On This Day

Musicians Born in October 1911

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 1 Irwin Kostal, orchestra leader and arranger (West Side Story, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1994)
  • Oct 7 Jo Jones, American jazz drummer, born in Chicago, Illinois (1985)
  • Oct 7 Vaughn Monroe, singer/orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Oct 7 Shura Cherkassky, Ukrainian classical pianist (d. 1995)
  • Oct 13 Ticker Freeman, American pianist (Dinah Shore Show), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1986)
  • Oct 19 George Cates, American orchestra leader (Lawrence Welk Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 24 Sonny Terry, blind Piedmont blues musician, born in Greensboro, Georgia (d. 1986)

Person of interestMahalia Jackson

Oct 26 Mahalia Jackson, American gospel singer (Whole World in his Hands), born in New Orleans, Louisianal; (d. 1972)

Gospel Singer Mahalia Jackson
Gospel Singer
Mahalia Jackson

About October 1911

How Old? 108 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation
Leap Year: No

Star Signs: Libra (Sep 23 - Oct 22), Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21)