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October 1953 in Music History

Events in Music

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Oct 2 "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" opens at John Golden NYC for 849 performances

Comedian and Pianist Victor Borge
Comedian and Pianist
Victor Borge

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Oct 19 Singer Julius LaRosa is fired on TV by Arthur Godfrey

Radio and TV Host Arthur Godfrey
Radio and TV Host
Arthur Godfrey

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Oct 25 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 10th Symphony


Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 4 Gil "The Bird" Moore, Canadian rock drummer and vocalist (Triumph), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Oct 4 Andreas Vollenweider, Swiss new-age harpist (Down to the Moon), born in Zürich, Switzerland
  • Oct 5 Sandra "Puma" Jones, rocker (Black Uhuru), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Oct 7 Tico Torres, American rock drummer (Bon Jovi-Always), born in New York
  • Oct 8 Ricky Lee Phelps, American singer (Kentucky Headhunters - "The Ballad Of Davy Crockett"), born in Paragould, Arkansas
  • Oct 8 Robert Saxton, British classical composer (The Circle of Light; Caritas), born in London
  • Oct 10 Midge Ure, Scottish rocker (Dear God, Ultravox-We Came to Dance), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Oct 14 Shelley Ackerman, American astrologer, writer and singer, born in Manhattan, New York
  • Oct 15 Tito Jackson, American singer (Jackson 5-ABC, Never Can Say Goodbye), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Oct 16 Tony Carey, American rock keyboardist, and singer-songwriter (Rainbow; Planet P Project), born in Watsonville, California
  • Oct 21 Charlotte Caffey, American rock guitarist, keyboardist, and vocalist (The Go-Go's - "We Got The Beat"), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Oct 21 Keith Green, American musician (d. 1982)
  • Oct 23 Pauline Black [Belinda Magnus], English ska singer (Selecter -"On My Radio"), born in Romford, East London
  • Oct 24 Billy Thomas, American singer (McBride & Ride-I Count on You), born in Fort Meyers, Florida
  • Oct 26 Julian Keith Strickland, American drummer (B-52's-Rock Lobster), born in Athens, Georgia

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 3 Arnold Bax, English composer known for his orchestral music (Coronation March), dies at 69
  • Oct 8 Kathleen Ferrier, English contralto singer (Orfeo Ed Evridice), dies at 41
  • Oct 18 Federico Gerdes, composer, dies at 80
  • Oct 24 Ernest Irving, English composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 27 Zdzislaw Jachimecki, composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 29 William Kapell, American pianist and recording artist, dies in a plane crash at 31
  • Oct 30 Emmerich Kálmán, Hungarian composer of operettas, dies at 71