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October 1956 in Music History

Events in Music


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Oct 6 Dmitri Shostakovich's 6th Iron quartet premieres in Leningrad

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 2 Freddie Jackson, American R&B singer and songwriter (Rock Me Tonight), born in Harlem, New York
  • Oct 7 Mike Shipley, Australian audio engineer (Paper Airplane), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2013)
  • Oct 8 Larry Crane, American rock guitarist (John Mellencamp band), born in Seymour, Indiana
  • Oct 12 David Vanian, British singer (The Damned), born in Hemel Hempstead, England
  • Oct 16 Marin Alsop, American conductor and 1st woman to head a major American orchestra (Baltimore Symphony, 2007-present), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 23 Dwight Yoakam, American country singer (Honky Tonk Man), born in Pikeville, Kentucky
  • Oct 25 Matthias Jabs, German rock guitarist (Scorpions-Wind of Change), born in Hannover, Germany
  • Oct 26 Rita Wilson, American actress and singer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 28 Dave Wyndorf, American singer (Monster Magnet)

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 6 Walter Herlihy, announcer (Music at Meadowbrook), dies at 42
  • Oct 19 Isham Jones, American musician, bandleader and songwriter (Star Dust, I'll See You in My Dreams), dies at 62
  • Oct 26 Walter Gieseking, German pianist and composer, dies at 60