On This Day

October 1950 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Oct 5 "Pardon Our French" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 100 performances
  • Oct 12 "Call Me Madam" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 644 performances
  • Oct 27 Paul Creston's 3rd Symphony, "Triumph of St Joan" premieres
  • Oct 30 David Diamond's 3rd Symphony, premieres

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 1 Jeane Manson, American singer and actress,, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Oct 2 Michael Rutherford, British rock bassist and guitar player (Genesis; Mike & the Mechanics - "Living Years"), born in Chertsey, Surrey, England
  • Oct 3 Ronnie Laws, American saxophonist and guitarist (Earth, Wind & Fire), born in Houston, Texas
  • Oct 3 John Curulewski, American rock guitarist and singer (Styx), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1988)
  • Oct 5 Jeff Conaway, American actor and singer (Taxi - "Bobby"; Grease - "Kenickie"; Babylon 5 - "Zack"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2011)
  • Oct 5 "Fast" Eddie Clarke, British guitarist (Fastway, Motörhead), born in Twickenham, London (d. 2018)
  • Oct 6 Thomas McClary, American soul guitarist and singer (The Commodores), born in Eustis, Florida
  • Oct 8 Robert "Kool" Bell, American funk rock bassist (Kool & the Gang - "Joanna"), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Oct 9 Darlene Koldenhoven, American session, new age, and Latin jazz soprano vocalist (Pink Floyd; Sister Act; 2+2), and pianist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 11 Andrew Woolfolk, American pop musician (Earth, Wind & Fire - "Shining Star"), born in Texas
  • Oct 13 Simon Nicol, British folk-rock guitarist, singer, and record producer (Fairport Convention), born in Muswell Hill, London, England
  • Oct 17 Sandra Reemer, Dutch singer ("As Love Goes")
  • Oct 20 Tom Petty, American classic rock singer and songwriter (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - "American Girl"; Traveling Wilburys - "Last Night"; solo -"I Won't Back Down"), born in Gainesville, Florida (d. 2017)
  • Oct 20 Elodie Lauten [Genevieve Schecroun], French-American composer (The Death of Don Juan), born in Paris (d. 2014)
  • Oct 23 Harry Sacksioni, Dutch guitarist (Around the Corner)
  • Oct 24 Steven Greenberg, American composer and musician (Lipps Inc.), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Oct 24 Michael Huey, American session drummer (Frankie Miller; Glenn Frey; Walter Egan), and producer (Gene Clark; Tommy Roe), born in Bowdon, Georgia
  • Oct 25 Chris Norman, British pop-rock singer (Smokie - "Living Next Door to Alice"), born in Redcar, England

Deaths in Music

Al Jolson

Oct 23 Al Jolson [Asa Yoelson], Lithuanian-American pop vocalist ("Mamie"; "Swanee"), and silent film actor, (The Jazz Singer). dies at 64