Birthdays in Music in October 1940

  • Oct 2 Lord Davies, chairman (Welsh National Opera)
  • Oct 3 Alan O'Day, rocker, born in Hollywood, California (d. 2013)
  • Oct 7 Dino Valenti [Chester "Chet" Powers], American rock guitarist/vocalist (Quicksilver Messenger Service), born in Danbury, Connecticut (d. 1994)
  • Oct 8 Fred Cash, rocker (Impressions), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Oct 9 Hans Ulrich Humpert, composer

Person of interestJohn Lennon

Oct 9 John Lennon, British musician, pop star and member of The Beatles (Imagine), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1980)

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Oct 13 Chris Farlowe [John Henry Deighton], English singer (Out of Times), born in London
  • Oct 13 Pharoah Sanders, American jazz saxophonist, born in Little Rock, Arkansas

Person of interestCliff Richard

Oct 14 Cliff Richard [Harry Webb], English rock vocalist (Suddenly), born in Lucknow, India

  • Oct 18 Cynthia Weil, American songwriter, born in New York City
  • Oct 20 Kathy Kirby, British singer
  • Oct 21 Manfred Mann, [Michael Lubowitz], South Africa, rocker (Mighty Quinn)
  • Oct 23 Freddie Marsden, English rock drummer (Gerry and the Pacemakers), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2006)
  • Oct 27 Anthea Joseph, music producer, born in London (d. 1997)
  • Oct 29 Frida Boccara, French singer (d. 1996)