October 1939 in Music

Events in Music


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Oct 16 George Kaufman and Moss Hart's "The Man Who Came to Dinner" premieres in NYC, running until 1941 for 739 performances

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Moss Hart
  • Oct 18 Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Harts musical "Too Many Girls" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 24 Benny Goodman records "Let's Dance"

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 5 Marie LaforĂȘt, French singer and actress
  • Oct 7 Colin Cooper, rocker (Climax Blues Band)
  • Oct 8 Armando Gentilucci, composer
  • Oct 9 O. V. [Overton Vertis] Wright, American singer, born in Lenow, Tennessee, (d. 1980)
  • Oct 11 Woiciech Wiesidlowski Lowski, dancer
  • Oct 20 Jay Siegel, rock bassist (Tokens-Lion Sleeps Tonight), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 20 Raymond Jones, British keyboardist and songwriter, born in Oldham
  • Oct 22 Ray Jones, rock bassist (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas)
  • Oct 23 Charlie Foxx, US songwriter/soul singer (Mockingbird)
  • Oct 23 Ellie Greenwich, rocker
  • Oct 24 Uri Sharvit, Israeli composer, born in Jerusalem
  • Oct 30 Eddie Holland, US singer/songwriter (Jamie, Leaving Here)
  • Oct 30 Grace Slick, rock vocalist (Jefferson Airplane-White Rabbit), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 30 Norman West, US singer (Soul Children, Hearsay, Give 'em Love)
  • Oct 31 Ali Farka TourĂ©, Malian musician, born in Timbuktu Region, Mali

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 10 Eleanor Rigby, a real person whose name may have suggested the title to The Beatles song (b. 1895)
  • Oct 16 Carl Henrik Ludolf Nielsen, composer, dies at 63