On This Day

October 1937 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 3 Boldizsár Csiky, Romanian composer, born in Târgu Mureș, Romania
  • Oct 3 Ton de Kruyf, Dutch composer, born in Leerdam, Netherlands (d. 2012)
  • Oct 9 Pat Burke, British rock saxophonist (Foundations - "Baby Now That I've Found You"; "Build Me Up Buttercup"), born in Kingston, Jamaica, British West Indies
  • Oct 16 Emile Ford, St. Lucian pop singer (first Black male singer to top UK charts - "What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For?"), and sound engineer, born in Castries, St Lucia (d. 2016)
  • Oct 20 Wanda Jackson, American country singer ("Let's Have a Party"), born in Maud, Oklahoma
  • Oct 21 Norman Wright, American doo-wop tenor vocalist (Del-Vikings - “Come Go With Me”) (d. 2010)
  • Oct 22 Tadeáš Salva, Slovak composer, born in Lúčky, Slovakia (d. 1997)
  • Oct 22 Manos Loïzos, Greek composer (Ta Tragoudia Mas) and well known leftist and critic of the Greek military junta, born in Alexandria, Kingdom of Egypt (d. 1982)
  • Oct 23 Yvonne Staples, American R&B singer (The Staple Singers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • Oct 24 Miguel Ángel Coria, Spanish composer of classical music, born in Madrid (d. 2016)
  • Oct 25 Roberto Menescal, Brazilian pop, bossa nova, and samba guitarist, composer ("O Barquinho"), and record producer, born in Vitoria, Espírito Santo, Brazil
  • Oct 29 Michael Ponti, German pianist (Boston Competition 1964), born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
  • Oct 29 Sonny Osborne, American bluegrass banjo player (The Osborne Brothers - "Rocky Top"), born in Roark, Kentucky (d. 2021)
  • Oct 30 Tony Cucchiara, Italian folk singer and songwriter (Cain and Abel), born in Agrigento, Sicily, Italy (d. 2018)
  • Oct 31 Tom Paxton, American folk singer and songwriter (Forest Lawn), born in Chicago, Illinois

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 9 August de Boeck, Flemish composer, dies at 72
  • Oct 22 Frank Damrosch, German-born American author and music teacher (founded New York Musical Institute of Musical Art, later Julliard), dies at 88