October 1942 in Music

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Composer Aaron Copland
Composer
Aaron Copland

Film release premierFilm Premier

Oct 22 "Now, Voyager" film directed by Irving Rapper starring Bette Davis, Paul Henreid and Claude Rain premieres in New York

  • 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 5 Richard Street, Rhythm and Blues musician (The Temptations), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Oct 12 Melvin Franklin, American musician (The Temptations), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1995)
  • Oct 14 Billy Harrison, rock guitarist (Them), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Oct 15 Don Stevenson, rock drummer (Moby Grape), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Oct 16 Dave Lovelady, English musician (The Fourmost), born in Liverpool
  • Oct 17 Gary Puckett, vocalist (& Union Gap-Woman Woman, Young Girl)
  • Oct 21 Elvin Bishop, rock guitarist (Fooled Around & Fell in Love), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Oct 22 Annette Funicello, singer and actress (Mickey Mouse Club), born in Utica, New York, (d. 2013)
  • Oct 22 Robin John Maconie, composer
  • Oct 22 Bobby Fuller, Baytown, Texas, American rock vocalist/guitarist (Bobby Fuller Four)
  • Oct 26 Dietmar Polaczek, composer
  • 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
  • Oct 30 Sven-David Sandstrom, composer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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, composer, dies at 64
  • Oct 23 Ralph Rainger, composer, dies at 41