On This Day

October 1960 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Oct 10 "Laughs & Other Events" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Oct 15 "Laughs & Other Events" closes at Barrymore Theater, NYC, after 8 performances
  • Oct 17 "Tenderloin" opens at 46th St Theater, NYC; runs for 216 performances
  • Oct 27 American pop and soul singer Ben E. King records "Spanish Harlem" & "Stand By Me"

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 2 Django Bates, British jazz musician, composer and educator, born in Beckenham, Kent
  • Oct 2 Al Connelly, Canadian guitarist and singer-songwriter (Glass Tiger), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Oct 4 Gregg "Hobie" Hubbard, American country singer (Betty's Bein' Bad), born in Apopka, Florida
  • Oct 4 Malcolm Burn, Canadian musician and record producer (Emmylou Harris - Red Dirt Girl), born in Cornwall, Ontario
  • Oct 6 Richard Jobson, British TV person/rocker (Skids-Scared to Dance)
  • Oct 7 Kyosuke Himuro, Japanese rock singer-songwriter, born in Takasaki, Japan
  • Oct 7 Viktor Lazlo [ Sonia Dronier], French-Belgian pop singer ("Breathless"), born in Lorient, France
  • Oct 10 Eric Martin, American rocker (Mr Big), born in Long Island, New York
  • Oct 10 Simon Townshend, British guitarist and songwriter, born in Chiswick, London
  • Oct 13 Joey Belladonna [Bellardini], American heavy metal vocalist (Anthrax, 1984-92 - "I Am The Law"), born in Oswego, New York
  • Oct 16 Bob Mould, American rock guitarist, songwriter and vocalist (Hüsker Dü; Sugar), born in Malone, New York
  • Oct 19 Dan "Woody" Woodgate, British rock drummer (Madness - "Our House"; Voice of Beehive), born in Kensington, West London, England
  • Oct 19 Jennifer Holliday, American Grammy and Tony Award-winning stage actress, and pop, R&B, and gospel singer (Dream Girls), born in Houston, Texas
  • Oct 19 Jonathan FeBland, English musician and artist, born in London
  • Oct 20 Lepa Brena 'Yugoslavia’s Madonna', Yugoslav singer, born in Tuzla, Yugoslavia
  • Oct 22 Darryl Jenifer, American bassist (Bad Brains), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 22 Cris Kirkwood, American cow-punk bassist, singer, and songwriter (Meat Puppets - "Backwater"), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Oct 24 Carolien de Windt, Surinamese-Dutch singer (Mai Tai), born in Suriname
  • Oct 27 Oleg Bryjak, Kazakhstani-German bass-baritone opera singer (Deutsche Oper am Rhein), born in Jezkazgan, Kazakhstan, USSR (d. 2015)

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 2 Jaroslav Doubrava, Czech composer, dies at 51
  • Oct 19 Günter Raphael, German composer (Busskantate), dies at 57
  • Oct 25 José Padilla, Spanish composer and pianist (La Violetera - City Lights; Ça c'est Paris - Moulin Rouge), dies at 71
  • Oct 30 Alfred Hill, Australian-New Zealand composer and conductor (Hinemoa), dies at 90