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October 1935 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Oct 10 George Gershwin's "Porgy & Bess" opens on Broadway NY

Music Premiere

Oct 12 Cole Porter's musical "Jubilee" opens at the Imperial Theatre, NYC; runs for 167 performances


Birthdays in Music

Julie Andrews

Oct 1 Julie Andrews, British actress and singer (Mary Poppins; The Sound Of Music), born in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey

  • Oct 2 Peter Frankl, Hungarian-British pianist, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Oct 9 Tibor Fátyol, Hungarian composer, born in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (d. 2017)
  • Oct 10 Paolo Renosto, Italian composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1988)
  • Oct 11 Jan van Vlijmen, Dutch composer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2004)

Luciano Pavarotti

Oct 12 Luciano Pavarotti, Italian operatic tenor (Oh Giorgio; The Three Tenors), born in Modena, Italy (d. 2007)

  • Oct 12 Sam Moore, American R&B and soul vocalist (Sam & Dave - "Soul Man"), born in Miami, Florida
  • Oct 13 Paul Humphrey, American jazz, R&B, and rock session and touring drummer, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • Oct 13 Alexey Kozlov, Russian jazz-fusion saxophonist, bandleader, and composer (Arsenal), born in Moscow, USSR
  • Oct 14 La Monte Young, American minimalist avant-garde composer (Compositions 1960), born in Bern, Idaho
  • Oct 15 Barry McGuire, American singer-songwriter ("Eve of Destruction"), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Oct 16 Sugar Pie DeSanto [Peylia Marsema Balinton], American R&B singer ("Soulful Dress"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 18 Sam Reed, American jazz and session saxophonist, and musical director (Uptown Theater (Philadelphia); Teddy Pendergrass), born in Kingstree, South Carolina (d. 2021)
  • Oct 18 Jorge "Jordi" Cervelló, Catalan composer and musicologist, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Oct 21 (George) Derek Bell, Northern Irish harpist, pianist, oboist, musicologist, and composer (The Chieftans; "Three Images of Ireland in Druid Times"), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2002)
  • Oct 21 Bobby Few, American jazz pianist and vocalist, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2021)
  • Oct 21 Don Rader, American big band jazz trumpeter and arranger (Woody Herman; Maynard Ferguson; Count Basie; Les Brown), born in Rochester, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 23 Jimmy Dale, British-Canadian pianist and orchestra leader (The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour), born in London, England (d. 2017)
  • Oct 23 Zbigniew Rudzinski, Polish composer (Mannequins), born in Czechowice, Poland
  • Oct 24 Sanford Clark, American country-rockabilly singer and guitarist ("The Fool"; "Son Of A Gun"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2021)
  • Oct 25 Zdeněk Pololáník, Czech composer and organist, born in Brno, Czechoslovakia
  • Oct 28 Folke Rabe, Swedish avant-garde composer (What??), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2017)

Weddings in Music

  • Oct 8 American bandleader Ozzie Nelson marries American band singer Harriet Hilliard (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet)

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 4 Marie Gutheil-Schoder, German soprano (b. 1874)
  • Oct 6 Frederic Hymen Cowen, composer, dies at 83
  • Oct 22 Komitas [Soghomon Soghomonian], Armenian priest and composer, dies at 66
  • Oct 26 Akos Buttykai, Hungarian composer, dies at 64