October 1924 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Oct 14 Arnold Schoeberg's opera "Die Gluckliche Hand" premieres in Vienna
  • Oct 29 Musical revue "Dixie to Broadway" opens at Broadhurst Theater

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 1 Roger Williams [Louis Jacob Weertz], American popular music pianist ("Born Free"), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2011)
  • Oct 10 Ludmilla Tchérina, French prima ballerina, artist, actress, choreographer and author (Sins of Rome), born in Paris, France (d. 2004)
  • Oct 13 Terry Gibbs [Julius Gubenko], American jazz vibraphonist and band leader (The Dream Band; Steve Allen Comedy Hour), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 15 Colin Romoff, American orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • Oct 18 Allyn Ferguson, American orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show), and TV theme composer (Barney Miller; Charlie's Angels), born in San Jose, California (d. 2010)
  • Oct 18 Egil Hovland, Norwegian composer, born in Råde, Norway (d. 2013)
  • Oct 18 Hugh Allan "Buddy" MacMaster, Canadian musician
  • Oct 21 Celia Cruz, Cuban-American Grammy Award-winning guaracha, salsa, and bolero singer (La Sonora Matancera, 1950-65), known as 'the Queen of Salsa', born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2003)
  • Oct 24 Jose Casanovas, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1996)
  • Oct 25 Earl Palmer, American session drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (The Wrecking Crew), born in New Orleans (d. 2008)
  • Oct 27 Bonnie Lou [Mary Joan Okum], American rockabilly musician ("Tennessee Mambo"), born in Towanda, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • Oct 27 Gary Chester [Cesario Gurciullo], Italian-American session drummer (Ben E. King; Dionne Warwick; John Denver) and drum instructor, born in Siracusa, Italy (d. 1987)
  • Oct 27 George Wallington [Giacinto Figlia], Italian-American jazz pianist, composer ("Lemon Drop"; "Godchild"), and bandleader, born in Palermo, Sicily (d. 1993)
  • Oct 28 Alfonso Montecino, Chilean-American composer, born in Osorno, Chile (d. 2015)

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 5 Joseph Vézina, Canadian conductor (Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, 1902-24), and composer (Le Rajah), dies at 75
  • Oct 12 Monroe Althouse, American composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 21 Martin Pierre Joseph Marsick, Belgian composer, dies at 76