On This Day

October 1954 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Oct 11 "On Your Toes" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 64 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Oct 20 Leigh, Charlap, Styne, Comden and Green's musical "Peter Pan", starring Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard, opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC; runs for 152 performances

Actress Mary Martin
Actress
Mary Martin

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 2 Greg Jennings, American country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Person of interestStevie Ray Vaughan

Oct 3 Stevie Ray Vaughan, American blues guitarist (Texas Flood; "Pride And Joy"; David Bowie - Let's Dance), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1990)

Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan
Musician, Singer and Songwriter
Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Oct 3 Dawayne Bailey, American rock guitarist (Silver Bullet Band, 1983-86; Chicago, 1986-95), born in Manhattan, Kansas
  • Oct 6 David Hidalgo, American Tex-Mex and roots singer-songwriter, guitarist and accordion player (Los Lobos - "Will The Wolf Survive?"; Latin Playboys), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 7 Kenneth Atchley, American composer
  • Oct 8 Carl Vine, Australian classical composer, born in Perth, Australia
  • Oct 10 James Fearnley, English accordionist (The Pogues), born in Worsley, Greater Manchester

Person of interestDavid Lee Roth

Oct 10 David Lee Roth, American rock singer (Van Halen - "Jump!"), born in Bloomington, Indiana

Van Halen Rocker David Lee Roth
Van Halen Rocker
David Lee Roth
  • Oct 10 Mohamed Mounir, Egyptian singer and actor (El Malek Howwa El Malek), born in Aswan, Egypt
  • Oct 12 Ed Cherry, American jazz and session guitarist (Dizzy Gillespie, 1978-92), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Oct 20 Steve Orich, orchestrator
  • Oct 20 Günter Müller, German sound artist, improvisor and percussionist
  • Oct 24 Perry Lee "Tiny" Tavares, American rocker, born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Oct 24 Jozef Ráž, Slovak musician and singer, born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
  • Oct 29 Anita Meijer, Dutch singer (Just a Disillusion)
  • Oct 30 T. Graham Brown, American country singer (Come as you Were), born in Arabi, Georgia

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 5 Flor Alpaerts, Flemish composer (Tyl Uilenspiegel, Pallieter), dies at 78
  • Oct 6 Hakon Børresen, Danish composer, dies at 78
  • Oct 23 Henri Zagwijn, Dutch composer and musicologist, dies at 76 [1]
  • Oct 27 Franco Alfano, Italian opera composer (Puccini's Turandot), dies at 78