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October 1945 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Oct 3 Elvis Presley's 1st public appearance at the age of 10

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Oct 27 "Carib Song" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 36 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 1 Donny Hathaway, American singer-songwriter ("Where Is The Love?"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1979)
  • Oct 2 Don McLean, American singer and songwriter ("American Pie"; "Vincent"), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • Oct 3 Antonio Martinez, Spanish rock guitarist (Los Bravos - "Black Is Black", born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1990)
  • Oct 4 Clifton Davis, American actor (That's My Mama; Amen) and singer-songwriter ("Never Can Say Goodbye"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 5 Brian Connolly, Scottish rock singer (Sweet, 1968-79- "The Ballroom Blitz"), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1997)
  • Oct 5 Geoff Leigh, British saxophonist and flute player (Henry Cow), born in Manchester, England
  • Oct 7 Kevin Godley, English rock drummer, vocalist, and producer (10cc - "I'm Not On Love"), born in Manchester, England
  • Oct 8 Ray Royer, English rock guitarist (Procol Harum - "A Whiter Shade Of Pale"), born in The Pinewoods, Essex
  • Oct 8 Joseph Rescigno, American opera conductor (Florentine Opera Company of Milwaukee, 1981-2019), born in Flushing, New York
  • Oct 9 Taiguara [Chalar da Silva], Brazilian singer and songwriter, born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 1996)
  • Oct 10 Alan Cartwright, English rock bass player (Procol Harum, 1972-77), born in London
  • Oct 13 Karen Akers, American singer (On Stage at Wolf Trap), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 13 Christophe [Daniel Bevilacqua], French singer (Aline), born in Juvisy-sur-Orge, Paris
  • Oct 14 Colin Hodgkinson, English musician (Whitesnake), born in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
  • Oct 16 Roger Hawkins, American session drummer (the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section - Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin), born in Mishawaka, Indiana (d. 2021)
  • Oct 16 Allan Zavod, Australian classical and jazz pianist and composer, born in Melbourne (d. 2016)
  • Oct 19 Jeannie C. Riley (née Stephenson), American Grammy and CMA Award-winning pop-country and gospel singer ("Harper Valley P.T.A."), born in Stamford, Texas
  • Oct 19 Keith Reid, British lyricist and poet (Procol Harum - "A Whiter Shade of Pale" ), born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England
  • Oct 20 Ric Lee, British blues-rock drummer (Ten Years After - "Love Like a Man"), born in Mansfield, England
  • Oct 20 Thomas Pasatieri, American opera composer (Frau Margot), born in New York City
  • Oct 21 Kathy Young, rocker (Thousand Stars in the Sky)
  • Oct 22 Leslie West [Weinstein], American rocker (Mountain-Mississippi Queen), born in NYC, New York (d. 2020) [1] [2]
  • Oct 22 Eddie Brigati, American rock vocalist, and songwriter (The Young Rascals, 1964-70 - "Groovin'"; "People Got to Be Free"), born in Garfield, New Jersey
  • Oct 23 Kim Larsen, Danish rock singer ("In the Middle of the Night"), born in Copenhagen (d. 2018)
  • Oct 23 Ernie Watts, American jazz, R&B, and pop session and touring soprano and tenor saxophonist (Charlie Haden's Quartet West; Carole King; Frank Zappa; The Rolling Stones), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Oct 28 Wayne Fontana [Glyn Geoffrey Ellis], British rocker (The Mindbenders - "The Game Of Love"), born in Manchester, England (d. 2020)
  • Oct 29 Melba Moore [Beatrice], American singer and actress (Ellis Island), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 30 Pamelo Mounk'a, Congolese musician, born in Ouesso, Brazzaville (d. 1996)
  • Oct 31 Rik Kenton, British musician (Roxy Music, Woody Kern), born in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
  • Oct 31 (Russell Glyn) "Russ" Ballard, British rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (Argent - "Liar"; "You Can Do Magic"), born in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, England
  • Oct 31 John "Moon" Martin, American rockabilly singer-songwriter and guitarist (Bad Case Of Loving You), born in Altus, Oklahoma (d. 2020) [1] [2]

Weddings in Music

Ava Gardner

Oct 17 Actress Ava Gardner (22) weds band leader Artie Shaw (35) in Hollywood

Actress Ava Gardner
Actress
Ava Gardner