October 1953 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Oct 2 Victor Borge's one-man show "Comedy in Music" opens at John Golden Theatre, NYC; runs for 849 performances, a Guinness world record

Music History

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

Music Release

Oct 25 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 10th Symphony

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 4 Andreas Vollenweider, Swiss new-age harpist (Down to the Moon), born in Zürich, Switzerland
  • Oct 4 Gil "The Bird" Moore, Canadian rock drummer and vocalist (Triumph), born in Toronto, Ontario [some sources give birth date as Feb. 12, 1951]
  • Oct 5 Sandra "Puma" Jones, American reggae singer (Black Uhuru, 1979-86), born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 1990)
  • Oct 7 (Hector) "Tico" Torres, American rock drummer (Bon Jovi - "Livin' On A Prayer";"It's My Life"), born in New York City
  • 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 (James) "Midge" Ure, Scottish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and synth player ("Dear God"; Ultravox - "We Came to Dance"; Band Aid - "Do They Know It's Christmas?"), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Oct 14 Kazumi Watanabe, Japanese jazz and jazz-fusion guitarist, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 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 Gary Wilson, American experimental musician and performance artist (You Think You Really Know Me), born in Endicott, New York
  • 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
  • Oct 28 Desmond Child [John Barrett], American-Hungarian songwriter (Bon Jovi - "You Give Love a Bad Name", "Livin' on a Prayer"; Aerosmith - "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)"; Ricky Martin - "Livin' la Vida Loca"), and producer, born in Gainesville, Florida

Deaths in Music

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