October 1959 in Music

Events in Music


Music concertMusic Concert

Oct 4 Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st Cello concert premieres in Leningrad

  • Oct 7 "Happy Town" opens at 84th St Theater NYC for 5 performances

Film release premierFilm Release

Oct 7 "Pillow Talk" film directed by Michael Gordon and starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson is first released

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day
  • Oct 8 "At the Drop of a Hat" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 216 performances
  • Oct 10 "Happy Town" closes at 84th St Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Oct 17 "Billy Barnes Revue" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 87 performances
  • Oct 22 Bob Merrill's musical "Take Me Along" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 448 performances
  • Oct 24 US premier of D Sjostakovitch's 1st Cello concert

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 1 Youssou N'dour, Senegalese singer (Shaking The Tree), born in Dakar
  • Oct 3 Jack Wagner, American singer and actor (General Hospital, Melrose Place), born in Washington, Missouri
  • Oct 4 Chris Lowe, English rock keyboardist (One Under The Eight, Pet Shop Boys), born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England
  • Oct 5 Troy Luccketta, American rock drummer (Tesla-Psychotic Supper), born in Lodi, California
  • Oct 8 Gavin Friday [Fionán Martin Hanvey], Irish singer (Virgin Prunes), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Oct 10 Kirsty MacColl, English singer and songwriter, born in Croydon, Surrey, England (d. 2000)
  • Oct 13 Marie Osmond, American singer and actress (Paper Roses, Goin' Coconuts), born in Ogden, Utah
  • Oct 14 A J Pero, American drummer (Twisted Sister-Not Gonna Take It), born in Staten Island, New York
  • Oct 16 Gary Kemp, English rock guitarist (Spandau Ballet-True), born in London
  • Oct 16 Erkki-Sven Tüür, Estonian composer
  • Oct 22 Marc Shaiman, American composer

Person of interestWeird Al Yankovic

Oct 23 Weird Al Yankovic [Alfred Matthew], American parody singer (Eat It, UHF, Naked Gun), born in Downey, California

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • Oct 28 Neville Henry, rocker (Blow Monkeys-Wicked Ways)

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 7 Mario Lanza [Alfredo Arnold Cocozza], Italian-American actor and singer (Great Caruso, Toast of New Orleans), dies of a heart attack at 38
  • Oct 13 Rudolf Mengelberg, Dutch composer and musicologist (Concert Amsterdam), dies at 67
  • Oct 19 Stanley Bate, composer, dies at 45
  • Oct 28 Egon Kornauth, composer, dies at 68