On This Day

October 1952 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Oct 4 "Top Banana" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 356 performances
  • Oct 14 "Buttrio Square" opens at New Century Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Oct 18 "Buttrio Square" closes at New Century Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Oct 27 "My Darlin' Aida" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 89 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 1 Earl Slick [Frank Madeloni] American rock guitarist (David Bowie; Phantom, Rocker & Slick), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 2 John Otway, British cult rocker ("Bunsen Burner"), born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Oct 2 Wahed Wafa, Tajik pop and classical singer, born in Afghanistan
  • Oct 4 Jody Stephens, American rock drummer (Big Star), born in Memphis, Tennesee
  • Oct 8 Clifford Adams, American trombone player (Kool & the Gang - "Joanna"), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 2015)

Sharon Osbourne

Oct 9 Sharon Osbourne (née Levy), English-American music manager, TV personality (X-Factor: America's Got Talent, 2007-12; The Talk, 2010-21), and wife of Ozzy Osbourne, born in London

Music Manager and TV Personality Sharon Osbourne
Music Manager and TV Personality
Sharon Osbourne
  • Oct 14 Margriet Eshuijs, Dutch singer and pianist, born in Zaandam, Netherlands
  • Oct 16 Cordell "Boogie" Mosson, American funk-rock bassist (Parliament-Funkadelic collective), born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 2013)
  • Oct 19 Veronica Judith Sainz Castro, Mexican spanish singer/actress (Nana)
  • Oct 21 Brent Mydland, American rock keyboardist and vocalist (Grateful Dead, 1979-90), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1990)
  • Oct 21 Patti Davis [Patricia Ann Reagan], singer/actress/writer, Ronald and Nancy's daughter

Jeff Goldblum

Oct 22 Jeff Goldblum, American actor (The Fly; Jurassic Park; Independence Day), and jazz pianist (The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra), born in West Homestead, Pennsylvania

  • Oct 22 Greg Hawkes, American rock keyboardist (The Cars - "Shake it Up"; "Drive"), born in Fulton, Maryland
  • Oct 23 Pierre Moerlen, French rock-jazz fusion drummer and percussionist (Gong: Mike Oldfield), born in Colmar, France (d. 2005)
  • Oct 26 Andy Richards, British-Australian session and touring keyboard player ("Relax"; "Careless Whisper"), and producer, born in London, England
  • Oct 26 David Was [Weiss], American rock musician and producer (Was (Not Was) - "Walk The Dinosaur"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Oct 28 Tommy Dobeck, American rock drummer (Michael Stanley Band)
  • Oct 29 Arnell Carmichael, rock keyboardist (Raydio)
  • Oct 31 Bernard Edwards, bassist (Chicago-Addicted to Love), born in Greenville, North Carolina

Weddings in Music

Hank Williams

Oct 17 American country music legend Hank Williams (29) weds Billie Jean Jones in Minden, Louisiana

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams
  • Oct 18 Latin actress Maria Felix (38) weds actor and singer Jorge Negreta (40) in Mexico

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 24 Frederick Jacobi, American composer, dies at 61
  • Oct 25 Sergei Bortkiewicz, Ukranian composer, dies at 75