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October 1942 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Oct 16 Aaron Copland and Agnes de Mille's ballet "Rodeo," premieres in NYC

Composer Aaron Copland
Composer
Aaron Copland
  • Oct 23 All 12 passengers and crewmen aboard an American Airlines DC-3 airliner killed when it is struck by a U.S. Army Air Forces bomber near Palm Springs, California. Amongst the victims is composer Ralph Rainger ("Thanks for the Memory")

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 1 Herb Fame, American pop and soul singer (Peaches & Herb - "Reunited"), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 5 Richard Street, American R&B musician (The Temptations, 1971-93 - "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • Oct 12 Daliah Lavi [Levinbuck], Israeli actress (Casino Royale; Lord Jim), and singer, born in Haifa, British Palestine (d. 2017)
  • Oct 12 Melvin Franklin, American R&B bass vocalist (The Temptations, 1960-94 - "Ball of Confusion"), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1995)
  • Oct 14 Billy Harrison, Irish rock guitarist (Them), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Oct 15 Don Stevenson, American rock drummer, singer, and songwriter (Moby Grape - "Ohama"), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Oct 15 Chris Andrews, British-German songwriter (Adam Faith; Sandie Shaw), singer ("Yesterday Man"), and record producer, born in Romford, Essex, England
  • Oct 16 Dave Lovelady, English drummer (The Fourmost - "A Little Loving"), born in Litherland, United Kingdom
  • Oct 17 Gary Puckett, American pop vocalist (Gary Puckett & The Union Gap - "Woman, Woman"; "Lady Willpower"), born in Hibbing, Minnesota
  • Oct 20 Joe Bourne, American jazz singer ("Upbeat and Sweet"), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Oct 21 Elvin Bishop, American blues-rock guitarist and songwriter ("Fooled Around and Fell in Love"), born in Glendale, California,
  • Oct 22 Annette Funicello, American actress (Mickey Mouse Club; Beach Party movies), and singer ("Tall Paul"; "O Dio Mio"), born in Utica, New York, (d. 2013)
  • Oct 22 Robin John Maconie, New Zealand pianist, electro-acoustic film and concert composer, and musicologist (Stockhausen), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Oct 22 Bobby Fuller, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Bobby Fuller Four - "I Fought The Law"), born in Baytown, Texas (d. 1966)
  • Oct 26 Dietmar Polaczek, Austrian composer and writer, born in Bendsburg, Upper Silesia (now Będzin, Poland)
  • Oct 27 Lee Greenwood, American country singer (God Bless the USA), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 27 Phillip Catherine, Belgian jazz guitarist, born in London, England
  • Oct 27 Mike Appel, American musician, songwriter and producer (Sir Lord Baltimore; Bruce Springsteen), born in Flushing, Queens, New York
  • Oct 30 Sven-David Sandström, Swedish composer (Jeppe: The Cruel Comedy), born in Motala, Sweden (d. 2019)

Weddings in Music

Louis Armstrong

Oct 12 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (41) weds dancer Lucille Wilson (28)

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

Divorces in Music

Louis Armstrong

Oct 2 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (41) divorces Alpha Smith after 4 years of marriage

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 11 Leonid Vladimirovich Nikolayev, Russian-Soviet composer, dies at 64
  • Oct 23 Ralph Rainger, American film composer, dies at 41