On This Day

October 1948 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Oct 2 "Finian's Rainbow" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 725 performances

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Oct 6 "Polonaise" musical featuring works of Frederic Chopin, opens at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 113 performances

Composer Frederic Chopin
Composer
Frederic Chopin
  • Oct 11 "Love Life" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 252 performances
  • Oct 11 Frank Loesser's musical "Where's Charley?", starring Ray Bolger, and directed by George Abbott, opens at St James Theater, NYC; runs for 792 performances and wins a Tony Award
  • Oct 16 Rwvival of Victor Herber and Henry Blossom's operetta "The Red Mill" opens at Ziegfeld Theater, NYC; rums for 831 performances
  • Oct 19 "My Romance" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 95 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 1 Michael "Cub" Koda, American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (Brownsville Station - "Smokin' In The Boys Room'), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2000)
  • Oct 1 Ellen McIlwaine, American blues singer-songwriter, and slide guitarist ("Honky Tonky Angel"; “In My Time of Dying"), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2021)
  • Oct 2 Chris LeDoux, American country singer ("Ridin' for a Fall"), born in Biloxi, Mississippi (d. 2005)
  • Oct 5 Delroy Wilson, Jamaican singer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Oct 5 Lucius "Tawl" Ross, American pop guitarist (Funkadelic - "One Nation Under a Groove"), born in Wagram, North Carolina
  • Oct 5 Russell Mael, American singer, engineer and director (Sparks), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Oct 6 Glenn Branca, American avant-garde composer and guitarist, born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 6 Paula Scher, American graphic designer, album cover designer (Boston; Bob James), painter and art educator, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 7 Nathaniel Rateliff, American roots-rock, R&B, and folk singer- songwriter (The Night Sweats - "S.O.B"), born in St. Louis, Missouri

Person of interestJohnny Ramone

Oct 8 Johnny Ramone [Cummings], American punk rock guitarist and songwriter (Ramones - "I Wanna Be Sedated"), born in Long Island, New York (d. 2004)

Guitarist Johnny Ramone
Guitarist
Johnny Ramone
  • Oct 9 Dave Samuels, American vibraphonist (Spyro Gyra - "Morning Dance"), born in Waukegan, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • Oct 9 Jackson Browne, American rock singer-songwriter ("Running On Empty"; "The Pretender"), born in Heidelberg, Germany
  • Oct 9 Caleb Quayle, British session and touring rock guitarist (Elton John; Hall & Oates), born in London, England
  • Oct 10 Cyril Neville, American singer and percussionist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Oct 10 Séverine [Josiane Grizeau], French singer (Un banc, un arbre, une rue), born in Paris
  • Oct 10 Ed Volker, American swamp-rock keyboardist (The Radiators), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Oct 12 Rick Parfitt, British pop guitarist and singer (Status Quo - "Wanderer"; "Pictures of Matchstick Men"), born in Surrey, England (d. 2016)
  • Oct 13 John Ford Coley, American musician (England Dan & John Ford Coley - "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight"), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Oct 13 Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistani qawwal (Sufi devotional music) vocalist, and composer, born in Lyallpur, Pakistan (d. 1997)
  • Oct 13 Pete Spencer, British drummer and songwriter (Smokie, 1973-86 - "This Time We'll Get It Right"; "San Francisco Bay"), born in Leeds, England
  • Oct 16 Jim Ed Norman [Edward James Norman], American musician and record producer, born in Fort Myers, Florida
  • Oct 19 Chester "Chet" Biscardi, Italian-American composer, born in Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • Oct 19 Patrick Simmons, American rock guitarist and songwriter (The Doobie Brothers - "Blackwater"), born in Aberdeen, Washington
  • Oct 24 Dale "Buffin" Griffin, English rock drummer (Mott The Hoople - "All Young Dudes"), born in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, England (d. 2016)
  • Oct 24 Paul and Barry Ryan, British composers and singers, born in Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
  • Oct 27 Byron Allred, American rock keyboardist (Steve Miller Band), born in Logan, Utah
  • Oct 27 Sherman Robertson, American blues guitarist (I'm the Man), born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
  • Oct 28 Rickie Lee Reynolds, American country guitarist (Black Oak Arkansas)
  • Oct 28 Telma Hopkins, American singer (Tony Orlando & Dawn), and actress (Family Matters), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Oct 29 Ricky Reynolds, American musician (Black Oak Arkansas)

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 8 Sven Holger Körling, Swedish organist, music teacher, and composer of children's songs, dies at 69
  • Oct 23 Eugeniusz Morawski-Dabrowa, Polish composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 24 Franz Lehár, Austrian-Hungarian composer (Wiener Frauen), dies at 78