On This Day

October 1940 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Oct 25 Duke, Latouche & Felter's musical premieres in NYC
  • Oct 30 Cole Porters musical "Panama Hattie" premieres in New York City

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 2 Lord Davies, British engineer and chairman (Welsh National Opera)
  • Oct 3 Alan O'Day, American singer and songwriter (Undercover Angel, over 100 songs for the Muppet Babies). born in Hollywood, California (d. 2013)
  • Oct 7 Dino Valenti [Chester "Chet" Powers], American rock guitarist/vocalist (Quicksilver Messenger Service), born in Danbury, Connecticut (d. 1994)
  • Oct 8 Fred Cash, American rocker (Impressions), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Oct 9 Hans Ulrich Humpert, German composer, born in Paderborn, Germany (d. 2010)

Person of interestJohn Lennon

Oct 9 John Lennon, English musician and member of The Beatles (Imagine), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1980)

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Oct 13 Chris Farlowe [John Henry Deighton], English singer (Out of Times), born in London
  • Oct 13 Pharoah Sanders, American jazz saxophonist, born in Little Rock, Arkansas

Person of interestCliff Richard

Oct 14 Cliff Richard [Harry Webb], English rock vocalist (Suddenly), born in Lucknow, India

  • Oct 18 Cynthia Weil, American songwriter (We Got Get Out Of This Place, You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 20 Kathy Kirby, British singer
  • Oct 21 Manfred Mann, [Michael Lubowitz], South Africa, rocker (Mighty Quinn)
  • Oct 23 Ellie Greenwich, American singer-songwriter (Da Doo Ron Ron, Leader of the Pack), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)
  • Oct 23 Freddie Marsden, English rock drummer (Gerry and the Pacemakers), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2006)
  • Oct 27 Anthea Joseph, music producer, born in London (d. 1997)
  • Oct 29 Frida Boccara, French singer, born in Casablanca, French Morocco (d. 1996)

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 5 Silvestre Revueltas, Mexican composer: Cuauhnahuac/Planos, dies at 40
  • Oct 6 Ferdinando Liuzzi, Italian composer and musicologist, dies at 55
  • Oct 24 Victor Hollaender, German composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 27 Fini Valdemar Henriques, composer, dies at 72
  • Oct 28 Andrea d' Angeli, Italian composer, dies at 71