October 1954 in Music History

Events in Music

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

Music 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

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 2 Greg Jennings, American country singer (Restless Heart - "Wheels"), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Oct 3 Dawayne Bailey, American rock guitarist (Silver Bullet Band, 1983-86; Chicago, 1986-95), born in Manhattan, Kansas

Stevie Ray VaughanStevie Ray Vaughan (1954-1990)

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

  • 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 ambient music composer, born in California
  • Oct 8 Carl Vine, Australian classical composer, born in Perth, Australia
  • Oct 9 James Fearnley, British celtic-punk accordionist (The Pogues - "The Irish Rover"), born in Worsley, Greater Manchester, England

David Lee RothDavid Lee Roth (68 years old)

Oct 10 American rock singer (Van Halen - "Jump!"; solo -"Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody"), born in Bloomington, Indiana

  • 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 Günter Müller, German sound artist, improvisor and percussionist, born in Munich, West Germany
  • Oct 20 Steve Orich, American orchestrator and composer (Jersey Boys), born in New York City
  • Oct 24 Jozef Ráž, Slovak musician and singer, born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
  • Oct 24 Perry Lee "Tiny" Tavares, American rocker, born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Oct 27 Uffe Steen, Danish jazz, rock and blues electric guitarist, born in Odense, Denmark
  • Oct 29 Anita Meyer [Annita Meijer], Dutch pop and disco singer ("Just a Disillusion"; "Why Tell Me Why"), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 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