On This Day

October 1951 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Oct 8 "Music in the Air" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 56 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 1 Brian Greenway, Canadian rock guitarist and vocalist (April Wine), born in Montreal, Quebec

Sting

Oct 2 Sting [Gordon Sumner], British singer-songwriter and bassist (The Police - "Every Breath You Take") and actor (Dune), born in Wallsend, Northumberland

  • Oct 2 Bill Elliott, American Tony Award-winning musical theater orchestrator, film composer, pianist and bandleader, born in Wayland, Massachusetts
  • Oct 3 Jack Grondin, American rock drummer (.38 Special, 1974-91)
  • Oct 3 Keb' Mo' [Kevin Roosevelt Moore], American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 3 Jack Harris, British rock vocalist (The Alan Parsons Project), born in, Shoreditch, Hackney, London
  • Oct 3 Nick Glennie-Smith, British session keyboard player (Roger Daltry; Roger Waters), film score composer (Ella Enchanted; Secretariat), and conductor, born in London, England

Bob Geldof

Oct 5 Bob Geldof, Irish singer (The Boomtown Rats - "I Don't Like Mondays") and activist (Live Aid), born in Dún Laoghaire, Ireland

  • Oct 6 Kevin Cronin, American rock vocalist (REO Speedwagon), born in Champaign Illinois
  • Oct 7 Táta Vega [Carmen Rosa Vega], American vocalist (Color Purple soundtrack), born in Queens, Long Island

John Mellencamp

Oct 7 John Mellencamp, American rock singer-songwriter ("Jack & Diane"; "Small Town"; "Pink Houses"), co-founder of Farm Aid, and actor (Falling From Grace), born in Seymour, Indiana

  • Oct 11 Jean-Jacques Goldman, French singer-songwriter & music record producer, born in Paris, France
  • Oct 14 Marcia Barrett, Jamaican-British rock vocalist (Boney M), born in Saint Catherine Parish, Jamaica
  • Oct 15 Frank DiMino, American rock vocalist (Angel), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 20 Al Greenwood, American keyboardist (Foreigner - "Feels Like the First Time"), born in New York City
  • Oct 21 Thom Panunzio, American audio engineer (Bruce Springsteen; The Roches; No Doubt), and record producer (Alice Cooper; Joan Jett; Iggy Pop)
  • Oct 23 Charly García, Argentine singer (Sui Generis, Serú Girán), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Oct 25 Ransom Wilson, American conductor and flutist (Soliste NY), born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Oct 25 Richard Lloyd, American guitarist (Television), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 26 [William] Bootsy Collins, American guitarist and singer (James Brown; Parliament-Funkadelic), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Oct 26 Maggie Roche, Irish-American singer-songwriter (The Roches - "Hammond Song"), born in Park Ridge, New Jersey (d. 2017)
  • Oct 27 K. K. Downing, British rock guitarist (Judas Priest - "Breakin' The Law"), born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England
  • Oct 28 Rajan Mishra, Indian classical music vocalist, born in Varanasi, India (d. 2021)
  • Oct 29 Guy Gelso, American rock drummer (Zebra)

Divorces in Music

Frank Sinatra

Oct 29 Singer and actor Frank Sinatra and 1st wife Nancy (Barbato) divorce due to infidelity after 12 years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 23 Charlie Creath, American jazz trumpeter, saxophonist, accordionist, and bandleader, dies at 60