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October 1938 in Music History

Events in Music

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Oct 10 Premier of Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st String Quartet

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Oct 16 Aaron Copland's & Eugene Loring's ballet "Billy the Kid" premieres in Chicago

Composer Aaron Copland
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Aaron Copland
  • Oct 25 The Archbishop of Dubuque, Francis J. L. Beckman, denounces Swing music as "a degenerated musical system... turned loose to gnaw away at the moral fiber of young people", warning that it leads down a "primrose path to hell".

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 3 Eddie Cochran, American rock vocalist and guitarist ("Summertime Blues"; "C'Mon Everybody"), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1960)
  • Oct 3 Tereza Kesovija, Croatian singer, born in Konavle, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
  • Oct 5 Carlo Mastrangelo, Italian-American rock vocalist (Dion & The Belmonts; Pulse), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2016)
  • Oct 10 Gloria Coates, American post-minimalist composer, born in Wausau, Wisconsin
  • Oct 13 Enzo Dara, Italian operatic basso buffo (The Barber of Seville - "Don Bartolo"), and author, born in Mantua, Kingdom of Italy (d. 2017)
  • Oct 15 Marv Johnson, American R&B pianist, songwriter, and singer ("You Got What It Takes"; "(You've Got To) Move Two Mountains"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1993)
  • Oct 15 Rafael Aponte-Ledeé, Puerto Rican composer, born in Guayama, Puerto Rico
  • Oct 15 Fela Kuti, Nigerian Afrobeat musician and composer, born in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria (d. 1997)
  • Oct 16 Nico [Christa Päffgen], German singer-songwriter (Velvet Underground), fashion model, and actress, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1988)
  • Oct 18 Ronnie Bright, American doo-wop bass vocalist (Johnny Cymbal's "Mr. Bass Man"; The Coasters, 1968-2009), born in New York City (d. 2015)
  • Oct 24 Fred E. Finn, American pianist (Mickie Finn's), born in San Francisco, California
  • Oct 27 Elliot del Borgo, American music educator (SUNY/Crane School of Music, 1966-95) and composer (1980 Winter Olympics), born in Port Chester, New York (d. 2013)
  • Oct 29 Peter Stampfel, American musician and songwriter (The Holy Modal Rounders), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 11 American jazz trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong (37) weds longtime girlfriend Alpha Smith; divorce in 1942

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
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Louis Armstrong

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 22 May Irwin, Canadian comedienne and singer (Hot Time in the Old Town), dies at 76