On This Day

October 1955 in Music History

Events in Music

Contract of Interest

Oct 15 Buddy Holley opens for Bill Haley & His Comets in Lubbeck, Texas, and impresses Nashville scout Eddie Crandall, leading to a recording contract with a misspelling creating "Buddy Holly"

  • Oct 20 "No Time for Sergeants" opens on Broadway, starring Andy Griffith

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 1 Howard Hewett, American R&B vocalist (Shalamar), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Oct 2 Philip Oakey, British rock vocalist (The Human League - "Don't You Want Me"), born in Hinckley, Leicestershire, England
  • Oct 3 [Douglas] Allen Woody, bassist (The Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2000)
  • Oct 5 Leo Barnes, Irish saxophonist (Hothouse Flowers - "I'm Sorry", "Don't Go")
  • Oct 7 Yo-Yo Ma, Chinese-American cellist (2001 National Medal of Arts, 2011 Presidential Medal of Freedom), born in Paris, France
  • Oct 8 Lonnie Pitchford, American blues musician, born in Lexington, Mississipi (d. 1998)
  • Oct 12 Pat DiNizio, American rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (The Smithereens - "Only A Memory"), born in Scotch Plains, New Jersey (d. 2017)
  • Oct 12 Jane Siberry, Canadian singer-songwriter ("Calling All Angels"; "Everything Reminds Me Of My Dog"), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Oct 13 Frans van Oostrom, Dutch jazz and blues guitarist, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Oct 19 Nino DeFranco, Canadian pop guitarist (The DeFranco Family - "Heartbeat - It's a Lovebeat"), born in Port Colborne, Ontario
  • Oct 19 Roland Dyens, French classical guitarist, composer, and arranger (Libra Sonatine), born in French Tunisia. (d. 2016)
  • Oct 20 Thomas Newman, American film score composer (The Shawshank Redemption), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 21 Eric Faulkner [Falconer], Scottish rock guitarist (Bay City Rollers - "Saturday Night"), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Oct 21 Rich Mullins, American musician (d. 1997)
  • Oct 21 Fred Hersch, American jazz pianist, composer, educator (New England Conservatory), and HIV/AIDS activist, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Oct 23 Toshio Hosokawa, Japanese composer (Circulating Ocean), born in Hiroshima
  • Oct 25 Robin Eubanks, American jazz trombonist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 26 Christine Brewer, American operatic soprano, born in Grand Tower, Illinois
  • Oct 29 Kevin DuBrow, American heavy metal singer (Quiet Riot), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2007)
  • Oct 29 Roger O'Donnell, British rock keyboardist (The Cure - "Friday I'm In Love"), born in East London, England
  • Oct 30 Myanna Pontoppidan, American jazz and funk saxophonist, born in Monterey, Massachusetts

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 15 Fumio Hayasaka, Japanese film score composer (Rashomon; Seven Samurai), dies of tuberculosis at 41
  • Oct 20 Eino Roiha, Finnish composer, dies at 51
  • Oct 26 Arne Eggen, Norwegian composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 27 Vladimir Mikhaylovich Deshevov, composer, dies at 66