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October 1957 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Oct 12 "Mask & Gown" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 39 performances
  • Oct 12 "Simply Heavenly" closes at Playhouse Theater NYC after 62 performances

#1 in the Charts

Oct 14 Everly Brothers' single "Wake Up Little Susie" reaches #1

Singer Phil Everly
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Phil Everly
  • Oct 17 "Copper & Brass" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 36 performances

Jailhouse Rock Premieres

Oct 17 Musical film "Jailhouse Rock" starring Elvis Presley premieres in Memphis, Tennessee

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A publicity shot from the film showing Elvis Presley during the dance sequence in Jailhouse Rock
A publicity shot from the film showing Elvis Presley during the dance sequence in Jailhouse Rock
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  • Oct 19 "Damn Yankees" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 1,022 performances

Music Premiere

Oct 30 Dmitri Shostakovich's 11th Symphony premieres in Moscow

  • Oct 31 "Jamaica" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 558 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 4 Russell Simmons, American hip-hop music magnate (Def Jam), and entrepreneur, born in Queens, New York
  • Oct 5 Lee "Kix" Thompson, saxophonist (Madness - "Baggy Trousers", "Our House"), born in St Pancras, London, England
  • Oct 9 Ini Kamoze [Cecil Campbell], Jamaican reggae singer ("Here Comes the Hotstepper"), born in Saint Mary's, Jamaica
  • Oct 11 Blair Cunningham, American rock drummer (Haircut 100), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Oct 14 Kenny Neal, American blues musician (Let Life Flow), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Oct 17 Giuseppe Henry "Pino" Palladino, Italian-Welsh session and touring rock bassist (Paul Young; The Who; John Mayer Trio), born in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
  • Oct 19 Karl Wallinger, Welsh rocker and songwriter (The Waterboys, 1983-85; World Party - "Give It All Away"; "Ship Of Fools"), born in Prestatyn, Wales, UK
  • Oct 20 Susanna Haavisto, Finnish actress and singer, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Oct 21 Julian Cope [Kevin Stapleton], British pop musician (Eve's Volcano), born in Deri, Monmouthshire, Wales
  • Oct 21 Steve Lukather, American rock singer, guitarist, arranger, producer (Toto - "Africa"; Ringo's All-Starr Band, 2012-21), born in San Fernando Valley, California
  • Oct 25 Robbie Macintosh, English rock session and touring guitarist (The Pretenders, 1982-87 - "Don't Get Me Wrong"; "2000 Miles"; Paul McCartney, 1988-93), born in Sutton, Surrey, England
  • Oct 28 Stephen Morris, English pop drummer (Joy Division-Atmosphere)
  • Oct 31 Robert Pollard, American rock singer-songwriter (Guided by Voices), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Oct 31 Brian Stokes Mitchell, American Broadway singer and actor, born in Seattle, Washington

Weddings in Music

  • Oct 24 Singer Bing Cosby marries second wife actress Kathryn Grant

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 14 [Carl] Natanael Berg, Swedish composer, dies at 78