October 1956 in Music

Events in Music


Film release premierFilm Premier

Oct 10 "Giant", directed by George Stevens, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean, premieres in NYC


Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 2 Freddie Jackson, US R&B singer/songwriter (Rock Me Tonight)
  • Oct 8 Larry Crane, Seymour, Indiana, American rocker (John Mellencamp band)
  • Oct 12 David Vanian, British singer (The Damned), born in Hemel Hempstead, England
  • Oct 23 Dwight Yoakam, country singer (Honky Tonk Man), born in Pikeville, Kentucky
  • Oct 25 Matthias Jabs, rock guitarist (Scorpions-Wind of Change)
  • 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/composer, dies at 60