On This Day

October 1941 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Oct 1 Dmitri Shostakovich evacuated by plane to Moscow

  • Oct 1 H Martin/R Blane's musical "Best Foot Forward" premieres in NYC

Music Premiere

Oct 29 Cole Porter's musical "Let's Face It" opens at the Imperial Theatre, NYC; runs 547 performances

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 2 Ron Meagher, American rock bassist (The Beau Brummels - "Just A Little"), born in Oakland, California

Chubby Checker

Oct 3 Chubby Checker [Ernest Evans], American singer-songwriter ("The Twist"; "Limbo Rock"), born in Spring Gully, South Carolina.

Singer and Dancer Chubby Checker
Singer and Dancer
Chubby Checker
  • Oct 7 Martin Murray, British rock guitarist (The Honeycombs, 1963-64 - "Have I the Right?"), born in London, England
  • Oct 7 Larry Young [Khalid Yasin], American jazz musician (Unity), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1978)
  • Oct 7 Enrique Antonio "Tony" Silvester, Panamanian-American R&B singer-songwriter (The Main Ingredient - "Everybody Plays The Fool"), born in Panama (d. 2006)
  • Oct 9 Chucho Valdés [Jesús Valdés Rodríguez], Cuban musician (Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna), born in Quivicán, Cuba
  • Oct 11 Lester Bowie, American jazz trumpeter, born in Frederick, Maryland (d. 1999)
  • Oct 13 Paul Simon, American singer-songwriter and actor ("Kodachrome"; "One-Trick Pony"; "Graceland"), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Oct 13 Neil Aspinall, British music executive (The Beatles), born in Prestatyn, Wales (d. 2008)
  • Oct 16 Derek David Bourgeois, British composer, conductor and educator (National Youth Chamber Orchestra) born in Kingston upon Thames, England (d. 2017)
  • Oct 16 Erkki Jokinen, Finnish classical composer, noted for his embrace of the accordion, born in Tervakoski, Finland
  • Oct 17 Alan Howard, British rock bassist (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes - "Do You Love Me?")
  • Oct 17 Earl Thomas Conley, American country singer ("Too Many Times"), born in Portsmouth, Ohio
  • Oct 17 Jim Seals, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler (Seals & Crofts - "Summer Breeze"), born in Sidney, Texas
  • Oct 21 Steve Cropper, American rock and soul guitarist (Booker T & MGs; The Blues Brothers), songwriter ("Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay"), and producer (Otis Redding), born in Willow Springs, Missouri
  • Oct 22 Valeri Kitka, Ukrainian classical composer (Frescoes of St. Sofia Cathedral of Kiev), and educator, born in Volodymyrivka, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (now Ukraine)
  • Oct 25 Helen Reddy, Australian-American rock vocalist ("I Am Woman"; "You And Me Against The World"), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (d. 2020) [1]
  • Oct 28 Curtis Lee, American singer (Pretty Little Angel Eyes), born in Yuma, Arizona (d. 2015)
  • Oct 28 Glen Moore, American jazz bassist and composer, born in Portland, Oregon
  • Oct 28 Hank Marvin [Brian Rankin], English rocker (the Shadows), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England
  • Oct 30 Otis Williams [Otis Miles], American singer and songwriter (The Temptations - "Just My Imagination"), born in Texarkana, Texas

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 3 Wilhelm Kienzl, Austrian composer (Kuhreigen), dies at 84
  • Oct 9 Helen Morgan, American stage and screen actress, and singer (Show Boat), dies of cirrhosis of the liver at 41
  • Oct 26 Victor Schertzinger, American composer and director (Uptown NY), dies at 53