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
  • Oct 6 "Polonaise" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 113 performances
  • Oct 11 "Love Life" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 252 performances
  • Oct 11 "Where's Chartev?" opens at St James Theater NYC for 792 performances
  • Oct 16 "Red Mill" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC 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 (Honky Tonky Angel), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 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, avant-garde composer and guitarist, born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Person of interestJohnny Ramone

Oct 8 Johnny Ramone [Cummings], American rock guitarist (Ramones), 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 vocalist (Lawyers in Love), born in Heidelberg, Germany
  • Oct 9 Caleb Quayle, English rock musician (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 musician (The Radiators), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Oct 12 Rick Parfitt, English pop guitarist and singer (Status Quo-Wanderer), born in Surrey, England
  • Oct 13 John Ford Coley, American musician (England Dan & John Ford Coley), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 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), 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 Ricki Lee Reynolds, country singer (Black Oak Arkansas)
  • Oct 28 Telma Hopkins, singer (Tony Orlando, Family Matters), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Oct 29 Ricky Reynolds, American musician (Black Oak Arkansas)

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 23 Eugeniusz Morawski-Dabrowa, Polish composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 24 Franz Lehár, Austrian-Hungarian composer (Wiener Frauen), dies at 78