimaroglu, Turkish electronic music composer and musician
11 March 1950 Bobby McFerrin, American Grammy Award-winning vocalist (“Don’t Worry Be Happy”) and classical music conductor
11 March 1969 Terrence Howard, American actor and singer-songwriter
11 March 1985 Arooj Aftab, Pakistani-American singer and composer (Mohabbat)

12 March 1945 George Jackson, American rhythm&Blues, rock, and southern soul songwriter (One Bad Apple; Old Time Rock and Roll) and singer
12 March 1946 Liza Minelli, American singer and actress
12 March 1948 James Taylor, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

13 March 1960 Adam Clayton, English-Irish musician and Rock bassist (U2)
13 March 1980 Lee Jung-hyun, South Korean pop singer and actress
13 March 1984 Yuuka Nanri, Japanese actress, voice actress and pop singer
13 March 1992 Ozuna, Puerto Rican singer

14 March 1930 Dieter Schnebel, German experimental composer (Harley-Davidson, for nine motorbikes and trumpet)
14 March 1933 Quincy Jones Jr., American jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, record producer and film producer
14 March 1981 Mei-Ting Sun, Chinese concert pianist

15 March 1912 Lightnin Hopkins, American blues musician
15 March 1932 Arif Mardin, Turkish-American music producer (Atlantic Records: Aretha Franklin, Bee Gees)
15 March 1941 Mike Love, American vocalist (Beach Boys)
15 March 1947 Stomu Yamash’ta, Japanese percussionist, keyboard player and traditional Japanese-progressive rock fusion composer
15 March 1975 [Adams], American singer-songwriter, rapper, musician (Black Eyed Peas)
15 March 1987 Tatiana Shmailyuk, Ukrainian heavy metal vocalist

March Themes!

Composition Theme: This month we’ll be taking a look at composing marches. This is the kind of music you would hear out of a marching band at sporting events. If this interests you, go ahead and check out this month’s composition!

Music History: We will be looking at the history of marches this month. Did you know the first marches actually came from militaries which used marches to direct troops? If things like this interest you, check out our music history for this month!

Young Students: Our young students station this month will help your small kids learn about marches through some simple drawing and matching games.