March 17 – On this day in music

Birthdays on this day

  • 1919 Nat “King” Cole, singer (Unforgettable, Mona Lisa), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1965)
  • 1944 John Sebastian, American singer (Loving Spoonful, Welcome Back Kotter), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947 Ian Gomm, rock guitarist
  • 1951 Scott Gorham, Irish hard rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy)
  • 1954 Rena Jones, rock vocalist
  • 1954 Wally Stocker, rock vocalist/guitarist (Babys-Missing You), born in London, England
  • 1962 Janet Patricia Gardner, Juneau Alaska, rocker (Vixen)
  • 1962 Roxy Dora Petrucci, Rochester Minn, rock drummer (Vixen)
  • 1967 Billy Corgan, American musician (Smashing Pumpkins), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1972 Melissa Auf der Maur, Canadian musician
  • 1975 Justin Hawkins, British singer (The Darkness)

Weddings on this day

  • 1966 The Who drummer Keith Moon (19) weds model Kim Kerrigan (18) at Brent Registry Office

Divorce in music

  • 2008 Musician Paul McCartney (65) divorces former model and anti-landmines campaigner Heather Mills (40) on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour

Deaths in music

  • 1990 Rick Grech, rocker (Blind Faith, Traffic), dies at 44