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October 1944 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Oct 5 Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg's musical "Bloomer Girl" premieres in NYC

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Oct 8 Samuel Barber's "Capricorn Concerto" premieres

Composer Samuel Barber
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Samuel Barber

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Oct 30 Aaron Copland's ballet score "Appalachian Spring" premieres in Washington, D.C. with Martha Graham dancing lead role

Composer Aaron Copland
Composer
Aaron Copland

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 1 Barbara Parritt, American soul singer (The Toys - "A Lover's Concerto"), born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Oct 1 Herbert "Tubo" Rhoad, American baritone a cappella singer (Persuasions - "Street Corner Symphony"), born in Bamberg, South Carolina (d. 1988)
  • Oct 2 Ton Koopman, Dutch conductor (Royal Conservatory of the Hague), born in Zwolle, Netherlands
  • Oct 4 Rocío Dúrcal, Spanish singer and actress (d. 2006)
  • Oct 4 Marlena Davis, American pop singer (The Orlons - "Don't Hang Up"; "South Street"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)
  • Oct 7 Judee Sill, American singer-songwriter (Crayon Angels: Jesus Was A Cross Maker), born in Studio City, California (d. 1979) [1]
  • Oct 8 Susan Raye, American country music singer (L.A. International Airport), born in Eugene, Oregon
  • Oct 9 John Entwistle, English rock guitarist and vocalist (The Who - "Baba O'Riley"), born in London, England (d. 2002)
  • Oct 9 Nona Hendryx, American R&B singer (Patti LaBelle & Blue Belles), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Oct 10 Stephen Scott, American composer (Bowed Piano Ensemble), born in Corvallis, Oregon
  • Oct 13 Robert Lamm, American rocker (Chicago-If You Leave Me Now), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 19 George McCrae, American soul and disco singer ("Lead Me On"; "Rock Your Baby"), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Oct 19 Peter Tosh [Winston Hubert McIntosh], Jamaican reggae musician (The Wailers -"Get Up Stand Up"; Mystic Man, Legalize It), born in Westmoreland, Jamaica (d. 1987)
  • Oct 20 William Hugh Albright, composer
  • Oct 24 Ted Templeman, American musician and record producer (Doobie Brothers; Nicolette Larson; Van Halen), born in Santa Cruz, California
  • Oct 24 Bettye Swann [Champion], American soul singer ("Make Me Yours"; "Don't Touch Me"),born in Shreveport, Louisiana, o
  • Oct 25 Jon Anderson, English rock singer (Yes - Roundabout; Close To The Edge), born in Accrington, Lancashire
  • Oct 25 Kathy "Taffy" Danoff, American vocalist (Starland Vocal Band), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 26 Mike Piano, American rocker (Sandpipers), born in Rochester, New York
  • Oct 26 Kenneth Lee Ascher, American jazz pianist, composer ("Rainbow Connection"), and arranger (John Lennon), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 29 Denny Laine [Brian Hines], British rock guitarist (The Moody Blues; Wings), born in Tyseley, Birmingham, England
  • Oct 29 Robbie van Leeuwen, Dutch guitarist (Shocking Blue), born in The Hague, Netherlands

Weddings in Music

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Oct 3 Comedian Jerry Lewis marries singer Patti Palmer

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 16 Eric Westberg, Swedish composer, dies at 52
  • Oct 17 Pavel Haas, Czech Jewish composer, murdered at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp at 45 (b. 1899)
  • Oct 18 Viktor Ullmann, Austrian pianist, conductor, and composer (Der Kaiser von Atlantis), murdered in gas chamber at Auschwitz at 46
  • Oct 18 Orville "Hoppy" Jones, American bass singer and cellist (The Ink Spots - "If I Didn't Care"), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 39
  • Oct 20 Gabriel Grovlez, French pianist, conductor (Opéra de Paris, 1914-34), and composer (L'Almanach aux images), dies at 65
  • Oct 30 Paul Ladmirault, French composer, dies at 66